Katy Grannan (American, b.1969) is a photographer from Arlington, MA ,who contributed to the world of portrait photography. In 1991, she received a BA from the University of Philadelphia. She also studied at Yale University, where she graduated with an MFA in 1999. That same year, she won the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, which gave her the necessary funds to continue her work. Grannan uses her images to capture the personality of her subjects.

Many of Grannan’s pieces show the subject in an everyday situation with the photographer focusing on background elements that create a story. Kathleen shows a housewife standing in her kitchen; this work was part of a series of photographs for New York Times Magazine, which also included the pieces Keli and Jeff Stackhouse. Grannan often finds her subjects through newspaper ads, which she places in smaller towns and rural communities across the country. Her pieces show the vulnerable side of her subjects, such as Keli, which highlights a young mother coming home from war. The piece led to a series of photographs on female veterans who served in Iraq. The series of photographs ran in the New York Times Magazine in 2007.

Grannan displayed her work at several notable institutions during the 1990s and 2000s, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art in Lake Worth, FL, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She is the author of Model America, which Aperture released in 2005. The Westerns, an exhibition catalog released in 2008, is sold at several galleries run by the photographer. Artforum, The New York Times, Visionaire, and The Village Voice are among the publications that have shown her work in the past. Salon 94 and the Greenberg Van Doren Gallery in New York and the San Francisco-based Fraenkel Gallery represent the artist. Grannan lives in San Francisco, where she continues to work for notable magazines and publications.

Timeline

1969
Born in Arlington, MA
1991
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, PA
1999
M.F.A., Yale University, New Haven, CT
Lives and works in Berkeley, CA

Exhibitions

2014
The 99, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2011–2014
More American Photographs, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA, traveling to Museum of Contemporary Art; Wexner Center for the Arts; California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside
2012
The Sun and Other Stars: Katy Grannan and Charlie White, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2011
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Boulevard (solo)
2010–2011
2010 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
2008–2009
Portraiture Now: Feature Photography, The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
2008
Lady Into Fox, Salon 94, New York, NY (solo)
2008
Another Woman Who Died In Her Sleep, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2008
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2006
Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures XVIII, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006
Tina b.: The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
2006
Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY, Mystic Lake (solo)
2006
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Mystic Lake
2005
Greenberg Van Doren, St. Louis, MO, Pictures
2005
Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp, Belgium, Mystic Lake
2005
Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, Sugar Camp Road / Morning Call
2004
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, March 11 - May 30, 2004.
2004
Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, April 16 - August 15, 2004
2004
Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
2004
Arles, France, Arles Photography Festival, July - August
2003
Guided by Heroes, curated by Raf Simons, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium
2003
Imperfect Innocence: The Debra & Dennis Scholl Collection, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, FL
2003
Girls Night Out, The Orange County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2003
51 Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium, Sugar Camp Road / Morning Call
2003
Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY, Sugar Camp Road
2003
Salon 94, New York, NY, Morning Call
2003
Moving Pictures, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, October 7 – May, 2004
2003
Frankenstein, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
2002
True Blue, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2002
The Norman Dubrow Bienial, Kagan Martos Gallery, New York
2002
Women by Women, Cook Fine Art, New York
2001
51 Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium
2001
Dream America, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerpes, Belgium
2001
Tell It Like It Is, Diehl Vorderwuelbecke, Berlin, Germany
2001
Dreaming in Print: Visionaire 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
2001
Smile, Here, New York
2001
Boomerang: Collector’s Choice II, Exit Art, New York, curated by Meredith Verona
2001
Casino 2001, Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuel Kunst Gent, Belgium
2001
Installed Collections / Collections Installed, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
2001
Legitimate Theater, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, curated by Howard Fox
2000
Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art New York
2000
Bluer, Carrie Secrist Gallery Chicago, IL
2000
Kohn Turner Gallery Los Angeles, CA
2000
Reflections Through A Glass Eye, International Center for Photography, New York
1999
Another Girl, Another Planet, curated by Gregory Crewdson and Jeanne Greenberg, Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art New York
1999
Female, curated by Vince Aletti, Wessel + O'connor Gallery New York
1999
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center Long Island City, NY
1999
Thesis Exhibition, , Yale University New Haven, CT
1998
DFN Gallery New York
1998
A&A Gallery New Haven, CT
1998
ArtSpace New Haven, CT