Portraits from A Conversation at the Table (detail), 2006.
Portraits from A Conversation at the Table (detail), 2006.

Lonnie Graham

Lonnie Graham's artistic practice ranges from engaging portrait photography, to room-sized installations that recall familiar domestic spaces, to public art projects that integrate direct community impact into their artistic gestures. Through these various methods, Graham approaches representations of "essential experience" on three levels: the individual, family, and community. His art is ultimately inclusive. As a teacher and artist his work encourages recognition of shared experience, and the vital relationship between individual and community.


Lives and works in Pennsylvania.

A Pew Fellow, Graham's extensive teaching experience includes his position as Professor of Visual and Integrative Arts at Pennsylvania State University and instructor of special programs at the Barnes Foundation in Marion Pennsylvania. He acts as a visiting instructor of Graduate Studies at San Francisco Art Institute and was Visiting Professor at Haverford College. Mr. Graham was Curator in Residence for Three Rivers Arts Festival, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and serves as active site visitor for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Graham attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and took advanced degrees at San Francisco Art Institute.

Lonnie Graham has been commissioned by a number of arts organizations to initiate projects, including Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh for the African/American Garden Project that facilitated a physical and cultural exchange between disadvantaged urban single mothers, an elderly African-American community, and farmers from the small farming village in Muguga, Kenya; The Fabric Workshop and Museum to document the harvest of the Woowoosi tree used in the production of Tapa cloth that is fashioned into ceremonial dress and used as traditional currency by the Maisen tribes people (and resulted in an exchange between the tribe and Fabric Workshop and Museum staff); the Spoleto Festival, Charleston, South Carolina resulting in the project Enlightenment, Acknowledgement and Memorlization; and The Andy Warhol Museum to participate in the exhibition Without Sanctuary. His photo credits include co-authorship of the book, Thaddeus Mosley, African American Sculptor, and he has designed a number of limited editions and catalogues, including an edition of his own work produced in photogravure, Friendship, Strength, and Vitality. His work is in local and national collections including the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Schomberg Center in New York.

Graham's work can also be found in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Delaware Museum of Art in Wilmington, Delaware; the Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan; and the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts. He is of course the recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts/Pew Charitable Trust Travel Grantee; and a three time Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship winner.