Virginia Beahan

Virginia Beahan received a BA in English from the Pennsylvania State University and an MFA from Tyler School of Art.  She has traveled extensively making detailed and luminous photographs with her 8”x10” Deardorff view camera.  Working in the manner of many distinguished large format photographers before her, Beahan seeks to describe geography as it reflects and illuminates human activity.  She is a Senior Lecturer in Photography at Dartmouth College and resides in New Hampshire. 

Beahan has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and New England Foundation for the Arts.  New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, are among the numerous institutions that have collected Beahan’s photographs.  Her current project, Elegy for an Ancient Sea, was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego last summer.  This work explores the complex social and political landscape around the Salton Sea in southern California.

 


EDUCATION
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, MFA in Photography, 1984

Pennsylvania State University, BA in English, 1968


WORK EXPERIENCE
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Senior Lecturer, 2001-present
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Photography Instructor, 2000, 1999, 1994
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, Associate Professor of Photography, 1996-2000
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, Visiting Faculty, 1999, 1996
Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY, Associate Professor of Photography, 1997
Columbia University, New York, NY, Assistant Professor of Photography, 1997
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Photography Instructor, 1995-1996
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Photography Instructor; 1995, 1990-1991
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Photography Instructor, 1984-1989
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Photography Assistant, Visual Arts Program, 1978-1988


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2016   Transphotographiques, Maison de la Photographie, Lille, France 
2016   Gallery Selections, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2016   1%: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality, Magazzini Fotografici, Naples, Italy 
2015   Elegy for an Ancient Sea, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA(solo)
2015-16 The Magic Medium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2015   Collected: Alumni Art Collections, Van Every Gallery, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
2014   Elegy for an Ancient Sea, Strauss Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH(solo)
2013   Dark Blue: The Water as Protagonist, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI, 2013
2012   In Focus: Picturing Landscape, Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
2012   View Find: Photography, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, 2013, 2012
2012   Looking Back at Earth, 2015 Water Ways, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH
2011   CUBA:  Walker Evans to Now, Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA, 
2011   Close to Home: Photographers and Their Families, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC 

2011   CUBA, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA, (solo)
2011 - 12  The Altered Landscape, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, 2011-2012 (catalogue)
2009   Summer Group Shows: Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Howard Yezerski, Boston, MA, 2009
2008 - 09  In Focus:  The Landscape, Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2008-09
2008   CUBA singing with bright tears, Strauss Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2008 (solo)
2008   A Shared Vision, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH, 2008
2007   Cuba Now, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA, 2007 (solo)
2007   Branching Out, Sepia International, New York, NY, 2007
2006 - 07 Where We Live; Photographs of America, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2006/07
2006   Drawn By Desire, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2006 (solo) 
2005   The Altered Landscape, Keck Center of The National Academies, Washington, D.C., 2005-06; National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., 2005; 2004  Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, Mississauga, Canada, 2004; Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada, 2004

2005   Family:  Photographs From Home, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY,
2004 - 05  Common Ground, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.
2004   Far Afield, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
2004   Swimming Pool, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
2004   Big Color, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
2003   Cuba On The Verge, International Center for Photography, New York, NY

No Ordinary Land, Burden Gallery, New York, NY, 1999, traveling to:  Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, 1999; Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA, 2000; James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA, 2000; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, 2000;  Teton County Library, Jackson, WY, 2001;  F. Donald Kenney Museum, St. Bonaventure, NY, 2001;  Herbert F. Johnson Art Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2001-02;  Vision Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel, 2002;  British Petroleum, Maperville, Il, 2002;  Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH, 2002;  Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, Camden, NJ, 2003;  McDonough Museum, Youngstown, Ohio, 2004;  Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2004; Sam Noble Museum, Norman, OK, 2005 (solo)

2003   Landslide, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY, 
2003   Oases, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY,
2003   Histories of Photography, Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 
2003   By The Sea, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY, 
2002   The Country Between Us, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, (solo)
2002   All The Dust, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 
2002   The Peter C. Bunnell Collection, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ, 
2002   New Jersey, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY, 
2001   Images Beyond the Naked Eye, Museum Mensch und Natur, Munich, Germany, traveling 
to:  Apeiron Photos, Athens, Greece, 2001; and other European venues
2001   All in the Family:  Self, Spouse and Brood, Laurence Miller Gallery, New, NY, 
2001   The Mural as Muse, Deutsche Bank Gallery, New York, NY, 
2000   Forces of Change:  A New View of Nature, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C., 
2000   No Ordinary Land, Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Santa Monica, CA, (solo)
1999 - 2000  The Color Tradition, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA,
2000   Precedence, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, 
1998   No Ordinary Land, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, (solo)
1998   Expanded Visions:  The Panoramic Photograph, Addison Gallery, Andover, MA, 
1998   The West:  Recent Acquisitions, The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 
1996 - 97 Crossing the Frontier:  Photography of the Developing West, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, 

Buildings Through Trees, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley, MA, 
The Dividing Line, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ, (solo)
The Dividing Line, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA,(solo)
Americana, Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London, England, 
Recent Acquisitions, San Francisco MoMA, San Francisco, CA; LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, 

1992 - 93   Fabulas del Mundo Visible, traveling exhibition organized by the Instituto Chileno Norte Americano, Santiago, Chile, 
1992   Landscape As Photograph, Basel, Switzerland,

1990 - 92  Selections 5, sponsored by Polaroid Corporation; opened at Photokina, Koln, West Germany; traveling to Prague, Czechoslovakia; Bath, England; 


COLLECTIONS

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
The RISD Museum, Providence, RI
The Art Museum, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Reader’s Digest Corporate Collection, Pleasantville, NY
Polaroid Corporation Collection, Cambridge, MA
Princeton University Graphic Arts Collection, Princeton, NJ
Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Trenton, NJ
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY


GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

1993 - 94   John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 
2015   Neukom Institute Grant, Dartmouth College, 
2012   Distinguished Lecturer Award, Dartmouth College, 
2004, 2012, 2016  Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dartmouth College, 
2004, 2009  The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College, 
2000   Private Commission:  Photograph cultural relationships to the land in America
1995   New England Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, 
1991   Mellon Foundation Faculty Enrichment Grant, 
1991   Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant, 
1991, 1990, 1988  Polaroid Corporation Artists Support Grant, Cambridge, MA, 
1988   English Speaking Union International Research and Study Grant, 
1987   University of the Arts Venture Fund Grant,
1982 - 83  Temple University Graduate Fellowship, Tyler School of Art,

PUBLICATIONS
2009   CUBA singing with bright tears, Photographs by Virginia Beahan, Pond Press, New York, (monograph)

1998   No Ordinary Land, Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, Aperture Books, New York,(monograph)

2016   1%:  Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality, edited by Myles Little, Hatje Cantz, 

2013   The Window in Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2012   Landscape in Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2011   The Altered Landscape, Rizzoli International & Nevada Museum of Art, New York
2007   Art in Action:  Nature, Creativity, and Our Collective Future, Natural World Museum/UNEP, Oakland, CA

2006   Where We Live; Photographs of America, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2004   Common Ground:  Discovering Community in 150 Years of Art, Merrell, New York,
2003   Cuba On The Verge:  an island in transition, edited by Terry McCoy, Bullfinch, New York
2002   Photography Past Forward:  Aperture at 50, Aperture Foundation, New York
2002   Against Nature, Grand Street #70, portfolio with essay by Andy Grundberg
2002   BIG #42, New Jersey, May/June portfolio
2002   Oceans, Rizzoli, New York, 
2000   Forces of Change:  A New View of Nature, Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.

2000   Water, Éditions Assouline, Paris, France, 

1998   Expanded Visions:  The Panoramic Photograph, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA,(catalogue)

1995   The Dividing Line:  Collaborative Landscape Photography by Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, (catalogue)


SELECTED MEDIA CITATIONS AND REVIEWS

Dartmouth Now, May 27, 2015

- Harvard Design Magazine, 36/2013, Landscape Architecture’s Core, “The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment” by Ann M. Wolfe

Washington City Paper, April 8, 2011, "Close to Home: Photographers and Their Families at Smithsonian American Art Museum" by Louis Jacobson 
Slate, February 9, 2011, "Don't Look for Smiles: When the camera is trained on an artist's own family, expect a struggle" by Sarah Boxer

Smithsonian Magazine, February 8, 2011, Around the Mall, "Family Pictures: Close to Home @ Smithsonian American Art Museum" by Jeff Campagna 

The Washington Post, February 4, 2011, "'Close to Home: Photographers and Their Families' at Smithsonian American Art Museum" by Mark Jenkins

Los Angeles Times, May 27, 2011, “Cuba Under the Lens at the Getty Museum” By Reed Johnson,

The Photobook, February 6, 2009. Blog post: Virginia Beahan – Review of Cuba: Singing with Bright Tears

Arts Beat LA, May 24, 2012, “In Focus: Picturing Landscape – photography at the Getty, review,”by Pauline Adamek

Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, December 2010,“Darkroom Magic,” by Judith Hertog
 

Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Sept/Oct 2011, “Slowing Down Time:Photography professor Virginia Beahan brings an old-school technique and a rare sensibility to her craft,” by Judith Hertog