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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Lisa McCarty


SPE Member since 2011
Member Chapter: Southeast

Lisa McCarty

SPE member since 2011
Lantern, Concord Museum
LightJet Print from Color Negative

Lisa McCarty

SPE member since 2011
Henry David Thoreau & Ralph Waldo Emerson, Orchard House
Archival Pigment Print from Color Negative

Lisa McCarty

SPE member since 2011
Philosophia, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Study
Archival Pigment Print from Color Negative


Lisa McCarty is an artist, curator, and educator based in Durham, North Carolina.

McCarty has participated in over 70 exhibitions and screenings at venues such as the American University Museum, Amherst College's Eli Marsh Gallery, Carnegie Museum of Art, Chicago Photography Center, Fruitlands Museum, Griffin Museum of Photography, Houston Center for Photography, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Visual Studies Workshop. McCarty's photographs have also been featured in a variety of international festivals including Noorderlicht, Picture Berlin, and Sören Kierkegaard in Images, while her moving images have been screened at the New York Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, Cairo Video Festival, Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, and Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival. Her first book as a contributing writer and editor, William Gedney: Only the Lonely, 1955-1984 (co-written with Gilles Mora and Margaret Sartor), was published by the University of Texas Press and Editions Hazan in 2017. Her first monograph, Transcendental Concord, was published by Radius Books in 2018.

McCarty received a MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University. She currently teaches at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies and is curator of the Archive of Documentary Arts.

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