Allison Grant

Allison Grant

Associate 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 is an artist, educator and curator and brings expertise in the fields of photography, curation and art criticism. Artworks by Grant have been widely exhibited and are held in collections at the High Museum of Art (Atlanta), DePaul Art Museum (Chicago), Columbia College Chicago, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation art collection, Cisco Systems Corporate Art Collection (Durham) and the King County Portable Works Collection (Seattle). She was included on the 2022 Silver List, awarded the 2020 Portfolio Purchase Award from the Atlanta Photography Group, received the 2019 Developed Work Fellowship from the Midwest Center for Photography and was shortlisted for the 2019 FotoFilmic Mesh Prize. Grant 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, and holds a certificate in museum studies from the University of Cincinnati. She serves as director of Graduate Studies for Studio Art.

News & Exhibitions

Selected for the 2022 Silver List, compiled from the suggestions of over 125 nonprofit photography curators, scholars, publishers and critics and arranged randomly. The Silver List is a partnership between Silver Eye Center for Photography, The Black List and Carnegie Mellon University.

Perpetual Ebb, Rueff Galleries, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, January 10-February 4, 2022

Curator, Lucinda Bunnen: Inward, Outward, Forward, Atlanta Contemporary, September 18, 2021-January 29 2022

Dangerous Landscapes: Legacies of Nineteenth-Century Progress in the Age of Climate Change, exhibitor and co-curator with Dr. Teresa Cribelli, UA Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Tuscaloosa, Ala., August 6-September 24, 2021

Underexposed: Women Photographers from the Collection, High Museum of Art, Atlanta April 17-August 1, 2021

Five photographs won the Portfolio 2020 Purchase Award from the Atlanta Photography Group and have been acquired by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

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

Allison Grant will spend “ASPIRE” semester developing work for upcoming history of environmental exhibition.

PHotoNOLA 2020 Open-air Digital Exhibition, New Orleans Photo Alliance (25 photographs from the series Within the Bittersweet), December 2020

Developed Work exhibition and national photography fellowship competition, Midwest Center for Photography, November 1-29, 2019.

CorpoRealities, PH21 Contemporary Photography Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, August and September 2019.

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

Peer Show (juried), Cleveland Print Room, Cleveland, Ohio, through October 24, 2019. Shelter Shadow named Best in Show. Jurors were Jacob Rhodes, co-founder and curator of Field Projects Gallery and Aline Smithson, founder and editor-in-chief of Lenscratch.

Home (juried), Southeast Center for Photography, Greenville, S.C., 2019. Seven photographs were featured in a blog post for Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, Ind., written by one of the jurors of 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.

Two Way Lens: Portraits of Empathy, online exhibition, Humble Arts Foundation, 2018

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