Janet L. Pritchard photographs the Connecticut River landscape as a complex set of interconnected systems where present bumps up against the past in telling ways in her current project entitled More than a River: the Connecticut River Watershed. She relies on history and science for greater understanding. Her previous project on Yellowstone National Park is currently scheduled for publication in fall 2020 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 a number of honors and awards: John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; Connecticut Office of the Arts Artist Fellowship; National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar, Newberry Library; The American Antiquarian Society's Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship; 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 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 Professor, Area Coordinator, and Graduate Advisor in Photography at the University of Connecticut. She also has taught at Tyler School of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Colorado (Boulder & Denver), and 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.