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Oliver Wasow

MFA Faculty Member

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Oliver Wasow is a fine art photographer currently living and working in Rhinebeck, NY. He has published two books: Artist Unknown/The Free World, 2011, [NAME] Publications; and Friends, Enemies and Strangers, 2018, Saint Lucy Books. His publisher says, "Using images from his studio and found in flea markets and on the internet, Wasow employs an array of post-production techniques to create a cast of characters that prompts us to reconsider not only the parameters of photographic portraiture but what we can know of human nature."

Wasow has had a number of solo exhibitions, including shows at Theodore:Art, Josh Baer Gallery, Janet Borden Gallery, Tom Solomon Gallery in Los Angeles, The South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art in North Carolina, and the Hilliard Museum in Lafayette, LA. Reviews of his work have been featured in most major art publications, including Art Forum, ArtNews and The New York Times. Oliver's work is represented by Theodore:Art Gallery in NYC.


New York State Council on the Arts Grant

Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant


‘Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop’ at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

‘Image World’ at the Whitney Museum of Art in NYC

‘The Photography of Invention’ at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

The New Museum, NYC

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

Center For The Arts, San Francisco, CA

Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI

National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Cleveland Center for the Arts, Cleveland, OH

Halle Sud, Geneva, Switzerland

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Austria

The Green Museum, Osaka, Japan

Center for Photography, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Permanent Collection

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Whitney Museum of Art

The Museum of Modern Art, New York City

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

The Milwaukee Art Museum

Personal Website