Jo Ann Walters is a photographic artist living and teaching in New England. She has been practicing photography since the middle 1980’s and has been described by seminal photographer William Eggleston as “one of the few independently original photographers working in the medium today.” Her work is included in important collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, St Louis Museum of Art, the Biblioteque Nationale, and the Center for Fine Photography, Bombay, India among others. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of the Friends of Photography’s Ferguson Award for outstanding portraiture. She has won two Connecticut Commission of the Arts Fellowships, an artist grant from Kittredge Educational Foundation and was awarded support from the Peter S. Reed Foundation acknowledging distinguished writers, choreographers, filmmakers and visual artists in their fields. Most recently she was a finalist in the Women in Photography International annual competition and a finalist for the John Guttman Fellowship from the San Francisco Foundation. An essay of her work has been published in “Heartland” the final issue of DoubleTake magazine, and Abbeville Press’s New Color/New Work. Her work is also included in The Museum of Modern Art's publication The Pleasure and Terror of Domestic Comfort. She is compiling a book of portrait work titled: Vanity + Consolation with text by Sandra Phillips, senior curator at SFMoMA and Professor Laura Wexler, Chair of Women’s Studies and faculty in American Studies at Yale University. Her current project is DogTown comprised of rural and industrial sites made in small towns and villages throughout the Midwestern + Southern United States. She has been on the faculties of Yale University and Rhode Island School of Design. She is the Chair of the Photography Board of Study at Purchase College, The State University of New York.
Jo Ann Walters