Born New York City, 1980. She earned her BA from Vassar College in Film and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in Photography. She works in photo-based collage and installation and has shown her work nationally and internationally in group and solo shows. She divides her time between Providence, where she teaches in the Visual Art Department at Brown University, and New York where she is a director of Regina Rex, a curatorial collective.
Ganz uses film photographic processes, combined with digital manipulation and other art media to investigate landscape and the ideas that are layered upon landscape imagery about history, memory, space, architecture.
One Person Exhibitions
2015 Heart of the Cave, Evans Contemporary, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
2012 Don’t get out much, Bell Gallery, Brown University, RI.
2012 As if the Earth Were Air, Steven Wolf Fine Art, San Francisco, CA.
2008 Shadow on the Green, Steven Wolf Fine Art, San Francisco, CA.
2006 The Things That I Have Seen, I Now Can See No More, Steven Wolf Fine Art, San Francisco, CA.
2005 Still Lights Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.
Selected Group Shows
2015 Lands End, Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
2014 Obsessive Reductive, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA.
New Threads, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
2013 Art on Paper, four person show, Datz Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea.
Nature as Muse, Murray Circle, three person show, Cavallo Point, California.
2012 Dots And Loops: Photographs From The Permanent Collection, Evans Contemporary, Peterborough, Canada.
I’ll take you there: The Constructed Landscape, Pavel Zoubek Gallery, New York, NY.
Regina Rex, Part I, Eli Ping Gallery, New York, NY.
Inside Outside/ Outside-In, four person show, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY.
2011 Camera Club of New York Residency Award Show, New York, NY.
Animality, Open Practice Committee Exhibition, University Of Chicago, IL.
Rock, Paper, Scissors, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA.
2010 In Pieces; New Collage, Storefront Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2009 Rock, Paper, Scalpel, two person show, Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.
(Super)Natural, New York Photography Festival, New York, NY.
Ship in a Bottle, Sullivan Galleries, SAIC, Chicago, IL.
2008 Acqua Art Fair, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Miami, FL.
A Tree is Nice, Julie Baker Fine Arts, Nevada City, CA.
Stretching the Truth, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI.
2007 Acqua Art Fair, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Miami, FL 2007.
Art Chicago, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Chicago, IL, 2007
Seven Sad Forests, Garage Biennale/ Ping Pong Gallery, San Francisco CA 2007.
Photography: Beyond Botanica, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA 2007.
Systems and Transmutations, Root Division, San Francisco, CA 2007.
2006 Acqua Art Fair with Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Miami, FL.
Art: 212, The Downtown Armory, New York, NY.
Cream from the Top: surfacing talent from fine arts programs, Arts Benicia, CA.
Vernissage, MFA Show, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA.
New Works, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute.
Sacred and Profane, Still Lights Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute..
Paul Sack Award Recipients, Still Lights Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute.
2015 Ela Yeliz, “Interview: Theresa Ganz,” XOXO the Mag, April 2015.
Gillian Dykeman, “The Exterior Edges of the Cave”, ArtSlant Worldwide. Review of Solo show at Evans Contemporary. (http://www.artslant.com/ew/articles/show/42041)
Canadian Art, “Must-Sees This Week: February 5-11,” February 5, 2015. (http://canadianart.ca/must-sees/marimekko/)
2014 Theresa Ganz’s Deep Cuts, Profile, Outpost Journal, Issue #4, September 2014.
2013 Sangyon Joo, Interview: Theresa Ganz, Magazine Gitz, Issue #5, September, 2013.
2012 Zachary Cahill, Earth Without Aura: Notes on the Psychology of Contemporary Landscape, Mousse Magazine, Issue #35, October 2012.
2009 LUCI Collective, (Super)natural, Exhibition Catalogue,.
2008 Traci Vogel, “Theresa Ganz: Shadow on the Green”, Review, SF Weekly: December 9.
Jeanne Stork, “Theresa Ganz”, Review, Flavorpill.
2007 Traci Vogel, “Ping Pong in the Garage,”Review, SF Weekly: Best Of, August 22.
Michael S. Gant , “Natural High” MetroActive, Review, August 18-14.
Michelle Mansour, “Systems and Transmutations,” Exhibition Catalogue Root Division.
2006 Avital Binshtock, “Art School Confidential.” Lifescapes: West Coast Art and Design, November.
Richard Freedman, “Vine Arts,” Review, The Vallejo Times- Herald, Aug. 15.
Invited Lectures/ Guest Critic
2015 Alfred University, Artist Talk
Lesley University, Guest Critic
2014 RISD Photography Department, Guest Critic
NYU Draper Program in Graduate Studies, Artist Talk
2010 Camera Club of New York, Dark Room Residency Award Lecture
2007 Photo Alliance Introductory Lecturer.
I take photographs as source material for composed landscapes. Traditional landscape tends to suggest vastness and the conquering vision of man over nature, or conversely nature’s awesome greatness and the smallness of man. My work seeks to undermine these dispositions, offering instead a more myopic and ambiguous vision. The viewer is never afforded enough distance to gaze out, but is confronted with a mazelike and internal world of warped detail and impenetrable surfaces. When photographs are cut and pasted together, they are freed from the logic and context by which we usually understand them and our minds must attempt to assemble a new whole from marooned parts.
My work has one foot in 19th century Romanticism, with an interest in the relationship of the individual to the natural world, and the other in 21st when lived experience (for those with access) happens less and less in the physical body encountering the actual world, and the natural world is under grave threat. Romanticism and later Transcendentalism promised spiritual experience through communion with nature. In a time of catastrophic environmental degradation this door seems to be closed to us and yet the longing remains; is it still possible that an instinctive response to natural beauty can lead us somewhere? In a digital, dematerialized world can objects still have aura? Is it still meaningful to stand in a room with art works? These questions haunt and motivate my work. Beyond this, I’m moved by an irresistible procreative urge to put something new in the world, despite a sense that there is already too much made, too much wasted. No art can save the world, but it must be part of how we travel through it.
2015 MJR Projects, Artist in Residence
University Humanities Research Grant
2014 Kala Institute, Artist in Residence
2013 University Humanities Research Grant
2012 University Humanities Research Grant, Don't Get Out Much
2010 Camera Club of New York, Darkroom Residency.
2009 Peter S. Reed Foundation Fellowship.
Banff Thematic Residency.
2006 Headlands Center for Arts, MFA Studio Award Finalist.
2005 Paul Sack Photography Award, Honorable Mention.
Regina Rex, Director
Traditional Black and White Darkroom Photography as well as Digital Photography, all with a focus on finding a personal vision and creating a cohesive body of work.
|VISA 0140 - Photography Foundation|
|VISA 1510 - Black and White Photography|
|VISA 1520 - Digital Photography|
|VISA 1800C - Honors Seminar|
|VISA 1800G - Junior/Senior Seminar in Visual Art|