William Wegman (American, b.1943) is an artist and photographer who is most well-known for creating a series of compositions featuring dogs. Wegman was born in Holyoke, MA. In 1965, Wegman graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in Painting. Two years later, he received an MFA in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Wegman had originally intended to pursue painting as a career. It was while he was employed as a teacher at California State University in Long Beach that Wegman acquired the first of the Weimaraners he would later feature in his photographs. Named for the artist Man Ray (American, 1890–1976), dogs eventually became exceedingly popular as a feature in Wegman's works. Wegman eventually became noted for featuring his Weimaraners in a variety of poses and costumes. In the 1970s, he also began to experiment with creating video shorts of his dogs.

Wegman has served as artist-in-residence at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA. He created his Circus series during this time. In 1987, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the college. Throughout the course of his career, Wegman has created photographs that are respected throughout the world. His works are now contained in permanent art collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. In addition to his photos, Wegman's videos have also proven to be successful. Two of his most famous works are La Jolla Vista View and Dog Duet. Both his videos and photos have appeared in a variety of films, advertisements, books, and television programs. His works have been featured on Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live. In 2006, the Brooklyn Museum explored four decades of his work in a variety of media during the retrospective titled William Wegman: Funny/Strange. The exhibition also appeared at the Wexner Center for the Arts the following year. In 2007, Wegman was featured as an artist-in-residence at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. During this time, his work was presented at the Addison Gallery of American Art. Wegman currently lives and works in New York, NY.


Born in Holyoke, MA
B.F.A. in Painting, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
M.F.A. in Painting, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Instructor at University of Wisconsin, Waukesha, WI and Madison, WI
Instructor at University of California, Long Beach, CA
Recipient, Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
Recipient, Creative Artists Public Service Grant (Video)
Recipient, National Endowment for the Arts Grant (Photography)
Recipient, New York Foundation for the Arts Honor, New York, NY
Recipient, Bailey House Key Award
Lives and works in New York, NY


William Wegman: Fay, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, CA (solo)
William Wegman: Inside | Outside, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
William Wegman: Dogs on Rocks in the Woods at the Seaside, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
William Wegman: Fay, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH (solo)
William Wegman: Paintings, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, MA (solo)
William Wegman: Photographs, Maine Media Workshop, Rockport, MA, USA (solo)
William Wegman: FAY, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA (solo)
William Wegman, Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ (solo)
East Coast Perspectives, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
William Wegman: New Paintings, Robilant and Voena, London, England (solo)
Wegman: Outdoors, Senior and Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
William Wegman, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
William Wegman, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
William Wegman: C-prints, Senior and Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
William Wegman: Around the Park, The Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York, NY (solo)
William Wegman and No Dogs, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
Busy Going Crazy, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Why Look at Animals?, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY
The Shadow, Palazzo delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy
William Wegman, Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)
William Wegman, Senior and Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
New & Improved (1974-2006), Sperone Westwater, New York, NY (solo)
William Wegman, Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA (solo)
William Wegman: Black and White Photographs, Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Summer Exhibition, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, NY
Good Vibrations: Le arti visive e il Rock, Palazzo delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy
A Curator's Eye: The Visual Legacy of Robert A. Sobieszek, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Galerie mit Bleistift Fischer: Papierarbeiten aus den 60er und 70er Jahren, Konrad Fischer Galerie GmbH, Dusseldorf, Germany
Animal Series, The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
History of disappearance: 30th anniversario della Franklin Furnace, Neon, La fabbrica del vapore, Milan, Italy
William Wegman: Funney/Strange, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
William Wegman: New & Improved, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Transmediale.06: Smile Maschines, AKADEMIE DER KUNSTE, Berlin, Germany
Man's Best Friend: Photographs and Videos, Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ (solo)
Strange but True, Hudson Guild, New York, NY (solo)
De la comtesse De Castiglione a Cindy Sherman, Galerie de France, Paris, France
Fur, Feathers And Family: Our Relationship With Animals, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography 1960-1982, Miami Art Central, Miami, FL
New at the Neuberger: Recent Acquisitions, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
William Wegman, Galerie Stephen Hoffman, Munich, Germany
Atelier Adamson: David Adamson and his friends, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea
Looking at Words, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
50 Jahre: Years documenta 1955-2005, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
Keys to the Koop: Humor and Satire in Contemporary Printmaking, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
History of Disappearance, BALTIC The Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England
100 Artists See God, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
Keys to the Koop: Humor and Satire in Contemporary Printmaking, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
The Last Picture Show, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
ANIMAUX: Von Tieren und Menschen, Seedamm Kulturzentrum, Pfaffikon, Switzerland
100 Artists See God, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England
From a Collection, For a Collection, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Duesseldorf, Germany
Photography at Colby, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Dog Days of Summer, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
Recent Polaroids, Galerie Bugdahn and Kaimer, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
William Wegman, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX (solo)
William Wegman: Recent Polaroids, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA (solo)
William Wegman, Charlotte Lund Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
William Wegman, Centro Jose Guerrero, Diputacion de Granada, Spain (catalogue) (solo)
William Wegman, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
William Wegman: Indian in the Refrigerator and Other Printed Works, Printed Matter, New York, NY
William Wegman: Recent Work, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX (solo)
William Wegman, Roman Zenner, Stuttgart, Germany (catalogue) (solo)
William Wegman in the 59th Minute: Video Art on the Times Square Astrovision, Creative Time and Panasonic, New York, NY (solo)
William Wegman: Fashion Photographs and More: Works on Paper and Video, 1970 to 2001, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
William Wegman: Early Video/Recent Video, New Drawings/Earlier Paintings, Texas Gallery, Houston, TX and Gorney, Bravin & Lee, New York, NY (solo)
Photo + Drawing + Video = William Wegman, South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC (solo)
William Wegman, Savage, Portland, OR (solo)
William Wegman: Fashion Photographs, University of Southern Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA (solo)
William Wegman: Early Works, Patrick & Beatrice Haggerty Museum, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
William Wegman, Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke-Heist, Belgium
William Wegman: Serie La Iglesia, Galeria De Aizpuru, Madrid, Spain (solo)
William Wegman, The Art of Narrative, Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art, Dallas, TX (solo)
William Wegman: Drawing, Video, Painting, The MAC Dallas, TX (solo)
William Wegman: Fashion Photographs, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL (solo)
Attention, Art: Concept, Paris, France
Wild Things: Artist Views of the Animal World, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Finders/Keepers, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
William Wegman. Dessins/Drawings: 1973-1997, F.R.A.C. Limousin, Limoges, France (solo)
Polaroids and Other Photographs, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf, Germany
William Wegman: Fay's Fairy Tales, Musee d'Art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada (solo)
The Art Embodied, Musee de Marseilles, Marseilles, France
Picture This, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
William Wegman: Photographs, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (solo)
Photographs, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf, Germany
International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY

Public Collections

De Menil Collection, Houston, TX
Newport Harbor Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen, Germany
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Saint Louis Museum of Modern Art, Saint Louis, MO
Stuart Collection, University of California, San Diego, CA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Carngegie Institute, Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
F.R.A.C. Limousin, Limoges, France
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Kunstaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY