Andrew O’Brien is an artist and educator from southern Maryland, now based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. O’Brien’s photographic and installation-based practice draws from lived experience to examine the organization and perception of physical space — especially as it relates to landscape and the built environment. His work is informed by the history and symbolic potential of materials, as well as the shifting incarnations of the photographic image. He has exhibited widely, including at the Houston Center for Photography, Seed Space in Nashville, Tennessee, The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, the West Gallery at California State University Northridge, and the Art Museum of Northern Illinois University, among others. In 2009 O’Brien received his MFA from the University of Oregon, and since 2014 he has served as Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

 

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EDUCATION

2009              

Master of Fine Arts, Photography Concentration, Suma Cum Laude

University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

2003              

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography, Suma Cum Laude

Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

 

EXHIBITIONS & CURATORIAL RESEARCH PRACTICE (* indicates solo exhibition)

2019

Contemporary Landscape, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA), Gimpo-si, South Korea (11/19)

Social Justice in the Mis-Information Age, Juror: Susan Crile, Albright College, Reading, PA

27th Emerald Coast National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Juror: Katie Pfohl, Curator NOMA, Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, FL

Art of the South 2019, Juror: Bethany Springer, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

*Drift Alignment, West Gallery, California State University, Northridge, CA

DATA: BIG, -driven, Visualized, Juror: Richard Siegesmund, Northern Illinois Univ. Art Museum, Dekalb, IL

*Drift Alignment, White Box Gallery, California State University, Bakersfield, CA

Fluctuating Meridians, Stoveworks Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

2018

TN Contemporary, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, Georgia. Collaborative curatorial project with Phillip Lewis and Daniel Fuller, featuring work by regional artists Eric Cagley, Patrick DeGuira and Natalie Petrovsky

2017

*Curtain Wall, Workspace Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska

*Curtain Wall, Kresge Library and Gallery, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Mellow Mountain Coalition and Michael Robinson, Terminal Station, Chattanooga. Co-curated installation of Memphis-based collaborative and LA video artist in a caboose and train car

Don’t Worry, You’ll Get There, 401 MLK, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Co-curated site-specific video installation in former fast food restaurant featuring work by Nevada-based artist, Peter Whittenberger

iSurrender, 540 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Co-curated site-specific video projection of work by UK artist, Samantha Harvey, on the former State Office Building in downtown Chattanooga

SPE South Central Regional Conference Juried Exhibition, Juror: Deborah Lillie, Waco, Texas

New England Art Book Fair, Presented in Conjunction with Grammar Center Press, Portland, Maine

5th Annual Juried Exhibition, Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN, Curated by Austin Thomas

Contemporary South 2017, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC, Curated by Sheetal Prajatapati

2016

Photographs About Nothing, Atlanta Photography Group, Curated by Beth Lilly

Faux, Center for Fine Art Photography, Boulder, Colorado, Juried by Louise Clements

Edgehill Muses, Curb Center for Art and Enterprise, Vanderbilt University, Curated by Rachel Bubis

Still Life, Don't Take Pictures (online exhibition), Juried by Kat Kiernan

2015              

33rd Annual Member Exhibition, Houston Center for Photography, Juried by Russell Lord (NOMA)          

*Talking Talking House, Seed Space, Nashville, Tennessee

2014              

Group Show, Shane Darwent Art and Framing, Chattanooga, Tennessee

2011  

Range, Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, Washington

2010  

*Fickett, Apothecary Projects, Chattanooga, Tennessee

SQFT, Blackfish Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon

SQFT, Egyptian Theater, Boise, Idaho

2009  

Recent Grads, Blackfish Contemporary Art, Portland Oregon

MFA 2009, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon

NWx4: New Northwest Photography, Quality Pictures Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon

2008  

*Threshold, Eric Washburn Gallery, Eugene, Oregon Lightfoot, Ditch Projects, Springfield, Oregon

The Space Between, Laverne Krauss Gallery, Eugene, Oregon

Sundown, 18k Gold Tone Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2008 Juried Exhibition, NewSpace Center for Photography, Portland, Oregon

Terra Infirma, Laverne Krause Gallery, Eugene, Oregon

2007              

Habitat, Laverne Krause Gallery, Eugene, Oregon

Our Terrain, Greenleaf Gallery, Whittier, California

*Middle Ground, Shane House Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

2006              

H2O, Dinnerware Contemporary Arts, Tucson, Arizona

*Dis/Appearance Project, Site Specific Billboard Installation, Tucson, Arizona

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2018

Lowe House Project Artist Residency for Drift Alignment Research and Artwork Production, Tubac, Arizona

2017

Lowe House Project Artist Residency for Drift Alignment Research and Artwork Production, Tubac, Arizona

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2019

Drift Alignment, SECAC National Conference session, Chattanooga, Tennessee (10/19)

2018

Landscape in Pieces, session chair, SECAC National Conference, Birmingham, Alabama

Drift Alignment, Society for Photographic Education South Central Conference, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Drift Alignment, Society for Photographic Education South East Conference, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina

2009

Field Office, Society for Photographic Education National Conference, Dallas, Texas

ARTIST LECTURES

2019

Fluctuating Meridians Panel Discussion, Stoveworks Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee

2018

Visiting Artist, University of Central Florida, School of Visual Art and Design, Orlando, Florida

Drift Alignment, College of Arts and Sciences Convocation, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Drift Alignment, Lowe House Project, Tubac, Arizona

2017

Artist Talk for Curtain Wall Solo Exhibition, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia

2010

Visiting Artist, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota

2009

MFA Lecture Series, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon

2008

Middle Ground, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

2005

Western Photographic Historical Society, Tucson, Arizona 

GRANTS & AWARDS

2019

Summer Faculty Research Grant, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Pitch Competition: Drift Alignment Book Proposal, Arts and Humanities Category Winner

2018

Faculty Achievement Grant, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Fall Faculty Research Grant, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Summer Faculty Research Grant, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

2017

CAS Research and Creative Activity Grant, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Faculty Research Grant, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

High Impact Practices Grant, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

2016

UTC Engaged Grant, TN Contemporary, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

CAS Supplemental Travel Grant, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

2015  

Faculty Research Grant, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Ruth S. Holmberg Grant for Faculty Excellence, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

2014  

Think Achieve Grant, Lead Author, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

UNFoundation of Chattanooga, NeighborFloat, Lead Author, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Library Enhancement Grant, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

2008-2009

Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

2007  

Architecture and Allied Arts Travel Research Grant, University of Oregon, Eugene Oregon

Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon, Eugene Oregon

Segal Americorps Education Award, Americorps, Washington, D.C./ Tucson, Arizona

2006  

Individual Artist Grant, Tucson Pima Arts Council, Tucson, Arizona

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2019

National Conference Portfolio Reviewer, Society for Photographic Education, Cleveland, OH

2018

National Conference Portfolio Reviewer, Society for Photographic Education, Philadelphia, PA

2016

National Conference Portfolio Reviewer, Society for Photographic Education, Orlando, FLA

2015  

National Conference Portfolio Reviewer, Society for Photographic Education, New Orleans

2011  

National Conference Portfolio Reviewer, Society for Photographic Education, Atlanta

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019

Richard Siegesmund and Jo Anne Burke, Data: Big/-driven/Visualized. Exhibition catalogue. Published by the Northern Illinois University Art Musuem. May 2019.

Brooks Dierdorff and Andrew O’Brien, “Interview: Andrew O’Brien & Brooks Dierdorff,” No. 97: Relics, Spring 2019

2017

Ann Marie Deer Owens, “Community Viewed as Microcosm for Nashville” Vanderbilt News online, January 5th, 2017 

2015              

Adrienne Outlaw, “Talking Talking House,” Seedspace Lab, February, 2015

2010  

Laurel Ptak, “Andrew O’Brien,” www.iheartphotograph.com, 27 December, 2010

2007  

Irene Messina, “Paradoxical Landscapes,” Tucson Weekly, 4 January, 200

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

2018 - Present

Member, SECAC (formerly Southeast Conference of Art Colleges)

2007 - Present

Member, Society for Photographic Education

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2014-Present

Assistant Professor of Photography and Media Art, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

•Studio instruction in analog and digital photographic practices, web design and book making

•Lecture instruction in photographic theory and the history of time-based art

•Advising and mentorship for B.F.A Photography and Media Art students

2010-11

Lecturer, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee

•Art 2810 Photography I, Art 2820 Photography II

•Art 2800 Survey of Time Based Art

•Art 4815 Web & Book for Artists

•Art 2600 Visual Literacy for Graphic Design

•Art 2710 Typography I

2009  

Instructor of Record, ArtO 251 Black and White Photography, University of Oregon

•Traditional darkroom printing instruction using fiber based paper

•Basic use of 35mm film cameras and principles of photographic seeing

2008

Instructor of Record, ArtO 354 Digital Photography, University of Oregon

•Designed and implemented all course materials with co-instructor

•Use of camera RAW, color management, digital concepts and history

Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Artist Experience, University of Oregon

•Set up visiting faculty lectures and graded student writing assignments

Graduate Teaching Assistant, ArtO 251 Black and White Photography, University of Oregon

•Provided general assistance and in-class printing and mounting demonstrations