Amanda Rowan's provocative still life and self-portrait images depict playful and sensual moments, eliciting humor through an exploration of the power and vulnerability of womanhood. Rowan curates richly styled vignettes depicting moments of mysticism and seduction. Her work explores domestic labor and gender using a mix of visual iconography, including food advertising, vintage pinup, and religious deities.
Rowan has received numerous accolades, including The Women's International Study Center Fellowship 2021, Curator Award 2019, from Photo District News (P.D.N.), Photographer of the Year 2018 from the International Chromatic Photography association, and the Tokyo International Award for Photography in 2019.
Her work has been exhibited internationally at the Carrie Able Gallery, Photo LA, Photo London, Art Basel, The Wall Street Gallery, and The Leica Gallery in Los Angeles. Her images hang in the permanent collection at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas with Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Takashi Murakami. Her images are included in the permanent collection at the ACEQUIA MADRE Museum, Santa Fe, NM.
Originally from the Bay area, the daughter of Bluegrass Legend Peter Rowan, she began shooting rock concerts during high school. Her distinctive visual style has translated into advertising campaigns for clients, including Disney, NBC, and HBO. Her editorial portraits include global artists, performers, and pop celebrities alike.
Rowan graduated Cum Laude from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She resided in New York City for several years appearing as an actress in film and TV such as "Law and Order", the "Chappelle Show" with Dave Chappelle, and National Lampoon's "Pledge This!" co-starring with Paris Hilton. She performed several roles on Broadway including Curles's wife in "Of Mice and Men." Her creative practice combines an investigation of her experience as an actress and her visual prowess as a commercial photographer. Her work investigates ideas of the female body in the media and its intersection with contemporary visual content creation and reproductive politics. Rowan now lives in Los Angeles, working within the genres of photography and performance art. Rowan is currently a Full-Time Faculty at the Photo Arts Conservatory at the New York Film Academy Los Angeles in both the MFA and BFA programs.
Curriculum Vitae- Solo Exhibitions:
2021, Photo Israel
2020, The H Club, Los Angeles
2020, Photo LA
2019 "PDN- Fine Art Photography" curated by Holly Hues and Photo District News, Chelsea, NYC
2019 "PhotoVille," DUMBO, Brooklyn
2019 OWADA Gallery, Shibuya Tokyo.
2019 "Women In Color" at LA ART Show with Carrie Able Gallery, curated by Kayla Coleman, LA
2018 "Creative Portrait Exhibition," Los Angeles Center of Photography, curated by Nicholas & David Fahey
2018 "Ritual," Pulse Art Fair- Art Basel, with Carie Able Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
2018 Analogue Forever Magazine, Group Show
2018 "Ritual"- Carie Able Gallery, Summer Show, Curated by Float Magazine. Brooklyn, NY
2016 "Born Backstage," Wall Street Gallery, Produced by Mr. Brainwash, Los Angeles, CA.
2011 Aqualillies Water Ballet co. Photography and performance collaboration
2011 Red Cat, Let's Call It Valencia. D300, Cal Arts. Performance collaboration with Alexa Gerrity.
2019 The Curator Award for recognition of contemporary fine art photography by Photo District News (PDN)
2019 Tokyo International Foto Award
2019 "Photographer of the Year," Chromatic Awards, International recognition for outstanding work in contemporary color photography
2019 Grand Prize for "Fine Art Photographer," Chromatic Awards
2019 Grand Prize for "Still Life Photographer," Chromatic Awards
2018 Grand Prize winner of The Creative Portrait Award at The Los Angeles Center of Photography Curated and Jugged by Nicholas & David Fahey of the Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles
2018 Official Selection, 12th Annual International Color Awards
2018 Official Selection Analogue Forever Magazine
2011 Alumni Grant, Tisch School of the Arts
2017-2022 Curator at FAYN Magazine, issue #001-#008. Contemporary Fashion and Art Magazine published by The Photo Arts Conservatory at NYFA, prioritizing intersectional diversity with the highest standards of photographic practices. The publication has featured original interviews and work by renowned international artists, including Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Holly Andre, and Lorna Simpson. Produced by PAC, LA.
2019 "The Unseen Body" Group Show at PAC, LA. Selections from FAYN Magazine
2019 "Deconstruction" Group Show at PAC, LA. Selections from FAYN Magazine
2018 "Race and Culture" Group Show at PAC, LA. Selections from FAYN Magazine
2018 "The Contemporary Still Life," Group Show at PAC, LA. Selections from FAYN Magazine
2017 "Color Croma," Group Show at Photo LA, presented by the American Association of Media Photographers.
2017 Faculty Exhibition, Photo Arts Conservatory at NYFA, LA
2017 Leica Gallery, Los Angeles, in collaboration with ASMP, "Women in Media."
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