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Britt Salvesen

Britt Salvesen


2004–present Center for Creative Photography Curator; Interim Director (from June 2007); University of Arizona, Tucson Director and Chief Curator (from March 2008) Adjunct Professor, Art History

2003–04 Milwaukee Art Museum Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

1994–2003 The Art Institute of Chicago Associate Editor of Scholarly Publications

Chicago, Publications Department

1999 Columbia College, Chicago Adjunct Professor, History of Photography

1990–94 Internships The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Prints and Drawings; Tate Gallery, London, Modern Foreign Collection; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio


1991–97 University of Chicago PhD in Art History

Chicago, IL

Major field: modern (19th century)

Minor field: theory and historiography

1989–91 Courtauld Institute Postgraduate Diploma and MA: Art modern period

London, England

1985–89 Trinity University BA: Spanish and Art History

San Antonio, TX


Rockefeller Foundation / Bellagio Center Residency, 2008; Getty Curatorial Research Fellowship, 2007; PhD thesis, “Selling Sight: Stereoscopy in Mid-Victorian Britain,” awarded honors, 1997; Paul Mellon Fellowship for Studies in British Art, 1995–96; Rhoades Curatorial Fellowship, Art Institute of Chicago, 1994; MA thesis, “Norwegian Painting in the 1880s,” awarded mark of distinction, 1991; graduated from Trinity University magna cum laude and with University Honors, 1989; member Phi Beta Kappa, elected in spring 1989, and Alpha Lambda Delta


Lee Friedlander: American Monuments. Center for Creative Photography, 17 May–3 August 2008.

Making a Photograph: Iconic Images and Their Origins, Center for Creative Photography, 20 October 2007–27 January 2008.

Ralph Gibson and Lustrum Press, 1970–1985, Center for Creative Photography, 16 June–30 September 2007.

Human Interest: Photoessays from the Collection, Center for Creative Photography, 9 February–27 May 2007.

Garry Winogrand: Four Edges and the Facts, Phoenix Art Museum, 9 February–20 May 2007.

(coordinating curator) Richard Avedon: In the American West, Center for Creative Photography, 21 October 2006–9 January 2007.

Harry Callahan: The Photographer at Work. Center for Creative Photography, 27 January–7 May 2006. Traveling to the Art Institute of Chicago.

(coordinating curator) Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Center for Creative Photography, 7 September 2005–9 January 2006.

Boxed Sets: Portfolios of the Seventies. Center for Creative Photography, 11 March–29 May 2005.

(co-curator) On the Street: The New York School of Photographers. Center for Creative Photography, 11 December 2004–27 February 2005.

Super Hits of the 70s: Photographs from the Collection. Milwaukee Art Museum, 7 October 2004–2 January 2005.

The Incisive Imagination: Jacques Callot and His Contemporaries. Milwaukee Art Museum, 6 February–9 April 2004.

Defiance Despair Desire: German Expressionist Prints from the Marcia and Granvil Specks Collection. Milwaukee Art Museum, 19 January–14 March 2004. Traveled to the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh.

Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders. Pictures and Audio from the 1960s. Milwaukee Art Museum, 14 June–7 September 2003.

(coordinating curator) Brandt and Weston: Two Geniuses of Photography. Milwaukee Art Museum, 15 December 2002–9 February 2003.


“W. Eugene Smith: The Artist and the Archive / W. Eugene Smith: el artista y el archivo,” in W. Eugene Smith: Más real que la realidad ( Madrid: La Fábrica, 2008).

“Real Estate Opportunities,” paper presented at the College Art Association Annual Meeting, Dallas, 20 February 2008.

“Geoffrey James and the Art of Description,” in Utopia/Dystopia: The Photographs of Geoffrey James ( Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2008).

“Working with Artists,” panelist at Society for Photographic Education West/Southwest Regional Meeting, 17 November 2007.

“The Harry Callahan Archive,” paper presented at the Art Institute of Chicago and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 24 July 2006 and 20 September 2007.

“Eric Payson and the Idea of America,” in You Can’t Spell America without Eric ( New York: PowerHouse Books, 2006).

“‘Surrealistic and Disturbing’”: Ansel Adams and Timothy O’Sullivan in the 1930s,” paper presented at the conference Surrealism and the American West, Arizona State University, October 2006.

“From Survey to Style: New Topographics and Timothy O’Sullivan,” paper presented at University of Chicago, April 2006.

Harry Callahan: The Photographer at Work ( Tucson and New Haven: Center for Creative Photography and Yale University Press, 2006).

“Boxed Sets: Photographic Portfolios,” paper presented at the Center for Creative Photography, March 2005.

“Diane Arbus,” paper presented at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, March 2005.

“Photography and Celebrity in the Nineteenth Century,” paper presented to the Old Masters Society, Art Institute of Chicago, February 2005.

Professional Organizations

Print Council of America, Association of Art Museum Curators, College Art Association, Oracle (international photography curators’ group)



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