Andrew O’Brien was born and raised in Southern Maryland. Currently he is based in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he is an assistant professor of Photography and Media Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His artistic practice is shaped by an early interest in science and the natural world, which led to an internship for NASA and Astronomy studies at the University of Arizona before he turned to fine art exclusively. Other vital experiences include conservation work with the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona and volunteer work with non‐profit NGO’s in the Southwest region, where he was exposed to the complex political and geographic environment of the US‐Mexico border. Since receiving his MFA from the University of Oregon in 2009, O’Brien has lived and worked in Los Angeles, New York City, and Tennessee. His current work examines the material artifacts of human intervention into the physical world, as well as the history and perception of the landscape. He has exhibited at Seed Space, Nashville TN, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Clark College, Vancouver WA, Greenleaf Gallery at Whittier College, Whittier, CA, and The Curb Center at Vanderbilt University among others. 

 

Curriculum Vitae in PDF format


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

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (* indicates solo exhibition)

2017

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

2005  

Dinnerware Art Auction, Dinnerware Contemporary Arts, Tucson, Arizona

Flat Files, Dinnerware Contemporary Arts, Tucson, Arizona

 

GRANTS & AWARDS

2016

UTC Engaged 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

 

ARTIST LECTURES & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2015  

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

2011  

National Conference Portfolio Reviewer, Society for Photographic Education, Atlanta

2010  

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

2009  

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

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

2008  

Middle Ground, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

2005  

Western Photographic Historical Society, Tucson, Arizona

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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

 

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