“Untitled” by Austin Cullen

In my ongoing project, I question the reality and truth of this history by juxtaposing various representations of western iconography. Photographs of dioramas stand in for actual, natural spaces, and actual, natural spaces stand in for dioramas. This reversal asks the question; what is real or not real? I also extend this approach to representations of the frontier; photographs of cowboy impersonators, wild west paraphernalia, man-made structures within wilderness, and degrading murals depicting an idealized landscape. Photographs in this context point out the seams of our constructed history, bringing to the surface the false front of the American West.

size 11″ x 14″
medium Inkjet Print
Price $400.00


Austin Cullen
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2019-2021 MFA in Photography, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2019 BFA in Photography, Stephen F. Austin State University

Solo Exhibitions
-“Spirits”, March 2019, SFA School of Art

Group Exhibitions
-16x16x16 Traveling Exhibition, February 2020, University of Kansas, University of Iowa, Metropolitan Community College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
– Looking Closely, January 2020, University of Iowa Levitt Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

Juried Exhibitions
-17th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition, Texas Women’s University, February 2020, Denton, Texas

-Surroundings, December 2019, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas
-DUO, November 2019, The Nicollective Pop-up Gallery
-Defining Home, November 2019, Woody Gaddis Gallery, Edmond, Oklahoma
-The Pivotal Image, June 2019 , Cumulus Photo
-47th Annual International Exhibition, March 2019, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Brownsville, Texas
-Open Theme Annual 2019 National Exhibition, March 2019, Webster Arts Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
-Print Rodeo, Southern Graphics Exhibition, March 2019, Goldmark Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas
-MWCP Juried Exhibition, January 2019, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, Kansas

-Piney Woods Photography Exhibition, November, Griffith Gallery, Juried by Priya Kambli, Nacogdoches, Texas
-Center for Contemporary Arts National Juried Art Show & Competition, November 2018, Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, Texas
-Schwa Show: A National Juried Exhibition, October, Emerge Gallery & Art Center, Greenville, North Carolina
-Light Space & Time Gallery, Botanicals Show, August
-Colors of Humanity, Black and White Show, July
-36th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, July, Houston Center for Photography, Juried by Lisa Volpe, Houston, Texas
-Raðljóst, May, Baer Art Center, Hofsós, Iceland
-Stephen F. Austin Student Show, Juried by Jed Perl, Nacogdoches, Texas
-Texas National, April, Cole Art Center, Nacogdoches, Texas
-3rd Annual Conroe Art League Invitational Show, March, Madeley Building Gallery, Conroe, Texas
-30 under 30 Directors Choice, February, Viridian Artists Inc., New York, New York
-#tpsNewVisions: A Student Show, January, Tammy Cromer Gallery, Dallas, Texas

-Developed Work, October, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, Kansas
-Art Through the Lens, October, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky
-California Open Juried Exhibition, August, TAG Gallery, Los Angeles, California
-Kingston Art Festival, July, Village Green Community Center, Kingston, Washington
-Stephen F. Austin Student Show, curated by Benito Huerta, Nacogdoches, Texas

-Young Arts 2015, Young Arts Gallery, Miami, Flordia
-Collaborations 2015, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas
-Collaborations 2014, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas

-Edgren Grad Tuition Fellowship 2020
-Hixson-Lied Fellowship 2019
-Meyers & Martha H. Cather Fellowship 2019
-Director’s Honorable Mention, Surroundings 2019
-Stephen F. Austin Undergraduate Research Conference 2019, Baker Patillo Student Center
-Honorable Mention, Piney Woods Photography Exhibition
-Melba Crawford Memorial Art Scholarship 2018
-Stephen F. Austin Weeks Memorial Art Scholarship 2018
-Honorable Mention, #tpsNewVisions: A Student Show 2018
-Stephen F. Austin Undergraduate Research Conference 2018, Baker Patillo Student Center
-Alumni Scholarship 2017
-Merit, Young Arts 2015

Professional Experience
2020- Present Instructor of Record, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
2019 – Present Gallery Assistant, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery
Professional Development
2020- UNL Summer Institute for Online Teaching Course
2017 – Present Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
2017 – Present Society for Photographic Education

-The heart of things, Cumulus Photo, October 2019
-MILK VOL 002: A Survey of Contemporary Photography, 2019
-The Hand Magazine, Issue 23, January 2019
-Book of poems and artwork, On the Wall & on the Page, Ken Lauter, 2018

-Studio Residency, Baer Art Center, Hofsós, Iceland, 2018





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