Gregory Spaid

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A Short Biography

Gregory Spaid’s expansive interests have drawn him to a broad range of subjects and art-making practices. He works in digital and film photography, sculptural mixed media, as well as drawing and occasionally painting. His most recent photographic project explores the role trees play as symbols of our relationship with both nature and culture, giving us metaphors for wildness, resilience, vulnerability, balance, grandeur, and much more.

In 2011 Spaid’s work on trees was included in Françoise Reynaud’s The Tree in Photographs, a book published by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, that looks at the tree as subject for photographers throughout the history of the medium. 

In 2009 Spaid spent a year in New York City photographing from above the movement of people for a series of abstract images titled “The Light Fantastic” and another series titled “Heads.”

In 2002 Spaid published On Nantucket, a monograph that presents his black and white photography made over 25 years on the island of Nantucket. 

His photography on the changing landscape of rural America was published in 2000 as the monograph Grace: Photographs of Rural America. Photographs from that series were included in a major group exhibition at the Getty Museum titled “Where We Live” and are in the collection of the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, as well as The Getty Museum.

Spaid’s hand colored photographs of arrangements of his children’s toys are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and elsewhere.

Spaid has been the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship to support his work in Italy and seven grants from the Ohio Arts Council. For over 30 years Spaid has taught studio art at Kenyon College in Ohio where he also served for six years as the college’s provost and before that as associate provost.