Greta Pratt is American photographer concerned with issues of national identity and American myth. Pratt is the author of three monographs, The Wavers (Blue Sky Books 2014), Using History (Steidl, 2005) and In Search of the Corn Queen (National Museum of American Art, 1994). Pratt’s work is included in major public and private collections and has been shown in Art in America, New York Times Sunday Magazine and The New Yorker, along with numerous books and catalogs nationally as well as internationallyShe was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and is a recipient of a New Jersey State Arts Council Grant.



MFA    Intermedia Design, State University of New York at New Paltz, 2005
BFA    Photography, University of Minnesota, 1984

The Wavers (Blue Sky Books, Portland, OR) 2014
Using History (Gottingen, Germany: Steidl) 2005
In Search of the Corn Queen (Smithsonian National Museum of American Art) 1994


Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA, Nineteen Lincolns, 2015 Chroma, Charlottesville, VA, The Wavers, 2015 Candela Gallery, Richmond VA: Taking Liberties. 2012

Blue Sky Gallery, Seattle WA: Liberty Wavers , 2011
Baron & Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, Norfolk VA: Greta Pratt–American Identity, 2008
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta GA: Nineteen Lincolns, 2007
Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston MA: Greta Pratt , 2007
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago IL: Greta Pratt–Using History , 2006

Gallery 13, Minneapolis MN: Greta Pratt–History , 2006

Mayer Fine Art, Norfolk, VA: Incognito; Four Women Photographers, 2014
Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA: From the Archive, 2014
Baron and Ellin Gordon Gallery, Norfolk, VA Kindred Spirits, 2013
Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY: Art Imitates Life, 2013
RedLine, Denver, CO: The Reality of Fiction, 2013
Madison Museum of Cont. Art, Madison, WI: Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950, 2013
Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York NY: Party Headquarters: Art in the Age of Political Absurdity, 2012
Candela Gallery, Richmond VA: Taking Liberties (solo) 2012
Baron and Ellin Gordon Gallery, Norfolk, VA: Photographs with Teeth, 2012
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, “Snail Mail,” Houston TX, 2012
Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for Photographic Arts, “The Wavers” Portland OR (solo) 2011
Nicolaysen Art Museum, “Living History,” Casper, WY, 2011
Plains Art Museum, “Individual to Icon,” Fargo, ND (catalog) 2010
Galerie SAW, “Bodies in Trouble,” Ottawa, ON, Canada, 2010
FotoFest, “Road to Nowhere,” Houston, TX (catalog) 2010
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, “Apple Pie: Symbols of Americana,” Madison, WI, 2010
The Mattress Factory, “Likeness/Portraits: After the Legacy of Warhol,” Pittsburgh, PA, 2010
Beirut Art Center, “America,” Beirut, Lebanon, 2009
Frye Art Museum, “The Old Weird America,” Seattle, WA, 2009
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, “The Old Weird America,” Lincoln, MA, 2009
The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. “Portraying Lincoln,” Washington, DC, 2009Park Avenue Armory, Creative Time, “Democracy in America,” New York, NY, 2008
Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, “Greta Pratt; American Identity,” Norfolk, VA (solo) 2008
Smithsonian American Art Museum, permanent exhibit, Washington, DC, 2008
Contemporary Art Museum Houston, “The Old Weird America,” Houston, TX (catalog) 2008
Madden Arts Center, “Portraying Lincoln: Man of Many Faces,” Decatur, IL, 2008
University Art Museum, University at Albany, “Mr. President,” Albany, NY, 2007
Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA (solo), 2007
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, “Nineteen Lincolns,” Atlanta, GA (solo) 2007
MASS MoCA, “Ahistoric Occasion,” North Adams, MA. (catalog) 2006
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL (solo) 2006
Gallery 13, “Greta Pratt: History,” Minneapolis, MN (solo) 2006
Candace Perich Gallery, “8X10”, Katonah, NY, 2005
Samuel L. Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY, 2005

Photographers Playbook, Fulford, Jason, Halpern, Gregory, Aperture, June 2014
The Contemporary Arts Integration Handbook, Donahue, David, Teachers College Press 2013
Blue Sky, 10/11, Portland, OR, 2012
Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels, Hirsch, Robert, Elsevier’s Focal Press 2011
Remixing the Civil War, Elizabeth Young, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011
Plains Art Museum, Individual to Icon, Fargo, ND, 2010
FotoFest, Road to Nowhere, Houston, TX, 2010
Park Avenue Armory, Creative Time, Democracy in America, New York, NY, 2008
Contemporary Art Museum Houston, The Old Weird America, Houston, TX, 2008

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American Art, Washington DC.
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago IL
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis MN
Nicolaysan Art Museum, Casper WY
Portland Art Museum, Portland OR
Madison Art Center, Madison WI
Atrium Gallery, Guerrieri University Center, Salisbury MD

Old Dominion University, Faculty Summer Research Grant, 2011
Old Dominion University, Rising Star Award, 2009
New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Artist Fellowship, 2007
Moments of Intimacy Laughter and Kinship, Purchase Award, 2000
United Press International, Pulitzer Prize Nominee, 1987

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Sterling and Francis Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Rhode Island School of Design, T. C. Coley Visiting Lecture Series
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, MN


Hyper Allergic, “The Many Faces of Abraham Lincoln Impersonators” Mallonee, April
Chrysler Magazine, “Interview with Greta Pratt” Winter
Oxford American, “Points South”, Borne, Eliza, June 2013
ARTnews, “Contemporary Artists and the Civil War,” Pollack, Barbara, May 2013
Esquire Russia, “Lincoln,” April 2013
Richmond Arts Review, “Her Truth is Ours,” White,” David, Nov 2012
The New York Time Lens Blog, “Lots of Lincolns,” Leland, John, Nov 2012
The Huffington Post, “Thirteen Amazing Abe Lincoln Impersonators,” Coppelman, Nov 2012
Photo Booth: “Beautiful Tourists,” The New, April 2012
Little Brown, “On Being an Artist and a Mother” 2012
Walker Art, “On Being an Artist and a Mother” 2012
Portland Monthly, CULTUREPHILE: Portland Arts, “Greta Pratt, The Wavers” Adams, July 2011
Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels, Hirsch, Robert, Elsevier’s Focal Press, 2011
Remixing the Civil War, Elizabeth Young, 2011, Johns Hopkins University Press
Art in America, “Dispatches From the Brink,” Dykstra, Jean, June 2010
History as Art, Art as History; Contemporary Art and Social Studies Education, Desai, Dipti, Routledge, 2010
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, ‘Likeness’ looks at the evolution of the portrait,” Shaw, Kurt, Dec. 8, 2009
Lebanon Now, “Exploring America; How we see America, how America sees itself,” Fielder, Lucy, Dec. 7, 2009
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Mattress Factories ‘Likeness’ Reflects On Artist Visions” Thomas, Mary, Oct. 8, 2009
The New York Times, “Playing President”, Feb 16, 2009, “Greta Pratt: Jakmile vidím vlajku, dělá se mi zle”, Turek, Pavel, 2009
Democracy in America, Creative Time, 2008
The Virginia Pilot, “Flag A Day”, Annas, June 10, 2008
The Virginia Pilot, “Greta Pratt, American Identity”, Annas, Feb, 2008
The New York Times, “At Mass MoCA, a carnival of Lost Souls and Masquerades”, Glueck, August 4, 2007
Washington, “Ten Lords-a-leaping…Nine Abraham Lincolns”, July 5, 2006
The Boston Globe, “Blast from the past”, McQuaid, Kate, June 9, 2006
Reuters, “Photographer Snaps America’s Past in Today’s Scenes”, Speigelman, Art, June 2006
Life Magazine, “Only In America” May 28, 2006
Minneapolis Star and Tribune, “On the road, with camera — and irony” April 13, 2006
Minnesota Public Radio, “Is it right to call a Lincoln Impersonator ‘Honest Abe’?” March 22, 2006
London Times, “Using History”, April, 2006
Photo Eye, “Book Citation, Using History”, March, 2006
Minneapolis Star and Tribune “Using History”, Abbe, Mary, March 17, 2006
Popular Photography, ”Greta Pratt”, Grossman, Debbie, Feb, 2006
The Rake, “Desert Island Duffel Greta Pratt”, March, 2006
Popular Photography, ”Greta Pratt”, Grossman, Debbie, Feb, 2006
Photo District News, “In Search of Innocence”, Weaver, Jennifer, May 1, 2001, pgs. 191-192.
American Photography 16, 2000
Mother Jones, “History Matters”, Sept. 1999, Klinkenborg, Verlyn
American Photography 14, 1998
SPOT, Houston Center for Photography, “Agriculture Fair”, Younger, Daniel P., summer, 1995.
American Art, “Fairs: A Fixed Point On The Turning Wheel Of Time”, Marling, Karal spring 1993.

2007 – present
Associate Professor of Photography, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
2006 – 1998
Adjunct Assistant Professor, State University of New York, Rockland Community College, Ramapo College of New Jersey, International Center of Photography.
1993 – 2000
NYC Photo Bureau Chief/Photographer, Reuters News Service, New York, NY,    Editorial photographer for magazines including The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker.

“Larry Ellison Bought an Island in Hawaii. Now What?” New York Times Magazine, 2014
Photo Booth: “Beautiful Tourists,” The New, April, 2012
“Playing President”, The New York Times, February 16, 2009
Sacres Americains!, Stanger, Ted, Folio documents, Gallimard, 2004
American Photography 16, Amilus, Inc, 2000.
The New Yorker, “Pastoralia”, Saunders, George, April 3, 2000, pg. 69.
The New York Times Magazine, “Splice Einstein and Sammy Glick”, Belkin, Lisa, Aug. 23, 1998.
The New Yorker, “Golem”, March 24, 1997, pg. 14.
The New York Times Magazine, “The Beauty of Beast Barracks”, Winerip, Oct. 12, 1997, cover and pgs. 46-53.
The New York Times Magazine, “The Queen of the Green”, Blais, March 26, 1995, pgs. 58-63.
The New York Times Magazine, “Hail Columbia”, May 8, 1994, pg.12.
The New York Times Magazine, “Can Man”, June 12, 1994, pg. 22.
The New York Times Magazine, “Young Americans in Prague”, Dec. 12, 1993, pgs. 70-73.
The New York Times, “Under Spacious Skies, the Timeless Ritual of State Fairs”, May 5, 1990.


Friday Featured Artist: Greta Pratt, Alt Daily, May 2011

Interview: Greta Pratt, the john seven collection, May 2008

Greta Pratt: Nineteen Lincolns, Presented by PBA and High Museum of Art. Feb. 2007