William Christenberry


William Andrew Christenberry Jr. was a photographer, painter, sculptor, and teacher who drew inspiration from his childhood in Hale County, Alabama. Christenberry focused extensively on architecture, abandoned structures, nature, and extensively studied the psychology and effects of place and memory. He is best known for his haunting compositions of landscapes, signs, and abandoned buildings in his home state. Christenberry is also considered a pioneer of colored photography as an art form; he was especially encouraged in the medium by the likes of Walker Evans and William Eggleston.
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1936Born in Tuscaloosa, USA

1954 – 1959Studied at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in painting

1958 – 1959Taught at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

1962Assistant professor of Art at Memphis State University. Began friendship with William Eggleston. First drawings and paintings for the "Klan Room."

1967Moved to Washington D.C.

1982Lyndhurst Foundation

1994Art Matters, Inc., grant

1996Recieved The University of Memphis Distinguished Achievement Award in Memory of Elvis Presley, Memphis, Tennessee



2013William Christenberry, Fundacion Mapfre, Madrid, ES

2012William Christenberry, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
William Christenberry:Assembled Memory, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC

2011William Christenberry, Mark Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
Aspects of Color, Galerie Rudolf Kicken, Berlin, Germany

2010 Vintage Kodak Brownies, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington D.C
House and Car and, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY
Photographs, 1961- 2005, Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing Gallery , Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Salem, NC

2009day by day, dkw. Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus, Germany
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, USA

2008Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington D.C.
William Christenberry, Moody Gallery, Houston, USA

2007Site/Possession, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
Photographer William Christenberry, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, USA
20/20 Vision, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, USA
The Genius of the Place: Land and Identity in Contemporary A

2006Passing Time: The Art of William Christenberry, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961-2005, Aperture Foundation, New York, USA
William Christenberry: 35mm Kodachromes, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
William Christenberry: Trips & Recent Sculpture, Pace MacGill, New York; Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, USA
William Christenberry: Alabama, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
La trajectoire du regard, Salle d'exposition du quai Antoine ler, Monaco, Monaco
Tendenzen internationaler Fotografie, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Delmenhorst, Germany

2005Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
In Response to Place: Photographs from The Nature Conservancy's Last Great Places, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, USA
American Classics, Museum für Photographie, Braunschweig, Germany
Regarding the Rural, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, USA
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, USA

2004Picturing the South, Pace / MacGill Gallery, New York, USA
Best Of - Blick in die Sammlung, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany
Seventies Color Photography, Kennedy Boesky Photographs, New York, USA

2003Southern Images: Six Contemporary Photographers, Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington D.C.
The American Scene 2000, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
William Christenberry, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2002Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium

2001Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington D.C.
Changing Landscape: The Source Revisited, Kreeger Museum of Art, Washington D.C.
William Christenberry: Architecture/Archetype, DAAP Gallery at University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA
Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, USA
In Response to Place: Photographs from The Nature Conservancy’s Last Great Places, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

2000Southern Exposure, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, USA
Open Ends/MoMA 2000, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Visualizing the Blues: Images of the American South, 1962-2000, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; Dixon Gallery, Memphis, USA
American Perspectives: Photographs from the Polaroid Collection, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
Innovation and Imagination: 50 Years of Polaroid Photography, The Friends of Photography, Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco, USA
William Christenberry: The Early Years, Belger Art District, Kansas City, USA
The Klan Tableau, University of Kansas City Art Galleries, Kansas City, USA

1999Carol Ehlers Gallery Ltd., Chicago, USA
Carried to the Heart: Faith and Doubt in Contemporary Southern Photography, Millsaps College, Jackson, USA

1998Southern Stories, G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, USA
William Christenberry: The Early Years (1954-1968), Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, USA

1997The Early Years and Beyond, Phillips Collection; Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington D.C.
Photographien im Dialog, Photographischen Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kulture, Cologne, Germany

1996The Early Works, 1954 to 1968, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, USA
Reconstruction: William Christenberry’s Art, Center for Creative Photography and University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, USA

1995Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, USA
Nancy Drysdale Gallery, Washington D.C.

1994Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Saint Joseph, USA

1993Ehlers Caudill Gallery, Chicago, USA

1992Southern Views, Moody Gallery, Houston, USA
Nancy Drysdale Gallery, Washington D.C.
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, USA
Tartt Gallery, Washington D.C.
Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, USA
Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, USA

1991Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, USA

1990Center for Cultural Studies, Gadsden, USA
Southern Exposure, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, USA

1989Middendorf Gallery, Washington D.C.
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, USA

1988Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, USA
Memphis Center for Contemporary Art, Memphis, USA

1987Middendorf Gallery, Washington D.C.
A Southern Perspective, Columbus Museum, Columbus, USA

1986New Mexico State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces, USA
Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA

1985Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, USA
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, USA

1984Southern Monuments and Photographs, Moody Gallery, Houston, USA
James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1983Middendorf Gallery, Washington D.C.
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, USA

1982Southern Views, Institute for the Arts, Rice University, Houston; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA

1981Middendorf/Lane Gallery, Washington D.C.

1980Cronin Gallery, Houston, USA

1979Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, USA

1978Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

1977Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Sander Gallery, Washington D.C.
State University of New York at Albany, University Art Gallery, Albany, USA

1976Gallery of Art at University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA
Weatherspoon Art Gallery at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, USA
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, USA

1973Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA
The Octagon House, American Institute of Architects, Washington D.C.

1971Henri II Gallery, Washington D.C.

1963Memphis State University Gallery of Art, Memphis, USA

1961Gallery of Art at University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA


2011Recieved Alice Denney Award, Washington Project for the Arts

1998Honorary doctor of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

1989Alabama Prize

1986Recieved "Excellence in an Artistic Discipline," Mayor's Art Award, Washington, D.C. 1985 Alabama Alumni Art Award, Society of Fine Art,University of Alabama, Alabama

1984John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship


Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham / Alabama
Smithsonian Institution, Washington
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington
Middlebury College Museum of Art
Kemper Museum, Kansas City
Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
Maryland Yale University Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta,Georgia
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
The Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
California International Museum of Photography
George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Coca Cola Company, Atlanta, Georgia
Menil Collection, Houston, Texas
Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, New York
Smith College of Art, Amherst, Massachusetts
Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

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