Discipline: Visual Art – photography

Millee Tibbs

Discipline: Visual Art – photography
Region: Detroit, MI
MacDowell fellowships: 2011, 2017

Millee Tibbs’ work derives from her interest in photography’s ubiquity in contemporary culture and the tension between its truth-value and inherent manipulation of reality. Tibbs’ exhibition venues include the Blue Sky Gallery at the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts in Portland, OR; the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, CA; Mary Ryan Gallery in New York City; the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA; Brown University in Providence, RI; and Notre Dame University in Indiana. Her work has been published by the Humble Arts Foundation, Blue Sky Gallery, and Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. Tibbs’ work is in the permanent collections of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Portland Art Museum, and Fidelity Investments, and is also held in the Midwestern Photography Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and in the Pierogi 2000 flat file in Brooklyn. She has been awarded residencies at MacDowell, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Jentel Artist Residency Program, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and La Paternal Espacio Proyecto in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tibbs grew up in Alabama, completed an MFA at RISD in 2007, and is an assistant professor of photography at Wayne State University.



Millee Tibbs worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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