Curriculum Vitae

Biography

Sandra C. Davis has been photographing as a way to express her unique vision since the early 1980s. Her haunting imagery is about capturing remembered moments from the past to cherish in the future. She does this through several bodies of work that explore history through photographing what remains from previous eras. Enjoying adventure and discovery, she seeks out historic architecture and gardens, turning her lens to the spiritual and symbolic icons. Through the way she captures these sites and by printing the images in various alternative processes, she makes them her own vision while creating an illusory veil of dreaminess.

Her recent work continues to focus on memories, history and symbolism. Pulling from her collection of vintage toys, curios and ephemera, she builds tableaux to create narratives that explore the distorted memories of personal histories as well as legends, myths, fairytales, fictions.

Sandra C. Davis was born in 1960 near Philadelphia. She received a BFA in Illustration from Moore College of Art and an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts both in Philadelphia. She teaches traditional darkroom photography and alternative process photography at several colleges and universities in the tri-state area. Her award-winning images have been exhibited internationally and are in public, corporate and private collections

EDUCATION

2006-2008 The University of the Arts MFA
1978-1982 Moore College of Art BFA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
Printmaking Gallery, The University of the Arts, Phila., PA – The Goddess Explored

2011
POST (Philadelphia Open Studio Tour) Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Orange Hall Gallery, SUNY Orange College, Middletown, NY – Mythical Gardens

2006
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT – Mythical Gardens

2005
Gallery Saint Martin, Philadelphia, PA – Illumine, Photographs of Historic France
Walton Gallery, The George School, Newtown, PA – Mythical Gardens

2004
Gallery @ Creative Artists Network, Philadelphia, PA – Mythical Gardens

2003
Artists’ Gallery, Lambertville, NJ – Mythical Gardens
Gallery 1401, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA – Enduring Stones: Structures in Time

2001
Cafe Alamode, Bordentown, NJ – Explorations II
Skylight Gallery, ATD American Building, Wyncote, PA – Explorations

2000
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA – Non-Silver Works

FEATURED EXHIBITIONS

2018
Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Canada – Red Light – Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Stockton University, Galloway, NJ – 9 New Jersey Photographers – Curated by Stephen Perloff

2017
3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA – Lightroom 2017 Annual Summer Photography Exhibition – Eightperson show
Eilandarts Center, Merchantville, NJ – Icons – Five-person Show
The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA: The University of the Arts 140 Anniversary Exhibition

2016
The Marlin Gallery at Camden County College, CFEVA Alumni Exhibition: 5 Photographers

2015
Gershmin Y, Open Lens Gallery, Philadelphia, PA – The Natural, the Material, and the Physical: Landscape through the Photographic Eye – Six-person Show

2014
ArtWorks, Trenton, NJ – Hands On Photography – Alternative Processes – Five-person Show
Eilandarts Center, Merchantville, NJ – Remnants – Two-person Show

2010
Villa Huerto Ruano, Lorca, Spain – Landing Place

2009
Dalet Gallery, Philadelphia, PA – Once Upon a Time -Four -person show

2008
Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Phila., PA – Mining Memories

2007
Hamilton Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA – Works in Progress -MFA Group Show
Gallery One, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA – Contents Under Pressure – MFA Group Show

2006
Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA, – Valentines Day Show – Three-person Show

2004
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE – Embracing the Arts – Group Show
Artists’ Gallery, Lambertville, NJ – Garden Perspectives – Two-person Show

2002
ALMA Gallery, Philadelphia, PA – Réflexions de France – Four-person Show
Artists’ Gallery, Lambertville, NJ – Vanishing Points – Two-person Show

2001
Artists’ Gallery, Lambertville, NJ – New Works – Two-person Show

2000
Matrix Arts, Sacramento, CA – Smaller than Life – Three-person Show
ALMA Gallery, Philadelphia, PA – Images of Ireland – Four-person Show
Artists’ Gallery, Lambertville, NJ – Recent Work -Two-person Show

1999
Artists’ Gallery, Lambertville, NJ – Remains of the Old Ways: Landscapes of Rural Europe & America – Two-person Show

1998
ALMA Gallery, Philadelphia, PA – Abandoned Places – Two-person Show

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2001-Present: Master Lecturer, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Non-Silver Printmaking Process, Surface Altered Photographs, Digital Photo Workshop

2003-2017: Assistant Professor, Mercer County Community College, Trenton, NJ
Alternative Processes Photography, Introduction to Photography, History of Photography, Digital Photography

2010-2011: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Phila., PA
Photography II, Advanced Photo Workshop

2007-2009: Adjunct Faculty Instructor, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
Non-Silver Imagery, General Photography

2001-Present: Continuing Education Instructor, University of the Arts, Phila., PA
Gum Bichromate Printing, Creating Ethereal Photographs, Alternative Process Printing from Film and Digital, B+W Photography with the Holga, Experimental Digital Photography

2003-Present: Workshop Instructor, Peters Valley, Layton, NJ
Cyanotype and Gum Bichromate Printing, Experimental Digital Photography

2016: Workshop Instructor, Print Center of New Jersey, Branchburg, NJ
Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown Printing

2016: Workshop Instructor, Eiland Art Center, Merchantville, NJ
Encaustics: Photo Transformations and Collage Techniques

2015-2016: Workshop Instructor, West Windsor Arts Council, Princeton Junction, NJ
Encaustics: Photo Transformations and Collage Techniques, Van Dyke Brown Printing

2012-2014: Adult Program Faculty, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Darkroom Printing on Non-Traditional Surfaces

2010: Workshop Instructor, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ
Introduction to Bookbinding, The Photographer’s Artist Book

2009: Visiting Artist – Workshop Instructor, Suny Orange County College, Middletown, NY
Gum Bichromate Printing

2008: Visiting Artist – Workshop Instructor, Grossmont College, Grossmont, CA
Cyanotype and Gum Bichromate Printing

1998-Present: Tutor, Private clients, Subjects: Gum Bichromate Printing, Photoshop and Digital Negatives

LECTURES, CURATORIAL, AND JUROR EXPERIENCES

2018 – Curator – Making Contact: Handmade Photographs – Part of the SPE National Conference, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2018 – Present – Portfolio Reviewer – Lensculture.com
2017 – Curator – The Handmade Print – The Markiem Art Center, Haddonfield, NJ
2016 – Portfolio Reviewer – 2016 Onward Compé Summit
2015 – Lecture – PPAC, Philadelphia, PA – The Hand-Made Unique Print
2012 – Curator – Local Alternatives Exhibition – The Light Room Gallery Philadelphia, PA
2012 – Juror – Phillips Mill – 2012 Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition
2009 – Lecture – SUNY Orange College, Middletown, NY – Visiting Artist / Master Class Series
2008 – Lecture – Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA), San Diego, CA – Visiting Artist Series
2008 – Lecture – Art Way Gallery, Plainsboro, NJ – The Gum Bichromate Process
2006 – Lecture – Grounds for Sculpture, NJ – Focus on Sculpture 2006 Photographic Exhibition
2006 – Juror – Grounds for Sculpture, NJ – Focus on Sculpture 2006 Photographic Exhibition
2005 – Lecture – The Churchville Photography Club, Newtown, PA – Alternative Processes
2005 – Juror – Phillips Mill – 13th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition, High School Competition
2005 – Juror – Educational Testing Services, Princeton, NJ – Annual Art Exhibit
2002 – Juror – Phillips Mill – 9th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition
2002 – Juror – Philadelphia Sketch Club – Photography 2002 Show

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2015 – Juror’s Award – Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ – Photography 34
2013 – Juror’s Award – Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ – Photography 32
2012 – Best Process Award – Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO- “Toyed With” Juried Exhibit
2007 – Best in Show – Phillips Mill – 15th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition
2004 – Second Place Award – Phillips Mill – 12th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition
2003 – Venture Grant Recipient – University of the Arts
2002 – Best of Show Award – Burlington County Cultural and Heritage – 2002 Photography Show
2001 – Patrons’ Award – Phillips Mill – 8th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition
2000 – Best of Show Award – Phillips Mill – 7th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition
2000 – Merit Award – Burlington County Cultural and Heritage Dept. 2000 Photography Show
2000 – PSC Award – Philadelphia Sketch Club – Photography 2000 Juried Show
1999 – Patrons’ Award – Phillips Mill – 6th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition
1999 – Gene Hovey Memorial Award – Hill Country Arts Foundation – Counterpoint Juried Exhibit
1999 – Merit Award – Burlington County Cultural and Heritage Dept. – 1998 Photography Show 1998 – Patrons’ Award – Phillips Mill – 5th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition
1998 – Honorable Mention – Philadelphia Sketch Club – 1998 Juried Photography Show
1997 – Honorable Mention – The Ink People Center for the Arts – West Coast Works On/Of Paper

SELECTED INVITATIONAL SHOWS

2017
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA – Art Unleashed

2016
Wonderous on Witherspoon Pop-up Galley, Princeton, NJ
Sally D. Francisco Gallery, Peters Valley, Layton, NJ – Making Matters: Faculty Exhibition
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA – Art Unleashed

2014
The Racquet Club of Philadelphia, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists 12th Annual Benefit
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA – 116th Annual Faculty Exhibition
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA – Art Unleashed

2013
Museum of the City of Trenton at Ellerslie,Trenton, NJ – Paper Work
Mercer County College, West Windsor, NJ – Faculty Exhibition

2012
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA – 114th Annual Faculty Exhibition
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA – Art Unleashed
Mercer County College, West Windsor, NJ – Faculty Exhibition

2011
Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ – Between You and Me

2010
Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ – Contemporary Alternative Process Photography
Mercer County College, West Windsor, NJ – Other Views: Faculty Exhibition
Gallery Within, 13th Street Fear Factory Exhibition, Easton PA

2009
The Gershman Y Galleries, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA – Selections – Images from The Book of Alternative Processes by Christopher James
The Athenæum of Philadelphia, Books from the Collection in conjunction with
Jacob Stelman: Architectural Photography, 1936-1970 Exhibit
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA – The University @ 50: UArts Faculty Exhibition

2008
High Street Gallery, Glassboro, NJ – Hello: Rowan University Art Department Faculty Exhibit
Art Way Gallery, Plainsboro, NJ – Alternative Photography Exhibit Invitational

2007
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, NY – Sun Pictures to Megapixels
Gallery Saint Martin, Philadelphia, PA – Artology – Group Show

2006
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA – Light – Alumnae Exhibition
University of Pennsylvania Library, Philadelphia, PA – Transforming the Book
Columbia College, Chicago, IL – East – Midwest – Group Show

2005
Cork Gallery, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC – The Handmade Print PWP Group Exhibit

2004
Mercer County College, West Windsor, NJ – All Together Now: Faculty Exhibition

2003
Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA – Spring Photography Exhibit
Creative Artists Network, Philadelphia, PA – Winter Exhibition

2002
Creative Artists Network, Philadelphia, PA – Fall Photography Exhibit
Creative Artists Network, Philadelphia, PA – Focus 2002: New Work in Photography

2001
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia – Art Matters 2001 Group Exhibit
Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, PA – Creative Artists Network Recent Work in Photography
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA – Mixed Media: UArts Faculty Work: 2001

2000
Atelier Alternative Gallery, Hoboken, NJ – Invitational Alternative Processes Exhibition
Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA – Six + Six- Invitational Show

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2018
Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ – Photography 37

2016
Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ – Photography 35
New Hope Arts Center, New Hope, NJ – The Photo Reimagined
Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA – 24th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition
Markeim Art Center, Haddonfield, NJ – Home

2015
Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ – Photography 34
Markeim Art Center, Haddonfield, NJ – Mysterious

2013
Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ – Photography 32

2012
The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA- Still Life: The Art of Arrangement
Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts, Burlington, NJ – 3rd Annual Art Pride NJ FB Friends Gallery Show
Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO – Toyed With
Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO- Alternative Process Exhibit

2009
Tilt Gallery, Phoenix, AZ – Photography Re-Imagined: 3rd Annual Juried Alternative and Historical Process Show

2008
Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ – Photography 27

2007
Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA – 15th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition

2006
Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ – Photography 25

2005
Panopticon Gallery, Waltham, MA, – Tree in Landscape Juried Exhibit
Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ – Photography 24

2004
Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA – 11th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition

2003
Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA – 10th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition

2002
Burlington County Cultural and Heritage Department, Easthampton, NJ- Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition

2001
Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ – Photography 20
Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA – 8th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition

2000
Burlington County Cultural and Heritage Department, Easthampton, NJ- Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition
Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA – 7th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition
The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA – 74th Annual International Competition
Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA – Mimesis
Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ – Photography 19
Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA – Photography 2000

1999
Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA – 6th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition
Barrett Art Center, Duchess County Art Assoc., Poughkeepsie, NY – Photowork ’99
New Image Gallery, James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, VA – 9th Annual New Images Exhibit
Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV – Annual Photography Exhibition
Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ – Photography 18

1998
Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram, TX – Counterpoint 1998 Juried Exhibit
Burlington County Cultural and Heritage Department, Easthampton, NJ – Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition
Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY – 16th Annual Juried Exhibition Group Show
Ceres, New York, NY – Third National Juried Exhibition Group Show
Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA – 5th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition

1997
Center for the Arts in Southern New Jersey, Marlton, NJ – Annual Juried Photography Exhibit
The Ink People Center for the Arts, Eureka, CA – West Coast Works On/Of Paper

1996
Gallery 84, New York, NY – National Juried Exhibition
ALMA Gallery, Philadelphia, PA – Member Group Show Exhibit

COLLECTIONS

Museum of Photographic Arts, (MoPA) Dubois Library, San Diego, CA
University of Pennsylvania Van Pelt-Deitrich Library, Philadelphia, PA
Temple University Art Library, Philadelphia, PA
Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
The Athenæum of Philadelphia, PA
The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Phila., PA
Baylor University, Crouch Library, Special Collections
University of California Berkeley, Special Collections
University of Utah, Marriott Library, Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
UCLA Arts Library, Artist Book Collection
Numerous corporate and private collections.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Society for Photographic Education, Cleveland, OH
CFEVA (Center for Emerging Visual Artists) – Alumna, Philadelphia, PA
The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Center for the Book, Philadelphia, PA
AlternativePhotography.com
Lensculture.com

TEXT BOOK CONTRIBUTIONS

2016 – Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes, Christina Z. Anderson
2015 – The Book of Alternative Processes, 3rd Ed., Christopher James, Delmar Learning, Clifton Park, NY
2013 – Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes, Christina Z. Anderson
2010 – Why Photographs Work, George Barr, Rocky Nook, Calgary, Canada
2008 – The Book of Alternative Processes, 2nd Ed., Christopher James, Delmar Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY,
2008 – A Non-Silver Manual, Third Edition, Sarah Van Keuren, Munro Printing, Trainer, PA

PUBLICATIONS AND CATALOGS

2018 – 9 New Jersey Photographers: Curated by Stephen Perloff, Stockton University, Galloway, NJ
2012 – Still Life: The Art of Arrangement Exhibition Catalog Vol. 10, The Kiernan Gallery, Blurb
2012 – On Collecting by Sandra C. Davis, Feature on Artsmartsblog.com blog
2009 – Art To Be Read, University of the Arts MFA Book Arts/Printmaking Alumni Exhibition, Phila., PA
2005 – Festival of the Arts, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT
2005 – Professional Women Photographers: “The Fine Art of Gum Bichromate Printing,”  New York, NY
2004 – Photo Review, “The 2004 International Photography Competition Winners,” Vol. 27. #2, Langhorne, PA
2004 – Black and White Magazine, “Regional Focus Series: Philadelphia,” Arroyo Grande, CA
2001 – Art Matters – Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2000 – 74th Annual International Competition – Photography, The Print Center, Philadelphia,PA
2000 – Mimesis – “Unveiled,” Pentimenti Gallery, February 2000, Philadelphia, PA
1998 – New Mexico Photographer “14”, Summer, Portales, NM

FEATURED PRESS

“Trenton City Museum at Ellerslie: Paper Work Exhibit,” by Janet Purcell, The Times of Trenton, Dec. 27, 2013
“Phillips Mill 15th annual Exhibition,” Town Topics, May 17, 2007, Princeton, NJ
“New reflections on nature, architecture” by Edward J. Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer “Weekend” section, Museums and Galleries, February 27, 2004
“Photography Seen – France in Mt. Airy” by Helene Ryesky, Art Matters, October 2002, Philadelphia,PA
“Art,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 13, 2002, Philadelphia, PA
“Arts & Culture” by Gail Boatman, Burlington County Times, August 2, 2002, Willingboro, NJ “Photography – Drive-In Dreams” by Matt Smith, Time Off, Princeton Packet, April 5, 2002, Princeton, NJ
“Sketches – CAN-it,” Philadelphia Weekly, January 9, 2002, Philadelphia, PA
“Artist in Focus” by Doris Brandis, New Hope Gazette, January 11, 2001, New Hope, PA
“Smaller Than Life,” Uptown Arts & Community News, November 2000, Sacramento, CA
“A Celebration of Ireland” By Julie Stoiber, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 20, 2000, Philadelphia, PA
“Images of Ireland” by Daniel Sean Kaye, Ticket, Montgomery County Newspapers, Sept. 13, 2000, Glenside, PA
“Cover Story – The Texture of Time” by Susan Van Dongan, Time Off, Princeton Packet, July 7, 2000, Princeton, NJ
“Art Scene” by Gail Boatman, Burlington County Times, June 30, 2000, Willingboro, NJ
“New Photography at Pentimenti” by Andrew Mangavite, Art Matters, February 2000, Philadelphia, PA
“Art Scene” by Gail Boatman, Burlington County Times, January 30, 2000, Willingboro, NJ