Dana FritzHixson-Lied Professor of Art (Photography)
Area of Focus: Photography
MFA 1995 Arizona State University
Professor Dana Fritz works under the broad umbrella of landscape photography. Through books, prints, and exhibitions she explores how we shape and represent the land, engaging ideas about climate change, environmental history, and ecology in a place-based practice. She is a Center for Great Plains Studies Fellow and serves on university-wide interdisciplinary initiatives to support environmental sustainability and climate resilience. Drawing on her broad studio art background, she teaches courses in analog and digital photography, a seminar course on the intersections of environment, landscape, and photography, the culminating Capstone Art Experience for art majors, and works with graduate students from all studio areas. A longtime member of the national Society for Photographic Education, she serves as a regular portfolio reviewer, career mentor, and occasional conference planner and host. Fritz frequently delivers invited formal lectures and informal gallery talks about her work at conferences, universities, and art venues in the U.S. and abroad.
Fritz’s work has been exhibited widely across the United States and in Canada, Spain, France, The Netherlands, China, Korea, and Japan. Her prints and artist books are in public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston Hirsch Library, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla, Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, CU Boulder’s University Libraries Rare and Distinctive Collections, Bryn Mawr College Special Collections, and Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art + Environment Archive. Fritz has been awarded artist residencies at locations known for their significant cultural histories or unique landscapes including Villa Montalvo (California,) Château de Rochefort-en-Terre (France,) Biosphere 2 in (Arizona,) PLAYA (Oregon,) Cedar Point Biological Station (Nebraska,) Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (Wyoming,) Homestead National Historical Park (Nebraska,) and Tallgrass Artist Residency (Kansas.) Her work has been published in numerous exhibition catalogs including IN VIVO: the nature of nature, Encounters: Photography from the Sheldon Museum of Art, Grasslands/Separating Species, Reclamation: Artist Books about the Environment, and Embodied Forest, and was featured in print magazines Harper’s, Orion, Border Crossings, Studio, and Photography Quarterly. Fritz is the author/photographer of two books:
Terraria Gigantica: The World under Glass, University of New Mexico Press, 2017.
Field Guide to a Hybrid Landscape, University of Nebraska Press, 2023.
CoursesIntermediate and Advanced Photography
Film and Darkroom
Capstone Art Experience
Honors and AwardsPuffin Foundation Fellowship (2023)
Senior Faculty Research Award, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts (2023, 2016)
Arts & Humanities Enhancement Fund, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2021, 2014, 2007)
Urbanautica Institute Awards, Special Mention: Nature, Environment, and Perspectives (2019)
Midwest Photographers Project, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2015-17, 2008-12, 2004-06)
Leadership Award in Faculty Outreach/Engagement/Service, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts (2014)
Imagemaker Award, Society for Photographic Education (2013)
Leadership Award in Curriculum or Programmatic Development, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts (2011)
Layman Award, University of Nebraska Foundation (2003, 2002)
Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange to Japan (2000)