Amanda Rowan is a visual and performing artist and educator, currently living in Los Angeles, California. She graduated cum laude from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her visual style is timeless, with an emphasis on color and juxtaposition. Her photographic work examines performance and power within the realm of domesticity and sexuality. Her images have been exhibited and published internationally at Photo LA, Paris Photo, and the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles. Her images are part of the extensive blue-chip contemporary art collection at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. Rowan's photographs are on display as part of the permanent collection along with like Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Takashi Murakami.
Daughter of Grammy-winning Bluegrass and country legend, Peter Rowan, she began shooting rock concerts during high school. In 2014, she launched the project "Born Backstage", a portrait series that chronicles artists and performers who are all the children of folk and rock legends, such as The Grateful Dead, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Beatles, Frank Zappa, and many more. Rowan's mastery of lighting, combined with her knack for engaging with her subjects, has led to a flourishing commercial practice that translates her distinctive visual style into imagery for advertising campaigns, as well as corporate branding. Clients include NBC, HBO, and Hilton Entertainment. Her editorial portraits include global artists, performers, and pop celebrities alike.
2018 Analogue Forever Magazine, Group Show
2018 Images from "Ritual" acquired by The Palms Hotel, Las Vegas for permanent collection and public display along side Damien Hirst, Jeffrey Koons and Olivia Steele.
2018 "Ritual"-NYFA, LA "Bounty: Food, Fashion, Flowers"- Group Show
2018 “Ritual”- Carie Able Gallery, Summer Show
2018 “Ritual” Feature on Contemporary Photography, Float Magazine
2018 “FAYN Magazine” Solo Show, Photoville, Brooklyn, NYC
2018 Guest Curator of FAYN #004 “Race and Culture,” Los Angeles, Ca
2018 Guest Curator of FAYN #003 “Contemporary Still Life,” Los Angeles, Ca
2017 “Dinner at Home,” Photo LA” international art fair
2017 "Dinner at Home", Faculty exhibition NYFA, Burbank Studios
2017 “Dinner at Home” Leica Gallery, Los Angeles in collaboration with ASMP
2016 “Born Backstage,” Wall Street Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Produced by Mr. Brainwash
2011 Aqualillies Water Ballet co. Performance collaboration
2011 Red Cat, Let’s Call It Valencia. D300, Cal Arts. Performance collaboration with Alexa Gerrity.
2010 The V Spot Gallery. Brooklyn, New York. Solo Show, Portraiture.
2009 Hold on Loosely. Producer/ performer for the feature film. Los Angeles premiere and international distribution.
2009 Out of the Box. Photography collaboration with HBO, for original online series content.
2008 She Pedals Fast for a Girl. Writer, producer, and actress. The Big Apple Film Festival, HBO Women in Film, Newport Beach
Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival.
2001 Tisch School of the Arts Thesis Solo Show, New York City. Young Bohemian Set
2000 Tisch School of the Arts Group Show: Coquette, NYC
2011 Alumni Grant, Tisch School of the Arts
2009 Best actress in a short film, Big Apple Film Festival
1997-2001 Grant for artistic achievement, Tisch School of the Arts
Books and Series
2016- Present Curator and Art Director at FAYN Magazine. A quarterly printed publication produced by the New York Film Academy to create intersectional diversity and publish the work of international emerging photographers in printed media.
2016-2017 Dinner at Home: A collaborative self-portrait series documenting the garments from my Grandmother’s Walk-in closet circa 1969--79’s. Featured in WWD.
2015 Clothed: Women in their Closets. Featured in I-Dress
2015-Present Born Backstage: Book and exhibition of portraits of artists and performers who’ve grown up in the limelight as children of folk and rock music icon with accompanying interviews that reflect on their experience in the world of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.
2012 Pop Moment as a Wing woman: Documentation of life as Paris Hilton’s “BFF.” Excess, nightlife and the international jet-set world of celebrity.
1995 - 2015 Pre-phone Selfies: The Art of Narcissism.
2014-Present New York Film Academy, Curator/Professor of Photography for MFA & BFA.
2-17 GCC, Professor of Photography in the BFA department.
2015 Artist in Residence at Palm Springs Photo Festival
2016-2018 Vice President of American Association of Media Photographers, Los Angeles.
2000 Artist in Residence, Trinity College, Dublin
New York Times
I Love Taste
Tough Guppy Productions
Art of Elysium
Ronald McDonald House
Photo LA, The Daily Country
Adicted to Noise