Janet L. Pritchard
Professor of Photography
MA + MFA, University of New Mexico
Landscape photographer Janet L. Pritchard works at the intersection of nature and culture. She uses a methodology described as historical empathy to depict complex landscapes as expressions of time and place. In Long Tidal River, her current creative research project, she photographs the Connecticut River as a complex system of past and present, beginning with the present day she uses science and historical research for greater understanding. Previous work includes: More than Scenery: Yellowstone, an American Love Story, which explores our national love affair with America’s first national park through the lenses of nature, culture, and history; and Dwelling: Expressions of Time, which evokes the layers of time, human and geologic, found in the landscape of southern New England.
Pritchard’s exhibition venues include: Fraction Magazine; Flak Photo; Fruitlands, New Bedford and Philadelphia Art Museums; International Center for Photography, New York; Lenscratch; 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, fellowships, and grants, including: Artist-in-Residence at Jentel Foundation, Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University, Millay Foundation, Ucross Foundation, and the Vindolanda Trust; Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society; NEH Summer Scholar, Smith Center for Cartography, Newberry Library; Fellowship, UConn Humanities Institute; Honors General Education Curriculum Development Grant, UConn; and, Research Excellence Program, 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 (Boulder + Denver), 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.
Selections from Janet Pritchard’s individual and collaborative photographic projects can be seen at the following websites: