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Sophia Wallace (b. 1978 Seattle, lives Brooklyn) is an American artist working in conceptual photography and video. Exhibitions include: KUNSTHALLE Wien Contemporary Museum in Vienna, Colgate University’s Clifford Gallery, MiLK Gallery, TASCHEN Gallery, Aperture Gallery, The Assembly Room in London, Sasha Wolf Gallery, Kopeikin Gallery, Carnegie Art Museum and the Australian Centre of Photography among others. Her solo exhibition 'The New Masculine' was at Leslie-Lohman Gallery in Soho, New York November of 2010. Awards include PDN’s Curator Award, Critic's Pick by the Griffin Museum of Photography, American Photography AP-25, and ARTslant's Showcase Award. Notable publications include No Fashion Please! a 160 page hardcover catalog by KUNSTHALLE wien Museum and Identities Now, a hardcover book of Contemporary portraiture by Peter Hay Halbert Fine Art. Wallace received her Bachelors degree in Government with a Minor in African American Studies from Smith College in 2000. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Photography from New York University and The International Center of Photography in 2005. Wallace often lectures at Universities, Colleges and Photography Industry events. Presently, Wallace is a 2012 Van Lier Fellow in the Art Law Residency of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

For more information, watch Wallace's recent profile on German Television ARTE by Tim Lienhard and her museum interview.

CURRICULUM VITAE (download .pdf)


2005 New York University & The International Center of Photography
Master of Arts — Photography
2000 Smith College
Bachelor of Arts —  Major in Government, Minor in African American Studies
1998 University of Ghana
Study Abroad — African Politics


2012 — Van Lier Fellow

Honors & Awards

2011 Recipient of The Curator Award — PDN — Modern Dandy
2011 Critic's Pick — Griffin Museum — Modern Dandy
2011 Honorable Mention — MAGENTA Flash Forward — Modern Dandy
2010 Honorable Mention — MAGENTA Flash Forward — Truer
2010 Honorable Mention — Project Competition — CENTER — Truer
2009 Winner — American Photography AP 25
2009 Winner — ARTslant Showcase
2008 Chosen — American Photography AP 24

Solo Exhibitions

2010 The New Masculine - Leslie/Lohman Gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2012 Art Law Residency Exhibition — New York, NY * Fall
2012 Author & Subject — Queer Contemporary Photography Photo Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
2011-2012 No Fashion, Please! — KUNSHTALLE wien Museum, Vienna, AU
2011 Fine Line: Private Lives for Public View — Colgate University’s Clifford Gallery, Hamilton, NY
2011 Small Lives, Global Ties — Tamasha Online Gallery, London, UK  
2010 Strange Bedfellows — The Assembly Room, London, UK
2010 group show 37 Humble Arts Foundation — TASCHEN Gallery, New York, NY
2010-2011 100 Portraits — Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney, Australia; Head On Festival Sydney, Australia; Snap! Orlando, FL; New York Photo Festival Brooklyn, NY; MOPLA, Los Angeles, CA; FotoweekDC, Washington, DC
2010 Bed II — Umbrella Arts Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Women's Work Slideluck — Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, NY
2009-2010 Homesick — Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA
2009 Nymphoto — Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York, NY
2009 Inside Out Slideluck — Aperture Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Pink & Bent — Leslie/Lohman Gallery, New York, NY
2004 MA Thesis Show — Washington Square East Gallery, New York, NY

Art Auctions & Fairs

2012 Small Works for Big Change Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Benefit Auction — New York, NY
2011 NURTURE Art Benefit — The Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
2011 Art X Woman, Kris Graves Projects — The Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
2011 Shades of Gray, Auction — Daniel Cooney Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Slideluck, Benefit Auction — Sandbox Studios, New York, NY


2011 No Fashion, Please! — Exhibition Catalog Hardcover, 160 Pages, Texts by Gerald A. Matt, Eugenio Viola, Peter Weiermair, German/English, Vienna AU
2011 Identities Now — Hard Cover Book of Portraits by Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art, New York, NY
2011 HYPE Magazine — Portraits of Dandy Patrick McDonald, Berlin, Germany
2011 Flash Forward  MAGENTA  — Modern Dandy, Toronto, Canada
2011 Wearing Gender — Calendar, Humanity in Action, Warsaw, Poland
2011 PDN Magazine — Profile, Recipients of The Curator Award, New York, NY
2011 HYPE Magazine — Feature on Berlin Lookbook, Berlin, Germany
2011 GUP Magazine — Feature on Berlin Lookbook and Girls Will Be Boys, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2010 Flash Forward MAGENTA  — Truer, Toronto, Canada
2010 Mo:de Magazine — Feature on Berlin Lookbook, Berlin, Germany
2009 AP-25 — American Photography Book of Winning Photographs — Truer, New York, NY

Television & Video

2011 ARD German Television  — Protagonist on ARTE which profiled 4 artists from the No Fashion Please! exhibition.
2011 KUNSTHALLE wien  — Filmed interview with Museum On Beauty in No Fashion, Please!, Vienna, Au


2011 Italian Vogue — In Search of Identity, No Fashion Please!
2011 Die Presse  — Kunsthalle Wien: Schön war gestern
2011 ArtClue  — No Fashion Please!
2011 The Daily Gib — No Fashion Please! Photography between Lifestyle and Gender (Vienna)
2011 Wien International —Kunsthalle tempts with fashion program  
2011 theartVIEw — No Fashion, please! at Kunsthalle Wien
2011 Conscientious — feature on Truer
2011 Smith Alumnae Quarterly – Breaking Boundaries, Sophia Wallace pg. 32
2011 Wall Street Journal  — Vienna: Challenging Fashion
2011 GUP Magazine — No Fashion, Please
2011 Bitch Magazine — Sm{art}: Sophia Wallace: Not Your Typical Fashion Shoot
2010 NY Art Beat — Sophia Wallace “The New Masculine”
2010 Catch Fire — Sophia Wallace - Modern Dandy
2010 FLAK Photo — Featured Photo of the Day— Truer
2010 FeatureShoot —Sophia Wallace: New York
2010 aCurator — 1 of 6 Artists Featured from 100, 100 Portraits
2010 The Photography Post — Go Here! Do This! The New Masculine
2009 RAW Magazine — Sophia Wallace, A Feisty New Yorker
2008 The Advocate — Pink and Bent: Exhibition of Queer Women Artists in NYC
2008 After Ellen — Taking a Pink and Bent look at Art

Residencies & Programs

2012 Art Law Residency — Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
2011 Law School for Visual Artists — Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
2011 Artist Summer Institute — Lower Manhattan Cultural Council & Creative Capital


2011 This Beautiful Fight — Colgate University
2011 The New World of Online Magazines & Websites — PDN Photo Expo
2011 Sophia Wallace  — Working in the Intersection of Gender, Race and Sexuality — Davidson College
2009 Femininity, Desire, and Gender — PACE University
2005-2009 Guest Artist — New York University, Tisch School of Arts
2005-2009 Guest Artist — International Center of Photography

Selected Clients

New York Times — T Magazine & Style Section, The Guardian,  HYPE Magazine, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Humanity in Action