Alexandra Huddleston is a contemporary artist whose interest in exploring landscape and culture in a wide array of global settings comes from her own international upbringing. She was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and Bamako, Mali. In the course of her career, Huddleston has lived for ten months in Fondo Kati—one of the manuscript libraries of Timbuktu—and walked three of the world’s most important pilgrimages—in Spain, France, and Japan—travelling thousands of kilometers by foot.

Among other honors, Huddleston has received a Fulbright Research Grant, and her prints have been acquired by the US Library of Congress, the National Museum of African Art, and the British Library. Notably, photographs from “333 Saints” were part of the landmark exhibition “West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song” at the British Library (2015). She holds a Masters Of Letters In Fine Art Practice from the Glasgow School of Art, an MS in journalism from Columbia University, and a BA in studio art and East Asian studies from Stanford University.

Huddleston has been an artist in residence at Common Ground (Scotland, 2017), Cill Rialaig (Ireland, 2017), Cow House Studios (Ireland, 2016), Michigan State University (USA, 2008), the UCROSS Foundation (USA, 2008), and the Vermont Studio Center (USA, 2007).

As Creative Director and Co-founder of the Kyoudai Press, she has published Lost Things (2012), 333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu (2013), East or West: A Walking Journey Along Shikoku’s 88 Temple Pilgrimage (2014), and Vertigo (2016).


Selected Achievements:

 

Education

(2017-2018) Glasgow School of Art, Masters Of Letters In Fine Art Practice 9/2018

(2003-2004)  Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, MS 5/2004

     classes in journalism, photography, video and audio editing, and web design

(2001-2003)  International Center of Photography, Part-time courses

(1996-2001)  Stanford University, BA with distinction 4/2001

     double-major in Studio Art and East Asian Studies

 

Collections

PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS:

British Library, London, United Kingdom

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington DC

Michigan State University, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, East Lansing, MI

New York University, New York, NY

National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Eliot Elisofon Photo Archives, Washington DC

United States Embassy, Bamako, Mali

BOOKS:

British Library, Brooklyn Museum, Glasgow School of Art, Harvard University, Hutchins Center Library, Michigan State University, New York University Bobst Library, University of Capetown Oppenheimer Library, University of Pennsylvania

 

Self-Published Works

PHOTO BOOKS:

Vertigo, The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC, hand-bound, limited-edition artist book (11/2016)

East or West: A Walking Journey Along Shikoku’s 88 Temple Pilgrimage, The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC (9/2014)

333 SAINTS: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu / L’esprit Du Savoir à Tombouctou (English/ French), The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC (9/2013)

Searching for Lost Time: Night Photographs from Timbuktu, The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC (9/2013)

CHAPBOOKS:

Amor Fati, The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC, with poetry by Robert Huddleston (12/2014)

Lost Things, The Kyoudai Press : Blind Cat Valentine LLC, with poetry by Robert Huddleston (12/2012)

 

Selected Residencies, Grants and Awards

RESIDENCIES:

(10/ 2017)  Common Ground residency, Braemar, Scotland

(04/ 2017)  Cill Rialaig Retreat residency, Baile an Sceilg, Ireland

(05/2016)  How to Flatten a Mountain residency, Cow House Studios, Ireland

(09-10/2008)  Guest Artist, Michigan State University, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, MI

(03/2008)  UCROSS Foundation residency, Clearmont, WY

(11/2007)  Vermont Studio Center residency, NEA fellowship, Johnson, VT

GRANTS:

(10/2008)  Exhibition Grant, US Embassy, Bamako, Mali

(2006-2007)  Fulbright Student Islamic Civilizations Grant for research in Timbuktu, Mali

(06/2000)  URO Humanities and Creative Arts Major Grant, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

(12/1998)  Stanford University Overseas Studies Research Grant, Kyoto, Japan

AWARDS:

(09/2018) Shortlisted for the Glasgow School of Art ‘2018 Sustainability Degree Show Prize’

(08/2016)  Finalist, 2016 Critical Mass photography competition

(06/2001)  The Daniel M. & Mildred H. Mendelowitz Memorial Scholarship, Stanford, CA

(05/2001)  Elected Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford Chapter, CA

(06/1995)  Faculty Prize for outstanding scholarship during the senior year, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

 

Selected Exhibitions

TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS:

(06/2018) Into the Woods, The Art School, Glasgow, Scotland [with Gabriele Stuckemeier]

SOLO EXHIBITIONS OF The Scholarship of Islam: Timbuktu, Mali:

(02-03/2010)  Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM

(12/2008)  French Cultural Center, Bamako, Mali

(10/2008)  Multimedia Conservatory of the Arts at Balla Fasseké Kouyaté, Bamako, Mali

(10/2008)  National Forum on Koranic Education at the Bamako International Conference Center, Mali

(09-10/2008)  RCAH LookOut! Gallery, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

(10/2018) The Lion’s Face, ‘Common Ground’ group show, Pipe Factory, Glasgow, Scotland

(09/2018) Graduate Degree Show 2018, Glasgow School of Art, Tontine, Glasgow, Scotland [catalogue]

(04/2018)  Window Vistas, Part of the GY Open House Arts Festival, McLellan Galleries, Scotland

(11/2017)  Fear of White Walls, Work in Progress by MLitt Photography and Moving Image, McLellan Galleries, Scotland

(07-10/2017)  Disappearing World, Edition One Gallery, Santa Fe, NM [Juried Exhibition]

(10-11/2016)  Transitions, ASMP and Edition One Gallery, Santa Fe, NM [Juried Exhibition]

(07/2016)  How to Flatten a Mountain, PhotoIreland Festival 2016, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin, Ireland [curated by Ángel luis González and Kate Strain]

(07-10/2016)  THE FENCE 2016: New Mexico Photographer Showcase, Santa Fe, NM [Juried Exhibition]

(04/2016)  Premise, Process, Product, CWA and the Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery, Boulder, CO

(10/2015-02/2016)  West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song, British Library, London, UK [catalogue]

(06-09/2015)  Immigration, Migration, and Evolving Boundaries, CENTER, Santa Fe, NM [Juried Exhibition]

(12/2014-03/2015)  Timbuktu Renaissance, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium

(11-12/2014)  Photography Open Salon, Office Sessions III, London, UK [curated by Vanja Karas]

(03-04/2013)  An Eye for An Ear, ChinaHouse, Penang, Malaysia [curated by Vanja Karas]

(10/2012-03/2013)  ANTHOLOGY 2012, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, FL

(07-09/2012)  An Eye for An Ear, Gallery Huit, Arles, France [Juried Exhibition with catalogue]

(06/2012)  Review Santa Fe Alumni Exhibition 2012, Review Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

(01-03/2012)  5th Annual Plastic Camera Show, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA [Juried Exhibition]

(09-10/2010)  FotoGrafia Rome, Futurspectives, Rome, Italy [curated by Marc Prust]

(02-04/2010)  3rd Annual Plastic Camera Show, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA [Juried Exhibition]

 

Selected Press

SEE: "PRESS PAGE"

 

Community Leadership

(2017-2018)  Chair and founding member, Glasgow School of Art Self-Publishing Society, Scotland

(2014-2016)  Board Member, New Mexico Fulbright Association, NM, USA

 

Related Professional Experience

SELECTED SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS (over 20 presentations since 2008):

(04/2018)  New York University Bobst Library, New York, NY

(10/2017)  Talk See Photography, CCA, Glasgow, Scotland

(04/2016)  Speaker at The 68th Annual Conference on World Affairs, Boulder, CO

(01/2016)  World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

(11/2015)  Poster Presenter at the 38th Annual Fulbright Association Conference, Atlanta, GA

(10/2015)  SOAS, University of London, London, UK

(03/2014)  Library of Congress, Washington DC

(10/2013) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Global Education Center, Chapel Hill, NC

(10/2013)  World Affairs Council, Washington DC

BOOK FAIRS:

(04/2018) GSA Self Publishing Society table at the Glasgow Zine Festival

(02/2018) Fresh Focus table at the Fruitmarket Gallery Artists' Book Market

MEDIA CLIENTS:

Tilting at Windmills [Glasgow International art event] (2018);  National Geographic Explorer and Extreme Explorer (2018, 2009); Ultreïa (2017); Mental_Floss (2016); KulturAustausch III (2013); Zenith (2012); Bundesverband Kinderhospiz e.V. (2012); Zeit Magazine (2011); The New York Times (2011)

ONLINE FEATURES:

(2018)  The New Mexico Museum of Art Instagram, 'Instagram Initiative'

(2017)  The Photo Review, '2017 Competition: Flora'

(2017)  Tupelo Quarterly, 'From Pied Beauty'

(2016)  The Photo Review, '2016 Competition: Interventions on the Land'

SELECTED BOOK CONTRIBUTIONS:

(2018)  Photographs contributed to Our Woman in Havana, by Vicki Huddleston

(2016)  Photographs contributed to Lightfoot Guide to the Via Podiensis, by Angelynn Meya

(2015)  Photograph contributed to fossils of light + time, by Elizabeth Avedon [juried]

(2015)  Cover photograph contributed to States of Marriage, by Emily S. Burrill

(2013)  Photograph contributed to To Timbuktu for a Haircut, by Rick Antonson

(2012)  Photograph contributed to African Cosmos: Stellar Arts catalogue, Smithsonian Museum

(2012)  Photograph contributed to Tales From Timbuktu, National Geographic Explorer Collection

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AS AUTHOR, ARTICLES AND VIDEOS:

(Summer 2015)  ‘Land of Saints and Scholars,’ in Doorways: Holton-Arms School Magazine

(05/2013)  ‘Der Verlorene Glanz Der 333 Heiligen,’ in Zenith Mediathek, ZenithOnline

(07/2012)  ‘333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship Under Threat,’ video and website launch

(Fall 2011)  ‘Signs In Nature,’ in Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction

(Fall 2009)  ‘Divine Learning,’ in Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction

PHOTO BOOK REVIEWS FOR PHOTO-EYE | BLOG:

(11/2014)  Review of Christina Capetillo’s An Everchanging Monument in Photo-eye | BLOG

(04/2014)  Review of William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography in Photo-eye | BLOG

(10/2013)  ‘A Short Story from the (Self-Publishing) Trenches’ in Photo-eye | BLOG

(04/2013)  Review of Walker Evans’ American Photographs in Photo-eye | BLOG

(04/2012)  Review of Viviane Sassen’s Parasomnia in Photo-eye | BLOG

(09/2011)  Review of Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico Roma in Photo-eye | BLOG

(06/2011)  Review of Takashi Homma’s New Documentary in Photo-eye | BLOG

(12/2010)  Review of Anthony Hamboussi’s Newtown Creek in Photo-eye | BLOG

SELECTED COMMISSIONS:

Global Encounters, Carnegie Hall (2006); USAID, Mali (2003)