CIG HARVEY (British, b. 1973)

The photographs and artist books of Cig Harvey, MFA, have been widely exhibited and reside in the permanent collections of major museums and collections worldwide. She was recently nominated for the John Gutmann Fellowship and was a finalist for the BMW Prize at Paris Photo and the Prix Virginia, an international photography prize for women.

A native of Devon, England, Harvey sees her photographs as vignettes that depict daily life in all its complexities. In addition to self-portraits, Harvey makes pictures of family and close friends to better understand their relationships. Her photographs are an attempt to legitimize her moments of uncertainty and to visually celebrate times of elation, when we are reminded that the world, in all its complexities, can be mind-blowingly beautiful. She uses color, gesture and space to seduce the imagination.

Harvey had her first solo museum show at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway, in the spring of 2012, coinciding with the release of her monograph, You Look At Me Like An Emergency (Schilt Publishing, 2012). Her second book, Gardening at Night (Schilt Publishing), was released in the spring of 2015.

With her vibrant photographs and startlingly honest writing, Harvey transforms quotidian experiences that reference time and place, creating totems that mark key places in her life. Her devotion to visual storytelling has led to innovative international campaigns and features with New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Japan, Kate Spade, and Bloomingdales. She teaches workshops and regularly speaks on her work and processes at institutions around the world. She is known for her high energy, sense of humor, and creative. She brings a profound sense of optimism to all that she does.

Harvey lives in a farmhouse in midcoast Maine with her husband Doug (who has the profile of an emperor on a Roman coin), their wayward daughter Scout, and Scarlet the dog (the original baby). She was an assistant professor at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University for ten years, but recently took a leap of faith to devote her life to purely making things. She tries to do this every day, and then pretends to clean up the mess she’s made with varying degrees of success.

Selected Collections:

International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, Hamilton, Bermuda

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

The Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME

Bowdoin College, Special Collections, Brunswick, ME

University of Washington, Special Collections, Seattle, WA

Delta Air Lines, Atlanta, Georgia