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.



2005                 MFA, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

1984                 BFA University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN



2019                 Nineteen Lincolns (New York, NY: Peanut Press)

2014                 The Wavers (Portland, OR: Blue Sky Books)

2005                 Using History (Gottingen, Germany: Steidl)

1995                 In Search of the Corn Queen (Washington, DC: Smithsonian National Museum of American Art)



2018                 Palmetto Center for the Arts, San Antonio, TX: The West

2015                 Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA: Greta Pratt, Nineteen Lincolns

                          Chroma, Charlottesville, VA: American Character

2012                 Candela Gallery, Richmond VA: Taking Liberties

2011                 Blue Sky Gallery, Seattle WA: Liberty Wavers

2008                 Baron & Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, Norfolk VA: Greta Pratt–American Identity

2007                 Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta GA: Nineteen Lincolns

                          Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston MA: Greta Pratt

2006                 Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago IL: Greta Pratt–Using History

                          Gallery 13, Minneapolis MN: Greta Pratt–History

2000                 OK Harris, New York, NY: In Search of the Corn Queen

1997                 Arista Gallery, New York, NY: New Years Eve, Times Square

1996                 Camera Club, New York, NY: In Search of the Corn Queen

1995                 St Thomas University Gallery, St Paul, MN: In Search of the Corn Queen

1994                 Minneapolis Photographers Gallery, Mpls, MN: In Search of the Corn Queen



2018                 SFAC Art at City Hall, Westward, San Francisco, CA, curated by Ann Jastrab

2017                 Turchin Center for Fine Arts, Spectacle and Scaffolding, Boone, NC, curated by Ann Pegelow Kaplan

                        Tweed Museum of Art, University of MN, One Thousand Words, Duluth, MN

                        Neil Britton Art Gallery at Virginia Wesleyan University, Other Than Real, Norfolk, VA

                        University of Virginia, Law School, We the People, Charlottesville, VA

                         Neighborhood Climate Change, Public Buses, Minneapolis, MN

2016                 Living Arts, Tulsa, OK, Society of Photographic Education, Juried Exhibition

                          Pictura Gallery, New Americana: National Play, Bloomington, IN

                          Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, NV, SPE Virtual Exhibition Juried by Aline Smithson

2015                 Gordon Galleries, Norfolk, VA, New Visions: ODU Art Faculty

2014                  Minneapolis Institute of Art, Mpls, MN, Making It New Again: Collecting History

                          Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, Callahan to Warhol, New Photography Acquisitions

                          Mayer Fine Art, Norfolk, VA, Incognito

                          Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA: From the Archive

2013                 Gordon Galleries, Norfolk, VA Kindred Spirits: ODU Art Faculty in collaboration with the Chrysler Museum

                           Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Space, Long Island City, NY: Art Imitates Life

RedLine, Denver, CO: The Reality of Fiction

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI: Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950

2012                 Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York NY: Party Headquarters: Art in the Age of Political Absurdity curator Eleanor Heartney

                        Baron and Ellin Gordon Gallery, Norfolk, VA: Photographs with Teeth

                        Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX: Snail Mail

2011                 Nicolaysan Art Museum, Casper WY: Living History, Curator: Lisa Hatchadorian

                        Baron & Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, Norfolk VA: ODU Art Faculty Exhibition

                        Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis MN: Nineteen Lincolns

2010                 Plains Art Museum, Fargo ND: Individual to Icon, Curator: Colleen Sheehy

                        FotoFest, Houston TX: Road to Nowhere, Curator: Natasha Egan

                        Galerie SAW, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Bodies in Trouble

                        Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison WI: Apple Pie: Symbols of Americana

                        The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh PA: Likeness/Portraits: After the Legacy of Warhol,

2009                 Beirut Art Center, Beirut Lebanon: America

                        Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA: The Old Weird America

                        DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln MA: The Old Weird America

                        The Historical Society of Washington D.C.: Portraying Lincoln

                        Baron & Ellin Gordon Art Galleries: ODU Art Faculty Exhibition

2008                 Park Avenue Armory, Creative Time, New York, NY: Democracy in America,

                        Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC: selections from the permanent collection

                        Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Houston, TX: The Old Weird America, Curator: Toby Kamps

                        Madden Arts Center, Decatur, IL: Portraying Lincoln: Man of Many Faces

2007                 University Art Museum, University at Albany, NY: Mr. President

                        Baron & Ellin Gordon Art Galleries: ODU Art Faculty Exhibition

2006                 MASS MoCA, North Adams MA: Ahistoric Occasion, Curator: Nato Thompson

2005                 Candace Perich Gallery, Katonah, NY: 8X10


2017                    Society of Photographic Education National Conference, Dissecting the National Imagination

2015                    Chrysler Museum of Art. Norfolk, VA

Previous              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

                            International Center of Photography
                            Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
                            Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, MN



United Press International, Pulitzer Prize, nominee

Anonymous Was a Woman, nominee
New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Artist Fellowship

National Headliners Award
Moments of Intimacy Laughter and Kinship, Purchase Award

American Photography 14, Award Recipient

American Photography 16, Award Recipient

Old Dominion University, FPT Award

Old Dominion University, Faculty Summer Research Grant
Old Dominion University, Rising Star Award



Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC.

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago IL

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis MN

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Nicolaysan Art Museum, Casper, WY

Madison Art Center, Madison WI

Tweed Museum or Art, Duluth, MM



2016                 The Baffler, “Exhibit D Greta Pratt”, Issue #30 Feb,

                          San Gabriel Valley Tribune, “Thinkin’ Lincoln,” Mills, Feb

2015                 Hyper Allergic, “The Many Faces of Abraham Lincoln Impersonators” Mallonee, April

                          Chrysler Magazine, “Interview with Greta Pratt” Winter

2013                 Oxford American, “Points South”, Borne, Eliza, June

ARTnews, “Contemporary Artists and the Civil War,” Pollack, Barbara, May

Esquire Russia, “Lincoln,” April

2012                 Photo Booth: “Beautiful Tourists,” The New, April

Richmond Arts Review, “Her Truth is Ours,” White,” David, Nov

                        The New York Time Lens Blog, “Lots of Lincolns,” Leland, John, Nov

                        The Huffington Post, “Thirteen Amazing Abe Lincoln Impersonators,” Coppelman, Nov

Little Brown, “On Being an Artist and a Mother”

                        Walker Art, “On Being an Artist and a Mother”

2011                 Portland Monthly, CULTUREPHILE: Portland Arts, “Greta Pratt, The Wavers” Adams, July

                        Alt Daily “Friday Featured Artist: ODU Photography Professor Greta Pratt,” Alvarado, April

2010                 Art in America, “Dispatches From the Brink,” Dykstra, Jean, June

                        PhotoNews Zeitung Fur Fotografie, “Greta Pratt,” A.G., May

History as Art, Art as History; Contemporary Art and Social Studies Education, Routledge

2009                 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, ‘‘Likeness Looks at the Evolution of the Portrait,” Shaw, December

                        Lebanon Now, “Exploring America; How We See America, How America Sees Itself,” December

                        Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Mattress Factories Likeness Reflects On Artist Visions,” Thomas, October, “Greta Pratt: Jakmile vidím vlajku, dělá se mi zle”, Turek, Pavel

The New York Times, “Playing President”, February 16

2008                 The Virginia Pilot, “Flag A Day,” Annas, June

                        The Virginia Pilot, “Greta Pratt, American Identity,” Annas, February

2007                 The New York Times, “At Mass MoCA, A Carnival of Lost Souls and Masquer,” Glueck, August

Hype, issue 23, “Greta Pratt,” Turek, Pavel

2006                 Washington, “Ten Lords-a-Leaping...Nine Abraham Lincolns,” July 5

                        The Boston Globe, “Blast from the Past”, McQuaid, Kate, June 9

                        London Times, “Using History,” April

                        Photo Eye, “Using History,” March

Reuters, “Photographer Snaps America’s Past in Today’s Scenes,” Speigelman, Art, June

                        Life Magazine, “Only In America,” May 28

                        Minneapolis Star and Tribune, “On the Road, with Camera–and Irony” April 13

                        Minnesota Public Radio, “Is it Right to Call a Lincoln Impersonator ‘Honest Abe’?” March 22

                        Popular Photography, ”Greta Pratt”, Grossman, Debbie, February

2002                 After Image, “Specters of the Ordinary,” Grabner, M., March, 2002.

2001                 Photo District News, “In Search of Innocence,” Weaver, Jennifer, May 1

1999                 Mother Jones, “History Matters,” Klinkenborg, Verlyn, September


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