Shoshannah White

Born: 1970, New York, NY

Biography and Information

Biography
Shoshannah White  is an interdisciplinary artist and climate activist based in Portland, Maine. Informed by scientific inquiry and our rapidly shifting environment, she takes an in-depth look at hidden information found in the natural world. This body of work is from Temporary Ground, a series of landscape and underwater photographs of glaciers and icebergs in Svalbard, Norway. White covers the surface of each photograph with encaustic wax to mimic the snowy environment and bring attention to the issue of melting glaciers. The scattered metallic spots represent the dirt and industrial particulate which is rapidly affecting ice melt by increasing heat absorption. White considers the collective history a glacier holds and the sense of connection/disconnection we have with the world we inhabit.

White has participated in artist residencies in the United States, the Canadian Maritimes, and in Svalbard, Norway, within the Arctic Circle. Her work is included in the Dancing Bear Collection of W.M. Hunt, the Judy Glickman Lauder Collection at the Portland Museum of Art, Dickinson College, and at the Bates College Museum of Art. Her work is also included in W.M. Hunt’s The Unseen Eye, published by Thames & Hudson,an Aperture edition. Her images have been featured in Photo District News, Newsweek, Psychology Today, Details, Der Speigel, and the Wall Street Journal. White is based in Portland, Maine.

Of course there is no pristine environment on earth today, and so I’m capturing the beauty of a highly compromised circumstance. I work a lot with the idea hidden or obscured information. Spending time in the Arctic began with an impulse to be in a part of the world so impacted by humans but with very little visual evidence. —Shoshannah White

Education
BFA Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia 

Solo Exhibitions
2018
Jewish Museum of Maine, Portland, Maine

2017
Goodyear Gallery, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

2014
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine, Solo
Tides Institute, Eastport, Maine, Solo

2013
Grand Manan Art Gallery, New Brunswick, Canada, Solo

2009
Nye Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine

2006
Whitney Artworks, Portland, Maine

2004
Maine State House, Augusta, Maine, Solo

2002
Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, New York

2000
Flame, Brooklyn, New York

1996
Robert May Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky, Solo

Group Exhibitions
2020
2020 Vision, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2019
A Line in the Sand, Hunter Gallery, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM

2018
New Art Center, Newton, Massachusetts

2017
Tides Institute Museum of Art, Eastport, Maine
SPACE Gallery, Portland, Maine

2016
Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, Maine
Corey Daniels Gallery, Wells, Maine
Corey Daniels Gallery, Wells, Maine
Brooklyn Fireproof, Bushwick, New York
Corey Daniels Gallery, Wells, Maine

2015
Portland Museum of Art – Intervention, Portland, Maine
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine
Corey Daniels Gallery, Wells, Maine

2014
LC Bates Museum, Hinkley, Maine

2013
Corey Daniels Gallery, Wells, Maine
Foc’sle Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts
Corey Daniels Gallery, Wells, Maine

2012
Corey Daniels Gallery, Wells, Maine
Portland Museum of Art, Artist Intervention, Portland, Maine
Portes, Hellenic Society, Mytilene, Greece
Rose Contemporary, Portland, Maine
Pace Gallery of Art, Fryberg, Maine

2011
George Eastman House, Museum of Photography, Rochester, New York
Foc’sle Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts
University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, Maine
Rose Contemporary, Portland, Maine

2010
Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, Falmouth, Maine
Center for Maine Contemporary Art , Rockport, Maine

2009
Whitney Art Works, Portland, Maine
Churchill Gallery, Newburyport, Massachusetts

2008
Museo Raccolte Frugone Villa Grimaldi, Genova, Italy
Center for Maine Contemporary Art – Biennial, Rockport, Maine
Churchill Gallery, Newburyport, Massachusetts
Robert Berman Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2007
Benham Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Whitney Art Works, Portland, Maine
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine
Greene Contemporary , Sarasota, Florida

2004
Ft. Collins Museum Contemporary Art, Colorado

2003
Zero Station, Portland, Maine
Center for Photography/Woodstock, New York

2002
The Red Gallery, Savannah, Georgia
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine

2001
Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, New York

2000
Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, New York

1999
White Space, New York, New York
Revolving Museum, Boston, Massachusetts

1996
Dead Space Gallery, Portland, Maine

Collections
Please contact the gallery for this information.

Awards
2018
Maine Arts Commission, Project Grant, Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts

2017
Kindling Fund Grant through  SPACE Gallery, a regranting program of the Andy Warhol Foundation

2016
Maine Arts Commission, Project Grant, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts

2015
Berkshire Taconic A.R.T. Fund, Grant to support Arctic Circle Residency

2012
Americans for the Arts, Public Art Network, Year in Review: Top 50 installations of the year

2013
Maine Arts Commission, Good Idea Grant, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts

1992
Varnedoe Memorial Scholarship, Four year incremental scholarship for BFA, Photography

1990
Gordon Lewis, Merit Award

Press
2019
Scientific America
Fraction Magazine
Aintbad Magazine

NOTABLE BOOKS, Work has appeared in
2011
The Unseen Eye – The Dancing Bear Collection of W.M. Hunt, Aperture Publication, Fall

2002
The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christopher James

Press Release
2020
2020 Vision at Richard Levy Gallery