Brian Ulrich

Brian Ulrich was born 1971 in Northport NY; living and working in Chicago, Ilinois.



MFA, Photography, Columbia College Chicago


BFA, Photography, University of Akron



Guggenheim Fellowship 2009
Honorable Mention, Project Competition, Center Santa Fe


Wright Auction House Commission, Chicago, IL
Photo District News 30 Emerging Photographers, nomination by Martin Parr
Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship, Chicago, IL


Nominee, Santa Fe Prize for Photography
Finalist, Critical Mass 2005


10 Best, Leica Oskar Barnack Award
Breakout Artist 2005, NewCity Chicago
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Community Arts Assistance Grant


Nominee, PDN's 30 Emerging Photographers
Finalist, First Book Award, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University
Shortlisted, NextLevel UK
Jurors Award, Evanston + Vicinity Biennial, Evanston, IL
Honorable Mention, FACT/FICTION, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT
Honorable Mention, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA


Stuart and Iris Baum Grant, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
Albert P. Weisman Scholarship, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
Honorable Mention, Union League Civic and Arts Foundation, Chicago, IL


Jack Jaffe Purchase Award, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
Follett Fellowship, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL


Purchase Award for Photography, Emily Davis Gallery, Akron, OH [1995]

Solo Exhibitions


Copia 2001-2011, Cleveland Museum of Art, USA


Open Season, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC, USA


TBA, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
TBA, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Copia, Community College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Copia, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Copia, ArtUnit, Haarlem, The Netherlands


12 x 12: New Artists/New Work: Shoppers, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL


Copia, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL


Produce, Protect, Project, Millworks Gallery, Akron, OH


Harmony, Dissonance, Harmony, Millworks Gallery, Akron, OH

Selected Group Exhibitions


Behold America!, San Diego Museum of Art, USA


TBA, Religare Arts Initiative Gallery, New Delhi, India


World's Away, Walker Art Center [opens Feb 2008]
Variable Capital, Bluecoats Arts Centre, Liverpool, April 17- May 29, 2008


Chicagraphy, Galerie f5.6, Munich
Act of Faith, and Material World exhibitions, Nooderlicht Festival, Groningen, The Netherlands
Stalking Suburbia, Westport Art Center, CT
Cornucopia: Documenting the Land of Plenty, Montserrat College of Art
Ad | Agency, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA


MP3, Kelli Connell, Justin Newhall and Brian Ulrich: Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
Point of Purchase, DUMBO Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
tinyvices, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY
The Armory Show, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY
The Contemporary Condition, Hokin Gallery, Chicago, IL
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Marcia Wood Gallery: Palm Beach 3 Contemporary Art Fair, West Palm Beach, FL


Aus Amerika: Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne, Germany
Photocentric: A Regional Biennial of Photography, Juried by Joan Rothfuss, Minnesota Center for Photography Minneapolis, MN
On the Scene: Jessica Rowe, Jason Salavon, and Brian Ulrich, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
PhotoBravo 2005: A Celebration of Artists and Their Work, Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, MN
Domestic Disturbance, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
The New Chicagoans (Select Media Festival), Iron Studios, Chicago, IL
For Jen (Silent Auction), Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL
Photography 2005: Double Exposure, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL
Servings, City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, Chicago, IL
Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie/Festival d'Arles, Arles, France
Contemporary American Photography/Internationalen Fototage Mannheim-Ludwigshafen/Month of Photography,
Cologne, Germany
Urban Renewal¸ Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
Skinless Capital: Neoliberalism & Resistance, Opensource Art Gallery, Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Version05: Invincible Desire (arts festival), Chicago, IL
Other America, Exit Art, New York, NY
Persona, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
Vice Grip: Bad Habits Exploited, Hokin Gallery, Chicago, IL
Manufactured Self, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL


Frozen in Light, Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Unframed First Look, Juried by Adam Fuss, Jack Pierson, & Cindy Sherman, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
17th Annual Evanston + Vicinity Biennial, Juried by Monique Meloche & Dominic Molon, Evanston Art Ctr, Evanston, IL
MFA thesis exhibition, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL
Fellowship 2004, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Juried by Tom Hinson, Pittsburgh, PA
FACT/FICTION, Juried by Dawoud Bey, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT
ArtChicago, c/o Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
Gallery Artists, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
Albert P. Weisman Scholarship Exhibition, Columbia College, Chicago, IL


2003 Center Awards, Juried by Karen Sinsheimer & Tim Wride, Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA
Union League Civic and Arts Foundation, Juried by James Rondeau, Chicago, IL
ArtChicago, "Chicago Area Billboard Project," Chicago, IL
Chicago Area Billboard Project (public exhibition of 60 billboards throughout metro area), Chicago, IL


MFA Candidates Group Show, Harrison Street Gallery, Oak Park, IL


Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron, Akron, OH


Six State Photography, Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
Art from the Heart, Summit County AIDS Housing Corporation Benefit Auction, Akron, OH


Faces of Cleveland, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Texas National, Juried by Mike and Doug Starn, SFA Gallery, Nagadoches, TX
H2O Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Byron Mapp Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Six State Photography, Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH


Margulies Collection, Miami, FL
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Emily Davis Gallery, Akron, OH
LaSalle Bank, Chicago, IL
Midwest Photographer's Project, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Private Collections: Brussels, Belgium; Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Miami, FL; Newark, NJ; New York, NY

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago/Chicago Public Schools [Winter/Spring 2005]


MP3, "Copia", Aperture/Museum of Contemporary Photography, Fall 2006
Seeing & Writing 2, textbook, Donald McQuade, Christine McQuade, 2006
Photography Quarterly, "Photography Now, juried by Dana Faconti", 2006
Design Anarchy, Adbusters Media Foundation, 2006
Chicago Tribune Magazine, Feb 5, 2006
Leica World, 2/2005, September 2005
Mouvement Magazine (France), No. 35, July-Aug 2005, pp. 104-105
Fotopozytyw Magazine (Poland), July 2005
Adbusters Magazine, #60 Jul/Aug 2005, "The Game of Life;" #58 Mar/Apr 2005, "'What Happened Before the Big Bang?;"
#56 Nov/Dec 2004, "We're Back;" #55 Sept/Oct 2004, "No Future;" #54 July/Aug 2004, "I, Terrorist;" #52 Mar/Apr
2004, "Right/Left, US/UN, God/Allah;"
Time Out Chicago, Issue No. 11, May 12-19, 2005, pp. 15, 19, 20, 21, photos for article "Green Eats"
Chicago Magazine, Vol. 54, #3, Mar 2005, p. 40, photos for article "Memory Lanes;" Vol. 54, #4, Apr 2005, p. 30, photo for
article "The Televangelist"
Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist's Eye, Museum of Contemporary Art, exh. cat., 2005
Photo District News, Feb 2005, p. 25, photo for "Manufactured Self" exhibition announcement
New York Magazine, No. 46, Jan 3, 2005, p. 49, photo for article "The Art of Gift Returns: Negotiations"
WIRED Magazine, No. 13.01, Jan 2005, photos for article "The Big Show"
New York Times Magazine, Nov 14, 2004, Section 6, pp. 104¬-105, photo for article "Box Office in a Box"
Exklusiv Magazine (Poland), No. 23, Nov 2004, pp. 52-57, featured "Galeria: Brian Ulrich"
Photo District News EDU, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Fall 2004, pp. frontispiece, 6, 10
Sites, 6×6 Series, Columbia College, No. 3, Apr 2004
Chicago Reader, Aug 2, 2002, Section 3, p. 1, photo for article "Writin', Rockin', and Politics"

Selected Bibliography

ArtNews Magazine, "Altered States," by Richard Woodward, Volume 105 Issue 3, March 2006, p. 108
TimeOut Chicago, Review: "Servings," by Madeline Nusser, Issue No. 26, Aug 25-Sept 1, 2005, p. 79
NewCity Chicago, "Tip of the Week: Servings," by Michael Weinstein, Aug 23, 2005
Chicago Tribune, Review: "Servings: Five Photographers on Food," by Alan G. Artner, Aug 19, 2005
NewCity Chicago, Interview, "Breakout Artists: Chicago's Next Generation of Image Makers," by Michael
Workman/Michael Weinstein, Apr 28, 2005, pp. cover, 5, 8
Chicago Journal, Review: "Lost in the Supermarket," by Kathryn Rosenfeld, Vol 5, No. 22, Mar 17, 2005, p. 13
NewCity Chicago, "Tip of the Week: Brian Ulrich," and "5 Shows to See Now," Mar 17, 2005, pp. 18 and 19
CenterStage Chicago,"Chicago's Art World is a Tour de Force," by Joanne Hinkel, Mar 3, 2005
NewCity Chicago, "Eye Exam: Identity Incognito," by Michael Workman, Feb 1, 2005
Sifter Magazine, "The Evolution of a Shopper," by Carrie Watson, Premier Issue/Jan 2005, pp. 22-25
Chicago Sun-Times, "Diverse Photographs Build Sense of 'Self'," by Misha Davenport, Jan 7, 2005
TENbyTEN Magazine, Fake Issue, Vol 3, No. 2, Winter 2004, p. 90
ArtNet Magazine, "That Kind of Fall," by Kathryn Rosenfield, Oct 14, 2004
Chicago Reader, Interview: "Our Lady of Lord & Taylor," by Fred Camper, Oct 8, 2004, Section 2, p. 26
Chicago Sun-Times, "Gallery Glance," by Margaret Hawkins, Oct 1, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times, "Diverse Photographs Unite in Harmonious Vision," by Margaret Hawkins, Sept 24, 2004
"Art Letter," by Paul Klein, Sept 18, 2004
NewCity Chicago, "Frozen in Light/A Roomful of Images," by Michael Workman, Sept 9, 2004, p. 19
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Art Review," by Mary Thomas, Aug 17, 2004
Evanston Review, "The Vicinity of Creativity," by Robert Loerzel, June 10, 2004, Section B, p. 4
New Haven Register, "Enigmatic Imagery," June 10, 2004
Chicago Reader, "The Local Angle," June 4, 2004, Section 2
Chicago Social, "The Buzz: Art," by Virginia Gerst, June 2004
NewCity Chicago, "5 Shows to See Now," May 27, 2004, p. 28
Chicago Reader, exhibition announcement with photograph, May 21, 2004, Section 2, p. 26
Chicago Reader, "Art People: Billboards Against Buying," May 9, 2003, Section 1, p. 34
—–, "Museum of Contemporary Art presents Brian Ulrich," Mar 8, 2005
Paper Brigade,, featured Mar 2005
AK47,, Issue 6, Dec 04/Jan 05
Flavorpill Chicago,, Issue 3, Oct 5, 2004
Subsytence,, featured Sept 2004
BlueEyes Magazine,, featured Aug 2004
Splotch Magazine,, featured Aug 2004
Daily Kos, "The Pictures Wal-Mart Doesn't Want You to See,", Jul 3, 2004
Photo District News EDU,, featured June 2004
NextLevel Magazine UK,

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