For more than thirty years, Wendy Ewald has
collaborated with children and adults around the world, working
in communities in Labrador, Appalachia, Colombia, India, South
Africa, Saudi Arabia, Holland, Mexico, Canada, North Carolina,
and New York. She partners her keen observational and creative
skills with her students' imaginations, encouraging them to use
cameras to create individual self-portraits and portraits of their
communities and to articulate their dreams and hopes while working
with her in visual and verbal collaboration.
Born in Detroit in 1951, Ewald is currently a senior research associate
at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies and an
artist-in-residence at the university’s John Hope Franklin
Center. She is also a senior fellow at the Vera List Center for
Art and Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York.
Ewald has served as a visiting artist at numerous institutions,
most recently at the Queens Museum of Art and the Museum of Art
at the Rhode Island School of Design, to complete special commissions.
Over a decade ago, she founded the Literacy Through Photograph
program in Durham, North Carolina, now thriving in many elementary
and middle schools.
Ewald has received many honors in recognition
of her innovative creative practice, including a MacArthur Fellowship
and a Lila
Wallace Reader’s Digest Visual Arts Fellowship, as well as
grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation
for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission.
Her forthcoming book, American Alphabets, is published by Scalo.
In 2000, Scalo also published the comprehensive catalogue, Wendy
Ewald: Secret Games, Collaborative Works with Children 1969–1999,
which accompanies the artist’s retrospective exhibition that
is continuing to tour nationally. Current and upcoming stops include
the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Mint Museum in Charlotte.
Ewald has exhibited her work extensively since the mid-1970s.
She has had solo exhibitions at the International Center for Photography,
New York; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; George Eastman
House, Rochester; Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill; University Art Museum, University of California
at Berkeley; Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco; Nederlands Foto
Institute, Rotterdam; and the Fotomuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland,
among many other venues. Her work has also been included in numerous
group exhibitions, including the 1997 Whitney Biennial, and acquired
by notable institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art
and The Library of