Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography



The Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography, founded on the ground floor of Miller Hall in 1990, presents four exhibitions by contemporary photographers each year. We choose photographers whose work causes us to think about the effects of our craft on our culture. By these presentations the University of La Verne invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to become inspired by photographs and informed by the peculiar way of knowing realized by adventurous photographers.

Portfolio reviews in consideration for exhibitions are ongoing. To arrange for a review, please contact Gary S. Colby at, or (909) 448-4070

Spring 2017

Sarah Cusimano MilesSolomon’s House.  January 30 through March 24, 2017.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Thursday, February 16, Reception and viewing of Solomon’s House in the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography

Solomon’s House Gallery Catalog







Fall 2016

J. Jason LazarusEmblem and Artifice: Withered Symbols of the War.  October 24 through December 16, 2016.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Thursday, November 10, Reception and viewing of Emblem and Artifice in the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography

Emblem and Artifice Gallery Catalog




Joshua Rashaad McFaddenAfter Selma.  August 29 through October 14, 2016.

In conversation with photographer Joshua Rashaad McFadden

Followed by a book signing of McFadden’s recent publication, Come to Selfhood

Tuesday, October 11, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Abraham Campus Center, Ballroom A.

Reception and viewing of After Selma

5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography

After Selma Gallery Catalog

Spring 2016

Ray CarofanoRiverrun.  A photographic exploration of the abstract aesthetic potential of the concrete channel, bridges and infrastructure that confine, direct and define the Los Angeles River. April 4 through May 27, 2016.

The River Narrates Itself: A Panel discussion on the Los Angeles River inspired by the exhibition.

Michael Robinson ChávezThe Driest Seasons: California’s Dust Bowl.  A personally expressive portfolio of images assembled after several months of regular assignments from the Los Angeles Times covering the social effects of the drought in the San Joaquin Valley. February 1 through March 24, 2016.

Fall 2015

Ray CollinsSeawater. Sixteen large intimate photographic portraits of waves breaking at the shore. November 9, 2015 through January 8, 2016.
Seawater Gallery Catalog

Jennifer Little100 Years of Dust: Owens Lake and the Los Angeles Aqueduct. A photographic document of the Owens Valley landscape following decades of water delivery to Los Angeles and suppression of the resulting airborne particulate pollution. August 31 – October 29, 2015.

Spring 2015

bedmound_20150208Simona Bonanno, Goseong Choi, Noah Kalina, and Joann PaiIn the Mood: Photography and the Everyday. A group exhibition on the conjunction of photography and the everyday organized by Visiting Professor of Photography Stacey McCarroll Cutshaw in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography, April 20 – May 29, 2015.

Christine A. Broussard, Jeffery T. Burkhart, Heidy L. Contreras, Jerome V. Garcia, Harvey F. Good, Jay H. Jones, Robert T. Neher, Kathleen F. Weaver, Pablo F. WeaverEssence in Pictures: Photography as a Collective Microtome. Images of life by University of La Verne faculty members working in the natural sciences. February 9 – April 10, 2015.

Fall 2014

Edie BreslerWe Sold a Winner. A closer look at American communities through the lens of state-run lotteries. October 20 – December 12, 2014.

Don BartlettiUneasy Neighbors: Causes and Consequences of Illegal Migration to the United States. August 25 – October 10, 2014. Evening lecture and reception, Wednesday September 17, time and location to be announced.

Uneasy Neighbors Gallery Catalog

Spring 2014

Eliot DudikBroken Land. Large format diptych panorama photographs of Civil War battlefields. April 14 through summer. Faculty reflection papers by William A. Cook, Professor of English, and Gregory Cumming, Adjunct Professor of History. Portrait by Wendell Decker.

Broken Land Gallery Catalog

Traer ScottNatural History. Museum visitors reflected in diorama windows. February 3 – April 4, 2014. Faculty reflection papers by Aaron S. Baker, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Kanya Godde, Assistant Professor of Anthropology.

Natural History Gallery Catalog

Fall 2013

David Burnett44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World. Mr. Burnett photographed the overthrow of the Shah of Iran and the return of the Ayatollah Khomeini during the Islamic Revolution in 1979. October 21 – December 13, 2013. Faculty reflection papers by Julio Minoves-Triquell, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Omid E. Furutan, Assistant Professor of Management.

44 Days Gallery Catalog

David Maisel, Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime. Aerial photography in aesthetic consideration of landscape sites that have undergone extreme environmental transformations, such as mining, urbanization and forest clear-cutting. August 26 – October 11, 2013. Faculty reflection papers by Christine Broussard, Professor of Biology, and Roy Kwon, Associate Professor of Sociology.

Black Maps Gallery Catalog

Spring 2013

Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman, Geolocation: Desertscapes. Embedded GPS information in Twitter updates identify the locations of user posts at which photographs are made to mark their real-world origins. April 15 – May 24, 2013. Faculty reflection papers by Sean Dillon, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, and Gail Tang, Assistant Professor of Mathematics.

Geolocation: Desertscapes Gallery Catalog

Mitch Dobrowner, Vital Firmament. Great storms above the landscapes of the West and Midwest. February 4 – April 5, 2013. Faculty reflection papers by David Chappell, Associate Professor of Physics, and Judy Holiday, Assistant Professor of Writing.

Vital Firmament Gallery Catalog


Fall 2012 

Dissent. A group exhibition of allegories in words and pictures by student writers and alumni photographers. October 22 – December 7, 2012. 

Dissent Gallery Catalog

Joseph Rodríguez, Homegrown. Photographs of California street gang members, families and friends. August 27 – October 12, 2012. Faculty reflection papers by Sharon Davis, Professor of Sociology, and David Werner, Associate Professor of English.

Homegrown Gallery Catalog

Spring 2012

Michael CrouserDog Run. The interactions between dogs unleashed with each other at dog parks. April 9 – May 11, 2012. Faculty reflection papers by Ann K. Hills, Associate Professor of Spanish and Jeffery Burkhart, Fletcher Jones Professor of Biology.

Dog Run Gallery Catalog

Michael Robinson-ChávezRinconada de Oro. Gold mining at 17,400 feet elevation in Rinconada, a mining town in the Peruvian Andes. January 30 – March 30, 2012. Faculty reflection papers by Jay H. Jones, Professor of Biology and Biochemistry and Gabriela Capraroiu, Associate Professor of Spanish.

Rinconado de Oro Gallery Catalog

Fall 2011

Tavo OlmosMemory Space. Documentary photographs of Southern California architectural landmarks that are now razed. October 24 – December 9, 2011. Faculty reflection papers by David Flaten, Professor of Theatre Arts and Kenneth H. Marcus, Professor of History.

Katherine FreyAmerican Dream. Image essays of working class people living and working in and around Washington, D.C. August 29 – October 7, 2011. Faculty reflection papers by Elizabeth Zwerling, Associate Professor of Journalism and Jason Neidleman, Professor of Political Science.


Spring 2011

Alex Gallardo, Eyes on the Ball. April 11 – May 20, 2011.


Beau Comeaux, Remnants. January 31 – March 25, 2011.

Remnants Gallery Catalog

Fall 2010

jimenez_20080907_DSC2029Herman Jimenez, Clip Mission. October 18 – December 10, 2010.

FromTheCarLillian Elaine, From the Car. August 30 – October 8, 2010.

From the Car Gallery Catalog

Spring 2010

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David Bacon, Farm Workers. April 19 – May 7, 2010

Farm Workers Gallery Catalog

Arenal VolcanoMarc Malin, Phenomenal Consciousness. March 1 – April 9, 2010

Phenomenal Consciousness Gallery Handout

twoseedpodsFrancis Schanberger, Forces of Nature. January 25 – February 19, 2010

Forces of Nature Gallery Handout