Biography

John Ganis                            Biographical Statement

John Ganis completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts at Ohio Wesleyan University where he also started his experience in New York by interning for Irving Penn and studying with Lisette Model and Larry Fink. Ganis received his M.F.A. in photography from the University of Arizona where he studied with Harold Jones, Todd Walker and W. Eugene Smith. In 1980 he began his teaching career in photography at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Portfolios of his photographs have appeared in Aperture Magazine, Camera Austria International, Kwartlnik Fotografia, Photographie Magazine The Photo Review and Photo Technik International. His photographs were included the Houston FotoFest 2006 exhibition and accompanying catalog Earth and the international traveling exhibitions and catalogs Shrinking Cities and Imaging a Shattering Earth. Photographs by John Ganis are included in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Center for Creative Photography, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The George Eastman House, The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, The New York Public Library, and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art among others. His previous book on land use, Consuming the American Landscape, included essays by the late Robert Sobieszek and George Thompson, and was published by Dewi Lewis Publishing (England) and Edition Braus (German edition) in 2003. It was awarded a Stuttgart Photo Books Prize in 2003. Ganis is the recipient of the 2008 Harold Jones Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Arizona and the 2007 Honored Educator Award from the Midwest Region of the Society for Photographic Education. John Ganis is a Professor at the College for Creative Studies where he teaches fine art photography and is currently involved in efforts to develop an interdisciplinary concentration in sustainability.

John B. Ganis

Brief Resume

Selected One Person Exhibits
2015 Spectrum Gallery, “The Endangered Coast”, Rochester,  New York
2013 Iris Book Café and Gallery, “Consuming the American Landscape”, Cincinnati, Ohio
2012 Park+Vine, “Ruptures and Reclamations…”, Foto Focus Exhibition, Cincinnati, Ohio
2011 Alumni Gallery, Mowry Alumni Center, John Ganis, Ohio
Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
2011 Elsie Munro Gallery, “Ruptures and Reclamations…”, Albion College, Albion, MI
2011 Clement Gallery, “Ruptures and Reclamations…”, University of Toledo, Toledo OH
2011 Swords into Plowshares Gallery, “Ruptures and Reclamations, the BP & Enbridge
Oil Spills” Detroit, MI
2007 U Cen Fine Art Gallery, “Honored Educator”, University of Michigan, Flint, MI
2006 FotoFest International Biennial of Photography, Winter Street Studios, Houston, TX
2004 Spazio DellaVolta, “Il Paesaggio Americano in via di Sparizione” Genoa, Italy
2004 Galerie Lichtblick, “Consuming the American Landscape” Cologne, Germany
2003 Revolution Gallery, “Consuming the American Landscape” Ferndale, MI
2003 Sol Mednick Gallery, “Consuming the American Landscape” The University of  the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2002 Blue Sky Gallery, “Consuming the American Landscape” Portland, OR
1996 The Cranbrook Art Museum, “Danger Zone: Corrective Actions at Michigan’s
Reichhold Chemical Plant,” Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
1991 The Union Square Gallery, “American Soil,” New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibits
2016 Detroit Institute of Arts, “Fifty years of Collecting, DIA Friends of Prints, Drawings and Photographs..” Detroit MI
2014 PhotoPlace Gallery, The Human-Altered Landscape, Middlebury Vermont
2011 Gallery Project, “Oil and Water”, Ann Arbor, MI
2011 Gerald Peters Gallery, “Land Use Misuse”, Santa Fe, NM
2010 Gallery Project, “Imaging the Future”, Ann Arbor, MI
2008 Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Imaging a Shattering Earth, Ottawa, ON
2007 The New York Public Library, “Making the Scene…” NY, NY
2005 Harry Ransom  Center, University of Texas, “Place: Photographs of Environment and Community” Austin, Texas
2005 Painted Bride Art Center, “Paradise Paved” Philadelphia PA
2005 Internationale Fototage Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Mannheim, Germany
1996 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, “Crossing the Frontier, Photographs of the Developing West, 1849 to the Present,” San Francisco, CA (curated by Sandra Phillips)
1996 Cranbrook Art Museum, “Cranbrook Auto Show,” Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan
1994 Revolution Gallery, “Nature,” Ferndale, MI
1992 Center for Creative Photography, “Enthusiasm Strengthens,” University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1988 Burden Gallery, Aperture, “Swimmers,” Aperture Foundation, New York, NY
1985 Pace-MacGill Gallery, “Swimmers,” New York, NY
1985 Boulder Center for the Visual Arts, “Naked,” University of Colorado at Boulder (juried
1983 Detroit Institute of Arts, “Recent Acquisitions: Contemporary Collection,” Detroit, MI

Selected Publications
The Photo Review, “A Conversation with John Ganis” Volume 31 Number 2 & 3 (Forthcoming 2016)
Undermining A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West, Lucy Lippard,
The New Press, (three images reproduced) 2014
Land Matters, Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity, Liz Wells, I.B. Tauris  (one image) 2011
Imaging a Shattering Earth, Exhibition Catalog, Oakland University/CONTACT Toronto 2005/6
Kwartlnik Fotografia,  “John Ganis, The American Landscape” (10 images) Poland, #21 2006
FotoFest 2006, Earth, International Biennial of Photography, Exhibition Catalog, (6 images) 2006
Schrumpfende Stadte (Shrinking Cities), Exhibition Catalog, Hatje Cantz, Berlin, Germany 2004
Consuming the American Landscape, Monograph with texts by Robert Sobieszek, Stanley Diamond, and George Thompson,
Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport England 2003
American Landscapes (German co-edition of monograph) Edition Braus, Heidelberg Germany 2003
Camera Austria International #83, Forum, John Ganis (four photographs) Graz, Austria, Fall 2003
Photo Technik International, “Verwundete Landschaft” ( eight photographs) Germany Nov. 2003
Photographie, “Portfolio John Ganis (five photographs), Dusseldorf, Germany, January 2002
Crossing the Frontier: Photographs of the Developing West, 1849 to the Present, SFMOMA San Francisco , CA
Aperture Magazine, “Beyond Wilderness”, , Issue #120, New York, NY, Fall 1990
Swimmers¸ Aperture Book and Aperture Magazine, Issue 111, New York, NY, 1988
New American Nudes, Exhibition catalogue/book, Morgan and Morgan, Dobbs Ferry, NY 1981

Guest Lecturer
2015 National Conference, Society for Photographic Education (SPE), New Orleans, LA
2011 Albion College Art Department, Lecture in conjunction with exhibition, Albion MI
2011 Ohio Wesleyan University, , Lecture in conjunction with exhibition, Delaware, OH
2009 Northern Michigan University Art Department, Lecture, NMU, Marquette, MI
2008 Center for Creative Photography, Harold H. Jones Distinguished Alumni Lecture, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2008 National Conference, Society for Photographic Education (SPE), Denver, CO
2007 Midwest Regional Conference, Honored Educator Lecture, Society for Photographic Education, , Flint, MI

Awards
2008 Harold Jones Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Arizona
2007 Honored Educator, Society for Photographic Education, Midwest Region
2003  Fifty Crows Documentary Photography Fund, North American Finalist
2003  Stuttgart Photo Books Prize, Stuttgart Book Fair, Germany
2003 European Publishers Award, Short-Listed
1990  Creative Artist Grant, Michigan Council for the Arts

Collections
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Houston Museum of Fine Arts
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
George Eastman Museum, Rochester NY
University of Texas, Harry Ransom Research Center, Austin Texas
Toledo Museum of Art
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, St. Francis College, Loretto, PA
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Osaka University of Arts, Osaka, Japan
The Art Institute of Chicago
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts