Alice Hargrave is a photographic, and video artist based in Chicago, whose most recent work is research based work about species and habitat loss. Her work over the years has explored impermanence as it pertains to environmental issues, the human condition, and the photographic medium itself. She is interested in how photographs literally color memory, and perception. Hargrave studied art and architectural history in Italy, and worked as a photographic artist in France and Spain. She is fluent in French, and received a University Fellowship to obtain her MFA from The University of Illinois, Chicago, where she explored the cusp between abstraction, and representation, and the relationship between painting, photography, and the sublime.
Hargrave has had several one-person exhibitions, including two at The Chicago Cultural Center, two at The Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, and most recently an extensive one person exhibition at The Hyde Park Art Center featuring 30 large scale photographs, two video pieces, a projection, and 20’ photographic mural. The exhibit coincided with the publication of her Monograph Paradise Wavering, published by Daylight Books, spring 2016.
Her work has been seen in group exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Smart Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, The Tweed Museum of Art MN, Art Metz (France), The Griffin Museum of Photography MA, 516 Arts Gallery Albuquerque NM, Newspace Center for Photography Portland OR, Klein Gallery, and Carol Ehlers Gallery in Chicago who represented her. She is collected nationally, internationally, and is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Ruttenberg Collection, Nuveen Corporation, The Joan Flash Artist Book Collection, Outer Circle Corporation, Rush Presbyterian Hospital among other public and private collections. Hargrave's work has received many awards, and has been published and reviewed in several journals.
Hargrave has taught photography since 1994; at The School of The Art Institute Chicago, and University of Illinois, Chicago, before her tenure track full time professorship at Columbia College Chicago. She has currently decided to teach part time, while pursuing commissions, and work in conservation.