Lydia McCarthy

Associate Professor Photography
Drawing, Painting, Photography
School of Art & Design


  • MFA: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2011
  • BFA: Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, 2004
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  • Non-Game Ecstasy, Essex Flowers: New York, NY (forthcoming), 2017
  • Artificial Paradises, Frontispiece Hudson: Coxsackie, NY, 2015
  • I will be the void., Twin Kittens Gallery: Atlanta, GA, 2014
  • Lydia Anne McCarthy, Laatikkomo: Jyväskylä, Finland, 2013
  • Black Mountain Biggin Gallery, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 2013
  • In a Northern Country Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Umeå, Sweden, 2012
  • Still Life Park Pictures, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, N., 2012
  • Refraction Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY, 2011
  • Shadows and Reflections ACRE Gallery: Chicago, IL, 2011
  • Meld, Spectre Arts: Durham, NC, 2016
  • Power and Illusion, Projection at Encontros da Imagem: Braga, Portugal, 2015
  • Space Jamz, Humble Arts Foundation: Online Gallery, 2015
  • Be Here Now, 21 Jefferson Street: Brooklyn, NY, 2015
  • Process Series, Alcott Gallery at The University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill, NC, 2015
  • Personal Space, Essex Flowers: New York, NY, 2014
  • Bidwell Collection of Photography, Amarillo Museum of Art: Amarillo, TX, 2014
  • Project Space. Nau Gallery: Stockholm, Sweden, 2014
  • Foundations, Flanders Gallery: Raleigh, NC, 2014
  • Collection Gilles Balmet, l’École supérieure d'art et design: Grenoble, France, 2014
  • New Mythologies, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery: Alfred, NY, 2014
  • Light of Day, Transformer Station: Cleveland, OH, 2013
  • Collection Gilles Balmet, VOG centre d'art contemporain: Fontaine, France, 2013
  • Rebirth, Standard Toykraft: Brooklyn, NY, 2013
  • Exploding Boundaries, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery: Alfred, NY, 2013
  • 31 Women in Art Photography Hasted Kraeutler, New York, NY. Curated by Jon Feinstein and Natalia Sacasa, 2012
  • Unnatural Formations: Three Contemporary Photographers Scandinavia House, New York, NY, 2012
  • Presence Block Gallery, Raleigh, NC, 2012
  • Daylight Savings The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada, 2012
  • Still Life ArtLigue, Paris, France, 2012
  • The Rodan Scholars Rodan, Chicago, IL, 2011
  • New Currents Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC, 2011
  • New Artists Winter 2011 Culture Hall,, 2011
  • Emerging Artists Auction Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY, 2010
  • Ones to Watch Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Atlanta, GA, 2012
  • 16th Juried Show Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, MA. Curated by Joerg Colberg, Conscientious Blog, 2012
  • PRC Auction Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA, 2009
  • Fjord @ Meet Waradise Temporary Space, New York, NY, 2009
  • Turn Shot Gun Space, Los Angeles, CA, 2009
  • Slide Slam Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2008
  • Photography Fundraiser Stivers School for the Arts, Dayton, OH, 2008
  • RIATS FEST 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY, 2007

Research, Publications, & Presentations


  • MassArt Alumni Panel, Massachusetts College of Art and Design: Boston, MA, 2016
  • Santa Fe Art Institute: Santa Fe, NM, 2015
  • Bergen Forum, Alfred University: Alfred, NY, 2015
  • Friday Lectures, Kent State University: Kent, OH, 2014
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Irina Rozovsky’s Class, ICP: New York, NY, 2014
  • Gallery Talk, New Mythologies Alfred University: Alfred, NY, 2014
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Auburn University: Auburn, AL, 2013
  • Artist Lecture. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012
  • Artist Lecture. Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Umeå, Sweden, 2012
  • Gallery Talk. Unnatural Formations Scandinavia House. New York, NY, 2012
  • Artist Lecture. The Banff Centre. Banff, Canada, 2012

Research & Publications

  • Too Good to be Photographed, ed. by Paul Paper, Lugemik Press (forthcoming), 2017
  • A New Nothing (in collaboration with Jennifer Niederhauser-Schlup), 2015
  • Parallelograms (in collaboration with Patrick Brennan), 2014
  • Collection Gilles Balmet Fage editions, Lyon, France, 2013
  • Laatikkomo Interview, 2013
  • Das Magazin / Tages-Anzeiger, June 27th Issue, 2013
  • Spektrum Information Fotobloggen, 2013
  • Exploding Boundaries Exhibition Catalog, 2013
  • Word Choice Bomblog, 2013
  • Sight Unseen: An Interview with Lydia Anne McCarthy, 2013
  • Lydia Anne McCarthy on Svensk Still Life Videos on the NCMA Blog, 2013
  • ‘Unnatural Formations’ Scandinavian Review, Vol. 99 No. 1, 2012
  • ‘After Murakami’ Photo Booth, The New Yorker, 2011
  • ‘24 Hour Portfolio’ Dossier, Issue #8 2011
  • ‘Frames From Fiction: Beached’ Photo Booth, The New Yorker, 2011
  • ‘Shadows and Reflections’ Dossier Magazine Blog, 2011
  • ‘HHS! Contender’ Hey, Hot Shot! Blog, 2011
  • ‘Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers’ Magenta Foundation, Canada, 2010
  • ‘Bruit de fond’ Je Suis une Bande de Jeunes, France, 2010
  • ‘A Conversation with CPC Winner Lydia Anne McCarthy’ Conscientious, 2010
  • ‘Snow Blind’ Landscape Stories, Online Magazine, Issue #2, 2010


Santa Fe Art Institute Residency: Santa Fe, NM, 2015
Kala Arts Residency: Berkeley, CA, 2013
Banff Centre Visual Arts Residency, Banff, Canada, 2012
PDN’s 30, Nominee, 2011
American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship, 2011
Hey, Hot Shot!, Honorable Mention, 2011
Swedish Women’s Educational Association of North Carolina Scholarship, 2011
Hyères Festival, Semi-finalist, 2011
Conscientious Portfolio Prize, Elisabeth Biondi, The New Yorker, 2010
Vermont Studio Center Residency, Artist Grant, Johnson, VT, 2010
ACRE Residency, Steuben, WI


To Do List ‘I will be the void’ at Twin Kittens in Atlanta, Burnaway, 2014

Carlson, Adam. Weekend Arts Agenda: ‘I will be the void’. Creative Loafing, April 18, 2014

Listings: ‘Unnatural Formations’ at the Scandinavia House Gallery, The New Yorker, May 7, 2012

Meyers, William. On Photography: ‘Lay of the Land and Strange Sights’. The Wall Street Journal, July 14 & 15, 2012

Stenskar, Eva. ‘An Alternate World’. Njordstjernan, July. 2012 Unnatural Formations: ‘Lydia Anne McCarthy Interview’, American-Scandinavian Foundation, 2012

Presence: Kelly McChesney on Lydia Anne McCarthy’s ‘Refraction’, Raleigh Television Network, 2012

Listings: ‘Refraction’ at Daniel Cooney, The New Yorker, July 11 & 18, 2011

Locke, Maria. ‘Photographing the Unseen: Lydia Anne McCarthy’s ‘Refraction’.’ Photo Booth, The New Yorker Online, 2011

‘Lydia Anne McCarthy’s ‘Refraction’ at Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New York City.’ HuffPost Arts. The Huffington Post, 2011

Dykstra, Jean. ‘Lydia Anne McCarthy at Daniel Cooney’. Photograph Magazine, 2011

Martin, Alison. ‘Lydia Anne McCarthy’s ‘Refraction’ on View in Chelsea’. The Examiner, 2011

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