Carolyn Benedict Fraser is a large format photographer and educator. Her work utilizes the constraints of the camera, the frame, and vision to address the ways in which we orient ourselves to mental and physical limitations. She studied psychology and photography at Mills College and received an MFA in Visual Art from Cornell University. She presented her work at the 2017 SPE North Eastern Conference, Is Photography Enough?: Interdisciplinary Approaches Beyond the Still Image. Recently her work has been exhibited in New York City, San Francisco, and Rome, Italy.

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b. 1984, Nashville, Tennessee                                  

2016    MFA, Visual Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 
2012    BA, Psychology and Studio Art, Mills College, Oakland, CA


2020 Gesture and Motion, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
              Juror: Margaret Carrigan
2019  Aim Less, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

             Jurors: Ashley Quast and June T. Sanders
2018  The Essential, Loosen Art Exhibition, Millipeani Gallery, Rome, Italy
2017   Is Photography Enough?, SPE Northeast Chapter Conference Juried Exhibition, Brattleboro, VT
             Juror: Joshua Farr
2017   On Beauty: Group Show #53, Humble Arts Foundation of New York 
             Jurors: Jon Feinstein and Roula Seikaly
2017   Slow Eyes, Solace and Site, Umbrella Arts, Concord, MA
             Juror: Jen Houle
2017   100 Days of Action, Bay Area Society for Arts and Activism, San Francisco, CA
2016   Goodbye and Good Luck, Standard Art Supply and Souvenir, Ithaca, NY
2016   Something Came Over Me, Caelum Gallery, New York, NY
2016   Failures, Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
2015   Open Season No. 5, Standard Art Supply and Souvenir, Ithaca, NY
2015   this (not that), Olive Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY     
2015   In a Certain Way, Site/109, New York, NY
2014   Perspective, Olive Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
2012   Matter of Opinion: Senior Thesis Show, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA

Commissioned Work
2017   Bitter Banquet, Promotional Artwork for Powerdove/Annie Lewandowski
2016   Site-specific Commission, Private Home, Nashville, TN
2012   As the Crow Flies, Private Home, Portola Valley, CA

Guest Lectures | Presentations
2017   Imagemaker Presentation, SPE Northeast Chapter Conference, Is Photography Enough?
2017   Fitchburg State University, Contemporary Art Practice
2017   Ithaca College, Intermediate Photography [Visiting Critic]
2016   Cornell University, Introduction to Photography: Making it Real
2015   Cornell University, Art as Experience: Drawing and New Media
2012   San Francisco State University, Documen(tary) Photography
2012   Mills College, Contemporary Photography I
2011    Mills College, Contemporary Photography I

Online Publications
2019   Light Leaked, Photography Magazine, Private / Public, February 2019
              Juror: June T. Sanders
2018   The Foundry, Poetry and Visual Journal, Issue Seven: March 2018
2017   On Beauty: Group Show #53 - Essay by Roula Seikaly, Humble Arts Foundation NY


Print Publications
2015   Cornell MFA Catalog, "Living in Moments" written by Lauren van Haaften-Schick

Awards | Grants
2018   Pendleton Professional Development Grant, Ithaca College
2016   Charles Baskerville Award in Visual Art, Cornell University
2012   Herringer Prize for Excellence in Studio Art, Mills College
2009  Evans Harrington Creative Writing Award, University of Mississippi

Teaching Experience
Spring 2018 - 2019   Lecturer in Photography, Ithaca College
    Courses:    Introduction to Photography
                        Intermediate Photography

                        History of Photography
                        Photography in Exhibition

2018   Instructor, Photography & Painting, Nature & Abstraction, Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts
2017   Instructor, Photography & Painting, Nature & Abstraction, Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont

Related Experience
2015   Art Handler, Pepón Osorio, 'Side by Side'
2012   Studio Assistant, Catherine Wagner Studio, San Francisco, CA