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Catherine Edelman


The Catherine Edelman Gallery opened 25 years ago, shortly after Catherine completed her MFA in Photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since its founding in 1987, the gallery quickly established itself as one of the leading galleries in the Midwest devoted to the exhibition of prominent contemporary photographers alongside local, new & young talent, showcasing a broad range of subject matter. The gallery exhibits in major art fairs throughout the country and is widely respected as a leader, educator and expert in the field of photography.

Debuting with the Ballad of Sexual Dependency by Nan Goldin, CEG has shown everything from street photography (Susan Meiselas, Sebastiao Salgado, James Nachtwey) to fashion photography (Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, Matthew Rolston) to traditional landscape images (Michael Kenna, Lynn Geesaman) to social-conscious work (Richard Misrach, Jeffrey Wolin, Terry Evans, Allen Ginsberg) to images created as a springboard for story-telling (Joel-Peter Witkin, Elizabeth Ernst, Dan Estabrook).

Edelman has curated numerous group shows at the gallery, including PROOF (2010), which featured 26 photographers who exhibited contact sheets alongside the chosen photograph; Under the Influence (2006), which brought together work from 19 photographers who pay homage to specific images or artists from history; a major exhibition, Killer Shots: A Photographic Response to War (2003) as a response to the war in Iraq. The show featured 34 photographers and showcased photographs from numerous conflicts starting with Vietnam and moving to the present. The exhibit traveled to Indiana University Art Gallery and San Francisco Camerawork. Others Among Us: Works of the Amish, Hutterites & Mennonites (2001), featuring work by Kristin Capp, George Tice, Larry Towell & Laura Wilson. The show debuted in Chicago and traveled to The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Iowa.

Catherine Edelman is an active member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) and currently serves as its president. She is also a member of the Chicago Art Dealers Association (CADA) and also serves as its president.