Chris Dant (b. 1989 Columbus, OH) is a visual artist who explores the ideas of empathy, shared experience, family history and loss through the use of the photographic medium. Chris received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas in 2012 and his Master in Fine Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2016. In 2015, he was commissioned by the South Bend Museum of Art to travel around the state of Indiana and photographically document the still existing projects constructed by the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) in the 1930s and 40s. In addition, Dant has recently exhibited his work in New York City and received the Walter R. Beardsley Award for Best in Show, for his MFA Thesis Exhibition, Worthy Sons, from the Snite Museum of Art in Notre Dame, Indiana. After graduate school, Chris found his way back to the University of North Texas, where he held an adjunct position teaching the Advanced Darkroom course. In the Spring of 2017, he accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of North Georgia, in Dahlonega, Georgia, where he currently resides. You can find Chris hiking around the mountains of north Georgia, looking for rocks to climb and a good watering hole to swim in.
2013-16 MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
2009-12 BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
2017 Worthy Sons, TVCD Gallery, Denton, TX
2016 Worthy Sons - MFA Thesis Exhibition, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
2017 Coalition of the Willing: UNG Faculty Exhibition, Athens Academy, Athens, GA.
2017 2017 Black + White Exhibition, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO. Juried by Ann M. Jastrab.
2015 WPA Prints: The Amity Arts Foundation Collection (Commissioned Photographs of Works Progress Administration locations in Indiana shown with the Amity Collection) South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
2015 Solarium Gallery Exhibition, Solarium Gallery, Main Building, University of Notre Dame. Juried by Administrators in The Graduate School.
2015 Part 2, Second Year MFA Group Show, Isis Gallery, Notre Dame, IN
2014 Birdsell Project Group Exhibition, The Birdsell Mansion, South Bend, IN. Juried by Myles Robertson and Nalani Stolz.
2014 National MFA Competition, First Street Gallery, Chelsea, New York. Juried by Asya Geisberg.
2013 New Faces, First Year MFA Group Exhibition, Isis Gallery, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
2012 Picture Day University of North Texas BFA Senior Photography Group Exhibition, Cora Stafford Gallery, Denton, TX
2012 You, Me, We, North Gallery, Denton, TX
2011 Fall Show, The Village Church Gallery, Denton, TX
2011 Parallax Photography Club Group Exhibition, Lightwell Gallery, Denton, TX
2011 Spring Show, The Village Church Gallery, Denton, TX
2017-Pres. Assistant Professor of Photography, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA
2017 (Spring) Adjunct Professor, Advanced Darkroom Photography (View Camera), University of North Texas, Denton, TX
2017 (Spring) Adjunct Professor, Darkroom Photography 1, Tarrant County College, North East Campus, Hurst, TX
2017 (Spring) Adjunct Professor, Digital Photography 1, Collin College Preston Ridge Campus, Frisco, TX
2016 Summer Scholars, Photography 1, Teaching Assistant. Assisting Jayson Bimber, Visiting Lecturer, with a two week summer course for visiting high school students. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
2014-16 Instructor of Record, Photography 1, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
2014 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Photography 1 for Research Associate Jayson Bimber, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
2013 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Photography 1 for Professor Martina Lopez, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
2013 Studio Manager/Assistant, Scott Cunningham, Columbus, OH