Bill Owens  (American, 1938) 

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Bill Owens Biography
1938   Born 25 September in San Jose, California
1953 - 1957   San Juan High School. Citrus Heights, California
1960 - 1961   Nine-month hitchhiking tour of the world
1957 - 1963   California State University, Chico, California (B.A. Industrial Arts, 1963)
1964 - 1966   Peace Corps. (Jamaica, West Indies) Hitchhiked in Central America 1964
1966 - 1967   Entered San Francisco State College to study photography. Photographed student riots. Photo editor S.F. State Daily Gator
1968 - 1978   Photographer for the Livermore Independent, California. Photographed Hells Angels at Rolling Stones Altamont concert 1969. Obtained $2000 grant from Alfred Heller, publisher of Cry California magazine to work on suburban photographs, 1971
1978 - now   Freelance photographer
1982 - now   Beer maker and distiller
Selected Exhibitions
2009   Altamont, Suburbia, Leisure, Riots, Galerie Alex Daniels - Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
2005   PhotoEspana. Madrid, Spain: Bill Owens. June 1-July 17
2004   Carla Sozzani Gallery, Milan. Italy. Bill Owens Photography 1964-2003. December 10, 2004-January, 2005
2004   International Center for Photography, New York, Bill Owens Leisure. December 12, 2004-February 27, 2005
2004   San Jose Museum of Art. It’s About Time: Celebrating 35 Years. October 2, 2004-February 13, 2005
2004   USC Fisher Gallery. University of Southern California, “Game Face-What Does a Female Athlete Look Like?” September 9-November 1, 2004
2004   Yossi Milo Gallery, New York “Pool Party” June 16-August 20, 2004
2004   Photographs Do Not Bend. Nine April 30-June 12, 2004
2004   Reflex Modern Art Gallery Amsterdam, “Beauty of Darkness’ April 24-June 12, 2004.
2004   Whitney Museum of American Art. Inside Out: Portrait photographs from the permanent collection. February 7-May 23, 2004
2004   Photographs Do Not Bend. “ Landscape???” January 30-April 17, 2004
2004   Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art at the Geffen Contemporary. Street Credibility January 25-June 7, 2004
2004   Kennedy Boesky Photographs Marianne Boesky Gallery. Seventies Color Photography William Christenberry, Mark Cohen, John Divola, William Eggleston. Mitch Epstein, Nan Golden. Helen Levitt. Mary Ellen Mark, Joel Meyerwitz, Richard Misrach, Bill Owens, Ed Ruscha. Steven Shore, Joel Sternfeld. January 3-January 31, 2004
2003   CCA Wattis Institute, The Grey Area. Uncertain Images: Bay Area Photography 1970s to Now. December 3, 2003-February 14, 2004.
2003   Atlanta Contempory Art Center. “Terrain Vague: Photography, Architecture and the Post-Industrial Landscape” November 13-2003 January 3, 2004, Carnegie Museum of Art March 20-June 20, 2004
2003   CCA Graduate Gallery “Acquired Taste” November 11-18, 2003
2003   Peabody Essex Museum. “Family Ties” curated by Trevor Fairbrother June 12-Sept. 21, 2003
2003   Centre National de la photographie jeu de paume. “Fables de l’identite-ouvres de la collection NSM Vie/ABN AMRO. June 18-August 25, 2003
2003   Collection Lambert-musee d’art contemporain, Avignon, France. “Photograhier to photograph”
2003   Newark Museum,"Changing America 1945-1975: Master Photographs from the David Sestak Family Collection." May 3 November 30, 2003
2003   Centre national de la photographie,”Fables de l’identite” Oeuvres photographiques et video de la collection NSM Vie ABN AMRO, June 16-August 25, 2003
2003   SpazioFoto Credito Artiano, Florence, Italy. “Bill Owens: The American Way” January 20-February 22, 2003
2002   Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery Bill Owens Suburbia, October 25 November 30, 2002
2002   Greg Kuscera Gallery States of the Union: Before and After September 5-28, 2002
2002   Robert Koch Gallery, Obsession July 13-August 31, 2002
2002   Barbara Gladstone Gallery “American Standard: (Para)Normality and American Standard (Para) Normality in Everyday Life Organized by Gregory Crewdson. June 26-August 16 2002
2002   Whitney Museum of American Art “Visions from America-Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art” June 27-Sept 22, 2002
2002   George Krevsky Gallery “Extra Innings-The art of Baseball” April 18 May 18, 2002
2002   The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts. Philadelphia PhotoReview@25 March 1-31, 2002
2001   Paul Morris gallery “It’s a wild party and we’re having a great time” December 13, 2001-January 12, 2002
2001   Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France “Faut-il rajouter de la vie aux annees ou des annees s la vie” (“Should we add life unto years or years unto life” November 17-December 23, 2001
2001   Jack Hanley Gallery, Bill Owens Photographs 1967-69 November 15 December 15, 2001
2001   Palazzo Santa Margherita, Modena per la Fotografia 2001 A proposito degli anni settanta: Bill Owens “Suburbia” October 7-January 6, 2002
2001   Museum of Contempory Art, Denver. “Go Fish” September 21, 2000 January 6, 2001.
2001   St Louis Art Museum, Photographs from the 1960s and 1970s from the permenent collection. July 10-September 30, 2001
2001   Smithsonian Institution, ‘Game Face-What Does a Woman Athlete Look Like?” July. 2000
2001   L.A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Frankfort, Germany, ‘Places and People’ March 31-May 12, 2001
2001   Oakland Museum of California, Capturing Light: Masterpieces of California Photography 1850-2000, March 3-May 27, 2001
2001   Paul Morris Gallery, Bill Owens Suburbia Color Photographs, January 27-March 10 , 2001
1998   Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France, Bill Owens
1996   Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, Suburbia Vintage Prints
1995   Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bill Owens Suburban Selections
1994   American Fine Arts, New York, Photographs from Suburbia, Our Kind of People and Working
1983   The Art Museum Association San Francisco, Best of Bill Owens (traveled 1983-85)
1982   University of New Mexico, Bill Owens-traveling exhibition (1982-3)
1981   Biennale of Venezie,Italy, Home=Family?
1980   La Photo galeria, Madrid, Bill Owens
1979   Oregon Gallery, Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon: Working
1978   Museum of Modern Art , New York, Mirrors and windows: American Photography Since 1960
1977   Showa, Tokyo, Japan, Suburbia
1976   Dalhhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Bill Owens: Suburbia
1975   Mills College, Western Art Association, Oakland, Ca (traveled for 2 years)
1973   De Young Museum, San Francisco New Bay Area Photographers
1965   Institute of Jamaica, Jamaica , West Indies -Bill Owens Village Life