Born 1943, Boston, MA

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Contact: janet@calarts.edu

For literary work go to janetsternburg.com




2021 I’ve Been Walking, Rose Gallery, Bergamot Station, Loss Angeles

2021 Spendor, Galerie Carole Decombe, Los Angeles and Paris

2019 CHIARASCURO (Mexico Is My Way of Seeing), Mexican Consulate, Los Angeles, California

2018 Limbus, USC Fisher Museum, Los Angeles

2018 Overspilling World, Contrasto Galleria, Milan

2010 Janet Sternburg : Photographs, Skidmore Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, California

2009 Fertile Confusion, installation of photographs and projections commissioned for the inauguration of the Arts and Technology Center , Seoul Institute of the Arts, Ansan-si (South Korea)

2007 The Behavior of Light: The Photographs of Janet Sternburg, Amerika Haus, Munich (Germany)

2007 The Behavior of Light: The Photographs of Janet Sternburg, Carl Schurz Haus, Freiberg (Germany)

2006 The Behavior of Light: The Photographs of Janet Sternburg, Deutsch- Amerikanisches Institut, Heidelberg (Germany)

2005 The Behavior of Light: The Photographs of Janet Sternburg, Café Einstein Gallery, Berlin (Germany)

2005 The Behavior of Light: The Photographs of Janet Sternburg, Culver City, California

2002 Windows in Time : Janet Sternburg, James Frances Trezza Gallery, New York City

2000 Windows, Skidmore Gallery of Contemporary Art, Malibu, California

1999 Framed: Photos of San Miguel and Beyond, Bellas Artes, Galeria Principal, San Miguel de Allende (Mexico)




2022 Mexican Photographs, as a winner of Julia Margaret Cameron Award, shown at Barcelona Biennial

2019 Contrasto Galleria, Sguardi, with Janet Sternburg, Richard Avedon, Elliot Erwitt, Sebastio Selgado, several others

2019 Mexican Consulate Gallery, Los Angeles

2013 Passage, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, New York

2004 Two on Cuba, Farmani Gallery, Los Angeles

2005 Insatiable Desires, New Acquisitions, USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles




2021 I've Been Walking: Janet Sternburg Los Angeles Photographs monograph Distanz Verlag (Berlin), Conversation with Jane Bennett

2018 Limbus, catalogue USC Fisher Museum of Art. Essays by Antonio Damasio, Eric Gudas, Selma Holo

2016 Janet Sternburg : Overspilling World, monograph Distanz Verlag, BerlinForeword by Wim Wenders, Essays by Pepe Karmel, Catherine Opie, Janet Sternburg, Alexandra von Stosch. Book launch events: Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles; Hauser & Wirth, New York; Lapidarium, Berlin; Foro Meravigli, Milan

2016 Selected Reviews of Overspilling World: Los Angeles Review of Books by Jack Miles; Forbes by Tom Teicholz, et al.

2012 - 2018 Times Quotidian, regular contributor on ''Photography and Time'' and ''Photography and Words", series of essays intercut with images and music

2005 Insatiable Desires, New Acquisitions, exhibition catalogue, (Los Angeles : USC Fisher Museum of Art)

2005 Optic Nerve: Photopoems (Los Angeles: Red Hen Press)

2005 Jörn Jacob Rohwer, ''The Lyrical View'', in The Behavior of Light, exhibition catalogue, (COMMISSIONED Berlin : US Embassy; catalogue for subsequent Embassy-supported traveling exhibition, Munich,Heidelberg, Freiberg

2003 ''A Writer Snaps'' cover photograph, portfolio, Teachers & Writers 35, no. 2 (November-December), pages 3-4

2002 ''Windows of Time'', portfolio, Aperture 166 (Spring), pages 32-37

2002 ''A New Lens'', Utne Reader Arts Extra: Movers and Shakers: The 40 Most
Exciting Soulful Artists of 2003

2002 ''A Writer’s Need to See'', cover photograph, portfolio, Art Journal 61, no.1
(Spring), pages 48-57

2000 Cover photograph, Prairie Schooner (Fall)




USC Fisher Museum Permanent Collection, Los Angeles

Seoul Institute of the Arts, Korea

Selected Private Collections: Daniel Greenberg & Susan Steinhauser, Elisabetta Zegna, James Lapine, Jon and Lillian Lovelace, Ira and Adelle Yellin, Jack Miles, et al.




Book, Anthologies, Journals

Literary Books

2014 White Matter: A Memoir of Family and Medicine (Portland: Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts)

2005 Optic Nerve: Photopoems (Los Angeles: Red Hen Press)

2002 Phantom Limb, American Lives Series, ed. Tobias Wolff (Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press)

2000 The Writer on Her Work, edited with an updated introduction, preface by Julia Alvarez, 20th anniversary edition (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company)

The Writer on Her Work, double edition, vols. I and II (London: Virago Press)

The Writer on Her Work: New Essays in New Territory, vol. II, edited with an introduction (New York and London: W. W. Norton & Company)

The Writer on Her Work, edited with an introduction, vol. I (New York: W. W. Norton)

Letters Stacked to Be Mailed: Four New Poets (New York: Saturday Press)




2012 –20017 Regular contributor to the online cultural journal Times Quotidian, on photography and time, and word and image

1998 “Long Exposures: A Poetics of Film and History,” in Screening the Past: Film and the Representation of History, ed. Tony Barta. (Westport, Connecticut and London: Praeger)

1992 “Views from an Unstable Landscape,” in Re-Mapping Culture(s): Film and the Media Arts (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art; JS Co-curator.

1987 “A Blank for New Things,” in The Arts for Television, exhibition catalogue Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Selected Theatre and Film

The Fifth String, playwright. A theater piece crossing time and space, bringing together Andalusia before 1492 with contemporary expulsions. REDCAT, Los Angeles 2015 ; La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, New York City; staged readings, German translation at Capital Club, Berlin, Pact Zollverein, Essen.

1987-1990 Through Her Eyes, writer/curator, 13-part television series, independent films made by women, for The Learning Channel. 1987
Likely Stories, writer/curator, 13-part television series, independent fiction films, for The Learning Channel, 1990

Thomas Eakins: A Motion Portrait. Co-writer. American Masters Series for PBS.

Virginia Woolf: The Moment Whole, producer/ director for National Public Television (NET) Winner Cine Golden Eagle

El Teatro Campesino, writer; co-producer/co-director for National Public Television (NET); screened at the New York Film Festival, Lincoln Center




2022 Julia Margaret Cameron Award

2016 REDCAT Award, co-recipient with Steven D. Lavine, REDCAT/CalArts, Los Angeles

2011 Residency, PACT Zollverein, Essen (Germany)

1977 Fellow, The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire

1976-78 Fellow, The Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, New York

1987 Fellow, Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain Lake, New York

1989 Fellow, Dale Djerassi Fellowship, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, California

1985 Fellowship, Scriptwriting, National Endowment for the Humanities

1972 Cine Golden Eagle Award for Virginia Woolf: The Moment Whole




2003 - 2011 National Advisory Committee, PEN Center USA

2003 Presenter, “Pathways Between Neurology and Memoir” for Frames of Viewing: The Brain, Cognition and Art, a symposium co-organized by the Getty Research Center and the Stanford Center for Behavioral Studies

1990-2004 Faculty in Critical Studies, “Thinking and Feeling,” on neuroscience and art practice, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

1990-1994 Consultant, Program for Art on Film for the Metropolitan Museum, New York City and the Getty Trust, Los Angeles

1993 Co-director, “Curating Across Cultures,” The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Bellagio (Italy)

1988 - 2002 Vice-President, Member Board of Directors, PEN Center USA

1988-95 Senior Program Advisor in Media, The Rockefeller Foundation, New York

1982-1988 Senior Program Office, New York Council for the Humanities

1976-1985 Senior Faculty, The New School University Graduate Media Studies

1971 -80 Director, Writers in Performance at the Manhattan Theatre Club, 1971-80