Allison Grant

Allison Grant

Assistant Professor of Art, Photography
Director of Graduate Studies, Studio Art


  • MFA, Columbia College Chicago, 2009
  • Certificate in Museum Studies, University of Cincinnati, 2008
  • BFA, Columbus College of Art and Design, 2004


Allison Grant joined the faculty in 2017. Before joining the department, she served as assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. She received the MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 and the BFA in media studies from Columbus College of Art and Design in 2004. She holds a certificate in museum studies from the University of Cincinnati. As an artist, educator and curator, Grant brings expertise in the fields of photography, curation and art criticism. Works by Grant have been widely exhibited at venues including the DePaul Art Museum, Azimuth Projects, Packer Schopf Gallery and the Weston Art Gallery, among others. Her works are held in public collections at DePaul Art Museum (Chicago), Columbia College Chicago, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and 4-Culture (Seattle, Wash.). Her essays have appeared in Minding Nature JournalParadise Wavering by Alice Hargrave, as well as numerous exhibition catalogs. She serves as Director of Graduate Studies for Studio Art.

News & Exhibitions

Q&A: Allison Grant,” Interview by Jess T. Dugan for Strange Fire Collective, January 7, 2021

25 photographs from Grant’s series Within the Bittersweet were included in the exhibition PHotoNOLA 2020 Open-air Digital Exhibition, New Orleans Photo Alliance

A photograph, In the Vines, was selected for the exhibition and national photography fellowship competition Developed Work at the Midwest Center for Photography, Nov. 1-29, 2019.

Holding Lorelei was juried into the exhibition, CorpoRealities, at PH21 Contemporary Photography Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, in August and September 2019.

The project, Conversations Over Beer, was presented as a durational community art project at the Terrain Biennial Block Party, curated by Mark Jeffery, Chicago, Ill. through November 17, 2019.

Two photographs, Shelter Shadow and Petcoke Storage Near the School, were accepted to the juried Peer Show, Cleveland Print Room, Cleveland, Ohio. Shelter Shadow was named Best in Show. Through Oct. 24, 2019. Jurors were Jacob Rhodes, co-founder and curator of Field Projects Gallery and Aline Smithson, founder and editor-in-chief of Lenscratch.

Three photographs were juried into the exhibition Home at the SE Center for Photography in Greenville, S.C.

Seven photographs were featured in a blog post for Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, Ind., written by one of the jurors of the exhibition Home.

Grant’s photograph, “Holding Isa,” received an honorable mention in the juried exhibition, Photography at the Emerald: 4th Annual Autumn Exhibition, Emerald Art Center, Springfield, Oregon. Juror was Craig Hickman, Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon and founder and board member of the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland. Her work was also shortlisted for MESH, an international juried exhibition of the Vancouver, British Columbia, visual arts organization, Fotofilmic.

Grant’s photograph, Shelter Shadow (2018), was included in the online exhibition, Two Way Lens: Portraits of Empathy, Humble Arts Foundation

Finalist, Latitude’s Open Call Gallery, Oct.-Dec. 2018