Janet L. Pritchard photographs the Connecticut River landscape as a complex set of interconnected systems where the present bumps up against the past in telling ways in her current project entitled Abiding River: Connecticut River Views & Stories. She relies on history and science for greater understanding. Her previous project on Yellowstone National Park was published in the fall of 2022 by George F. Thompson Publishing in association with the America Land Publishing Project under the title, More than Scenery: Yellowstone, an American Love Story.
Pritchard has received several honors and awards, including John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; Connecticut Office of the Arts Artist Fellowships; National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar, Newberry Library; The American Antiquarian Society's Jay and Deborah Last Fellowships; Artist-in-Residence fellowships at Ucross Foundation, Jentel Foundation, Millay Foundation, Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University, and the Vindolanda Trust. Her exhibition venues include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, RISD Museum, Fruitlands Museum, New Bedford Art Museum, International Center for Photography, Martha Schneider Gallery, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, Fraction Magazine, FlakPhoto, Lenscratch, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation traveling exhibition America's Uncommon Places. Her work is in the following collections: American Antiquarian Society; Chesterholm Museum, Northumberland, U.K.; Fidelity Investments; George Eastman House; Institute of Electronic Arts; Montana Historical Society; Museum of Fine Arts, N.Mex.; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Philadelphia Museum of Art; RISD Museum of Art; William Benton Museum of Art; and, the Yellowstone National Park Museum.
Pritchard is a Professor of Art, Area Coordinator of Photography/Video, and an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering and Institute for the Environment at the University of Connecticut. Additionally, she taught at the Tyler School of Art, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Colorado (Boulder & Denver), and the University of New Mexico. Pritchard received her B.A. in art history, classics, and philosophy from the University of Colorado and her M.A. and M.F.A. in photography from the University of New Mexico.