Speaking in planetary terms, I must admit I haven’t accomplished much. In the sixty-odd years I’ve spent on this planet, the earth has revolved 20,000 times around its own axis, hurtled through space at 66,600 miles an hour, and traveled some eleven and half trillion miles. In the past ten years of that time, by contrast, I have had roughly sixty shows in museums, galleries, universities, and public institutions, in venues including New York City, San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Buenos Aires, and many others. By my calculation, that comes to one show every three and a half billion space miles.
I also published two beautifully printed monographs (Along the Appian Way and Meditation: Parks and Gardens in Lazio) and portfolios of my work appear in numerous anthologies, magazines, and exhibition catalogues. I lectured on my photography at Columbia University and was interviewed on Italian television. It felt good to see so many smiling people in the audience, until I was informed, after the taping, that a misplaced expression had me talking about ménages à trois, and not artistic relationships as I had thought.
Over the years, various enlightened public and private collections have acquired my work, including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Société Française de Photographie in Paris, the Kinsey Institute at the University of Indiana, Yale University, Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard University), Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The New York Public Library, the Kiyosato Museum in Japan, and national collections of photography in Russia, Portugal, and Hungary, among others.
In an earlier career, I obtained a Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts and went on to earn tenure at the University of Michigan. In my years as a professor, my articles appeared in international scholarly journals, often accompanied by my original photography of medieval art. I now work full-time on my art.
CURRENT AND UPCOMING SHOWS
- "New New York," New York Public Library, Mulberry Street, April-June 2020.
MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLIC VENUES
- "Make America Dystopian Again," Centro Cultural Casa de Vacas del Retiro, Madrid, 2017.
- Centro Cultural de España, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2010.
- Centro Cultural de España, Asunción, Paraguay, 2009.
- Academia San Carlos, Mexico City, 2009.
- Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española, Antigua, Guatemala, 2009.
- Centro Cultural Ricardo Ricardo Rojas, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2009.
- Pabellón Argentina, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, 2009.
- Centro Cultural de España, Lima, Peru, 2009.
- Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil, 2008.
- “Labels,” San Francisco Public Library (solo show), 2006.
- “The Intimate Portrait (Ritratto intimo),” City Hall, Castel Gandolfo (Italy) (two-person show), 2006.
- “De Norte a Sur,” Museo de la Fotografía, Rafaela, Argentina, 2004.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
- For Walt Whitman," Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, June 2018.
- "Alternative Process Show," Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, October 2017.
- "Photographing New York," Villa Abbamer, Grottaferrata (Italy), 2016.
- "Inner Light," Ariel Fine Art, Locust Valley, New York, 2015.
- “Dreamscapes,” Palazzo Odescalchi, Rome, 2012.
- “Venice,” Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, 2006.
- “Another New York,” Mercer Management Company, New York City, 2006.
- “Pensées, Désirs,” Les Mots à la Bouche, Paris, 2005.
- “Dreamers,” Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, 2005.
- “Desire,” Amos Eno Gallery, New York City, 2005.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
- "Photography Off the Wall," Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, November 2017.
- “Postcards from the Edge,” Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York City, 2015.
- Group Show, Foundry Gallery, Washington, DC, 2011.
- “Through a Painter’s Lens,” Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, 2009.
- “A Time Remembered,” Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, 2009.
- Gallery of Graphic Arts, New York City (two-person show), 2007.
- “Postcards from the Edge,” James Cohan Gallery, New York City, 2007.
- Group Show, ClampArt, New York City, 2007.
- April Group Show, Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, 2007.
- “Circle of Arts,” Jan Hus Church, New York City, 2007.
- “Dreams, Fears and Desires,” Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, 2007.
- “Postcards from the Edge,” Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, New York City, 2006.
- September Group Show, Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, 2006.
- “Summer Travels,” Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, 2006.
- “Public and Private,” Alfred Lowenherz Gallery, New York City, 2006.
- “On Skin,” Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, 2006.
- “Independent,” Amos Eno Gallery, New York City, 2006.
- Group Show, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Pennsylvania, 2005.
- Group Show, Dangenart Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, 2005.
- “Unfamous People,” Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, 2005.
- “Portraits,” Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, 2005.
- “Postcards from the Edge,” Robert Miller Gallery, New York City, 2005.
- “Art for AIDS,” Housing Works, New York City (benefit auction; UBS Financial Services), 2005.
- “Open Your Eyes,” CPS 32Gallery, New York City, 2005.
- “New York,” Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, 2005.
- “Musicians,” Stadler Gallery, Kingsfield, Maine (two-person show), 2005.
- Winter Group Show, Amos Eno Gallery, New York City, 2005.
- December Group Show, Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, 2004.
- “Postcards from the Edge,” Brent Sikkema, New York City, 2004.
- “Different Voices, Common Threads,” Columbia University, New York City, 2004.
- June Group Show, Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, 2004.
- “Collision,” Ace Gallery, New York City, 2004.
MONOGRAPHS AND ANTHOLOGIES
- Kissed, Berlin: Gmünder, 2010. (six full-page images).
- "Picture This," DNA #129 (2010). (one image).
- A Meditation: Parks and Gardens of Lazio, with an Introduction by Stefano Abbadessa-Mercanti, Rome: Mercanti, 2008. (monograph; fifty full-page images).
- D. Leddick, The Nude Male, New York: Universe, 2008. (two images).
- Krystyna Lemanowicz, “Z miloscia ku swiatlu,” Pila: Wydanie, 2007. (bookcover).
- Along the Appian Way, with an Introduction by Brian Paul Clamp, Rome: Mercanti, 2006. (monograph; fifty-one full-page images).
- Mein schwules Auge 3, Tübingen: Konkursbuch, 2006. (three full-page images).
- “The Intimate Portrait/Ritratto Intimo,” exhibition catalog, [Castel Gandolfo, City Hall], 2006. (seventeen full-page images).
REVIEWS AND ARTICLES
- Daniel Larkin, "Tribeca Art Spaces Yearn for Love in the Time of Cholera," Hyperallergic, June 2018. (https://hyperallergic.com/448514/tribeca-art-and-culture-night-river-to-river-festival-2018/)
- "Altered Image," F-Stop: A Photography Magazine, June 2018 (http://www.fstopmagazine.com/groupexhibition.html)
- R. Harootian, "Out & About," Washington Life, 2011.
- “Romantik verspricht mehr: Unter Wasser mit Bill Travis,” Gab, Feb. 2008, pp. 24-25 (interview).
- “Exhibitions at the Library,” San Francisco Public Library (sfpl.org/news) (2006).
- “Visual Arts,” San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 19, 2006 (SFGate.com).
- “Ritratto Intimo a Castel Gandolfo,” Controluce, vol. 15, no. 5, May 2006.
- “Ritratto Intimo,” La voce dei Castelli, no. 52, May 2006.
- “Me, the Artist,” www.sguardi.info (2006).
- Stefano Abbadessa-Mercanti, “Bill Travis,” www.sguardi.info (2005).
- Francesca Mattogno, Review, www.sguardi.info (2005).
- Original Irregular (Maine), vol. 38, no. 39, 2005.
- Vince Aletti, in Village Voice, all issues for February, 2005.
- Rossella Bigi, ed., in “Fotoargomenti,” www.informatissimafotografia.it (2005).
- “Heart’s Desire: Photographs by Bill Travis,” L’Editoriale, May 2004.
- “Contemporary Photographers” lecture series: founder and director of lecture series, New York, 2014-2018. (I curated the series, invited the following speakers, and introduced them: Nir Arieli, Bill Armstrong, Elisabeth Biondi, Elinor Carucci, Joyce Culver, Allen Ellenzweig, Aaron Glass, Martin Heiferman, Robert Herman, Chester Higgins, John Isaac, Arthur Lubow, Jordan Matter, Lori Nix, Andreas Rentsch, Shelley Rice, Sasha Rudensky, Thomas Roma, Nadia Sablin, Elisabeth Smith, Ashly Stohl, Alexey Titarenko, and Harvey Wang; videos on Vimeo.com)
- "Fotografare New York/Photographing New York"), Villa Abbamer, Grottaferrata, 2016 (lecture in Italian).
- Invited to speak on my work at the Cosmos Club, Washington, DC, 2013.
- Invited to speak on my work at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, 2005.
TELEVISION AND VIDEO INTERVIEWS
- "Pierre-Yves Linot on Immigrant Song," as interviewer, November 2017 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW5kimI5VG4)
- “Bill Travis,” video by Brent Combs, shown at Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC, 2011. (https://vimeo.com/33501031)
- Interview on RomaUno, May 2006.
- “The Work of Angels: The Book of Kells”: curated show at the University of Michigan and served as principal editor of catalog, Dearborn, 2000.
- Guest reviewer at Robert Giard Foundation, 2017.
- Guest reviewer at ICP, 2015 and 2016.
- Reviewer, Portfolio Review Committee, Soho Photo Gallery, 2004-2016.
- Ph.D. in art history, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, New York City, 1994.
- Assistant, then Associate Professor with tenure, University of Michigan, Dearborn, 1995-2001.
- “The Journey to Emmaus Capital at Saint-Lazare,” in Art and Architecture of Late Medieval Pilgrimage (Leiden: Brill), 2005.
- “Of Sirens and Onocentaurs,” Artibus et Historiae, vol. 45, 2002.
- “A Romanesque Fresco at Anzy-le-Duc,” Gazette des Beaux-Arts, vol. 136, 2001.
- “Daniel in the Lions’ Den,” Arte Medievale, 2nd ser., vol. 14, 2001.
- “Representing Christ as Giant in Early Medieval Art,” Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, vol. 62, 1999.
- “The Iconography of the Choir Capitals at Saint-Lazare,” Konsthistorisk Tidskrift, vol. 68, 1999.
- “Points of View in Cluniac Sculpture,” Athanor, vol. 12, 1994.
- “Unfinished Romanesque Sculpture,” Athanor, vol. 11, 1992.
- Conference papers on twenty-three art-historical topics, 1990-2002.
- Cabinet des Estampes, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.
- Société Française de Photographie, Paris.
- Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard University), Washington, DC.
- Yale University, New Haven, CT.
- Portuguese Center of Photography, Porto.
- Photography Collection, New York Public Library.
- Dance Collection, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City.
- Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Hokuto (Japan).
- Museo de la Fotografía, Rafaela (Argentina).
- The Kinsey Institute, University of Indiana, Bloomington.
- New York University, New York City.
- Russian Museum of Photography, Novgorod.
- Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecskemét.
- Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Palm Beach, San Diego, Washington, DC; Edmonton (Alberta); Montreal; Paris; Florence, Rome; Warsaw; Melbourne; St. Petersburg (Russia).