Born in Danville, Virginia in 1941, Professor Emmet Gowin has been teaching in the Visual Arts Program since 1973. His work is represented by Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York. “Emmet Gowin/Photographs: This Vegetable Earth Is But A Shadow,” the 1990 retrospective of his work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art was accompanied by a monograph. Changing the Earth, with Jock Reynolds, Terry Tempest Williams, and Phillip Brookman (Yale University Press, 2002), accompanied an exhibition that traveled to museums throughout the U.S. for several years. Gowin’s 2006 exhibition, “Mariposas Nocturnas, Edith in Panama”, at Pace/MacGill Gallery was accompanied by a catalog.
A recipient of a Guggenheim (1974) and two NEA Fellowships (1977 and 1979), he has also received awards from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (1983), the Seattle Arts Commission (1980), the 1983 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts from the State of Pennsylvania, the 1992 Friends of Photography Peer Award, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for 1993-94. Professor Gowin received the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University in 1997 and the Behrman Award in 2006.