As artist, educator, art historian and critic, Carl Chiarenza’s influence on the American photography scene has been tremendous. A living example to generations of students, Chiarenza has for decades managed a number of careers simultaneously. He has written articles and reviews for publication since 1957, during which time his own work has exhibited at over 70 solo and 200 group exhibitions; he has lectured throughout the country; and seen his work and writings reviewed and reproduced in over 175 publications. Chiarenza is Fanny Knapp Allen Professor Emeritus of Art History, and Artist-in-Residence, at the University of Rochester.  He was Fanny Knapp Allen Professor there (1986-1998). At Boston University (1963-1986), he was Chairman, Director of Graduate Studies, and Professor of Art History.  He also taught at Smith College and Cornell University. He received an A.A.S. (1955) and a B.F.A. (1957) from Rochester Institute of Technology, a M.S. (1959) and A.M. (1964) from Boston University and the Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1973. Chiarenza has lectured and taught workshops at over 100 institutions in 33 states since 1966. He is the author of numerous essays and of the critical biography, Aaron Siskind: Pleasures and Terrors (Little, Brown, Boston, 1982). His photographs have been seen in over 80 one-person, and in over 260 group exhibitions since 1957.


Chiarenza’s photographs are represented in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 1999, he was elected “Honored Educator” at the Society of Photographic Education National Conference.


Monographs of his work include:

Chiarenza: Landscapes Of The Mind (David R. Godine, Boston, 1988), with essays by Estelle Jussim and Charles Millard, and a chronology by Susan E. Cohen and William S. Johnson
Chiarenza Evocations (Nazraeli Press, Tucson, 2002) with poetry by Robert Koch
Peace Warriors of 2003 (Nazraeli Press, Tucson, 2005)
Solitudes (Lodima Press, Ottsville, PA, 2005)
Interaction: Verbal/Visual (Nazraeli Press, 2006)
Chiarenza: Pictures Come From Pictures (D.R. Godine Publisher, Boston, 2008)
Robert Hirsch, Transmutation: Photographic Works by Carl Chiarenza (University at Buffalo Art Galleries, 2013)  


Public collections include: 

Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC); Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington DC); Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art (NYC); Art Institute of Chicago; Cleveland Museum of Art; Baltimore Museum of Art; Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Museum of Fine Arts (Boston); The National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC); Museum of Fine Arts (Houston); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth); The Getty Museum (Los Angeles); Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA); Tampa Museum of Art; George Eastman Museum (Rochester); Center for Creative Photography (Tucson); Harvard University Art Museums; Worcester Art Museum(MA); Museum of Art (Princeton University); Yale University Art Gallery; RISD Museum of Art (Providence); Hallmark Fine Art Collection at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO); The Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk, VA); Krannert Art Museum (Illinois); Rose Art Museum (Brandeis University); Ackland Art Museum (Chapel Hill); Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago); Exchange National Bank (Chicago); Museum of Art (St. Petersburg); International Center of Photography (NYC); Grunwald Collection (UCLA); Bibliotheque Nationale de France (Paris); Mead Museum of Art (Amherst); New Orleans Museum of Art; Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover); Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; Smith College Museum of Art; University of Iowa Museum of Art; The Colby College Art Museum (Waterville, ME); The Currier Gallery of Art (Manchester, NH); The Art Gallery of Ontario (Canada); Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada); The Photography Archive/University of Louisville (KY); LaSalle National Bank Collection (Chicago); DeCordova Museum (Lincoln, MA); The Fitchburg Art Museum (MA); Rochester Institute of Technology Wallace Library, Spectrum Gallery (Rochester); Shadai Gallery (Tokyo, Japan), Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Yamanashi, Japan); Agfa Division/Bayer Corporation Photography Collection; Polaroid Corporation Collection; The Elizabeth Collection (Rochester, NY); The Saunders Group (Rochester, NY); The College (University of Rochester); The Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (New York, NY); Gleason Library, University of Rochester; Museum of New Mexico (Santa Fe); Anderson Gallery (Buffalo, NY); Weeks Gallery, Jamestown, NY; Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; Boise Art Museum, (Boise, ID); State University New York (SUNY) Brockport, NY; Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro