Dana Fritz uses photography to investigate the ways we shape and represent the natural world in cultivated and constructed landscapes.
She holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Arizona State University and is currently Hixson-Lied Professor of Art in the School of Art, Art History & Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Her honors include an Arizona Commission on the Arts Fellowship, a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange to Japan, a Society for Photographic Education Imagemaker Award, and Juror’s Awards in national exhibitions.
Fritz’s work has been exhibited in over 80 venues including the Phoenix Art Museum, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and the Sheldon Museum of Art in the U.S. International venues include Museum Belvédère in The Netherlands, Château de Villandry in France, Xi’an Jiaotong University Art Museum in China, and Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Place M, and Nihonbashi Institute of Contemporary Arts in Japan.
Fritz’s work has been published in numerous exhibition catalogs including IN VIVO: the nature of nature (Noorderlicht House of Photography,) Encounters: Photography from the Sheldon Museum of Art, Grasslands/Separating Species and the 2014 and 2015 Hariban Award catalogs. Her work was also featured in print magazines Harper’s, Orion, STUDIO, and Photography Quarterly and the French daily newspaper Liberation. University of New Mexico Press published her monograph, Terraria Gigantica: The World under Glass, in 2017.
Her portfolios Garden Views, Terraria Gigantica, and Views Removed were selected for the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Midwest Photographers Project from 2004-06, 2008-12, and 2015-21 respectively. Her work is held in several collections including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Bryn Mawr College Special Collections, Pennsylvania; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona; Weeks Gallery Global Collection of Photography at Jamestown Community College, New York; the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art; and Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.
Fritz has been awarded artist residencies at locations known for their significant cultural histories and gardens or unique landscapes: Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California; Château de Rochefort-en-Terre in Brittany, France; Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona; PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon; Cedar Point Biological Station, Nebraska; and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming.