Melissa Ann Pinney is a fine art photographer based in Evanston, Illinois. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and her work is included in the permanent collections of the following museums, among many others:

  • Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

  • George Eastman House (Rochester, NY)

  • International Center for Photography (New York, NY)

  • J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)

  • Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX)

  • Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)

  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)

  • Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)

Melissa's major book publications include Regarding Emma (2003), Girl Ascending (2010), and TWO (2015).

 

Curriculum Vitae

Grants/Awards

2012    Nominee, Anonymous Was A Woman Award

2011     Forward Thinking Museum, Photography Award Winner

2007    Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award

2006    Photography Now: One Hundred Portfolios

1999    John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

1997    La Salle National Bank, Chicago Marathon Project Commission

1992    Chicago Women in Philanthropy, Mac Arthur Foundation

1989    Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship Award

1987    National Endowment for the Arts, Midwest Regional Fellowship 

    Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship Award

    Community Arts Assistance Program, Chicago, IL

    Changing Chicago Documentary Project, Chicago, IL 

1981    Illinois Arts Council Project Completion Grant 

1980    Illinois Arts Council Project Completion Grant 

 

Selected Permanent Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Fort Worth, TX

Bank of America Collection, Chicago, IL

Center for Creative Photography,  Tucson, AZ

Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Lincoln, MA

George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL

International Center for Photography, New York, NY

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA

St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

 

Exhibitions

2018

“Girl Transcendent” solo show. Schneider Gallery, Chicago. September-October.

    “Girl Transcendent” solo show. Schaefer International Gallery, Maui Arts & Cultural Center. June-August

    “Not An Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library” group exhibit. Annenberg Space for               Photography, LA Spring 2018

 

2017  

American Photographs, 1845 to Now” Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Aug. 2016-Feb. 2017

    “Bodies in Water” deCordova Museum. Lincoln, MA . Group show, October 2017- April 2018    

2016

“The Gender Show”, Fundación Canal, Madrid, Spain, group exhibition.

    “Not Just Another Pretty Face” group exhibit. Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. Nov’16-Feb’1

2015    

Recent Work” Solo Exhibit. Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL. Sept.4- Sept. 30

    “TWO” Solo Exhibit. Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL April 2-30

     Klotz Gallery, group show at AIPAD. NYC. April 15-19

2014       

“Girls of Summer” Solo exhibit. Winton Bell Gallery, Brown Univ. RI. 

“Millennium Park: An Anatomy in Photographs. group exhibit Chicago, IL

2013    

“The Gender Show”, group exhibition. George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

“Not Just Another Pretty Face” group exhibit. Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

“Girl in the Silver Dress, Solo Exhibit ”Brick City Gallery, Missouri State Univ., Springfield, MO 

“The Unseen Child”, group exhibition. McIninch Art Gallery, SNHU, NH 

“Big Pictures”, group exhibition. Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX

 “Character Study”, group exhibition. deCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA 

2012    

“Flesh and Bone” group exhibition. Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

“Juried Member’s Exhibition” Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX

“Figurism :Narrative & Fantastic Art from the Illinois State Museum Collection” Chicago, IL                         

“Worldwide Photographic Biennial Exhibition” Buenos Aires, Argentina. Award winner. Jan.18 - Feb. 15

2011    

“Eye Wonder: Photography from the Bank of America Collection"  National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.

“Safety in Numbers? Images of African American Identity & Community”. Portland Art Museum

“Not Just Another Pretty Face” group exhibit. Salt Lake Art Center, UT.      

2010    

“Girl Ascending”, solo exhibit, Baldwin Gallery, MTSU, Tennessee.

“Not Just Another Pretty Face” group exhibit. Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. 

“Girl Ascending”, solo exhibit, Salt Lake Art Center, Utah

 “Summer Stages” group exhibit, Michael Foley Gallery, NY

2009    

“Recent Work”, solo exhibition, Alan Klotz Gallery. New York, NY

"Seeing Ourselves: Masterpieces of American Photography from George Eastman House”

“The Art of Caring” New Orleans Museum of Art. National tour followed.            

2008    

“Made in Chicago: Photographs from the Bank of America LaSalle Collection” Chicago  Cultural Center

“Girls on the Verge” The Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL

“ICON” International Center for Photography, Benefit Auction, New York, NY

2007    

"Male & Female: Gender Performed in Photographs from the George Eastman HouseCollection."  

"Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children." De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

"Recent Work" solo exhibition, Alan Klotz Gallery. New York, NY 

 "Suburban / Domestic" Salina Art Center, Salinas,Kansas

2006    

"Middle Ground: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art"  Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, NY

2005  

"Paris Photo" Le Carrousel Du Louvre, Paris 

"Melissa Ann Pinney: Regarding Emma" Blue Sky Gallery, Oregon Center for the   Photographic Arts, Portland, Oregon

“Little Rascals: Images of Children in Contemporary Art,” Linda Ross Contemporary Art + Projects, Huntington Woods, MI

2004    

“Inside Out: Portrait Photographs from the Permanent Collection,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

“Regarding Emma,” Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Women's Worlds,” Southeast Museum of Photography,  Daytona Beach,

“Innocence Exposed: Children in Modern Photography,” Frist Center for the Visual Arts,  Nashville, TN

“Pool Party,” Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY

2003  

 “Contemporary Photographs”, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

"By The Sea" Yossi Milo Gallery,  Summer Show. New York, NY

2002    

The View From Here: Pictures from Central Europe & The American Midwest”,  Ludwig Museum, Budapest,  Hungary;  The Stone Bell Gallery of Prague

“The Wedding Show,” Alan Klotz/PhotoCollect New York, NY  

1997    

“Feminine Identity” Photographs by Melissa Ann Pinney, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

“Melissa Ann Pinney: Recent Work” Stuart B. Baum Photography, Chicago, IL

“Photo Forum,” Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

1993    

“The Family Seen,” SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA                       

“My/Self: Your/Other,” Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY            

1992    

“Summer Pleasures,” Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY                     

1991    

“Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY    

1990    

“Photographs by Melissa Ann Pinney,” Midtown Y Photography Gallery, New York, NY

1989

“Changing Chicago Up Close,” Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL                                                     

1988    

“Sunshine & Other States: Photographs 1984-1987,” Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Changing Chicago: The City Inside & Out,” Art Institute of Chicago 

“Mothers & Daughters,” Aperture Traveling Show, Field Museum,  Chicago, IL        

“Road & Roadside: American Photography 1930-1986,” Art Institute of Chicago

1987    

“Social Life,” Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY

“The Animal Show,” PhotoCollect, New York, NY

1986    

“New Work: Photographs by Melissa Pinney,” Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, IL        

1985    

“Recent Work: Photographs by Melissa Pinney,” Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Illinois Photographers '85,” Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL

1984    

“A Year in Chicago's Grant Park,” Museum of Contemporary Photography,         

1983    

“Remembrances,” Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL

1982    

“Remembrances,” Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

“Illinois Photographers '82,” Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL

1981    

“The Contemporary Figure,” Artists Guild, Chicago, I

1978    

“Melissa Pinney, Portraits of Evanston Artists,” Evanston Art Center, IL        

“Illinois Photographers '78,” Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL

1975    

“Breath of Vision: Portfolios of Women Photographers,” Fashion Institute of Technology Galleries, NYC

1974    

“Exposure '74,” The Darkroom Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

Publications

2015    TWO, Photographs by Melissa Ann Pinney. Edited and Introduction by Ann Patchett.

2014    Oxford American, Spring Issue

2012    REAL SIMPLE Magazine, Julyand October Issue.

2011    Girl Ascending, Essay by David Travis. Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago

    O, The Oprah Magazine “Live Your Best Life” May Issue

    Marie Claire Magazine, “ Starvation Nation” July Issue

    Photo District News: Photo of the Daysee links

    Time Magazine, “ Girls, Interrupted” VOL 178, NO.17, 2011

2010    The New York Times Sunday Magazine April 18: “The Way We Live Now”    

     REAL SIMPLE Magazine, Family issue, “Keepsakes” September

     REAL SIMPLE Magazine, “ Christmas Portfolio” December 

2009    Marie Claire Magazine, April “First Person: Jennifer Wilkov”

2008    The New York Times Sunday Magazine, February 9th; "Domains"

    Marie Claire Magazine, December. International Report “Why I Went AWOL”

2007    Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children. Exhibition catalogue.

     Essay by Anne Higonnet, Professor of Art, Barnard College                 

    “O, The Oprah Magazine” August and September 2007

2006    The New York Times Sunday Magazine, June 16; "The Way We Live Now"

    The New York Times Sunday Magazine, July 23; "After the Bell Curve"                                           

2004    "Illusions of Innocence: The Child in Modern Photography" Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN. Essay by Rod Slemmons, Director, MOCP    

2003    Regarding Emma: Photographs of American Women & Girls, Center for American Places & Columbia College Chicago               

The New York Times Sunday Magazine, October 19 10-19-03 Lives                                        

2002    The Spirit of Family, by Al and Tipper Gore. Henry Holt & Co. NY

    The View From Here: Pictures from Central Europe & The American Midwest

    The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Aug. 18 and Jan. 27

2001    “Regarding Emma,” DoubleTake Magazine,  Fall 2001

2000    “Works in Progress,”  DoubleTake Magazine Winter 2000

      “Reconfiguring the Heroic,” Essay by Carol Becker, Artemesia Gallery Chicago,

1997    “Feminine Identity,” Exhibition Catalogue with essay by Barbara Michaels 

1991    Pleasuresand Terrors of Domestic Comfort, TheMuseum of Modern Art, New York 

     Naming the Daytime Moon: Stories & Poems by Chicago Women

     US News and World Report

     New York Times Book Review

1988    Changing Chicago: A Photo documentary, University of Illinois Press

1987    Chicago Magazine                            

1978    Chicago Reader

1975    Ms. Magazine; Popular Photography Annual

 

Selected Reviews

2014    http://bellgallery.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/melissa-ann-pinney/

2011    Chicago Tribune “Mother captures girls ‘Ascending’ by Courtney Crowder Jan.28

    WBEZ Interview for Girl Ascending. 

    WGN Interview for Girl Ascending

2008    “Becoming Subjects” by Janina Ciezadlo. Afterimage, Spring 2008

    “Age of Anxiety” by Lauren Weinberg. Time Out Chicago, January31- February 6, 2008

2004    "Pinney Looks at Womanhood, Identity" by Lauren Viera. Chicago Tribune, January 23

    Gallery Glance "Regarding Emma" Chicago Sun-Times January 23,  2004

2003    “Twice Upon A Time” by Beth Kephart. Chicago Tribune, Book Section. Nov. 2, 2003

    "Girls Will Be Girls" by Lisa Lenoir.  Chicago Sun-Times November 23, 2003 

    “Midcontinental Spirit” The Prague Post, April 2, 2003

1997    “Art People: Using a Feminist Lens,” Deanna Issacs. Chicago READER, November 2

1992    Village Voice Choices “Summer Pleasures at Howard Greenberg Gallery” by Vince Aletti.  

1991    “Photography,” New York Times Book Review, December 1

     “The Twilight Zone,” New York Magazine, October 14

1989    “Sins of Omission,” 

    After Image, December“Chicago in Focus,” Chicago Sunday Tribune, March 26

1986    “Melissa Pinney Photographs,” New Art Examiner, September

1978    “Melissa Pinney,” New Art Examiner, November

     “Broad Views, Fond Faces in Evanston,” Chicago Sun Times, October 1

                                                      

Education

1988        University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, Master of Fine Arts in Photography

1977        Columbia College Chicago, IL, Bachelor of Arts in Photography

1971-1973    Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY. Liberal Arts Curriculum

                                        

Teaching Experience

1984 -  present     Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, Photography Professor

1993 - 1995     Institute of Design, IIT, Chicago, IL, Photography Professor

1991     School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois, Photography Professor