Fellow: Awarded 2013
Field of Study: Photography
Competition: US & Canada
Gary Schneider is a photographer whose early work in painting, performance, and film remain integral to his explorations of portraiture. He strives to marry art and science, identity and obscurity, figuration and abstraction, the carnal and the spiritual.
Schneider has had a number of solo exhibitions at such prominent venues as Artist Space, New York City; The Musee de L’Elysee Lausanne, Switzerland; The International Center of Photography, New York City; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; The Sackler Museum, Boston; The Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego; and The Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland. He received an Eisenstaedt Award from Life magazine, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Lou Stoumen Award. Some public collections that include his work are The National Gallery of Canada, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Whitney Museum, Yale University Art Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, Harvard Art Museums, and Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Born in East London, South Africa, Schneider earned a B.F.A. from Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa, and an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Gary Schneider is Assistant Professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.