Colleen Plumb



     Animals Are Outside Today

    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



book + limited editions

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Colleen Plumb (American, born Chicago, IL, 1970) works in photography, video, public installation, and object making, about the animal-human relationship. Her 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) was a Photo District News notable book and 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, Artillery Magazine, Glitterati's The Click, and on the BBC in Brazil. Plumb lives in Chicago and has taught photography and video at Columbia College Chicago since 1999.



Columbia College Chicago, MFA, Photography, 1999
Northern Illinois University, BFA, Visual Communication, 1992
Architecture and Design Study Abroad Program, University of Illinois, 1991
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1989-90


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


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


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


Ritual, screening program with aCinema, It is Only Necessary, 2nd Floor Rear, Chicago
, Milwaukee, WI, screening: It is Only Necessary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photosynthesis, Three Arts Club, Chicago


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
Big Chicks Collection, Chicago, IL
Cleveland Clinic Art Collection
Girls' Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2003-Present, Midwest Photographers Project,


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


2017     The Village Voice, April 5, 2017, essay by Julia Cooke
2016     Virginia Quarterly Review, Summer issue, portfolio, essay by Juila Cooke     
             Afterimage, vol. 43, April, SPELLS project, Stephen Longmire, interview
             Glitterati, Inc., interview by Miss Rosen
2015     Artillery Magazine, Los Angeles, review by Christopher Russell
             FRANK Magazine, digital magazine, iPad App, Columbia College
             Chicago Art World, @Pilsen, February
2014     Center for Humans and Nature
             F News Magazine, Paula Calvo
2013     BLOW Photo Magazine, Ireland, feature
             Oxford American, Summer 2013 issue, cover image
2012     RealSimple Magazine, April 2012
2011     New York Times LENS blog, Love and Loss and the Animal Kingdom, by Kerri MacDonald
             BBC Brazil, June 2011
             TIME Magazine, LightBox, Neil Harris
             FK, Foto Kvartals, interview by Elina Ruka
             Nuevo Herald, Miami, by Adriana Herrera
             l'Espresso, Rome, Lara Crinò
             LIFE Force magazine, London, Damian Bird
             Pasatiempo, Santa Fe, Rob Dewalt
             Animals Are Outside Today, Radius Books, essay by Lisa Hostetler
             Exploring Color Photography, 5th ed. Robert Hirsch
2010     New York Times, Sunday, November 7
2009     HotShoe International, June, Second Life of Jen Bekman, Gallerist
             PDN, Exposures, February 2009, by Alia Akkam, edited by Conor Risch
             PDN, Chicago's Photography Scene, June
             Nymphoto Photography Collective, Conversation
             Essay, Historic Water Tower exhibition, Karen Irvine, MoCP
             PDN Online, Exposures: All Booked Up, by Conor Risch
2008     Artists' Showcase, Center for Fine Art Photography, essay by Darius Himes
2007     Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, Edited by Robert Hirsch
             Field Guide to the North American Family, by Garth Risk Hallberg
2006     CITY 2000, Edited by Teri Boyd and Gary Comer, University of Illinois Press
             Photography Now: 100 Portfolios DVD, Wright State, Dayton, OH
2005     SHOTS, 2005 Portfolio Issue
             NATURE, 6x6 Series, published by Columbia College


A New Nothing

Women in Photography
,, April, 2011
LANDSCAPE Stories, LS 05, Animals
The Chain, curated by Stuart Pilkington
PDN Photo of the Day, April 14, 2011
Photo-Eye, Photographer's Showcase,
Flak Photo,
Fraction Magazine, 2012
Chicago Project, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago
Booklyn Academy of Music (BAMart), 2011


OPB Oregon Public Broadcasting STATE OF WONDER radio interview, with April Baer
journal of the Knight Foundation, Dina Mitrani and The Screening Room, Miami,
         review by Anne Tschida
Photo Eye book review,
by Ellen Rennard
PDN Notable Books 2011,
Holly Stuart Hughes
La Lettre de La PHOTOGRAPHIE, Book Review, Miss Rosen
Interview: Animals Are Outside Today, Miss Rosen
Santa Fe Radio Cafe: with Mary-Charlotte, October 27, 2011
The New York Photo Review, Barbara Confino
Photograph Magazine, Snapshots
, Jean Dykstra, April 2011
Our Hen House, Jasmin Singer, April 2011
Flavorwire, Tom Hawking, April 2011
NewCity Chicago, Historic Water Tower, Michael Weinstein
Art Slant, Beyond the Backyard @MoCP,  Abraham Ritchie
Review Santa Fe, Darius Himes
NewCity Chicago, Eye Exam: For the Birds, Jason Foumberg
NewCity Chicago, Tip of the Week, Michael Weinstein
Cigarettes and Purity, Mel Trittin
mus-mus @Paris, Youngna Park
The Rumpus, Stephen Elliot
Flavorwire, Sara Distin
Personism, Jen Bekman
Hey Hot Shot, Jen Bekman Gallery