Professor of Photography
MFA, University of New Mexico
Janet L. Pritchard photographs place with a special interest in the intersection of nature and culture. She describes her method as the pursuit of artistic vision through historical empathy. Her current creative research project, More Than Scenery: Yellowstone, an American Love Story, explores our national love affair with America’s first national park through the lenses of nature, culture, and history. Her previous work, Dwelling: Expressions of Time, explored the layers of time, human and geologic, found in the landscape of southern New England.
Pritchard’s exhibition venues include: Fraction Magazine; Flak Photo; Lenscratch; Fruitlands and New Bedford Art Museums, Massachusetts; International Center for Photography, New York; Martha Schneider Gallery, Chicago; Photographic Resource Center, Boston; RISD Museum of Art, Providence; Sam Francis Gallery, Santa Monica; and the National Trust for Historic Preservation traveling exhibition America’s Uncommon Places. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including: Artist-in-Residence Fellowships at Jentel, Ucross, and Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University; Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society; NEH Summer Scholar, Smith Center for Cartography, Newberry Library; Fellowship, UConn Humanities Institute; and Honors General Education Curriculum Development Grant, UConn.
Pritchard has been on the faculty since 2001 and serves as the Area Coordinator for Photography. She has taught at Tyler School of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Colorado, and University of New Mexico. Pritchard received her BA in art history, classics, and philosophy from the University of Colorado, and her MA and MFA from the University of New Mexico. Before pursuing a career in photography, she worked as an outdoor education instructor and spent her youth traveling between the Northeast and Rocky Mountain West. She makes her home in New England, but considers herself geographically bilingual.