BIO

Amy Elkins (b. 1979 Venice, CA) is a photographer currently based in the Greater Los Angeles area. She received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, including at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA; Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria; the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; North Carolina Museum of Art; among others. Elkins has been awarded The Lightwork Artist-in-Residence in Syracuse, NY in 2011, the Villa Waldberta International Artist-in-Residence in Munich, Germany in 2012, the Aperture Prize and the Latitude Artist-in-Residence in 2014 and The Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant in 2015.

Elkins' first book Black is the Day, Black is the Night won the 2017 Lucie Independent Book Award.  It was Shortlisted for the 2017 Mack First Book Award and the 2016 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Prize as well as listed as one of the Best Photobooks of 2016 by TIME, Humble Arts Foundation, Photobook Store Magazine and Photo-Eye among others.

Elkins co-founded Women in Photography (WIPNYC) with Cara Phillips in 2008.  In 2009 WIPNYC launched its first grant program and has since given seventeen-thousand dollars in funds and materials to support women artists.

SELECT CV

SOLO  & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS:

2018
Amy Elkins: Photographs of Contemporary Masculinity, Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, 
Orange Coast College.  Costa Mesa. CA

Black is the Day, Black is the Night, Benaki Museum, Athens Photo Festival. Athens, Greece

2017 
Black is the Day, Black is the Night, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

2016
Black is the Day, Black is the Night, Cress Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

2015
Black is the Day, Black is the Night, International Festival of Photography, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Black is the Day, Black is the Night, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
In Position: Amy Elkins & Jona Frank, DeSoto Gallery, Los Angeles

2014
Black is the Day, Black is the Night, Aperture Gallery, New York

2012       
Looking & Looking: Jen Davis & Amy Elkins, Light Work Gallery, Syracuse, NY

2011
Elegant Violence, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

2008
Wallflower, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2018
Oxnard Plain, Carnegie Art Museum Studio, Oxnard, CA.

2017
Notions of Home, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY.
Man Up, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.  

2015
Inside/Outside: Prison Narratives, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.  

2014
Performance: Contemporary Photography from the Douglas Nielsen Collection Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ.

2013
Recent Acquisitions, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

2012       
Andy Warhol and his Contemporaries: an urban milieu, Flaten Art Museum, Northfield, MN
The Sports Show, Minneapolis Institute of Arts Museum, Minneapolis, MN

2010          
Homesick, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA.
Incognito: The Hidden Self-Portrait, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY

2009
The Portrait. Photography as a Stage: From Robert Mapplethorpe to Nan Goldin. Curated by Peter Weiermair, The Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

COLLECTIONS:

The High Museum Permanent Collection, Atlanta, GA.
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Light Work Permanent Collection, Syracuse, NY
Aperture Foundation Permanent Collection, New York, NY
SFMoMA Research Library (BITDBITN book)
National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum (BITDBITN book)
Special Collections at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BITDBITN book)
HAAS Arts Special Collections Yale University (BITDBITN book)

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES:

2017
Lucie Independent Book Prize
MACK First Book Awards- Shortlist

2016
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards - Shortlist
Diane Marek Visiting Artist Series, Chattanooga, TN

2015
Peter S Reed Foundation Grant

2014
Aperture Portfolio Prize
Latitude Artist-in-Residence, Chicago, IL

2012
Villa Waldberta International Artist-in-Residence, Munich, Germany

2011
Lightwork Artist-in-Residence, Syracuse, NY.

 

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY:

2018
La seconda luna,  curated by Alessandro Baricco

2017
2017 Field Guide to the North American Family by Garth Risk Hallberg

2016
Black is the Day, Black is the Night, Self Published, Design by Ania Nalecka / Tapir
Public/Private/Portrait, Published by Mossless in collaboration w/ Charlotte Cotton / ICP

2014
The Photographer’s Playbook, Published by Aperture
The Photographer’s Sketchbook, Published by Thames and Hudson

2012
The  Sports Show: Athletics as Image and Spectacle by David Little
Next Generation: Contemporary American Photography by Stefan-Maria Mittendorf
The Americans List. By the Glow of the Juke Box by Jason Eskenazi

2010
Photographs Not Taken, edited by Will Steacy through Daylight Publications.

2009
The Portrait. Photography as a Stage by Peter Weiermair