Bio

Jane Fulton Alt began exploring the visual arts while pursuing her career as a clinical social worker. She received her B. A. from the University of Michigan and her M. A. from the University of Chicago. She is living and working on the shores of Lake Michigan in Evanston, Illinois, and in close proximity to the Mississippi River in New Orleans. Alt is a three time winner of Photolucida’s Critical Mass for her Katrina and Burn portfolios. She has authored Look and Leave: Photographs and Stories of New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward, The Burn, and her Crude Awakening portfolio was printed in multiple publications worldwide.

She received the 2012 Humble Arts 31 Women in Art Photography Award, the Photo District News 2011 Curators Choice Award, the 2007 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award and multiple Ragdale Foundation Fellowships. Alt has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work can be found in many permanent collections. 

And finally, describing a perfect day….

Waking up half an hour before daybreak on a hot summer morning, riding my bike to Lighthouse Beach on Lake Michigan and swimming, swimming, swimming, while watching the sun rise as the light dances on the surface of the velvety smooth water, birds and dragonflies soaring overhead. Then coming home and working in my studio for a few, very productive hours, spending some time with family (including but not limited to my grandchildren), watching caterpillars in my garden transform from chrysalises into butterflies on the milkweed plants. Sipping margaritas followed by a Mexican fiesta dinner cooked by my husband in our candle – lit home with friends and family while being serenaded by New Orleans singer extraordinaire – John Boutte, then retiring to rocking chairs on the front porch watching the gradual dimming of the day, listening to the cicadas and waiting for the fireflies to make their grand appearance!

2016

  • Galerie Lichtblick, Internationale Photoszene 2016, Cologne, Germany
  • "Between Fire and Water: Midwestern Dreamscapes; Environmental Law and Policy Center, Chicago, Il
  • Perspectives from Evanston 2016 Juried; Perspectives Art Gallery, Evanston, IL
  • Rencontres d'Arles 2016; "Space Veggies and Earth Plants," curated by Tina Schelhorn 
  • Kolga Tbilish Photo Festival, Zurab Tsereteli Museum of Modern Art, Republic of Georgia
  • Re:Place, Invitational, Perspective Art Gallery, Evanston, IL
  • ReView, Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015

  • Fire Season, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
  • Context 2015, Filter Photo Festival Juried Exhibition, Chicago, IL
  • Rooted in Soil, DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, IL, and Salina Art Center, KS
  • Convergence/Poetic Dialogue, Ukrainian Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
  • Lightworks, Mottisfont, Hampshire, UK
  • Depth of Field, Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ
  • Solo Exhibition Look and Leave, Guthrie Contemporary, New     Orleans, LA

2014

  • Poetic Dialogue, Decatur, IL
  • New Orleans Culture Exhibition, Moscow House of Photography,     Moscow, Russia
  • Solo Exhibition The Burn, University Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2013

  • Multiple Exposures, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL
  • Solo Exhibition The Burn, Griffin Museum of Photography,     Winchester, Mass
  • Cordon Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Guthrie Contemporary, New Orleans, LA

+ Previous Exhibitions (1995 through 2012)

2012

  • Museum Manege Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Noorderlicht Photofestival, Netherlands
  • Critical Mass Traveling Exhibition, Rayko Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Humble Arts Foundation, Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York
  • Solo Exhibition, The Burn, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL
  • Environmental Art Show, Wallspace Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
  • Natural Connections, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL
  • Ways of Seeing: Phoneograpy, Rebekah Jacob Gallery, Charleston SC
  • Messages from the Earth, Kanagawa Plaza for Global Citizenship, Kanagawa, Japan

2011

  • Hereford Photography Festival, Hereford, England
  • International Environment Photographers Exhibition Niigata, Japan
  • Square FotoFilia, Birmingham, UK
  • Photo Annual Awards Exhibition, Teplice, Czech Republic
  • Photo District News Curators Choice, MILK Gallery, NY
  • Provocation, New York Photo Festival Juried Invitational, New York, NY
  • Synthesis/Mixed Media Photography, Darkroom Gallery, New Orleans, LA
  • Photo LA, Santa Monica, California
  • Regard/Resist/React, Governor's State University, University Park, IL
  • The Art of Green, Ryerson Woods, Deerfield, IL

2010

  • Giving Trees, 25 CPW, New York City, NY
  • Slideluck Potshow New Orleans, LA
  • Evergreen, WallSpace Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Gulf, New Orleans Photo Alliance, New Orleans, LA
  • Art Loop Open; Chicago, IL
  • Futuspectives, FotoGrafia/Fotox1000; Rome, Italy
  • Fantastic Landscapes, 310conTEMPORARY Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Slideluck Potshow Chicago, IL
  • Solo Exhibition, gallery DK; Toronto, Canada IL
  • Recent Works/ Recent Acquisitions, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL
  • DECORAZONgallery, Dallas, Texas
  • Verve Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, NM
  • John Cleary Gallery, Houston, TX
  • Consumption, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
  • What We Worry About, Chicago Artists and Their Green Concerns, Center for Green Technology, Chicago, IL

2009

  • Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL
  • Spirit World, New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, New Orleans, LA
  • Int’l Environment Photographers Association; Niigata, Japan
  • Monarch Studio; Seattle, WA
  • NYAXE Gallery Exhibition, My Art Space, Palo Alto, CA
  • Callente/Hot, New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, New Orleans, LA
  • Bed, Umbrella Arts, New York, NY
  • Coalition Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • Solo Exhibition, Look and Leave, Chicago Cultural Center; Chicago, IL
  • Solo Exhibition, Wallspace Gallery; Ottawa, Canada
  • Poetic Dialogue, Chicago Cultural Center and traveling
  • The Unseen Seen, Decorazon Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • The Night Hope Won, Cleveland, Mississippi

2008

  • Solo Exhibition, Pool Art Fair, Miami Beach, Florida
  • Solo Exhibition, The Artist Project; Art Chicago
  • Solo Exhibition, The Artist Project; Toronto, Canada
  • Solo Exhibition, Morton College, Chicago
  • New Orleans Photo Alliance, New Orleans, LA
  • WALLSPACE, Ottawa, Ontario
  • The Gallery at R & F, Kingston, NY
  • The Invisible Age, Rayko Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Not Just Another Pretty Face, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
  • Mary Beth Cregier Photo Competition and Exhibition, Chicago, IL

2007

  • Solo Exhibition, Katrina, Lisalmi, Finland
  • Solo Exhibition, The Artist Project, Art Chicago
  • Solo Exhibition, Look and Leave, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, IL
  • Paula Barr Chelsea, New York, NY
  • Deeeeesire, Gatov Gallery, California State University, Long Beach, CA
  • Solo Exhibition, In The Wake of Katrina, DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Primi, Piano Living Gallery; Lecce, Italy
  • fresh stART, The New Studio, Chicago, IL
  • The Look of Love, Bay Area Arts Valentine Show, Art Object Gallery; San Jose, CA
  • Out of the Ashes, Undercurrents Art; Miami, FL
  • The Chicago Project, Catherine Edleman Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Katrina: Catastrophe and Catharsis, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, CO
  • Denver Airport Invitational, Center Fine Art Photography, Denver CO

2006

  • Solo Exhibition, International Festival of Photography, Lodz, Poland
  • Solo Exhibition International Photography Festival, Aleppo, Syria Solo Exhibition, Mourning Light, Flatfile Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Solo Exhibition DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, IL (Listed First in the Top Five 2006 Photography Museum Exhibits in Chicago by photo critic Michael Weinstein of NewCity)
  • Solo Exhibition, Morton Grove Library, Morton Grove, IL
  • Solo Exhibition, Photo Midwest, Madison, WI
  • Solo Exhibition, Wilmette Public Library, Wilmette, IL
  • Katrina Exposed, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
  • Trace:Visions of Katrina, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
  • Anthropomorphism, Woman,Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Women and Globalization, Guanajuato, Mexico

2005

  • HypeGallery Photo, Rencontres d’Arles, France
  • Close to Home, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT
  • VI Women's International Conference, Graz, Austria
  • Texas Photographic Society's 20th Annual Members Only Show, Johnson City, TX
  • Chicago Area Artist Alliance, Chicago, IL

2004

  • Solo Exhibition, Lodz, Poland
  • Solo Exhibition Sacred Art, First United Methodist Church, Evanston, IL
  • War and Peace, Gallery 415, Chicago, IL
  • On Our Way, Siegen, Germany
  • Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern/ Mexican Photography, San Marcos, TX
  • Garden In Focus, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe, IL
  • Photo Midwest, Watermark Gallery /A Seven State Juried Exhibition, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • Photo LA, Women in Photography International, CA
  • Best of Show, Urban Studio on Webster, Chicago, IL
  • Gillock Gallery, Evanston, IL
  • Labyrinths, Gallery Mornea, Evanston, IL

2003

  • Chicago, La Galeria Samuel Menache, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Fotowerk, Flatfile Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Mythical and the Mundane, Orleans Street Gallery, St Charles, IL
  • Galeria De Arte Fotographico, San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

2002

  • Photo LA, Women in Photography International; Los Angeles, CA
  • Rockford Midwest Juried Exhibition, Rockford Art Museum,Rockford, IL
  • Fotofest Find, Galeria deArte Fotografico, San Miguel de Allende, MX
  • Women in Photography International, Photo Impact, Santa Monica, CA

2001

  • Images of Women, Women In Photography International, 20th Anniversary Juried Exhibition; Traveling
  • Urban Studio Gallery; Chicago, IL
  • Seven Midwest Photographers, Chicago Athenaeum; Schaumburg, IL
  • Wilmette Public Library Juried Art Show; Wilmette, IL

2000

  • Chicago In The Year 2000, Water Tower Gallery, James Hunt Gallery, Three Arts Club, Chicago Cultural Arts Center; Chicago, IL
  • Tatar/Alexander Gallery; Toronto, Ontario
  • Midwest Winter, Center for Visual Arts; Wausau, WI
  • Captured Time, Time Life Corporate Headquarters; Chicago, IL
  • Evanston + Vicinity 15th Biennial Exhibition; Evanston, IL

1999

  • Mayfair 1999 National Juried Photography Exhibition; Allentown, PA
  • Gecko Galeria; Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibition; New Hope, PA
  • Openings, The Three Arts Club of Chicago, IL
  • The Art Of The Therapist; Zion, IL
  • Chicago ART Open; Chicago, IL
  • Solo Exhibition, Wilmette Public Library Juried Show; Wilmette, IL

1998

  • No BIAS Gallery National Juried Competition; North Bennington, VT
  • LaPetite VI, Adler Gallery; Eugene, OR
  • 22nd Annual Alice and Arthur Competition and Exhibition, Beverly Art Center; Chicago, IL
  • Women's Works, Northwest Area Arts Council; Woodstock, IL
  • St. John's University National Art Exhibition; Jamaica, NY
  • Evanston + Vicinity 14th Biennial Exhibition; Evanston, Illinois Wilmette Public Library Juried Art Show; Wilmette, IL

1997-Present

  • Frontera Grill/Topolobampo Restaurants, Chicago, IL

1996

  • Viewpoints, Truman College; Chicago, Illinois

1995

  • North Suburban Fine Arts Center; Highland Park, IL