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Amy Elkins

Amy Elkins

Art Practice
BFA in Photography, School of Visual Arts


Amy Elkins is a visual artist currently based in the Bay Area.  She works primarily in photography and has spent the past decade researching, creating and exhibiting work that explores the multifaceted nature of masculine identity as well as the psychological and sociological impacts of incarceration.  Her approach is series-based, steeped in research and oscillates between formal, conceptual and documentary.  

Elkins received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is currently pursuing her MFA in Art Practice at Stanford University.  She has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, including at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA; Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria; the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; North Carolina Museum of Art; among others. Her first book Black is the Day, Black is the Night won the 2017 Lucie Independent Book Award. It was shortlisted for the 2017 Mack First Book Award and the 2016 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Prize as well as listed as one of the Best Photobooks of 2016 by TIME, Humble Arts Foundation, Photobook Store Magazine and Photo-Eye among others.
Elkins co-founded Women in Photography (WIPNYC) with Cara Phillips in 2008.  The primarily internet-based project showcases the work of lens based women artists outside of the traditional model of the commercial art world.  Since its inception, Women in Photography has awarded over seventeen thousand dollars in grants to artists and has collaborated with Aperture Foundation, LACMA, MoCP, Leslie Tonkonow, Lightwork, P.P.O.W Gallery, Humble Arts Foundation and many independent women curators.  


February 6, 2020


Coulter Art Gallery


February 4, 2020 to March 15, 2020
Coulter Art Gallery

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