Sage Sohier

SAGE SOHIER

Sage Sohier has been photographing people in their environments for more than 30 years, after receiving her B.A. from Harvard University. She has received fellowships from the No Strings Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation.

Sohier’s series from the 1980s, “Americans Seen,” has just been published in 2017 by Nazraeli Press. “Witness to Beauty,” her series about her ex-fashion-model mother, was recently published in 2017 by Kehrer Verlag. “At Home With Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980s America,” was published in October 2014 by Spotted Books. Other monographs include “About Face,” published in December of 2012 by Columbia College Chicago Press, and “Perfectible Worlds,” published by Photolucida in 2007. She has had solo shows at Foley Gallery in New York, Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston, Joseph Bellows Gallery in San Diego, The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR.

Her work has also been included in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the International Center of Photography, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and many other venues. Sohier’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the Davis Museum, Wellesley College, and the Brooklyn Museum, to name a few.

She has taught photography at Harvard University, Wellesley College, and the Massachusetts College of Art, and has done commissioned work for the George Gund Foundation in Cleveland, the Robert Rauschenberg Residency program in Captiva, FL, and the Photographic Resource Center in Boston. She is represented by Foley Gallery in New York, Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston, and Joseph Bellows Gallery in San Diego. Her website is: www.sagesohier.com.

GRANTS AND AWARDS

No Strings Foundation grant, 2008-2009.

Massachusetts Artists Foundation photography fellowship, 1989.

Mass. Council on the Arts and Humanities “Massproductions “grant, 1987-1989.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, 1984-’85.

National Endowment for the Arts photography fellowship, 1980-’81.

Massachusetts Artists Foundation photography fellowship, 1979.

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS 

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Cleveland Museum of Art

The Davis Museum at Wellesley College

DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University

MIT List Visual Arts Center

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum of Modern Art, NY

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Princeton University Art Museum

RISD Museum

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

TEACHING  

Massachusetts College of Art (Assistant Professor), 2006.

Harvard University (Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies), 1991- 2003.

Wellesley College (Assistant Professor of Art), 1997-1999.

Rhode Island School of Design, 1996.

Mass. College of Art, Boston, 1986 and 1982-83.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 1986.

COMMISSIONS AND FREELANCE

Photographer at the Robert Rauschenberg Residency program, Captiva, Florida, 2014-15.

Freelance  photographer (represented by Bill Charles, Inc., NY, NY)

Editorial photography for numerous magazines, including: The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Bloomberg Businessweek, TIME, Wired, Audubon, Oprah Magazine, Discover, and Entertainment Weekly.

George Gund Foundation Annual Report 2008

Photographic Resource Center (Boston) “New Works” Commission, 1981-’82.

Survey Project of Boston’s Leather District and Fort Point Channel Area, 1979-1981. The Survey was sponsored by the Mass. Artists Foundation and funded in part by the NEA.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Foley Gallery, New York, NY, November 29th, 2017- January 7th, 2018, “Witness to Beauty.”

Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, July 2017, “Witness to Beauty.”

Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA, April-May, 2017, “Americans Seen.”

Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston, MA, February-March 2017, “Witness to Beauty.”

Foley Gallery, New York, NY, June-July 2015, “At Home With Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980s America.”

Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston, MA, February-March 2015, “At Home With Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980s America.”

Yangon Photo Festival, Myanmar, February 2015, “At Home With Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980s America.”

Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, October, 2014, “At Home With Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980s America.”

Jerome Liebling Center, Hampshire College, November 2013, “About Face.”

Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, August, 2013, “About Face.”

Foley Gallery, New York, NY, April, 2013, “About Face.”

Carroll and Sons gallery, Boston, MA, January 2013, “About Face.”

San Francisco Airport Museum, 2009, “Perfectible Worlds.”

Foley Gallery, New York, NY, 2008, “Perfectible Worlds.”

Houston Center for Photography, 2008, “Perfectible Worlds.”

Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, 2007, “Perfectible Worlds.”

The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, 2006, “Perfectible Worlds.”

Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA, 2004, “Perfectible Worlds.”

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, 1998

Retrospective, University of Akron, Ohio, 1997

Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 1994, “Peaceable Kingdom.”

The Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA, 1990, “At Home with Themselves.”

The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, 1990, “At Home with Themselves.”

The Houston Center for Photography, 1990, “At Home with Themselves.”

San Francisco Camerawork, 1988, “At Home with Themselves.”

Vision Gallery, Boston, 1988, “At Home with Themselves.”

Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, 1988, “At Home with Themselves.”

The Tartt Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1986.

Gallery “Arte Contemporaneo,” Mexico City, 1986.

PUBLICATIONS

SELECTED BOOKS

Witness to Beauty,” monograph, Kehrer Verlag, Europe late 2016, USA early 2017. 

“Americans Seen,” monograph, Nazraeli Press (NZ Library series), 2017.

“At Home With Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980s America,” monograph, Spotted Books, October 2014.

“About Face,” monograph, Columbia College Chicago Press, December 2012.

“Perfectible Worlds,” monograph, (Photolucida/Critical Mass book award), 2007.

“The New York Times Magazine Photographs,” edited by Kathy Ryan, Aperture 2011.

“The Spirit of Family,” Al and Tipper Gore, edited by Gail Buckland and published by Henry Holt, 2002.

“In Search of America,” Jennings/Brewster (Hyperion), 2002.

“A Thousand Hounds,” Merritt/Barth, Taschen, 2000.

“Animal Attractions,” (Abrams) 1995.

“The Cat in Photography,” Eauclaire (Bulfinch) 1990.

SELECTED CATALOGUES

“Photography in Boston, 1955-1985,” Lafo and Nagler, 2001 (show at the DeCordova Museum) 

“Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort,” – catalogue for show at MOMA –1991.

“At Home with Themselves,” catalogue for one-person show at The Addison Gallery, 1990.

Catalogue from “Boston Now Photography,” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 1985 

Catalogue from “New England Perambulations,” at the Addison Gallery, 1982.

Catalogue from survey project, “The Leather District and the Fort Point Channel,” 1981.

SELECTED MAGAZINES

Hayden’s Ferry Review, Fall/Winter 2011 (spread of photographs from “Perfectible Worlds”).

Bloomberg Businessweek cover and spread of photographs on Gulf businesses impacted by the oil spill, July 12-July 18, 2010.

LIFE Magazine cover and spread of photographs, “Hey, Rockers, Show Us Your Parents” (portraits of Kanye West, Alicia Keys, and Slash with their parents), Feb. 11, 2005.

New York Times Magazine, photographs in “What They Were Thinking” Oct. 12, 2003; Jan. 5, 2003; Aug. 11, 2002; Jan. 13, 2002 (won First Place, Feature Picture/Magazine Division 2002).

BOOK Magazine, May-June 2003 (portrait of author Zadie Smith); March-April 2002 (2 portraits of author Richard Ford); and July-Aug. 2002 (portrait of author Atul Gawande).

“DoubleTake” Magazine, spring 2001 issue (portfolio of photographs from “Peaceable Kingdom”).

“See,” Magazine,  (a publication of the Friends of Photography), Issue 2:3, 1996 (portfolio of six photographs).

Portfolio of photographs of Gay and Lesbian Couples in “Views,” (a publication of the Photographic Resource Center, Boston), spring 1988.

Portfolio of photographs in “Popular Photography Annual,” 1984.

EDUCATION       

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.                 B.A. 1976.