Associate 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, Yellowstone Dreams: 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 found in the landscape of southern New England.
Pritchard’s exhibition venues include: Fruitlands Museum, Massachusetts; International Center for Photography, New York; Martha Schneider Gallery, Chicago; Photographic Resource Center, Boston; RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI; Sam Francis Gallery, Santa Monica, California; and the National Trust for Historic Preservation travelling exhibition America’s Uncommon Places. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including: Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyo.; Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass.; Fellowship, University of Connecticut Humanities Institute; Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred; and Honors General Education Curriculum Development Grant, University of Connecticut.
Pritchard has been on the faculty since 2001 and serves as the Area Coordinator for Photography. Before coming to the University of Connecticut, she taught at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and the University of Colorado. Pritchard received her BA in art history and classics from the University of Colorado, and her MA and MFA from University of New Mexico. Before pursuing a career in photography, she worked as an outdoor education instructor and spent her youth travelling between the Northeast and Rocky Mountain West. She makes her home in New England but considers herself geographically bilingual.