Mariah Karson Photography

Hello! I am a Chicago-based artist, and freelance photographer. I studied photography and printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my work has been published in Le Nouvel Observateur (France), The Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, Brooklyn Vegan, Red Eye, and The Guardian (UK). I strive to capture my clients' needs with honesty and clarity, providing memorable images that tell compelling stories.

In 2017, 30 images from MODERN DAVID are being shown as part of the 50x50 Invitational at the Cultural Center - February 11 - April 9. In 2016, 22 images from Modern David were included in Masculinity, a group show curated by Exhibition Projects (Chicago) at Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL. Scheduled for March 2017 I have a solo exhibition of Modern David at the Robert F. DeCaprio Gallery in Palos Hills, IL, and in July 2017 I have a solo exhibition and book release of my project American Legion at Firecat Projects, Chicago. Recent group exhibitions include Midwest Contemporary at LillStreet Art Center, Chicago, UNBOUND3! at Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA, and Help Us Help You Help Us at Firecat Projects, Chicago.

I am a recipient of a 2016 DCASE Individual Artist Grant from Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, I was shortlisted for the 2015 Lucie Foundation’s A Photo Made Scholarship, a finalist for Photolucida's Critical Mass 2016, named one of the photographers for Best of ASMP 2015, and was a 2016 Sponsored Artist with High Concept Labs (Chicago).

I have been a member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) since 2013, currently serving on the Board of Directors and as acting Treasurer for the Chicago/ Midwest Chapter. As a Chair of the Chapter’s Fine Arts Committee, I organize and execute events and exhibition opportunities for member photographers in the Midwest region.

I spent five seasons as Donna Party, playing roller derby and co-chairing Marketing and Creative committees for the Windy City Rollers. I retired in 2010 and am enjoying life off the track.


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