Nathan Pearce

401 East Main Street

Fairfield , Illinois 62837

618-516-4233

[email protected]

Bio

Nathan Pearce (born 1986) is a photographer and book and zine maker based in Southern Illinois. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally; including group shows at Griffin Museum of Photography, Unseen Amsterdam, Centro Fotografico Manuel Alvarez Bravo in Oaxaca Mexico, Phoenix Art Museum, Center for Creative Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Filter Space and Benaki Museum in Athens Greece with solo shows at the PhotoNola festival, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, and The Rangefinder Gallery in Chicago. Pearce’s work is held in several collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography -Special Books Collection, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, The Snite Museum of Art and the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been published in over 150 zines and books; as well as online in The Huffington Post, The British Journal of Photography, Juxtapoz, Self Publish Be Happy, Ain’t Bad, Burn Magazine, Young Space, Fraction Magazine and F-Stop Magazine. 


Selected Exhibition History

Solo Exhibitions

2018

  • Midwest Dirt, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon, Illinois
  • Midwest Dirt, 6Pence, Carbondale, Illinois

2017

  • Collected Photobooks, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield Illinois 

2016 

  • The Farm, Rangefinder Gallery, Chicago Illinois
  • Midwest Dirt, Pg Gallery, Evansville Indiana
  • Midwest Dirt, Pizza B's, Cisne Illinois 
  • Welcome to Hortonville, Standard Projects, Hortonville Wisconsin

2015

  • Midwest Dirt, PhotoNOLA, Hey! Cafe, New Orleans, Louisiana 
  • Some Hortonville Photobooks, Standard Projects, Hortonville Wisconsin 

2011

  • Day of the Dead, Jemini,  Fairfield Illinois

2007

  • Polaroid Work, The Space, Hamden Connecticut 

Pop-Up Shows, Events, Performances & Other Hard To Classify Projects

2018

  • Hold Your Breath III, with Matthew David Crowther, Beesonstock Music & Arts Festival, Cisne Illinois (Two Person Exhibition)
  • Midwest Dirt, Frontier College, Fairfield, Illinois 

2017

  • Hold Your Breath, with Matthew David Crowther, Beesonstock Music & Arts Festival, Cisne Illinois (Two Person Exhibition)
  • Hold Your Breath II, with Rachael Banks, Beesonstock Music & Arts Festival, Cisne Illinois (Two Person Exhibition)
  • While Supplies Last, Beesonstock Music & Arts Festival, Cisne Illinois 

2016

  • When We Meet, with Rachael Banks, mostly on the internet
  • The Misinformation Dept., White Buffalo Music And Arts Festival, Amboy Illinois
  • Nothing Ever Happens (Scavenger Hunt), White Buffalo Music And Arts Festival, Amboy Illinois 
  • Some Tank Batteries, The Bearded Lady, Mount Vernon Illinois


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

  • New Midwest Photography, James Watrous Gallery, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Madison, Wisconsin, Curated by Andy Adams/ Flakphoto
  • Photobook Exhibition, Venice Arts, Month of Photography Los Angeles,  Venice, California 
  •  Record/Off Record, Northern Kentucky University, Fotofocus Biennial, Covington, Kentucky
  • 30 from 10, Pushdot, Portland, Oregon
  • J Book Show, Photobookshow, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork Photo Festival, Cork, Ireland
  • Z.Archive, UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library Archives & Special Collections, Dartmouth, Massachusetts
  • The Floating Library, Lake Phalen, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Pretty Scary, Frontier College, Fairfield, Illinois
  • Creativity Redefined,Cedarhurst Center For The Arts, Mt. Vernon, Illinois
  • Visions, Crowder College Cassville, Cassville Missouri
  • 12th Annual Anything Goes...Everything Shows, Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, Black Mountain, NC
  • Works On Paper, 211F, Normal, Illinois
  • Familiar/Familial, Online exhibition, Photo-Emphasis
  • Spring 2018, Online exhibition, Streit House Space
  • 2018 Annual Artist Showcase, Kincaids, Fairfield, Illinois

2017

  • Thread Count, Der Greif, Co-Op, Unseen Amsterdam, Amsterdam 
  • Cedarhurst Biennial, Cedarhurst Center For The Arts, Mount Vernon, Illinois. Curated by Barry Blinderman 
  • By The Books: Juried Photobook Exhibition, Vermont Center For Photography, Brattleboro, Vermont, Juror Henry Horenstein
  • AWAKE Reading Room, 10x10 Photobooks, PGH Photo Fair, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
  • Photobooks, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
  • Context 2017, Filter Space, Chicago, Illinois.  Juried by Natasha Egan
  • Zines Of The World, The Truman Brewery, London
  • Bound, Holland Project Gallery, Reno, Nevada
  • Big Picture Colorado, Denver, Colorado
  • A Print, Nock, Gothenburg, Sweden 
  • Beautiful Zines, OCAD Zine Library, Toronto, Canada
  • In-Sight Photography Project 2017 Juried Exhibition, In-Sight Photography Project,  Brattleboro Vermont
  • Ironic Methods with Sincere Motivations, Kiosk Gallery, Kansas City Missouri 
  • The Zine Museum, Massey University,  Wellington New Zealand
  • The Zine Museum, Featherston Booktown, Featherston School, Featherston New Zealand
  • 2017 Annual Artist Showcase, Kincaids, Fairfield Illinois

2016

  • Making Muses, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver Colorado
  • Hit The Road, The Photocopy Club, Fotofestiwal, ART_INKUBATOR Festival Centre, Lodz Poland
  • Xerox and Destroy 2, The Photocopy Club, Unveil'd Photography Festival, Exeter, Devon, UK
  • Photobookshow Kyiv, Ya Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Annual Shrode Juried Photography Exhibition, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon Illinois 
  • Making Muses, PhotoSummer, CFA Downtown Studio, Albequrque New Mexico
  • Postage Required, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro Vermont
  • INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Creativity Redefined, Cedarhurst Center For The Arts, Mount Vernon Illinois
  • Zine World, The Photocopy Club, Fotofestiwal, ART_INKUBATOR Festival Centre, Lodz Poland
  • INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks, Center for Creative Photography, Tuscon Arizona
  • The Impossible Image, The Photocopy Club, Liège, Belgium
  • Fishing For iconography 2, A Smith Gallery, Johnston City Texas
  • OutlookOnline exhibition, Flash Powder Projects
  • Life Still, Online exhibition, Flash Powder Projects 
  • All Visual Triangle 6, Hillsborough, North Carolina 
  • Arts Annual, Frontier College, Fairfield Illinois
  • The Zine Museum, Tauranga Zine Fest, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga New Zealand 
  • This is it, Online exhibition, Streit House Space

2015

  • Viewpoint: Landscape and Architecture, Black Box Gallery, Portland Oregon
  • Annual Shrode Juried Photography Exhibition, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon Illinois 
  • Photobook 2014 (Midwest Dirt photobook) Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester Massachusetts. Jurors Paula Tognarelli and Karen Davis
  • Photobooks: Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens Greece
  • Zine World, (Midwest Dirt - Bootleg Edition and All Night Long vol.5) Doomed Gallery, London, UK
  • Permanent Gravy Stretch, Gravy Studio, Philadelphia Pennsylvania 
  • Miscellanea, Kansas City Art Institute (East Gallery), Kansas City, Missouri 
  • Here and Away, Art Garage, Young Space, Green Bay Wisconsin
  • Fishing For Iconography, A Smith Gallery, Johnston City Texas
  • Creativity Redefined, Cedarhurst Center For The Arts, Mount Vernon Illinois
  • A Feeling of Connection to Place, Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Summer 2015, Online Exhibition, Streit House Space, 
  • Big Picture Colorado, Denver Colorado
  • Re:Generation, Young Space, Appleton Wisconsin 
  • Arts Annual, Frontier College, Fairfield Illinois
  • Photo Paste, Baltimore Maryland 
  • Lets Get Xeroxing, The Photocopy Club, Book And Job Gallery, San Francisco, California.
  • Light Reading, (Midwest Dirt photobook) as part of The Natural Collection (The Photobook Club) Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia
  • Zinester Art, Lucky Cat Gallery, Milwaukee Wisconsin  
  • 2015 Annual Artist Showcase, Kincaids, Fairfield, Illinois

2014

  • Photobook 2014, (Midwest Dirt photobook) Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, New York. Jurors Paula Tognarelli and Karen Davis
  • Annual Shrode Juried Photography Exhibition, Cedarhurst Center For The Arts, Mount Vernon, Illinois (Awarded First Prize)
  • Filter Photo Festival Photobook Exhibition, (Midwest Dirt photobook) Madison Public Library, Maddison, Wisconsin,  Juror Gregory Harris
  • Filter Photo Festival Photobook Exhibition, (Midwest Dirt photobook) Harrington College of Design, Chicago, Illinois. Juror Gregory Harris
  • All Visual Triangle 5, Hillsborough, North Carolina
  • H Book Show (Photobookshow) (Midwest Dirt photobook) Doomed Gallery, London
  • Petty Thieves 5 projection, Hell & Gone Gallery, Brooklyn, New York 
  • Portrait: A Picture Show, Black Box Gallery, Portland Oregon. Juror Holly Andres
  • INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks, (Midwest Dirt photobook) Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Az. Jurors: Mary Virginia Swanson, Darius Himes, Larissa Leclair, Abigail Nersesian, Jennifer Barnella, Joshua Chuang and Becky Senf
  • Zines of the Zone, Stray Books Festival, (Midwest Dirt photobook) Red Gallery, London
  • Thesaurus, Oranbeg Press, Dossier Outpost, New York, New York
  • Oranbeg Net 08, Dossier Outpost, New York, New York
  • Do not delete, Online exhibition, Curated by Joe Fletcher Orr for Trip Magazine

2013

  • Big Picture Colorado, Denver Colorado
  • Annual Shrode Juried Photography Exhibition, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon Illinois (Awarded honorable mention)
  • Petty Thieves Three projection, Petworth Citizen & Reading Room, Washington D.C. 

2010

  • Day of the Dead projection show, Centro Fotografico Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico 

Selected Books & Zines

  • Still Feel Gone. With co-author Tim Carpenter. Published by Deadbeat Club, 2014.
  • Midwest Dirt. Published by Same Coin Press, 2014.
  • Midwest Dirt. Bootleg EditionPublished by Same Coin Press, 2015.
  • Midwest Dirt. Halfmoon EditionPublished by Halfmoon Projects, 2017.
  • Nothing Ever Happens 1. Published by Halfmoon Projects, 2016.
  • Nothing Ever Happens 2. Published by Halfmoon Projects, 2016.
  • Some Tank Batteries. Published by Deadbeat Club, 2018.
  • Tank Batteries. Published by The Unknown Books, 2014.
  • Some Tank Batteries. Published by Same Coin Press, 2017.
  • Ouch! Published by Same Coin Press, 2018.
  • Learning How To Fall. With co-author Tyler Dunning . Published by Same Coin Press, 2018.
  • Nineteen Tomatoes. Published by Same Coin Press, 2015.
  • Various Churches, Declining Structures. Published by Same Coin Press, 2015.
  • Nineteen Tomatoes. Published by Same Coin Press, 2015.
  • Various Midwestern Homes. Published by Same Coin Press, 2016.
  • I Took A Train Trip With My Grandma. Published by Same Coin Press, 2016.
  • Come Thru It's Lit. Self-published with Rachael Banks, 2017.
  • The Beer I Had In Branson. Published by Same Coin Press, 2016.
  • I Can See For Miles. Published by Same Coin Press, 2017.
  • Rejected Zine Names. Published by Same Coin Press, 2016.
  • The Beef Book. Published by Same Coin Press, 20

Selected Collections

  • Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, The Indie Photobook Library Collection
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography -Special Books Collection
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art Library
  • The Snite Museum of Art
  • RISD Fleet Library Special Collections
  • Michigan State University Special Collections
  • Joseph Curtis Sloane Art Library at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 
  • LaBudde Special Collections, University of Missouri Kansas City,
  • Hanna House Museum 
  • University of Chicago Library Special Collections 
  • London College of Communication Zine Collection
  • Colorado College Zine Collection
  • UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library
  • The Publishing Center at Salt Lake Community College
  • Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection
  • Hampshire College Zine Collection
  • Greenfield Community College- Nahman-Watson Library
  • Salt Lake City Public Library Alternative Press Collection
  • The Natural Collection - The Photobook Club
  • Booklet Library, Tokyo, Japan
  • The Library Project, Ireland 

Lectures & Presentations

  • Artist talk and Panel Discussion, Fotofocus Biennial, Northern Kentucky University, 2018
  • Artist Talk, Online,Yield Magazine/Snite Museum of Art, 2018 
  • Yield Virtual Conference, Snite Museum of Art, Photobook Panel, 2018
  • In Print: Photobook Panel, Moderated by  Roy Flukinger, PhotoNOLA 2017,  Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Louisiana 
  • Artist Talk, Mount Vernon Township High School, 2017
  • Guest Speaker,  East Carolina University, September 2016
  • Artist Talk, LATITUDE, November 2016
  • In Print: Photobook Panel, Moderated by Stella Kramer, PhotoNOLA 2015,  Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Louisiana 

Residencies, Awards & Honors

  • Artists Residency, Public Collectors Joong Boo Residency Winter 2017, Chicago Illinois
  • Artists Residency, LATITUDE, Fall 2016, Chicago Illinois 
  • Midwest Dirt photobook shortlisted for Athens Photo Festival 2015 Photobook Show
  • By The Books: Juried Photobook Exhibition, Vermont Center For Photography, Awarded Directors Honorable Mention for Midwest Dirt (Akina Edition)
  • Artists Residency, Standard Projects, Summer 2015, Hortonville Wisconsin
  • 2014 Annual Shrode Juried Photography Competition. Awarded First Prize
  • 2013 Annual Shrode Juried Photography Competition. Awarded Honorable Mention



Curatorial Experience

  • Same Coin Reading Room, Beesonstock Music and Arts Festival, Cisne Il, Summer 2018
  • The Zine Shelf, LATITUDE, Chicago Il, Fall 2016, co-curated with Matthew David Crowther
  • Portrait, LATITUDE, Chicago Il, Fall 2016, Juror
  • Same Coin Show Vol. IIII Beesonstock Music and Arts Festival, Cisne Il, Fall 2016
  • Same Coin Show Vol. III, Beesonstock Music and Arts Festival, Cisne Il, Summer 2016
  • Same Coin Show Vol. I, Beesonstock Music and Arts Festival, Cisne Il, Summer 2015
  • Same Coin Show Vol. II, GTFO Gallery, Murphysboro Il, Fall 2015

Zine & Art Book Fairs

  • New York Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1,  New York, 2018
  • Philadelphia Art Book Fair, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2016 
  • Bound Art Book and Zine Fair, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 2016
  • Bound Art Book and Zine Fair, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 2017
  • Bound Art Book and Zine Fair, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 2018
  • Foto Mercado, Chicago, Illinois, 2018
  • Chicago Zine Fest, Chicago, Illinois, 2014
  • Chicago Zine Fest, Chicago, Illinois, 2015
  • Chicago Zine Fest, Chicago, Illinois, 2016
  • Chicago Zine Fest, Chicago, Illinois, 2017
  • Chicago Zine Fest, Chicago, Illinois, 2018
  • Small Press Expo, St. Louis, Missouri, 2016
  • Small Press Expo, St. Louis, Missouri, 2017 
  • Small Press Expo, St. Louis, Missouri, 2018
  • Black Friday Zine Swap, Chicago Illinois, 2016 (Organizer)
  • Chattanooga Zine Fest, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 2017 
  • Kentucky Fried Zine Fest, Lexington, Kentucky, 2016
  • Kansas City Zine Con, Kansas City, Missouri,  2015
  • Kansas City Zine Con, Kansas City, Missouri,  2016
  • Kansas City Zine Con, Kansas City, Missouri,  2018
  • Alt Press Fest, Salt Lake City, 2016
  • Grid Zine Fest, Salt Lake City, 2017 
  • River Des Press Fest, St. Louis, Missouri, 2016
  • River Des Press Fest, St. Louis, Missouri, 2017
  • River Des Press Fest, St. Louis, Missouri, 2018
  • Milwaukee Zine Fest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2015
  • Milwaukee Zine Fest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2016

Selected Online Publications

  • Huffington Post. Wray, Tara. “Doin' Work, Flash Interviews With Contemporary Photographers: Nathan Pearce.” The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 7 Dec. 2017, www.huffingtonpost.com/tara-wray/doin-work-flash-interview_9_b_10821712.html.
  • The British Journal of Photography. Rojee, Ameena. “10 More Young, Emerging & Established Photographers Choosing Film.” British Journal of Photography, 26 June 2017, www.bjp-online.com/2017/06/intrepidfilmphotographyaward_2/.
  • PDN. “Reflecting a Contemporary Midwest America.” PDN Photo of the Day, 4 Sept. 2018, potd.pdnonline.com/2018/09/53896/.
  • Juxtapoz. “‘Midwest Dirt’ by Nathan Pearce.” Juxtapoz Magazine - Home, 13 Mar. 2017, www.juxtapoz.com/news/photography/midwest-dirt-by-nathan-pearce/.
  • Burn Magazine. “Nathan Pearce – Midwest Dirt.” Burn Magazine, 18 June 2016, www.burnmagazine.org/essays/2012/12/nathan-pearce-midwest-dirt/.
  • Self Publish Be Happy. “Midwest Dirt By Nathan Pearce.” Self Publish, Be Happy, 2014, selfpublishbehappy.com/2014/08/book-du-jour-midwest-dirt-by-nathan-pearce/.
  • Aint-Bad. “Nathan Pearce.” Edited by Rachel Jump, AINT-BAD, 25 Oct. 2015, www.aint-bad.com/article/2015/10/26/nathan-pearce/.
  • Booooooom!. Adams, Andy. “10 Midwest Photographers You Should Follow.” BOOOOOOOM!, 2018, www.booooooom.com/2018/08/29/10-midwest-photographers-you-should-follow/.
  • Fraction Magazine. “Issue 90.” Fraction Magazine, Sept. 2016, www.fractionmagazine.com/issue-90/.
  • Strant Mag. Kelly, Shaun H. “Midwest Dirt by Nathan Pearce |.” Strant Magazine, www.strantmag.com/midwest-dirt-by-nathan-pearce-2/.
  • Design Observer. Foster, John. “Nathan Pearce.” Design Observer, 8 Jan. 2016, designobserver.com/feature/nathan-pearce/39160/.
  • Oranbeg Press. “NET 2.8.” Edited by Tim Carpenter , Oranbeg Press, oranbegpress.com/NET-2-8.

Selected Print Publications

  • Wisconsin People & Ideas. Adams, Andy. “New Midwest Photography.” Wisconsin People & Ideas , 2018. 
  • Crusade For Your Audience (appeared as contributor). Yoffy Schwartz, Jennifer, editor. Crusade For Your Audience. Crusade Press, 2017.
  • The Meal-Based Artist Residency Program (appeared as contributor). Fischer, Marc. The Meal-Based Artist Residency Program . Public Collectors , 2018.
  • BKN Magazine. Pearce , Nathan. “Midwest Dirt .” BKN, 2015.
  • Trip Mag. Pearce, Nathan. “Doubles.” Trip Mag, 2014.

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