Resume

Born: 1948. Lived in Chicago, Illinois until 2011 and now resides in Evanston, Illinois

 

Education

Master of Fine Arts in Design and Studio Arts, 1986, University of Illinois, Chicago

Bachelor of Arts in Design – Photo-Film, 1972, University of Illinois, Chicago

 

Teaching Experience

2011 – 2017 Associate Professor Columbia College Chicago

1999 – 2011 Chair, Photography Department, Columbia College Chicago, Columbia College

1983 – Full-time Faculty, Columbia College Chicago

1980 – 1983 Adjunct Faculty, Columbia College Chicago

1978 – 1983 Part-time Faculty, Columbia College Chicago

 

Representation

Shashi Caudill Photographs and Fine Art, Chicago, IL

Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

 

Books Published

At City’s Edge: Photographs of the Chicago Lakefront, by Bob Thall, Center for American Places in Association with Columbia College, 2005

City Spaces: Photographs of Chicago Alleys, by Bob Thall, with an afterword by Ross Miller, Center for American Places, 2002

The New American Village, by Bob Thall, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999

The Perfect City, by Bob Thall, with an essay by Peter Bacon Hales, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994

 

Selected Fellowships and Grants

1998     John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

1998     Graham Foundation Grant (in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Photography in support of The New American Village)

1998     Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation Grant (in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Photography in support of The New American Village)

1987     Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship

 

Selected Exhibitions (* indicates One-person Exhibits – otherwise Group Exhibit)

2017     Bricks and Metaphor: Architecture as Poetic Space. Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois

2016     MoCP at 40. Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

2016     The Chicago Gift Revisited. California Museum of Photography, Riverside California

2015     The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980 Princeton University Art Museum

2014     The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980, Art Institute of Chicago

2014     Second Sight, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

2014     35 Years of Public Art, Chicago Cultural Center

2013     City Self, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

2011     In Chicago, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University

2008     Made in Chicago: Photographs from the LaSalle Bank Collection, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

2007     REAL Photography Award Exhibition, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2006     Photographs by the Score: Personal Visions Twenty-Some Years Apart, Art Institute of Chicago

2004     *City Spaces Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2003     The Human Form Divine: The Body as Seen by the Camera The Art Institute of Chicago

2001     Chicago in the Year 2000, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago

2001     *Bob Thall Photographs Roosevelt University, Schaumburg Campus

2000     *Bob Thall Photographs, Art Gallery, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

1999     *Archeology: Photographs of Chicago Alleys, Carol Ehlers Gallery, Chicago

1999     *The Chicago River, 1974-1998, City of Chicago Photography Gallery at the Water Tower, Chicago

1999     *The New American Village, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

1999     Landmarks, Chicago/New York, Chicago Cultural Center

1999     Underconstruction, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee

1998     Streets of Chicago, Ehlers Caudill Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1998     From Corporate Collections, Gallery 312, Chicago, Illinois

1997     Fermi National Laboratory, Batavia, Illinois, Two-person Exhibition

1997     The Museum Van Bommel-Van Dam, Venlo, Netherlands

1996     Art in Chicago, 1945-1995, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

1996     Creating the North American Landscape, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina

1996     Landscape Photographs, Ehlers Caudill Gallery Chicago

1995     *Place: Photographs of the Midwestern Landscape, 1972-1995, Ehlers Caudill Gallery, Chicago

1995     New Photography from Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota, Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin

1995     *Bob Thall Photographs, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

1994     *The Perfect City: Photographs of Chicago by Bob Thall, Art Institute of Chicago

1992     Systems of Vision, Ehlers Caudill Gallery, Chicago

1991     Site Work, Photographers Gallery, Halina House, London, England and traveling

1990     Florida Landscape, Norris Center, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Two-person exhibition.

1989     Changing Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Cultural Center.

1987     Road, Roadside, Art Institute of Chicago and Illinois State University Museum, Normal, Illinois

1985     Chicago Photographers, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

1985     Recent Acquisitions, Art Institute of Chicago

1984     *Bob Thall Photographs, Edwynn Houk Gallery, Chicago

1984     *River Edges, Loyola University Gallery, Chicago

1984     *University of Kansas Gallery, Lawrence, Kansas

1984     *Tarrant College Gallery, Ft. Worth, Texas

1983     Chicago, the Architectural City, Art Institute of Chicago

1983     Film and Foto, Santa Fe Center for Photography, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1983     Landscape Starts Here, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York and traveling

1983     *Bob Thall Photographs, Chicago Center for Contemporary Photography, Chicago

1983     Landmarks Reviewed, Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, Florida and traveling

1982     *Swen Parson Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

1982     Robert Freidus Gallery, New York, New York

1982     Edwynn Houk Gallery, Chicago

1981     *Landscape/Cityscape, Moming Art and Dance Center, Chicago

1981     California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California

1981     Bronfman Center, Montreal, Canada

1981     Dittmar Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

1980     *Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois.

1980     Luminescence, Truman College, Chicago, Illinois

1979     Court House, Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth, Texas

1978     Court House, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1977     Court House, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1977     Artists View the Law, Smart Gallery, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

 

Selected Publications

City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980 by Katherine A. Bussard, Alison Fisher, Gregory Foster-Rice, November 2014

On City Streets: Chicago 1964-2004, by Gary Stochl. With an Introduction by Bob Thall, Center for American Places in Association with Columbia College, 2005

Chicago Photographs, edited by Carol Ehlers with an essay by John Szarkowski. LaSalle Bank, 2005

Harvard Design Review, Fall 2000, photographs and essay from American Village

View Camera Magazine, July-August 2000, photographs and essay from American Village

Art in Chicago, Thames and Hudson/Museum of Contemporary Art, 1996

The National Road, edited by Karl Raitz, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996

View Camera, February 1996 Portfolio and Essay

HQ Magazine, (Munich) Number 34 1/1996 Portfolio

Leonardo, (Vienna) March 1995 Portfolio

Site Work: Architecture in Photography Since Modernism, Exhibition Catalogue, Photographers Gallery, London. 1991

Changing Chicago, A Photodocumentary, University of Illinois Press, 1989

Landmarks Reviewed, edited by Barry Winoker, Pensacola Museum of Art, 1983

Chicago’s Famous Buildings, edited by Ira Bach, 3rd Edition, University of Chicago Press, 1980

Court House, edited by Richard Pare, Horizon Press, 1978

Camera, May 1976, Switzerland (Portfolio and interview)

 

Commissioned Projects

2007        McCormick Place West, Five Murals Installed

2000        Midway Airport Public Art Competition, Two 26’ Murals Installed

1976-98   Numerous projects for the Chicago Commission on Architectural and Historical Landmarks

1994        Route 40 in Indiana and Ohio, photographed for the A guide to the National Road, Edited by Karl Raitz, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996

1986-7    Lemont, Illinois photographed for the Upper Illinois Valley Association

1983-7    Terra Cotta Buildings of Chicago photographed for the Canadian Centre for Architecture

1983        Central Manufacturing District photographed for the Photography Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago

1976        Historic Buildings of Iowa photographed for the Historic American Buildings Survey, US Park Service

1975-8    County Courthouses photographed for the Seagram Bicentennial Project

1975-      Numerous commissions for architectural firms

 

Selected Collections

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts

The Art Institute of Chicago

California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California

Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada

Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona

Chicago Historical Society

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Getty Museum, Santa Monica, California

Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa Monica, California
(Complete set of contact prints of the “Perfect City” project (4000+ images 1972-1991) and approximately 200 large prints.)

Hallmark Collection, Kansas City, Missouri

Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois

International Museum of Photography, Rochester, New York

ING Collection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

LaSalle Bank Collection, Chicago

Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Mills College Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas

Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Paine-Weber Collection, New York, New York

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

Seagram Collection, New York, New York

Smart Museum, University of Chicago

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