Elaine Mayes

Professor Emeritus

Self Portrait by Elaine Mayes

Elaine Mayes studied photography and painting at the California School of Fine Arts (San Francisco Art Institute) with John Collier, Jr.,  Minor White, Richard Diebenkorn and Nathan Oliviera.  She taught at the University of Minnesota, Hampshire College, Bard College, Pratt Institute, The Cooper Union and The International Center of Photography before beginning at NYU in 1983.  Her solo exhibitions include the Marcuse Pfeifer Gallery, New York;  Sandra Berler Gallery, Maryland; The Minneapolis Institute of Art;  Rhode Island School of Design;  the San Francisco Art Institute;  Robert Burge Fine Arts, New York City;  7 International Fototage, Mannheim, Germany;  the Museum of Contemporary Art in Honolulu and others. Represented in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York;  the Metropolitan Museum of Art;  Corcoran Gallery;  George Eastman House; The Dallas Museum of Fine Art;  Seattle Art Museum; Photokina in Germany;  the Katten Kabinet in Amsterdam;  the Friends of Photography in San Francisco;  the International Center of Photography in New York;  the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and others. Elaine has had work published in Aperture, Modern Photography, Popular Photography, Art In America, MOJO Magazine, The New Yorker and in various books including her publication, "It Happened In Monterey," Britannia Press, 2002.  She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, A New York State CAPS Fellowship, a Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship, an Atherton Foundation Fellowship, and an NYU Senior Faculty Development Grant.  She has also been artist-in-residence at Lightwork, Syracuse University; and the Hui No'Eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao, Maui.  She was Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging from 1997 until retirement from teaching in 2001.  Currently she is Professor Emerita.


BA, Stanford University

Awards & Distinctions

Guggenheim Fellowship

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships

New York State CAPS Fellowship

Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship

Atherton Foundation Fellowship