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b. 1988 - Richmond, Virginia 

 

Education:

2019 - MFA (Visual Arts) Columbia University, New York, New York

2017 - MA (Multi-Platform Journalism) Fordham University, Bronx, New York

2015 - BA (Visual Arts & Communications) Fordham University, New York, New York

 

Solo Exhibitions: 

2018 SoHo Photo Gallery, New York, New York, American Beauty

2017 El Museo de Los Sures, Brooklyn, New York, Last Glimpse of Los Sures

2016 Ildiko Butler Gallery, New York, New York, American Beauty, curated by Susan Kismaric

 

Group Exhibitions: 

2019 Jewish Museum, New York, New York, Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything

2019 Wallach Gallery, New York, New York, MFA Visual Arts 2019 Thesis Exhibition, curated by Regine Basha

2019 1675 Broadway - New York, New York, Columbia MFA Summer Show, curated by Edsel Williams

2018 LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York, New York, Smiles Without Freedom, curated by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu

2018 Time Square Space - New York, New York, Columbia MFA Summer Show, curated by Sara O'Keeffe

2018 Wallach Gallery, New York, New York, MFA Visual Arts 2018 First Year Exhibition, curated by Natalie Bell

2018 Lipani Gallery, New York, New York, 100 Photography Alumni

2017 Getty Images Gallery, London, United Kingdom, Renaissance Photography Prize

2017 Candela Books + Gallery - Richmond, Virginia, UnBound6!

2017 Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Portraiture: Mirror Mirror, curated by Amy Arbus

2017 International Print Center, New York, New York, PRINTFEST 2017

2016 SoHo Photo Gallery, New York, New York, 12th Annual Alternative Processes Competition

2016 Getty Images Gallery, London, United Kingdom, Renaissance Photography Prize

2016 Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, UnBound5!

2016 Site:Brooklyn - Brooklyn, New York, A Point of View: Contemporary Photography, curated by Mitra Abbaspour

2016 Ildiko Butler Gallery, New York, New York, What This Journey Breeds, curated by Amie Cunat

2016 Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, Massachusetts, Tripping the Light Fantastic

2016 Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Portraiture: Photography Now

2016 Center for Photographic Art Gallery, Carmel, California

2016 Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, Colorado

2016 Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd, Virginia

2015 Lipani Gallery, New York, New York, Veterans Photographers-Photographers Veterans

2015 Lipani Gallery, New York, New York, Time is Up! 

 

Awards, Fellowships, Grants, Residencies:

2019 Puffin Foundation Grant

2019 Chico Hot Springs Portfolio Review & Charcoal Publishing Prize

2018 Photography Fellow, Columbia University - School of the Arts

2018 Joseph R. Baranski Fellowship, Fleet Reserve Association

2017 Renaissance Photography Prize (Shortlisted)

2017 Robert W. Nolan Fellowship, Fleet Reserve Association

2016 Photographer's FORUM Magazine: Best of College & High School Photography (Series Winner)

2015 Photographer's FORUM Magazine: Best of College & High School Photography (Honorable Mention)

2015 Renaissance Photography Prize (Finalist)

2015 Photographer's FORUM Magazine: Best of Photography (Finalist)

2015 Siena International Photography Awards (Finalist)

2015 Colorado Photographic Arts Center: Juried Exhibition (Honorable Mention)

 

Curatorial Projects:

Ildiko Butler Gallery - New York, New York, What This Journey Breeds (2016)

 

Teaching/Work:

Columbia University - Photography Fellow (2018)

Columbia University - Teaching Assistant (2017-2019)

Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs - Marketing Assistant (2016-2017

Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership - Media Manager (2014-2016)

Refugee Immigrant Fund - Resident Photographer (2014-2016)

United States Navy - Damage Controlman (2009-2013)

Publications:

2017 America's Favorite Flies, John Bryan and Rob Carter - (Book)

2017 Columbia University School of Arts - Student Spotlight Fall 2017 (Website)

2017 Photographer'sFORUM, Portfolio Winner - September 2017 issue (Magazine)

2017 Getty Images Gallery - London, United Kingdom, Renaissance Photography Prize 2017 (Catalog)

2017 Black Box Gallery - Portland, Oregon, Portraiture: Mirror Mirror (Book)

2016 Photographer'sFORUM, Best of College & High School Photography 2016 (Book and Magazine)

2016 Fordham Magazine, Fall 2016 (Magazine)

2016 Photographer'sFORUM, Best of Photography 2016 (Book)

2016 Style Weekly (Richmond, Virginia), Arts & Events July 2016 (Magazine)

2016 One Second of Photographs Made by Eight People in Japan 2015-16 (Book)

2016 Black Box Gallery, Portraiture: Photography Now 2016 (Book)

2016 Getty Images Gallery - London, United Kingdom, Renaissance Photography Prize 2016 (Catalog)

2016 Center for Photographic Art (Catalog)

2016 Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Catalog)

 

Press:

Finally, there are photographs that speak to the human condition...James McCracken has photographed strangers...In McCracken’s “American Beauty” (2016), a large, bearded and shirtless man sports a tattoo across his belly, which doubles as the title of the photograph. He stands in front of an Airstream trailer, with his belongings alongside it. At its core, it is simple portraiture. But there’s something more intriguing: It’s the small hint of a story or an invitation to enter into the photograph and experience the lives of the subject or the maker.

Like the other strong photographs in the exhibition, McCracken asks the viewer to muse about the gaps and fill in the absences.
— Style Weekly, Richmond, Virginia, 2016

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