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Meghan Kirkwood

Meghan Kirkwood is an associate professor and chair of undergraduate studio art at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned a BFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design, an MFA in studio art at Tulane University, and a PhD at the University of Florida. Her photographic research looks at the ways in which landscape imagery can inform and advance public conversations around land use, infrastructure, and planning.

Kirkwood’s work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group shows at venues including Blue Sky Gallery (Portland, Ore.), Filter Space (Chicago, Ill.), Bangkok Art and Culture Center (Thailand), ArtSpace Durban (South Africa), Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Denver, Colo.) Plains Art Museum (Fargo, N.D.), Greenville Center for the Arts (Greenville, S.C.), Rosza Gallery (Houghton, Mich.), and the Humble Arts Foundation.

Her photographs are held in several private and public collections, including the RISD Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Lewis and Clark University, University of Idaho, Minot State University, North Dakota Museum of Art, and the University of Florida Genetics Institute. Her work has been featured in publications such as Places, Lenscratch, Oxford American, New Landscape Photography, and Landscape Stories. She has also received full funding to participate in artist residencies through the National Parks Service, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Lakeside Lab in Iowa.

In tandem with her studio practice, Kirkwood also researches in the fields of African art and the history of photography. Presently, her writing focuses on the uses of landscape imagery by contemporary South African photographers. Her writing has been published in Lenscratch, Social Dynamics, Exposure, Photography and Culture, Landscape Journal, and Photographies.

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Work by Meghan Kirkwood

Black and white photograph of a road, houses and trees in the background. Skid marks in the foreground.

Cul-du-Sac, Chalmette, Louisiana, 2018

Silver Gelatin Print. 16 x 20 “.
Black and white photograph of a tree in the middle of a field. Houses, cars, and other buildings in the distance.

Tree, Chalmette, Louisiana, 2017

Silver Gelatin Print. 16 x 20 “.
The back tires of a vehicle/truck to the left, dust in the air. The sky is a light blue, wisps of clouds trailing across.

Dust, Bakken Road, 2018

Archival Inkjet Print. 20 x 24 “.
A van partially obscured by the tall weeds/grass in the foreground; beyond it, bare trees against an overcast sky.

Van Camp, 2018

Archival Inkjet Print. 20 x 24".
A landscape of a road, on which further down is a truck; the scene framed by mountains and a bright sky.

Truck over the Little Missouri, 2017

Archival Inkjet Print. 16 x 20".