Jeanne Garrett, a midwest-based photographer, did not take a straight route to photography. With formal studies of photography at Barat College, she is primarily self-taught.
Early in her photographic life, she joined the staff of the Reagan-Bush campaign where she documented candidates on the campaign trail in Illinois. Her photos of the Victory ’80 Bus Tour taken the day before the election were used in the final edition of the Reagan/Bush News.
After a corporate career in communications and marketing, she renewed her passion for photography and dedicated her creative life to personal photographic projects.
Garrett’s connection to the landscape and the environment became a theme of her photography. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries across the United States and beyond. Her solo exhibit “ELEMENTS: Earth, Wind, Water, Fire – Fraying at the Edges” has been shown at several galleries in Illinois and the A. Smith Gallery in Texas. Other works have been shown in the Swope Art Museum in Terra Haute, Indiana, the Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, the Stonehenge Gallery in Montgomery, Alabama, and the Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, Maryland, to name a few. She has received several honorable mentions and awards including the “Best of Show” from Gallery Seven in Lockport, Illinois, in 2021.
Her imagery has been featured in publications including the Daily Herald newspaper, Birds and Blooms and Black & White magazines and websites of the BBC and National Geographic. She was a Merit Award winner in Black & White magazine in 2021 and 2022.
Public projects include participation in an underpass project in her hometown where hateful graffiti was replaced with an artwork display. In another, she spearheaded a project making portraits at Chicago Tech Academy, a contract school established by the city to increase the number of minority low income students that pursue science, technology and engineering. Her portraits of several hundred students make up a two-story mural that hangs on the school’s exterior.
In her artistic journey, she has experimented with how to portray her photographic imagery in unique ways, using textiles to capture rhythms, shapes and patterns she finds in her photographs.
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