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Lisa McCarty

Lisa McCarty’s photographs, books, and videos explore environmentally conscious communities and image-making practices. McCarty has participated in over 100 exhibitions and screenings at venues including the American University Museum, Amherst College, Carnegie Museum of Art, Cassilhaus, Fruitlands Museum, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, the Nasher Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Visual Studies Workshop. Her photographs have also been featured in a variety of international festivals including Noorderlicht, Internationale Photoszene Köln, Picture Berlin, and Sören Kierkegaard in Images, while her moving images have been screened at the New York Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Mimesis Documentary Festival, & Small File Media Festival. Her books include Transcendental Concord (Radius Books), The Arboretum Aphorisms of Nathaniel Dorsky (San Francisco Cinematheque), and A Time of Youth: San Francisco, 1966-1967 by William Gedney (Duke University Press).


Research/Publications Highlights


  • A Time of Youth: San Francisco 1966–1967 by William Gedney, Edited by Lisa McCarty. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2021.
  • The Arboretum Aphorisms of Nathaniel Dorsky, Edited by Lisa McCarty. San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Cinematheque, 2020.
  • Transcendental Concord, Photographs by Lisa McCarty, Radius Books, 2018.
  • William Gedney: Only the Lonely, 1955-1984, Co-written and Co-Edited by Lisa McCarty, Editions Hazan (France) & University of Texas Press, 2017.


Art + Design


  • M.F.A., Experimental and Documentary Arts, Duke University


  • Plant Humanities Lab Residency, Dumbarton Oaks + Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Washington, D.C., 2022
  • Artist in Residence, Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill, NC, 2021
  • Summer Research Fellowship, SMU Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, TX, 2021
  • Faculty Development Grant, SMU Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, TX, 2020
  • Artist Commission, A Yellow Rose Project, Dallas, TX & New York, NY, 2020
  • Artist in Residence, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, 2018
  • Faculty Research Grant, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2018
  • Teaching for Equity Fellow, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2017
  • Artist Commission, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Asheville, NC, 2016
  • Faculty Travel Grant, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2015
  • Faculty Research Grant, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2014
  • Picture Berlin Residency, Berlin, Germany, 2012