Lorie Novak

Professor; Associate Chairperson

Lorie Novak

Lorie Novak’s photographs, installations, and internet projects have been in numerous exhibitions including solo exhibitions at The International Center for Photography, NY; Photoville, Brooklyn, NY; ArtSway, Hampshire, England; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Houston Center for Photography; Breda Fotografica, the Netherlands; Addison Gallery, Andover, MA; and Stanford University Art Museum. Her work has been in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC.; Art Institute of Chicago; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among others. She has been the recipient of a 2016 New York for the Arts Fellowship in Photography, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, and residencies at the Bogliasco Foundation, Italy; the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center (Italy), ArtSway (England), Mac Dowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Djerassi Foundation. Her photographs are in numerous permanent collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Museum of Modern Art, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, NY; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Novak uses various technologies of representation to explore issues of memory and transmission, identity and loss, presence and absence, shifting cultural meanings of photographs, and the relationship between the intimate and the public. Her Collected Visions project, 1996-present, exploring how family photographs shape our memory, was one of the earliest interactive storytelling websites.  She was Chair of Photography & Imaging from 1999 to 2006. She is founder and director of the department's Future Imagemakers/Community Collaborations, a participatory photography project where NYU students teach digital photography to NYC high school students. Novak is also affiliated faculty at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics in the Americas.


BA, Stanford University

MFA., School of the Art Institute of Chicago