Since graduation from the Institute of Design in Chicago in 1970, Elaine O'Neil has successfully juggled the challenges of the life of an artist teacher. Over that time she has created bodies of work including one on the exhibitions in museums, roadside attractions, parks and zoos which include the pictures presented in this exhibition in the Stone Crop Gallery. The heavily toned photographs were the first in her many explorations of the effect of presentation the meaning of the photographic image. This constant concern lead to many projects, including quilts and other works on cloth, utilizing a wide variety of antique photographic processes.
A constant project during the past 28 years has been the exploration of the mother daughter relationship through two multi-year projects. The diaristic document, Notes From Birth to Ten was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts. While the more formal self-portraits of Posing As Ourselves received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. MOTHER DAUGHTER:POSING AS OURSELVES was published in 2009 utilizing a experimental printing process which respected the relationship of presentation and meaning.
Photography Fellowshipwhiphotographic documents concerning the mother daughter relationship have received many awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a Massachusetts Council for the Arts Fellowship.
In recent years, Ms O'Neil's photographs have been included in exhibitions at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; The Houston Center for Photography; The Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo, and The Telfair Museum in Savannah. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the The George Eastman House; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and the Princeton Museum.
Elaine O'Neil is a noted educator currently teaching graduate and undergraduate fine art photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.