Lewis J. Crawford is a mixed-media photographer/artist and an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) for the University of Utah. He considers Salt Lake City, UT his home, but is proud to be a fourth generation Arizona native and second generation Arizona artist. In 2009, he earned a MFA in photography from the University of Utah and in 2005 a BFA in photography from Arizona State University, graduating summa cum laude. After college, he has gone on to have several solo exhibitions, most notably at Finch Lane Gallery in Salt Lake City, UT, and Modified Arts in Phoenix, AZ. He has shown nationally and internationally as part of numerous juried and invitational exhibitions. In 2013, he was the recipient of a Purchase Award for the juried 26th Annual McNeese Works on Paper Exhibition. As part of the 2015 Utah Arts Festival and coLaborArt at the Leonardo in Salt Lake City, he did a collaborative installation with artist Chance Clouse, which is part of their permanent collection. He defines his work as Marktitious Imagery – a semiotic examination into the reassignment of marks found in a human-made landscape.
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I call my work Marktitious Imagery. It is a semiotic examination into the reassignment of marks found in a human-made landscape. Everyone leaves marks, both physically and emotionally. The ones that interest me the most are overlooked marks: a random strip of duct tape, a buffed out graffiti tag or a crack in an unused public square. None of these marks would be there unless someone made the landscape for them to inhabit. I document these urban landscapes. I mix media and marks. I see stories in these marks. Sometimes I write these stories down. Sometimes I layer these marks. Sometimes I create the marks that go onto my photographs. Layers fascinate me. The build-up and juxtaposition of information creates texture, depth and inter-connectivity. I like to confuse the semiotics of the marks. The signifier does not necessarily define the signified. Fact and fiction merge. It is mechanical and digital. It is a transformation of social convention through documentation and manipulation, referencing new media’s theory of appropriation, deconstruction and reconstruction – sample, photograph, re-mix,layer, sample, and re-mix again.
It just depends on the marks.
Geometry from Public Space, The Gallery at Library Square, Salt Lake City, UT.
Constructs, Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT.
Sidewalk Shadow Creatures, Universe City, Ogden, UT.
Photograffiti, Copper Palate Press, Salt Lake City, UT.
Factitious: Rivers & Glaciers, Alvin Gittins Gallery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
Markmaking: SLC2007, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ.
Markmaking: MetroPhoenix2006, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ.
After His Death, the Only Thing Found…, BrandX, Tempe, AZ.
Markmaking: England2005, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ, and BrandX, Tempe, AZ.
Juried, Invitational and Group:
Communites: West III Portfolio Exchange, traveling print exchange. First exhibition will be at Montana State University, Billings, MT, in 2018. - invitation
Utah'16: Statewide Annual, Mixed Media & Works on Paper, Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. - juried.
Art Through the Lens, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY. - juried
Phase(s), Alvin Gittins Gallery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. - invitation
#FairGame, collaborative art installation with Chance Clouse, part of coLaborART at The Leonardo, Salt LakeCity UT. - invitation
Westminster Faculty Art Exhibition, Tanner Atrium, Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT. - invitation
New Narratives: Recent Work by U of U Art Faculty, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. - invitation and juried
Strange Bedfellows, collaborative art installation with Stefanie Dykes, part of CoLaborART, The Leonardo, Salt Lake City UT. - invitation
26th Annual McNeese Works on Paper Exhibition, Abercrombie Gallery, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA. - juried
Light Sensitive, Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ. - juried
A Token Gesture, IMPACT 8, University of Dundee, Scotland; Rocky Mountain Print Alliance Symposium, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; Javelina Innovation Lab during the Ranch Hand Festival in Kingsville, TX; McAllen Public Library, McAllen, TX; Gallery 107, Lone Star Studios, San Antonio, TX. - invitation
Between the Lines: University of Utah Art Faculty Invitational, Loge Gallery, Pioneer Theater, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. - invitation
The Sketchbook Project 2013, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY; Co-Lab Project Space, Austin, TX; The Goat Farm Art Center, Atlanta, GA; The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL; Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, Portland, OR; San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA; lamb8bit, Los Angeles, CA. - group
Birds: Real or Imagined, PhotoPlace Gallery, The Online Gallery Annex, Middlebury, VT. - juried
2012 Craft & Photography Exhibition, Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition, Rio Grande Depot Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. - juried
The Faculty Show: Recent Work by The University of Utah Art Faculty, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT. - invitation
Box Paper Scissors, Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. - group
Mixed Media & Works on Paper Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition, Rio Grande Depot Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. - juried
Saans Gallery Juried Exhibition, Saans Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. - juried
Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center For Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA. - group
The PDA Show, No Brow Coffee, The Utah Pride Center, Ken Sanders Rare Books, Alchemy Coffee and Kayo Gallery, all exhibition locations in Salt Lake City, UT. - invitation
Signs of the Times, IMPACT 6 Print Conference, Bristol, England, UK. - invitation
The Great Art House Print Exchange 2, Art House Gallery, Atlanta, GA. - group
Global Implications, Southern Graphics Council Conference 2009, Chicago, IL. - group
Utah 2009: Crafts and Photography Exhibition, Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition, Rio Grande Depot Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. - juried
24Hour ’09, Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. - invitation
Becoming the Machine, warehouse space temporarily transformed into a gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. - group
Going South, Provo City Library, Provo, UT. - invitation
Pre and Post, Canyon Community Center, Springdale, UT. - group
24Hour ’08, Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. -group
Equinox, Galleryuaf, Salt Lake City, UT. - group
Friday April 13th, BrandX, Tempe, AZ. - invitation
"Behind the Proscenium: Georges Rouault's Circus of the Shooting Star Comes to Town,” 15Bytes, March 2012 edition.
Reviews, Critiques and Video Coverage:
“Fun in Public Spaces: Lewis J. Crawford and Phoebe Berrey at the Gallery at Library Square,” by Geoff Wichert, for 15 Bytes, December 2016 edition.
"Drawing Outside the Frame," by Scotti Hill, 15Bytes, May 2016 edition.
“Making Museums Fun for Families: UMFA Celebrates 100 Years of Art,” By Carole Mikita and Sara Jarman, KSL 5TV.
“Surface Treatments: Tokens for Today,” by Nancy Moyer, The Monitor, May 5, 2014.
"Surface Treatments: Tokens for Today,” by Nancy Moyer, The Monitor, May 5, 2014.
26th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition Catalog.
Art Intersection website, Light Sensitive 2013 – Celebrating Images From The Darkroom exhibition page.
Birds: Real or Imagined, Exhibition Catalog. PhotoPlace Gallery, San Francisco: Blurb Books, 2012.
Ogden Standard-Examiner, May 4, 2010 edition.
M.F.A. Photography, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
B.F.A. Photography, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Graduated summa cum laude.
Grants and Awards:
Nominated for the Faculty Teaching Award for Excellence in General Education at the University of Utah.
McNeese Student Art Association Purchase Award recipient for the 26th Annual McNeese Works on Paper Exhibition.
Finalist for the Ethel Armstrong Rolapp award.
The Bethel E. Ells Art Scholarship
2013 - Present
Assistant Professor (Lecturer). Dept. of Art & Art History, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
2009 - 2016
Adjunct Instructor. School of Arts and Sciences, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT.
2009 - 2013
Associate Instructor. Dept. of Art & Art History, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.