Lydia McCarthy



"Being an artist and educator is the best, most fulfilling life that I can imagine."

- Lydia McCarthy

Education

  • MFA Studio Art: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2011
  • BFA Photography: Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, 2004
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Courses Taught

  • ART 102 Foundation II: Fuse Lab
  • ART 218 Introduction to Photography
  • ART 300 Topics: Painting <3 Photography
  • ART 321 View Camera
  • ART 322 Advanced Digital Photography
  • ART 324 Contemporary Photographic Practice
  • ART 401 Senior Studio
  • ART 500 Graduate Independent Study
  • ART 681 EIA Thesis
  • HONR Swedish Magic
  • HONR Cult(ure)
  • HONR The Psychedelic Experience
  • Senior Advising Common Ground
  • 'Deep Winter Healing' The Moving Company and Friends: Zoom Performance, 2021
  • 'Flat File 2' Camayuhs: Atlanta, GA, 2021
  • 'Get That Shit Together' Acid Rain Production: Chapel Hill, NC, 2020
  • 'Lydia McCarthy' Galleri Virtuell, Verkligheten: Umeå, Sweden, 2020
  • 'Not One Day' Essex Flowers: New York, NY, 2020
  • 'Seasonal Repression' Field Projects: New York, NY, 2020
  • 'A Place to Visit' Jip and Olympia: Online Artists for Humans Auction for New York Coalition for the Homeless, 2020
  • 'So We Can See You Soon' Kickstarter Campaign for Beverly’s NYC, 2020
  • 'Bernie Fundraiser' Olympia: New York, NY, 2020
  • 'The Drowned' Alabama Contemporary: Mobile, AL, 2020
  • 'Three-Legged' Race Essex Flowers: New York, NY, 2020
  • 'Deep Cutz: Future Past Self' Essex Flowers: New York, NY, 2019
  • 'Laatikkomo' Nykyaika: Tampere, Finland Beverly’s at MECA Fair: San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2019
  • 'Spots and Loops' Silent Face Projects at NYABF, PS1: Queens, NY, 2019
  • 'The Mushroom Show' Sardine: Brooklyn, NY, 2019
  • 'Alternate Realities' Essex Flowers: New York, NY, 2019
  • 'Psychedelic Healing Center' Essex Flowers: New York, NY, 2019
  • 'Floor to Ceiling' Off-White Columns: New York, NY, 2019
  • 'Layer Mask' Fosdick Nelson Gallery: Alfred, NY, 2019
  • 'In Good Company' Fosdick Nelson Gallery: Alfred, NY, 2019
  • 'Food of the Gods' A-DASH: Athens, Greece, 2018
  • 'Food of the Gods' Artspace: Raleigh, NC, 2018
  • Non-Game Ecstasy, Essex Flowers: New York, NY, 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, culturehall.com, 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

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

  • 'Psychedelic Healing Center' Catalog, Essex Flowers, 2019
  • 'Neu U' Album Cover for Heidi Sabertooth on Lost Soul Enterprises, 2018
  • 'Home Editions' Catalog, Essex Flowers, 2017
  • 'Vision 5: The Vibratory Waves of External Unity' Silent Face Press, 2017
  • 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 beautifulsavage.com, 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

Awards/Honors

  • ‘In Puerto Rico, MECA Offers a Unique Experience of the Caribbean Art Scene’ Di Liscia, Valentina. 2019
  • A-DASH: Athens, Greece, Residency, 2018
  • St. Mary’s College Artist House Residency: St. Mary’s City, MD, 2018
  • Humble Arts Foundation Instagram Takeover, 2017
  • Tending Space Fellowship for Artists, Hemera Foundation, Insight Meditation Society Retreat, 2017
  • This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Winter is Coming ‘Lydia McCarthy: Ego Death’, 2017
  • Santa Fe Art Institute Residency: Santa Fe, NM, 2015
  • To Do List ‘I will be the void’ at Twin Kittens in Atlanta, Burnaway. Carlson, Adam. 2014
  • Weekend Arts Agenda: ‘I will be the void’. Creative Loafing, April 18 2012
  • ‘Unnatural Formations’ at the Scandinavia House Gallery, The New Yorker, May 7 Meyers, William. 2012
  • Banff Centre Visual Arts Residency, Banff, Canada, 2012
  • Kala Arts Residency: Berkeley, CA, 2013
  • 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

Activities

  • 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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