Amanda Rowan is an artist working within the genres of Art direction, performance, photography, and film, currently living in Los Angeles, California. Rowans has been awarded Chromatic Photographer of the Year 2018 from the International Chromatic Photography Awards for her achievements in color photography. She graduated cum laude from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Rowan has been commissioned to create iconic images for brands and pop celebrities alike. Her photographs and art direction are integral in building brand identity. 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.
Her images have been exhibited and published internationally at Photo LA, and Paris Photo 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. Rowan's photographs are on display as part of the permanent collection at the Palms 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. 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 Disney, NBC, HBO, and Hilton Entertainment. Her editorial portraits include global artists, performers, and pop celebrities alike.
October 2019 PDN, Fine Art Photographer of the Year
September 2019 PhotoVille DUMBO, NY
February 2019 Tokyo International Foto Award exhibition at OWADA Gallery, Shibuya Tokyo.
January 2019 Selected works on Display at LA ART Show with Carrie Able Gallery LA, CA
January 2019 "Photographer of the Year," -Chromatic Awards, group show
December 2018 "Creative Portrait Exhibition," Los Angeles Center of Photography, curated by Nicholas & David Fahey
December 2018 "Ritual," at Pulse Art Fair- Art Basel, with Carie Able Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
November 2018 Analogue Forever Magazine, Group Show
October 2018 Images acquired by The Palms Hotel, Las Vegas for the permanent collection.
September 2018 "Bounty: Food, Fashion, Flowers"- Group Show at The Photo Arts Conservatory, LA
August 2018 “Ritual”- Carie Able Gallery, Summer Show, Brooklyn, NY
August 2018 “Ritual”-Feature on Contemporary Photography, Float Magazine
2018 “FAYN Magazine,” faculty curator, Photoville, Brooklyn, NYC
2018 Faculty Art Director 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, LA
2017 “Dinner at Home,” Leica Gallery, Los Angeles in collaboration with ASMP, "Women in Media".
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 Tokyo International Foto Award, "People/Self Portrait"
2019 "Photographer of the Year, "Chromatic Awards- International Color Photography Contest.
2019 Grand Prize for "Fine Art Photographer," Chromatic Awards- International Color Photography Contest.
2019 Grand Prize for "Still Life Photographer," Chromatic Awards- International Color Photography Contest.
2018 First place, LACP's- "The Creative Portrait Contest," 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
Books and Series
2018-2019 "Ritual': Award-winning photo series exploring power and mythology and reproduction.
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
News paper Club
New York Times
I Love Taste
Art of Elysium
Ronald McDonald House
Adicted to Noise