University of Calgary

Dona Schwartz

  • Professor


Dona Schwartz is a photographic artist whose work explores everyday life and culture. Through photography, she examines notions of identity, definitions of family and the nature of domesticity, cultural continuity and change, and transitional moments in life. She earned a PhD at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in visual communication and ethnographic research.

She has published two photographic ethnographies, Waucoma Twilight: Generations of the Farm (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992) and Contesting the Super Bowl (Routledge, 1997). Her photographic monograph, In the Kitchen, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2009. On the Nest, also published by Kehrer, was released in December 2015. 

Schwartz’s award-winning photographs have been internationally exhibited and published. Photographs from On the Nest have been included in multiple Photographic Portrait Prize exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, London, winning Third Prize in 2011. Schwartz’s work is included in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Musée de l’Elysée, the George Eastman Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, the Portland Art Museum, and the Kinsey Institute.

Schwartz is actively engaged with the Calgary photographic community through her work as President and Board Chair of the Calgary/Banff Photography Festival Society. As president, she organizes the annual Exposure Photography Festival which takes place in Calgary, Canmore, Banff, Edmonton and in other Alberta communities.

Schwartz is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.






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