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Dona Schwartz

  • Associate Professor
  • Department Head (starts on Jan 1, 2018)

Currently Teaching

  F2017 - ART 311.19 - Topics in Art (Art Festivals)
LEC 1 TR 12:30 - 13:45
AB 617
  F2017 - ART 336 - Digital Photography
  F2017 - ART 513.71 - Directed Study (Photography IV)
LAB 9 TBA TBA
TUT 9 TBA TBA

Schwartz profile

Dona Schwartz is a photographic artist whose work explores everyday life and culture. Her work examines definitions of family and the nature of domesticity, cultural continuity and change, and transitional moments in life. She earned a PhD at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in visual communication and ethnographic research.

She has published two photographic ethnographies, Waucoma Twilight: Generations of the Farm (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992) and Contesting the Super Bowl (Routledge, 1997). Her photographic monograph, In the Kitchen, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2009. On the Nest, also published by Kehrer, was released in December 2015. 

Schwartz’s award-winning photographs have been internationally exhibited and published. Photographs from On the Nest have been included in multiple Photographic Portrait Prize exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, London, winning Third Prize in 2011. Schwartz’s work is included in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Musée de l’Elysée, the George Eastman House, the Harry Ransom Center, the Portland Art Museum, and the Kinsey Institute.

Schwartz is actively engaged with the Calgary photographic community through her work as President and Board Chair of the Calgary/Banff Photography Festival Society. As president, she organizes the annual Exposure Photography Festival which takes place in Calgary, Canmore, Banff, Edmonton and in other Alberta communities.

Schwartz is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.

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