Virginia Beahan

BIOGRAPHY
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.

For more information, please visit Beahan's website: www.virginiabeahan.com

EDUCATION
1984: Tyler School of Art, Temple University, MFA in Photography, 1984
1968: Pennsylvania State University, BA in English, 1968

WORK EXPERIENCE
2001-Present: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Senior Lecturer
2000, 1999, 1994: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Photography Instructor
1996-2000: Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, Associate Professor of Photography
1999, 1996: Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, Visiting Faculty
1997: Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY, Associate Professor of Photography
1997: Columbia University, New York, NY, Assistant Professor of Photography
1995-1996: Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Photography Instructor
1995, 1990-91: School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Photography Instructor;
1984-1989: University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Photography Instructor,
1978-1988: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Photography Assistant, Visual Arts Program

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2016Transphotographiques, Maison de la Photographie, Lille, France 
2016Gallery Selections, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA
20161%: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality, Magazzini Fotografici, Naples, Italy 
2015Elegy 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
2015Collected: Alumni Art Collections, Van Every Gallery, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
2014Elegy for an Ancient Sea, Strauss Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH(solo)
2013Dark Blue: The Water as Protagonist, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI, 2013
2012In Focus: Picturing Landscape, Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
2012View Find: Photography, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, 2013, 2012
2012Looking Back at Earth, 2015 Water Ways, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH
2011CUBA:  Walker Evans to Now, Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA, 
2011Close to Home: Photographers and Their Families, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
2011CUBA, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA, (solo)
2011-12The Altered Landscape, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, 2011-2012 (catalogue)
2009Summer Group Shows: Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Howard Yezerski, Boston, MA, 2009
2008-09In Focus:  The Landscape, Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2008-09
2008CUBA singing with bright tears, Strauss Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2008 (solo)
2008A Shared Vision, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH, 2008
2007Cuba Now, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA, 2007 (solo)
2007Branching Out, Sepia International, New York, NY, 2007
2006-07Where We Live; Photographs of America, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2006/07
2006Drawn By Desire, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2006 (solo) 
2005The 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)

2003Landslide, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY, 
2003Oases, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY,
2003Histories of Photography, Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 
2003By The Sea, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY, 
2002The Country Between Us, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, (solo)
2002All The Dust, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 
2002The Peter C. Bunnell Collection, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ, 
2002: New Jersey, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY, 
2001Images 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, 
2000Forces of Change:  A New View of Nature, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C., 
2000No Ordinary Land, Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Santa Monica, CA, (solo)
1999 - 2000: The Color Tradition, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA,
2000Precedence, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, 
1998No Ordinary Land, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, (solo)
1998Expanded Visions:  The Panoramic Photograph, Addison Gallery, Andover, MA, 
1998The West:  Recent Acquisitions, The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 
1996-97Crossing 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, 
1992Landscape 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
2009CUBA 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)
20161%:  Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality, edited by Myles Little, Hatje Cantz, 
2013The Window in Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2012Landscape in Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2011The Altered Landscape, Rizzoli International & Nevada Museum of Art, New York
2007Art in Action:  Nature, Creativity, and Our Collective Future, Natural World Museum/UNEP, Oakland, CA
2006Where We Live; Photographs of America, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2004Common Ground:  Discovering Community in 150 Years of Art, Merrell, New York,
2003Cuba On The Verge:  an island in transition, edited by Terry McCoy, Bullfinch, New York
2002Photography Past Forward:  Aperture at 50, Aperture Foundation, New York
2002Against Nature, Grand Street #70, portfolio with essay by Andy Grundberg
2002BIG #42, New Jersey, May/June portfolio
2002Oceans, Rizzoli, New York, 
2000Forces of Change:  A New View of Nature, Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.
2000Water, Éditions Assouline, Paris, France
1998: Expanded Visions:  The Panoramic Photograph, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA,(catalogue)
1995The 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

Press

"A Painting? Bruce Berman Prefers Photographs" - Michael Walker, The New York Times
06/08/2017
"Gallery Profile: BigTown Gallery Vergennes" - Rachel Elizabeth Jones, Seven Days
05/03/2017