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Jo Ann Walters

Associate Professor of Photography

Jo Ann Walters is a photographic artist and educator living in New England. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and received the Ferguson Award for outstanding portraiture. She also received a Kittredge Fund Fellowship from Harvard University as well as a fellowship from the Peter S. Reed Foundation awarded to distinguished writers, choreographers, filmmakers and visual artists in their fields. She was nominated for Anonymous was a Woman and the John Gutmann Fellowship from the San Francisco Foundation. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the St Louis Art Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, Bibliotheque Nationale and the Center for Fine Photography, Bombay among others.

 Selected publications include Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort, MoMA, (1991); New Color /New Work, Abbeyville Press (1996); DoubleTake Magazine (2003); The Photo Review International: 17 Photographers from Around the World, (2009); Contact Sheet, Light Work (2014); and Gente di Fotografia (2014). An essay of photographs will be published in the forthcoming book, Mind The Gap, and will travel in an accompanying group exhibition to Berlin, China, and Amsterdam. A monograph, Wood River / Blue Pool will be published this spring by Image / Text / Ithaca, Ithaca College, NY, with an essay by Laura Wexler, author, historian, critic, and professor in Women’s + Gender + Sexuality Studies at Yale University.

She has been on the faculty of the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University School of Art and is currently a tenured associate professor of photography at Purchase College, SUNY. She received a BA in Education from Arizona State University and MFA in Photography from Ohio University.

Representative Courses


Junior Seminar and Critique

Dream and Reality

Special Topics in Photography: Landscape and Memory

Senior Seminar and Critique