Jerry Uelsmann

2015 Honoree: Achievement in Fine Art


Born in Detroit on June 11, 1934, Jerry N. Uelsmann received his B.F.A. degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1957 and his M.S. and M.F.A. at Indiana University in 1960. He began teaching photography in the Art Department at the University of Florida in 1960. He became a Graduate Research Professor of Art in 1974 and is now retired from teaching. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Uelsmann received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1972. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and a founding member of the Society for Photographic Education. In 2012, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Florida.

Uelsmann’s work has been exhibited in more than 100 individual shows in the United States and abroad over the last fifty years. His photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Chicago Art Institute, the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliotheque National in Paris, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and the Museum of Photography in Seoul.

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