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Carrie Usmar is Rhode Island based visual artist whose practice re-examines the family album. Utilizing a documentary approach, Usmar explores the complexity of womanhood and the tension and ambivalence within domesticity. Her narrative projects are devoted to highlighting the psychological and unseen, the isolation and challenges of motherhood, and the humorous and poignant moments of raising a family.

 

Usmar received a BFA from University of Rhode Island with a focus in photography and filmmaking. She has exhibited at numerous institutions across the U.S., including Rhode Island Center For Photographic Arts, Newport Art Museum, Hera Gallery, and The Curated Fridge. Her work has been published on The Luupe and Lenscratch. She was selected for a residency at Garrett On The Green in upstate NY and was invited to attend the Eddie Adams Workshop XXXVI. Usmar is also a top 200 finalist for 2022 Critical Mass.

 

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Located in Rhode Island
EDUCATION

2009

            University Of Rhode Island

             Bachelor Of Fine Arts

 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2024

           Curious Intervals: A Hera Members Exhibition, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

 

            Fifth Annual Juried Member Exhibition, Juror: Jessica Burco, RI Center For Photographic Arts, Providence RI

            Third Annual Community Invitational Exhibition, Curator: Michael Rose, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI

            

2023

            Fourth Annual Juried Members Spotlight Exhibition, Juror: Emily Belz, RI Center For Photographic Arts, Providence RI

            

            Local Voices: A Hera Invitations Exhibition On Motherhood, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

 

            Procreate Project Archive at Lewisham Shopping Centre, London, UK

 

            Third Annual Community Members Invitational, RI Center For Photographic Arts, Providence, RI

 

2022 

            Fourth Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Juror: Kristin Street, RI Center For Photographic Arts, Providence RI

Summer 2022, Juror: Aline Smithson, The Curated Fridge

 

8th International Call For Art, Juror: Jessica Roscio, RI Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI

2022 Newport Biennial, Juror: Dr Kimberli Gant, PhD, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI

2009   

URI Senior Student Showcase, Gallery Z, Providence, RI

 

            Imago Fem, West Side Arts, Providence, RI

 

2008   

URI Senior Student Thesis, Fine Art Center, Kingston, RI

 

 

ONLINE EXHIBITIONS

2023

            Visions Of Motherhood 2023, The Luupe

 

            #WomenWhoCare Campaign, Fem Lens

            How We See Ourselves 2023, The Luupe

2022   

How We See Ourselves 2022, The Luupe

 

            Love Our Children, Curator: Laurie Frietag, L.A. Photo Curator

 

            The “I” A Call for Self Portraiture, Curator: Ellen Friedlander, L.A. Photo Curator

 

2021   

Storyteller’s Exhibition, RI Center For Photographic Arts

 

AWARDS, RESIDENCIES AND GRANTS

 

2024

            Garrett On The Green Residency, Clinton, NY

2023

            Eddie Adams Workshop Class of XXXVI

            Mother Art Prize Shortlist 2023

2022   

           Top 200 Critical Mass Finalist 2022

 

Best Series, Non Professional Culture And Daily Life Category, 18th Pollux Awards

Lenscratch Feature Winner, The Curated Fridge Summer 2022, Juror: Aline Smithson

 

Best Series, Non-Professional Women Seen By Women Category, 18th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards

 

            Honorable Mention for “Actively Listens”, The “I” A Call for Self Portraiture, Curator: Ellen Friedlander, L.A. Photo Curator

 

PRESS

 

2024

             WPANYC Instagram Takeover, Womens Photo Alliance NYC, February 2024

 

             Wyoming Photographers Work Featured In Providence Art Exhibit, Westerly Sun, February 2024

2022   

             Revisiting A Project, The Crit House, Jeff Larason

            The Curated Fridge: Carrie Usmar: Resume Of A Stay At Home Mom, Lenscratch September 2022

18th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, Fotonostrum Magazine, Issue 27, June 2022

 

A Critique of “Resume Of A Stay At Home Mom” on The Crit House with reviewers Phil Penman and Derek Fahsbender

 

            Audio Guide of “Laundry Specialist” at The Newport Biennial, Newport Art Museum, Newport RI

MEMBERSHIPS

2023

            Hera Gallery Associate Member

            Rhode Island Center For Photographic Arts

            Griffin Museum

Updated 01/30/24

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