Jeff Whetstone

Born 1968, Chattanooga, TN


B.S. Zoology, Duke University 1990
Certificate in Film Studies M.F.A. Photography, Yale University 2001


Factor Price for Southern Art, 2008
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2007
North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, 2006
George Sakier Prize for Excellence in Photography, Yale University 2001
Al Smith Fellowship, Kentucky Arts Council 1994 Lyndhurst Foundation Fellowship 1991, 1992

Solo Exhibitions

Batture Ritual, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

The Lotus In Spite of the Swamp, Prospect.4 New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Crossing the Delaware, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

Jeff Whetstone | Films and Photographs, Anne Leonowens Gallery, Nova Scotia School of Design, Halifax, Canada

Frame/Ablate, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC

Seducing Birds, Snakes, Men, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

Outliers, John C. Smith University, Chapel Hill, NC

Post-Pleistocene, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC

Post-Pleistocene, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY
Post-Pleistocene, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Post-Pleistocene, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Introducing Jeff Whetstone, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
River of Earth Center for the Study of the American South, Chapel Hill, NC
Pioneer Species, Branch Gallery, Durham, NC

Jeff Whetstone, curated by Catherine Opie, Karyn Lovegrove Galley, Los Angeles, CA
New Wilderness, University of Virginia Art Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

Road in Site, Duke University, Durham, NC
Jeff Whetstone, West Virginia Museum of Art, Hunnington, WV

Zoolatry, Wallspace Gallery, New York, NY

Lay of the Land, One Front Gallery, New York, NY

River of Earth, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
MFA Thesis Exhibition Yale University, New Haven, CT

The Life and Times of City High, AVA Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

Here and Far, Chattanooga State Art Gallery, TN

The Photographs of Jeff Whetstone, Appalshop Gallery, Whitesburg, KY
Before the Flood, Watauga Recollection National Folk Festival, Chattanooga, TN

View from the Mountain, Appalachian Festival, Cincinnati, OH

A Few Fields in Prospect Hill, Perkins Library Gallery, Duke University, NC

Group Exhibitions

Birthday Presents, Ackland Art Museum, NY
People Get Ready: Building Contemporary Collection, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, NC
LAND AND SEA, Sculpture Flats, Chattanooga, TN
THUNDERFOXES, Camayuhs, Atlanta, GA
Fotofest, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC

Party Beuys Or What Comes After Farce, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, NY
Photography Sees the Surface, curated Aspen Mays, Higher Pictures, New York, NY

Area 919, Nasher Musuem of Art, Duke University, NC
State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
PhotoVision: Selections from a Decade of Collecting, Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
State of the Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art
Photographs and Films, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax

Pattern of Man, Catherine J. Smith Gallery, Appalachian State University, NC

Eden in Exile, Graham Gund Gallery At Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
Persistence: The Rural in American Art, Graham Gund Museum at Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

Seducing Birds, Snakes, Men, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY
25 Years/25 Artists, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY
Moving Image Art Fair of Contemporary Video Art, Waterfront New York Tunnel, New York, NY
Southern Views, University of Virginia Art Museum, VA

Open Season, Flanders Art Gallery, Raleigh North Carolina Counterlives, Ackland Art Museum, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC

Photo 50, Goldsmiths University, London Art Fair, London, UK
(super)natural, New York Photo Festival, Brooklyn, NY

Pulse Art Fair, New York Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY
Photography, University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC

Photo Grids, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
Glimpse, Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy
Life is but a Dream, Space 301, Mobile, AL
Rural Vernacular Space 538, Portland, ME

Now!, Gibbes Museum, Charleston, SC
Arcadia, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
Forest Primeval, Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA
CrossCurrents, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NA

Bunker than Thou, Bemis Art Center, Omaha, NE
The Photographers Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA
International Artists Sujiacun Art Village, Beijing, China
CrossCurrents, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Daylight, Branch Gallery, Carrboro, NC

New American Talent, juried by Jerry Saltz, Arthouse, Austin, TX
Los Americanos, Arcuate Arte Contemporaneo, Monterrey, Mexico
New York University-Lynne Cohen Foundation Art Auction Sotheby's, New York, NY
Fact/Fiction, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT
Critical Mass, juried by Peter Scheldahl, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
Loom /Labeller, Chattam Label Mill, Pittsboro, NC

Holiday Shopping II, Wallspace Gallery, New York, NY
NADA Art Fair Art Basel, Miami, Florida (through Wallspace gallery)
Violent Violence, Maatschappij Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sylva Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, NY
Faculty Biennial Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Holiday Shopping, Wallspace Gallery, New York, NY
Seduire/Seduce, Sotheby's New York, NY
Indivisible, audio component - touring: Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL
Center for Creative Photography, Phoenix, AZ, N.C. Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of Art, NC, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

Photowork, juried by Jeffrey Rosenheim, curator of photographs, Metropolitain Museum of Art, Poughkeepsie, NY

First Year Exhibition Yale University, New Haven, CT

Juried Exhibition Fine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile AL

The South By Its Photographers, Birmingham Museum of Art, AL Columbia Museum of Art, SC

Al Smith Fellowship Awards Kentucky Arts Council, Louisville, KY

Publications & Reviews

"Jeff Whetstone," State of the Art, 2014
Pollack, Barbara, "Critic's Pick,"Artnews, May 2009
Lee, Sasha, "Beautiful Decay", Issue X, September 2008
Yale University Art Bulletin 2006, New Haven: Acquisitions: Prints and Photographs, p.177
Parsons, Laura; "Whetstone's Masculine Nature" Art feature, The Hook, November 16, 2006
Cullum, Jerry "Tree as Testament," Atlanta Journal Constitution, 9/10/06
Arcadia, The New Yorker, "Goings on About Town", 8/14/06
"Nature and Beyond", New York Sun, 8/11/06
Feaster, Felicia "Deep in the Forest," Atlanta Creative Loafing, 8/9/06
Meyers, Holly, "Around the Galleries: The Meshing of Man and Nature", Los Angeles Times, 3/31/06
Meyers, Holly, "LA Times Critics Choice," Los Angeles Times, 3/29/06 April 5, 2006/ Los Angeles Roundup
Feaster, Felicia "Year in Culture: Top Ten Art Shows" Atlanta Creative Loafing, December 29, 2005 - January 4, 2006
"Up and Coming," Living In Style - News and Observer, Summer 2006
Gimme Shelter, "Bunker than Thou," Omaha City Weekly, January 2006
Millet, Ann, "Crosscurents…", Art Papers Magazine 30:01 January 2006
Fox, Cathy, "Photography at MOCA", Atlanta Journal Constitution, Aug. 21, 2005
Beijing International Art Camp, Beijing, China Miller, "Lauren Road In Sight: Constructing Individual", Duke University Press, 2005
Whetstone, Jeff, "River Of Earth: Photographs and Essay", Daylight Magazine 10/04
Saltz, Jerry, "New American Talent". Arthouse Texas Press
Aletti, Vince, "Jeff Whetstone, Zoolatry. Shortlist: Photo" VillageVoice 6/18/03
Johnson, Ken, "Jeff Whetstone at Wallspace Gallery', New York Times, 6/6/03
Jeff Whetstone, The New Yorker, "Goings on About Town", 4/8/02
Nelson, William, "Tension in a Circle of Serenity, The Photographs of Jeff Whetstone", Endeavors v.19 no.3 Spring 2003
"The Human Cost of Food", University of Texas, 2002
"Seduire/Seduce", Coromandel Press, 2002
slavic, elin, "Jeff Whetstone at the Alcott", Independent Weekly Aug 22, 2001
"Local Heroes Changing America", W.W. Norton, New York, 2000
"Southern Exposure", Summer 1995, 1999
"Southern Changes", January 1998
"Southern Accents", September 1996
"DoubleTake", Fall 1996
"The South By Its Photographers", The University Press of Mississippi, 1996
Mademoiselle, March 1994
"Migrant Summer", Center for Documentary Studies, 1991
Public Lectures University of Virginia, Charlottesville 11/06
Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Atlanta 10/06
Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy 7/06
North Carolina Art Museum, Raleigh 10/05
Yale University School of Art, New Haven 2/05
Duke University-Center for Interdisciplinary Studies 4/05
Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago 2/01


Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Duke University, NC
Gibbes Museum, Charleston, SC
Nasher Museum, Duke University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
New York Public Library, New York, NY
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Sir Elton John Collection, Atlanta. GA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY
Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

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