Colleen Plumb

 

photographs

     Animals Are Outside Today
       statement

    Towards the Sky Again

    How the Sky and Water Attach
       at the End of the Sea

    Crows Live in Street Trees

    Ruth im See (Ruth in the Lake)

    Outside of History


Video Installations  
   
     
Thirty Times a Minute

     Path Infinitum

videos

objects

book + limited editions

cv / bio

news

installations

contact

 

 

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BIO

Colleen Plumb (American, born Chicago, IL, 1970) makes photographs, videos, objects, and public video projections investigating contradictory relationships people have with animals. Her recent projects explore the way animals in captivity function as symbols of persistent colonial thinking, that a striving for human domination over nature has been normalized, and that consumption masks as curiosity. Plumb's work sheds light on abnormal behaviors of captive animals in order to bring attention to implicit values of society as a whole, particularly those that perpetuate power imbalance and tyranny of artifice. By projecting videos on the street, strangers connect as witnesses and contribute to the idea that sentient beings are not meant for spectacle or display.

Plumb's work is held in several permanent collections and has been widely exhibited, including the Portland Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Blue Sky Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts in Portland, Dina Mitrani Gallery  and The Screening Room  in Miami,  Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona, Jen Bekman Gallery in New York, Union League Club of Chicago, and the Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago. Her work has been part of The Chicago Project at Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago since 2005 and the Midwest Photographers Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography since 2003. She has written for the Center for Humans and Nature, an organization dedicated  to exploring and promoting human responsibilities in relation to nature, and was a contributor to their newly released book, City Creatures (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Plumb is an Openlands Treekeeper, a Chicago metropolitan conservation organization.

Her first photography monograph, Animals Are Outside Today (Radius Books, 2011) critically documents our ambivalent dispositions towards animals. Her focus for nearly two decades has been an inquiry into a society whose appetite for animals, whether in flesh or in reproduction, with admiration or obsession, is voracious.

Plumb's work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Village Voice, Blow Photo Magazine, New York Times LENS, Time Lightbox, Oxford American, Photo District News, and Artillery Magazine. Plumb lives in Chicago and has taught photography and video at Columbia College Chicago since 1999.

 

EDUCATION

Columbia College Chicago, MFA, Photography, 1999
Northern Illinois University, BFA, Visual Communication, 1992
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, coursework in drawing, 1989-90


TEACHING  |  LECTURES  |  EXPERIENCE

Columbia College Chicago, Adjunct Faculty, 1999-current

Panel discussion: Center for Humans and Nature, David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, 2015
Artist lecture, Portland State University, Portland, OR, 2015
Class lecture, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, 2015
Artist in residence, Cooley Memorial Gallery, Reed College, Portland, OR, April 2015
Panel discussion, Printer's Row Lit Fest, Chicago, 2012
Public lecture, Milwaukee Art Museum, Lubar Auditorium, April 2011
Featured speaker, Society for Photographic Education Conference, Kalamazoo, MI, 2010
Visiting artist, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, 2009
Graphic Designer, McMillan Associates, 1992-1996


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

The Photography Show at AIPAD, Special Exhibition, New York, Path Infinitum, 2017
Blue Sky Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Animals Are Outside Today and
         Thirty Times a Minute, April, 2015
The Screening Room, Miami, FL, Thirty Times a Minute, 2014
Dina Mitrani Gallery, Miami, FL, Towards the Sky Again, 2014
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods, IL, Animals Are Outside Today, 2012
Union League Club of Chicago, Animals Are Outside Today, 2012
Radius, Santa Fe, NM, Animals Are Outside Today, 2011
Dina Mitrani Gallery, Miami, Animals Are Outside Today, 2011
Jen Bekman Gallery, NY, Animals Are Outside Today, 2011
City Gallery, Historic Water Tower, Chicago, IL, Animals Are Outside Today, 2009
Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Urban Nature, 2009
Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IL, Urban Nature, 2007


PUBLIC INSTALLATION


2014-2017
Thirty Times a Minute, public video projections, on-going, throughout Chicago neighborhoods

Traveling public video installations, on-going:
2015: Portland, Oregon; Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming; Victor, Idaho
2016: Detroit, Michigan; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Berlin, Germany; Vienna and Melk, Austria; Paris France;
           New York, NY



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Targeted, Catherine Edelman Gallery (July)
Eclipse, Blue Sky Oregon Center for Photographic Arts (August)
Infinite Games, Open House Contemporary (September)


2016
It is Only Necessary, screening, 2nd Floor Rear, Chicago
aCinema
, Milwaukee, WI, screening: It is Only Necessary

Portland Art Museum, Thirty Times a Minute as part of "Next Level Fucked Up" by Vanessa Renwick
Christie's Photographs, First Open, New York

2015
City Creatures, Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Thirty Times a Minute,
Silent Funny, Chicago, Johalla Projects
Thirty Times a Minute, Activate
, Johalla Projects and Chicago Loop Alliance, Monroe alley, Chicago
SPELLS, collaboration with author Peter Rock, Blue Sky Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts
Lovsång, Joan of Arc residency film screening, The Hideout, Chicago

2013
HOME, Dilettante Studio with John Preus, EXPO Chicago, video installation
Pant, Gallery 339, Philadelphia
Ten,
Jen Bekman Gallery, New York

Stitched and Glued, Handmade Books, Riverside Arts Center, RIverside, IL, curated by Paul D'Amato

2012
Artists for Obama, Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, IL
On Making Things Matter, SHoP (Southside Hub of Production), Hyde Park, Chicago
Wildlife in the Post-Natural Age, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Toward a Union of Public Artists, SHoP, Hyde Park, Chicago

2011
ReFraming the Feminine, Girls' Club Collection, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Pinyao International Photography Festival, Pinyao, China

2010
Exposures II, Dina Mitrani Gallery, Miami
Art Loop Open, Block 37, Chicago, IL
Art in Bloom,
Milwaukee Art Museum
Disposable
, Dina Mitrani Gallery, Miami, FL
Art Chicago, Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009
Mixtape, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY
Mus-Mus @Paris, juried by Stephen Shore, Gil Blank and Denise Wolff
The Un-Natural Nature of Food, Fraction,
Melanie McWhorter, curator
Anthology
, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, FL
Colleen Plumb and Zachariah Reike, van Straaten Gallery, Denver, CO
Photo-Op, 14th Annual Exhibit, PCNW, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
15th Juried Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
Art Chicago, Riverhouse/van Straaten Gallery, Denver, CO

2008
Hey Hot Shot, Volume I, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY
Beyond the Backyard, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
19th Evanston Biennial, Evanston, IL
Photography Now, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN

2007
Bridge Art Fair, Standard Usage Project, Miami, FL
Field Guide to the American Family, Humble Arts Foundation, Gallery Bar, NY
Power of Plants, Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY
Power of Plants, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL

2006
InSight: Recent Additions to the Permanent Collection, MoCP, Chicago
New Chicago Photography, Version Fest, Iron Studios, J. Gitelson, B.Ulrich curators
Fresh StART, Santa Monica Art Studios, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Contemporary Condition, Hokin Center, curated by Paul D’Amato, Chicago
Click Art, Woman Made Gallery, curated by Whitney Bradshaw, Chicago

2005
PROOF, SPE regional conference, George Mason Univ., Chan Chao juror, Fairfax, VA
Power of Plants, US Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.
BIRDS 2005 International, Beijing Natural Cultural Center, China
The Chicago Project, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago

2004
Frozen in Light, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago
Chicago Land/Space/Place, Greg Foster-Rice, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago

2003
Movement, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago
Art to Fear, ARC Gallery, Chicago

2001
You Are Here, Chicago in the Year 2000, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago

2000
Our Town, CITY 2000, Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago
A Year in the Life, City Gallery Historic Water Tower, Chicago
CITY 2000, inaugural exhibit, Gallery 312, Chicago

1999
Photosynthesis, Three Arts Club, Chicago


COLLECTIONS


Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL   
Ruttenberg Collection, Chicago, IL
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
Tweet/Big Chicks collection, Chicago, IL
Cleveland Clinic Art Collection
Girls' Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2003-Present, Midwest Photographers Project, mocp.org

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2015    Prix Pictet Award Nominee
            Columbia College Chicago Part-time faculty grant
2014    Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) IAP Grant
2013    Columbia College Chicago Part-time faculty grant
2011    3Arts Chicago Visual Artist Award Nominee
2010    CAAP Grant, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
            Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers Nominee
2009    Ne Plus Ultra, Jen Bekman Gallery, NYC
2008    Blurb, Photography.Book.Now honorable mention
            CENTER: Review Santa Fe attendee
            Driehaus Foundation Individual Artist Award Nominee
2007    Urban Nature named No. 1 Museum Photography
            Exhibit, NewCity Chicago, Michael Weinstein
2006    CAAP Grant, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
2005    Beijing National Cultural Center, Honorable Mention
2002    Black Box, Columbia College part time faculty grant
1998    Stuart Baum Project Completion Grant
1997    Albert P. Weisman Scholarship


BIBLIOGRAPHY:

BOOKS

SPELLS, by Peter Rock, 2017
City Creatures,
Edited by Gavin Van Horn and Dave Aftandilian, University of Chicago Press, 2015
Exploring Color Photography, 5th ed
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Robert Hirsch, 2013
Animals Are Outside Today
, by Colleen Plumb, essay by Lisa Hostetler, Radius Books, Santa Fe, 2011
Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, Edited by Robert Hirsch, 2007
Field Guide to the North American Family, by Garth Risk Hallberg, 2007
CITY 2000, Edited by Teri Boyd and Gary Comer, University of Illinois Press, 2006


ARTICLES / REVIEWS / FEATURES


2017
The Village Voice, April 5, How Colleen Plumb Uses Her Art to Highlight the
     Plight of Animals in Captivity,
by Julia Cooke
Feature Shoot, Shedding Light on the Suffering of Captive Animals, by Miss Rosen, April 10

2016
Virginia Quarterly Review
, Summer, portfolio, essay by Juila Cooke     
Afterimage, vol. 43, April, 2016, SPELLS project, Stephen Longmire, interview
Glitterati, Inc., interview by Miss Rosen
A New Nothing, with Rachel Herman
Center for Humans and Nature, Questions for a Resilient Future, essay, December

2015
Artillery Magazine
, Los Angeles, review by Christopher Russell

OPB, Oregon Public Broadcasting, State of Wonder radio interview, with April Baer
KnightArts,
journal of the Knight Foundation, Towards the Sky Again, review by Anne Tschida

2014
Lenscratch
, Colleen Plumb: Towards the Sky Again, Aline Smithson,
Center for Humans and Nature, City Creatures, essay, Thirty Times a Minute
F News Magazine, Colleen Plumb's Elephant on the Wall, Paula Calvo

2013
BLOW Photo Magazine
, Dublin, Ireland
Oxford American, Summer issue, cover image

2012
RealSimple Magazine, April

2011     
New York Times LENS blog, Love and Loss and the Animal Kingdom, by Kerri MacDonald

Women in Photography, wipnyc.org, Animals are Outside Today, April
LANDSCAPE Stories, issue 05: Animals
BBC Brazil, Slideshow and review, June
TIME LightBox, Animals Are Outside Today, by Neil Harris
PDN Photo of the Day, April 14
FK: Foto Kvartals, interview by Elina Ruka
Nuevo Herald, Miami, by Adriana Herrera
l'Espresso, Rome, Lara Crinò
Lifeforce magazine, London, Damian Bird
Pasatiempo, Santa Fe, interview by Rob Dewalt
Photo Eye book review, Animals Are Outside Today, by Ellen Rennard
PDN Notable Books 2011,
Animals Are Outside Today, Holly Stuart Hughes
La Lettre de La PHOTOGRAPHIE, Book Review,
Animals Are Outside Today, Miss Rosen
Interview: Animals Are Outside Today, Miss Rosen
Santa Fe Radio Cafe: with Mary-Charlotte, October 27
The New York Photo Review, Animals Are Outside Today, Barbara Confino
Photograph Magazine, Snapshots
, Animals Are Outside Today, exhibition review by Jean Dykstra, April
Our Hen House, Jasmin Singer, April
Flavorwire, Tom Hawking, April

2010
New York Times T Magazine, Sunday, November 7
The Chain, curated by Stuart Pilkington 

2009
PDN, Exposures, February, by Alia Akkam
PDN, Chicago's Photography Scene, June
Nymphoto Photography Collective, Conversation
HotShoe International, The Second Life of Jen Bekman, Gallerist, June
Historic Water Tower exhibition essay, Karen Irvine, Museum of Contemporary Photography
PDN Online, Exposures: All Booked Up, by Conor Risch
The Rumpus, Stephen Elliot
Personism blog, Jen Bekman
NewCity Chicago, Urban Nature, Historic Water Tower, review by Michael Weinstein

2008
Artists' Showcase
, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, essay by Darius Himes
Art Slant, Beyond the Backyard @MoCP,  Abraham Ritchie

2007
NewCity
Chicago, Eye Exam: For the Birds, Jason Foumberg
NewCity Chicago, Tip of the Week, Michael Weinstein

2006
Photography Now: 100 Portfolios
DVD, Wright State, Dayton, OH

2005
SHOTS
, Portfolio Issue