Amanda Rowan is an artist working within the genres of performance, photography, and film, currently living in Los Angeles, California. She graduated cum laude from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has been awarded Photo District News (P.D.N.),The Curator Award 2019 and International Chromatic Photographer of the Year 2018 for her achievements in color photography. Rowan currently holds a full-time professorship at the Photo Arts Conservatory at the New York Film Academy Los Angeles. Rowan teaches conceptual lighting classes such as "Deconstructing the New beautiful in Fashion" to prompt more in-depth discussions about how the new generation of global image-makers can use the medium of photography to celebrate diversity. Rowan urges her students to create contemporary fashion and art that shines a light on nonbinary, multicultural and multi-generational subjects.
Her visual style focuses on the theatrical elements in life and in the studio with an emphasis on lush color and juxtaposition. She is interested in the space between the subject and audience in her images and the inherent performance in the creation of an image. 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 advertising campaigns for clients including Disney, NBC, HBO, and Hilton Entertainment. Her editorial portraits include global artists, performers, and pop celebrities alike.
Her images have been exhibited and published internationally at Carrie Able Gallery, Brooklyn, Photo LA, and Art Basel as well as the Wall Street Gallery and the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles. Her images are part of the extensive contemporary art collection at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas and on display as part of the permanent collection with 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.
October 2019, "Ritual"-I love Taste, West Hollywood, California.
October 2019 "PDN- Fine Art Photography" curated by Holly Hues and Photo District News, Chelsea, NYC
September 2019 "PhotoVille," DUMBO, Brooklyn
February 2019 OWADA Gallery, Shibuya Tokyo.
January 2019 "Women In Color" at LA ART Show with Carrie Able Gallery, curated by Kayla Coleman, LA
December 2018 "Creative Portrait Exhibition," Los Angeles Center of Photography, curated by Nicholas & David Fahey
December 2018 "Ritual," Pulse Art Fair- Art Basel, with Carie Able Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
November 2018 Analogue Forever Magazine, Group Show
October 2018 "Ritual" at The Palms Hotel, Las Vegas with Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Takashi Murakami
September 2018 "Bounty: Food, Fashion, Flowers"- Curated by Co-Chair Naomi White of The Photo Arts Conservatory, LA
August 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
2009 Best actress in a short film, Big Apple Film Festival
1997-2001 Grant for artistic achievement, Tisch School of the Arts
2017-2020 Curator and Creative Director at FAYN Magazine, issue #001-#008. Contemporary Fashion and Art Magazine, 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."
News paper Club
New York Times
I Love Taste
Art of Elysium
Ronald McDonald House
Adicted to Noise