Deborah Bright is a Brooklyn-based artist. Her career as a photographer brought international recognition with exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Fogg Museum, Harvard; ArtSpace, New Haven; Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York; Artists Space, New York; Art in General, New York; Katonah Museum of Art, New York; Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Schwules Museum, Berlin; Museet for Fotokunst, Copenhagen; Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam; Museum Folkwang, Essen; Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa; Vancouver Art Gallery. Her photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA;, Leslie-Lohman Museum, NYC, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; Boston Athenaeum; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; Binghamton University Art Museum; California Museum of Photography, Riverside and the RISD Museum of Art
Bright has received numerous grants, fellowships and awards for her photography and writing, including a Research Fellowship in Photography/Media Studies from Plymouth University; Artist In Residence, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo; Mary Ingraham Bunting Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; David and Reva Logan Award for writing on photography and grants from the Massachusetts Arts Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, Art Matters, and a Visual Forums Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
In 1998, Bright published The Passionate Camera: photography and bodies of desire, a groundbreaking collection of images and writings on photography and queer politics that was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. She serves on the board of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York. Prior to her appointment as Chair of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute (2012-2017), she held a joint appointment as Professor of Photography and History of Art/Visual Culture at the Rhode Island School of Design where she was Acting Dean of Fine Arts.
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