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   Moving Walls 23: Journeys   at Open Society Foundations, New York, NY, 2015

Moving Walls 23: Journeys at Open Society Foundations, New York, NY, 2015

About the Artist

Jeanine Michna-Bales is a fine artist working in the medium of photography. Her work explores the relationship between past events and their continued impact on contemporary society. She meticulously researches each topic — considering different viewpoints, causes and effects, and political climates — and often incorporates found or archival text into her projects.  

A comprehensive publication of the Underground Railroad series, Through Darkness to Light, was released in 2017 by Princeton Architectural Press and includes a foreword by Andrew J. Young. An accompanying traveling exhibition through ExhibitsUSA is currently touring the country through 2022. Images from this series have appeared in solo and group exhibitions around the United States, including Moving Walls 23: Journeys at Open Society Foundations in New York City and Washington DC, Southern Exposure: Portraits of a Changing Landscape at MOCA | Jacksonville, and upcoming Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South.

Her work has been featured in numerous publications and online blogs, including New York Times Lens Blog, UK Daily Mail, In Sight by The Washington Post, Smithsonian.com, Virginia Quarterly Review, Transition from Harvard University, Geo Historie, Lenscratch, and Wired Raw File. Michna-Bales was named to the Critical Mass Top 50 in 2014 and most recently in 2017.

Among other honors, her work was selected for the 2016 Documentarian of The American South Collection Award from the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. She was awarded the top Portfolio Review Prize at PhotoNOLA 2015, resulting in a solo show at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery during PhotoNOLA 2016. 

She conceives and presents her projects in a way that spark curiosity about a given subject and encourage discourse among audiences of all backgrounds. Whether exploring the darkened stations along the Underground Railroad in Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad (2002 - 2016), long-forgotten nuclear fallout shelters in Fallout: A Look Back at the Height of the Cold War in America through Photographs and Propaganda, circa 1960 (2013 - present), or the invisible epicenters of environmental turmoil through the project entitled Frack-tured Land: Seismic Activity in the Barnett Shale (2015 - present), her work seeks out places that are hidden in plain sight.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019        Through Darkness to Light  The Phillips Collection, Washington DC, Mar. 2 - May 12

2018        Through Darkness to Light  The Photography Show by AIPAD, Arnika Dawkins Gallery, Discovery Section Booth 710

2017        Through Darkness to Light CENTER at photo-eye Bookstore + Project Space, Santa Fe, NM
                Through Darkness to Light Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center, Charlottesville, VA
                Through Darkness to Light PDNB Gallery, Dallas, TX
                Through Darkness to Light Arnika Dawkins Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2016        Two Projects: An Overview PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review Prize, New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2015        Through Darkness to Light Denison Museum, Granville, OH

TRAVELING EXHIBITIONS

2017 - 2024    Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad
                        Evanston History Center and Evanston Art Center  Evanston, IL, Jan. 28 - Mar. 16, 2017
                        Fort Smith Regional Art Museum  Fort Smith, AR, Apr. 7 - May 28, 2017
                        Griot Museum of Black History  St. Louis, MO, Jun. 23 - Aug. 11, 2017
                        Wyandotte County Historical Society & Museum  Bonner Springs, KS, Sept. 1 - Oct. 14, 2017
                        Ontario Museum of History and Art  Ontario, CA, Nov. 10, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018
                        Texarkana Regional Arts Center  Texarkana, TX, Jan. 28 - Mar. 16, 2018
                        Panola College  Carthage, TX, Apr. 6 - May 25, 2018
                        Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center  Portsmouth, VA, Jun. 16 - Oct. 20, 2018
                        Alexandria Black History Museum  Alexandria, VA, Jan. 28 - Mar. 16, 2019
                        West Baton Rouge Museum  Port Allen, LA, Apr. 6 - May 25, 2019
                        Boone County Public Library  Burlington, KY, Jun. 16 - Aug. 11, 2019
                        Canton Museum of Art  Canton, OH; Sept. 1 - Oct. 20, 2019
                        Gorman Discovery Center  Kansas City, MO, Nov. 10 - Jan. 7, 2020
                        Upcountry History Museum  Greenville, SC, Jan. 28 - May 25, 2020
                        Gettysburg Foundation  Gettysburg, PA, Jun. 16 - Aug. 11, 2020
                        Bell County Museum  Belton, TX, Sept. 1 - Oct. 20, 2020
                        Los Angeles Public Library  Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 10, 2020 - Jan. 7, 2021 (pending)
                        Temecula Valley Museum  Temecula, CA; Jan. 28 - Mar. 16, 2021 (pending)
                        Pink Palace Museums  Memphis, TN, Apr. 6 - Aug. 11, 2021
                        Ypsilanti District Library  Ypsilanti, MI, Sept. 1 - Oct. 20, 2021 (pending)
                        Mennello Museum of American Art  Orlando, FL, Nov. 10, 2021 - Jan. 7, 2022
                        University of Arkansas  Little Rock, AR, Jan. 28, 2022 - Mar. 16, 2022 (pending)
 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 Through Darkness to Light  Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA,
Oct. 22, 2020 - Feb. 14, 2021
Through Darkness to Light  Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment
Experience, Meridian, MS, May 30 - Aug. 22, 2020
Through Darkness to Light 
Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, Hunter Museum of American Art,
Chattanooga, TN, Jan. 30 - Apr. 26, 2020

2019 Through Darkness to Light  Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, Gregg Museum of Art & Design,
NC State University, Raleigh, NC and Power Plant Gallery, Duke University, Durham, NC, Sept. 5 - Dec. 21, 2019

2018 Through Darkness to Light  Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
and City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC
                Fallout Critical Mass Top 50, PhotoSummer, CENTER, Santa Fe, NM
                Through Darkness to Light HIGHLIGHTS: New York and Dallas Art Fairs, PDNB Gallery, Dallas, TX

2016        Frack-tured  Perspectives, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX
                Through Darkness to Light  Moving Walls 23: Journeys, Open Society Foundations, Washington D.C.

2015        Frack-tured  Newspace Now: 2015 Members’ Salon, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR
                Through Darkness to Light  Critical Mass Top 50, GuatePhoto International Photography Festival, Antigua, Guatemala
                Through Darkness to Light  Moving Walls 23: Journeys, Open Society Foundations, New York, NY
                Through Darkness to Light  Southern Exposure: Portraits of a Changing Landscape, MOCA | Jacksonville, FL 

2014        Fallout  2014 Atomic STEaM Photography Show, The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque, NM
                Through Darkness to Light  Newspace Now: 2014 Members’ Salon; Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR        
                Through Darkness to Light  The Curve, CENTER Awards Traveling Show, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO        
                Through Darkness to Light and Fallout  32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition; Juror Malcolm Daniel, Houston Center
                for Photography, Houston, TX        
                Through Darkness to Light  Photowork ‘14; Juror Karen Haas, The Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY        
                Through Darkness to Light  The Curve; CENTER Award Winners Show, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
                Through Darkness to Light  NOPA Member’s Exhibition, New Orleans Photo Alliance, New Orleans, LA

COLLECTIONS

Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University, Durham, NC
Lehigh University Art Galleries  Bethlehem, PA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston  Houston, TX
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art  Kansas City, MO
Private Collections

BOOKS AND PORTFOLIOS

2018        Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad  Limited Edition Portfolio, Self-Published

2017        Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad  Trade Publication, Princeton Architectural Press

2016        THREE PROJECTS: An Overview  Self-Published

SELECTED AWARDS

2017        2017 Critical Mass Top 50  Photolucida, Portland, OR

2016        Through Darkness to Light  2016 Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award: Documentarians of The American South,
                Duke University

2015        2015 PhotoNOLA Review Prize  First Place, New Orleans Photo Alliance, New Orleans, LA
                Through Darkness to Light  2015 Lange-Taylor Prize Semifinalist, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University

2014        Through Darkness to Light  2014 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize Finalist, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University
                2014 Critical Mass Top 50  Photolucida, Portland, OR
                Through Darkness to Light  2014 Lange-Taylor Prize Semifinalist, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University        
                Beth Block Juried Membership Honoraria  Juror Malcolm Daniel, Houston Center for Photography
                Review Santa Fe Scholarship Recipient  CENTER
                Through Darkness to Light  CENTER 2014 Choice Award Winner, First Place, Gallerist’s Choice, Juror Steffi Schulze

PUBLICATIONS

2018        Zoom Magazine  Jeanine Michna-Bales: Through Darkness to Light, Issue 124, Mar 2018

2017        pdn Magazine  How to Publish Your Book: The Underground Railroad by Night, May 2017
                Photograph Magazine  Jeanine Michna-Bales: Through Darkness to Light at Arnika Dawkins Gallery, Mar/Apr 2017
                O, The Oprah Magazine  Through Darkness to Light in The Gratitude Meter Section, Volume 18 Issue 02, Feb 2017
                Virginia Quarterly Review  Through Darkness to Light: Visions of the Underground Railroad, Winter 2017

2016        Wordt ver volgd  Amnesty International, Picture of the Month, Volume 49 Issue 03; Mar 2016

2015        Transition Magazine  Harvard University, Bras-Coupé, Issue 117, 2015
                Spot Magazine  Houston Center for Photography, Spotlight, Spring 2015

2014        Geo Histoire Magazine   La Grande Évasion, Dec 2014 - Jan 2015

SELECTED PRESS | ONLINE

2018        Nighthawknyc.com  What Walking Looks Like – Q&A With Jeanine Michna-Bales, Jun. 4
                Nighthawknyc.com  The Photography Show Discoveries: Jeanine Michna-Bales, Apr. 23
                In the In-Between The Present is Female: Women Steal the Show at AIPAD 2018, Apr. 13
                ArtNet News 7 Breakthrough Artists to Discover at the 2018 AIPAD Photography Show, Apr. 6
                Collector Daily Highlights from the 2018 AIPAD Photography Show Part 1 of 2, Apr. 6

2017        Oxford American Eyes on the South  The Long Road to Freedom, Dec. 12
                Smithsonian.com  Photographer Reconstructs 1,400-Mile Route Along the Underground Railroad, Sept. 19
                Miss Rosen Presents  Jeanine Michna-Bales: Through Darkness to Light, Sept. 6
                New Books Network  Through Darkness to Light Podcast Interview, Jun. 23
                Observer  This Is What Traveling the Underground Railroad 150 Years Ago May Have Looked Like, Jun. 22
                PasaTiempo | Santa Fe New Mexican  Dark Night of the Soul: Photographing the Underground Railroad, Jun. 2
                American Photography’s Pro Photo Daily  BOOKS: Visualizing the Dangers and Hopes of the Underground Railroad, May 29
                Musée Magazine  Book Review: Through Darkness to Light, May 1
                Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette  Walking the Walk: Photographer Traces Route of the Underground Railroad, Apr. 14
                Hyperallergic  Photos Evoke the Terror and Hope of the Underground Railroad, Apr. 28
                UK Daily Mail  The Perilous Journey to Freedom: First pictures inside the ‘Underground Railroad’, Apr. 8
                New York Times Lens Blog  From Slavery to Freedom: Revealing the Underground Railroad, Mar. 29
                Charlottesville Podcast Network–HomeGrown  Shipwrecked! and The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center,
                
Mar. 26
                Burnaway  Art Review: Searching for the Underground Railroad: Jeanine Michna-Bales at Arnika Dawkins Gallery, Mar. 21
                Dallas Morning News  Fear and Wonder Hold Equal Footing in Artist’s Photographs of the Underground Railroad, Mar. 16
                Los Angeles Times  A Powerful Symbol of Resistance, the Underground Railroad Inspires a Wave of Books, Plays TV and More, 
                
Mar. 16
                F-Stop  Book Review: Through Darkness to Light by Jeanine Michna-Bales, Feb. 25
                Glasstire  A Conversation with Jeanine Michna-Bales, Feb. 11
                L’oeil de la Photographie | The Eye of Photography  Through Darkness to Light, Feb. 9
                WABE 90.1 Atlanta’s NPR Station  City Lights with Lois Reitzes, Feb. 7
                CityLab from The Atlantic  Capturing the View Along the Underground Railroad, Feb. 1
                Chicago Tribune  From the Community: “Through Darkness to Light...”: An Exhibit, Jan. 26

2016        Lenscratch  Art + Science: Jeanine Michna-Bales, Oct. 8
                NBC4 Washington D.C.  Journey to Freedom: Commemorating Black History Month, Mar. 10
                Blink from Vantage  To Photograph People Not as Victims, But as Agents of Change, Feb. 15
                In Sight by The Washington Post  What It Was Like to Walk in the Shoes of America’s Slaves, Feb. 1

2015        PDN Photo of the Day  Decisition to Leave from Through Darkness to Light, Dec. 30
                WJCT Radio  American South Gets Portrait Taken in MOCA’s ‘Southern Exposure’ Photography Show, May 18

2014        Fstoppers  ‘From Darkness to Light’ Documents Journey from Slavery to Freedom Along the Underground Railroad, Dec. 26
                The Dish  Shining Light On The Underground Railroad, Jan. 19
                Feature Shoot  Riveting Photos Trace the Historic Underground Railroad at Night, Sept. 30
                A Photo Editor  The Best Work I Saw at Review Santa Fe ‘14, Sept. 2
                Canada AM  Photographing the Underground Railroad, Jul. 16
                Wired Raw File  Haunting Underground Railroad Images Retrace the Steps of Fleeing Slaves, Jul. 10
                Wired Raw File  This is Where Americans Planned to Spend the Nuclear Holocaust, Jun. 4
                Lenscratch  The CENTER Awards: Gallerist’s Choice 1st Place Winner: Jeanine Michna-Bales, May 20

  Artist Talk for    TWO PROJECTS: An Overview     at The New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery during PhotoNOLA 2016.

Artist Talk for TWO PROJECTS: An Overview at The New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery during PhotoNOLA 2016.

VISITING ARTIST | LECTURES | TALKS

2019 Artist Talk | Panel Discussion Symposium on Southern Historical Memory held in conjunction with Southbound: Photographs
of and about the New South,
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, SC (Jan. 11-12)

2018        The Evidence of Things Seen and Unseen with Clarissa Sligh in celebration of Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
                Photography Books Panel Discussion with Rachel Cox,Dornith Doherty and Sofia Bastidas, The Cedars Union Annex, Dallas, TX
                Marketing Your Photographic Work to Galleries with Missy Finger of PDNB Gallery, Dallas Center for Photography

2017        Artist Talk and Book Signing  St. Tammany Parish Public Library, Slidell, LA
                Opening, Artist Talk and Family Workshop  Griot Museum of Black History, St. Louis, MO
                Visiting Artist  Texas Women’s University Graduate Photography Class
                Visiting Artist  University of North Texas Photography Classes
                Opening, Artist Talk and Book Signing  Arnika Dawkins Gallery, Atlanta, GA
                Opening, Artist Talk and Book Signing  Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, TX
                Artist Talk  Sheldon Peck Homestead | Lombard Historical Society, Lombard, IL
                Artist Talk and Book Signing  Evanston History Center, Evanston, IL
                Artist Talk  Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
                Artist Talk and Book Signing  Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center, Charlottesville, VA
                Monuments and Memory Panel Discussion  with Colin Rafferty and Allison Wright, Virginia Festival of the Book
                Artist Talk  Albemarle High School during the Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA
                Artist Talk  St. Anne's-Belfield School during the Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA

2016        Artist Talk  New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2015        Press Panel Discussion and Artist Talk  Open Society Foundations, New York, NY
                Artist Talk and Visiting Artist Guest Lecturer  Denison Museum and Denison University, Granville, OH

2014        Artist Talk  The Curve Group Exhibition; CENTER Awards Traveling Show, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO
                Artist Talk  32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
                Artist Talk  Review Santa Fe, CENTER; Santa Fe, NM

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2018        Artist in Residence in the Florida Everglades  AIRIE.org; Homestead, FL (upcoming: Nov.)

REVIEWS AND FESTIVALS

2019        Photolucida Portfolio Review Participant  Portland, OR (upcoming: Apr.)

2018        PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review Participant  New Orleans, LA (upcoming: Dec.)
Dallas Art Fair  PDNB Gallery  Dallas, TX
                The Photography Show: AIPAD  Arnika Dawkins Gallery and PDNB Gallery, New York, NY
                2018 ISAS (Independent School Association of the Southwest) Arts Festival  Dallas, TX

2017        PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review Participant  New Orleans, LA
                Filter Photo Portfolio Review Participant  Chicago, IL
                Through Darkness to Light  The Toronto North Star Festival, Toronto, Ontario
                Dallas Art Fair  PDNB Gallery, Dallas, TX
                Through Darkness to Light  Virginia Festival of the Book Selected Author, Charlottesville, VA

2016        FotoFest Portfolio Review Participant  Houston, TX

2015        PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review Participant  New Orleans, LA

2014        PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review Participant  New Orleans, LA
                Review Santa Fe 100  CENTER; Santa Fe, NM
                FotoFest Portfolio Review Participant  Houston, TX

2013        PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review Participant  New Orleans, LA

© 2017 Jeanine Michna-Bales