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Colleen Plumb

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Columbia College Chicago
MFA, Photography, 1999

Northern Illinois University
BFA, Visual Communication, 1992

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1989-90


2000-current:  Columbia College Chicago, Adjunct Faculty
Featured speaker, SPE Conference, Kalamazoo, MI, Sept. 2010
Artist Lecture, Milwaukee Art Museum, April 2011



Dina Mitrani Gallery, Miami, Animals Are Outside Today, 2011
Women in Photography,, April, 2011
Jen Bekman Gallery, NY, Animals Are Outside Today, 2011
City Gallery, Historic Water Tower, Chicago, IL, Animals Are Outside Today, 2009
Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Animals Are Outside Today, 2009
Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IL, Urban Nature, 2007



Exposures II, Dina Mitrani Gallery, Miami
Art Loop Open, Block 37, Chicago, IL
Art in Bloom,
Milwaukee Art Museum
, Dina Mitrani Gallery, Miami, FL

Mixtape, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY
Mus-Mus @Paris, juried by Stephen Shore, Gil Blank and Denise Wolff
The Un-Natural Nature of Food,,
Melanie McWhorter, curator
, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, FL

Colleen Plumb and Zachariah Reike, van Straaten Gallery, Denver, CO
Photo-Op, 14th Annual Exhibit, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
15th Juried Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
Art Chicago, Riverhouse/van Straaten Gallery, Denver, CO

Hey Hot Shot, Volume I, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY
Beyond the Backyard, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
19th Evanston Biennial, Evanston, IL
Photography Now, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN

Bridge Art Fair, Standard Usage Project, Miami, FL
Field Guide to the American Family, Humble Arts Foundation, Gallery Bar, NY
Power of Plants, Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY
Power of Plants, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL

InSight: Recent Additions to the Permanent Collection, MoCP, Chicago
New Chicago Photography, Version Fest, Iron Studios, J. Gitelson, B.Ulrich curators
Fresh StART, Santa Monica Art Studios, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Contemporary Condition, Hokin Center, curated by Paul D’Amato, Chicago
Click Art, Woman Made Gallery, curated by Whitney Bradshaw, Chicago

PROOF, SPE regional conference, George Mason Univ., Chan Chao juror, Fairfax, VA
Power of Plants, US Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.
BIRDS 2005 International, Beijing Natural Cultural Center, China
The Chicago Project, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago

Frozen in Light, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago
Chicago Land/Space/Place, Greg Foster-Rice, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago

Movement Auction, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago
Art to Fear, ARC Gallery, Chicago

You Are Here, Chicago in the Year 2000, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago

Our Town, CITY 2000, Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago
A Year in the Life, City Gallery Historic Water Tower, Chicago
CITY 2000, inaugural exhibit, Gallery 312, Chicago

Photosynthesis, Three Arts Club, Chicago


Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL   
Beijing Natural Cultural Center, Beijing, China
Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IL
Ruttenberg/Belgravia group, Chicago, IL
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
Tweet/Big Chicks, Chicago, IL
Private Collections

2003-Present, Midwest Photographers Project,



2011     3Arts Chicago Visual Artist Award Nominee
2010     CAAP Grant, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
2010     Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers Nominee
2009     Ne Plus Ultra, Jen Bekman Gallery, NYC
2008     Blurb, Photography.Book.Now honorable mention
2008     CENTER: Review Santa Fe attendee
2008     Driehaus Foundation Individual Artist Award Nominee
2007     Urban Nature named No. 1 Museum Photography
              Exhibit, NewCity Chicago, Michael Weinstein
2006     CAAP Grant, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
2005      Beijing National Cultural Center, Honorable Mention
2002      Black Box, Columbia College part time faculty grant
1998      Stuart Baum Project Completion Grant
1997      Albert P. Weisman Scholarship


2011      TIME Magazine, LightBox, Neil Harris
2011      Pasatiempo, Santa Fe, Rob Dewalt
2011      Animals Are Outside Today, Radius Books, essay by Lisa Hostetler
2011      Exploring Color Photography, 5th ed. Robert Hirsch
2010      New York Times Style Magazine, Sunday, November 7
2009      HotShoe International, June, Second Life of Jen Bekman, Gallerist
2009      PDN, Exposures, February 2009, by Alia Akkam, edited by Conor Risch
2009      PDN, Chicago's Photography Scene, June
2009      Nymphoto Photography Collective, Conversation
2009      Essay, Historic Water Tower, Karen Irvine, MoCP
2009      PDN Online, Exposures: All Booked Up, by Conor Risch
2008      Artists' Showcase, Center for Fine Art Photography, essay by Darius Himes
2007      Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, Edited by Robert Hirsch
2007      Field Guide to the North American Family, by Garth Risk Hallberg
2006      CITY 2000, Edited by Teri Boyd and Gary Comer, University of IL Press
2006      Photography Now: 100 Portfolios DVD, Wright State, Dayton, OH
2005      SHOTS, 2005 Portfolio Issue
2005      NATURE, 6x6 Series, published by Columbia College

Recent Exhibits

Colleen Plumb participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2014 Towards the Sky Again, 1997 - 2011
Dina Mitrani Gallery
Jan, 2013 Stitched and Glued
Riverside Arts Center Freeark Gallery
Sep, 2012 Wildlife in the Post-Natural Age
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center
Dina Mitrani Gallery
May, 2011 Animals are Outside Today
Dina Mitrani Gallery
Mar, 2011 Animals are Outside Today
Jen Bekman
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