Aperture Foundation, New York

Prison Nation: Seeing Angola Panel

The panel discussion Prison Nation: Seeing Angola will accompany the exhibition Prison Nation at the Aperture Foundation. The panel, February 14th at 7:00 p.m., will feature moderator Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums, as well as panelists Deborah Luster, Zachary Lazar, and Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick.

Aperture Foundation, New York

Prison Nation

Images from Luster's Passion Play series will be shown in the Aperture Foundation exhibition Prison Nation (February 7 to March 7, 2018). There will be an opening reception on February 7, 7:00 p.m.

Beinecke Library, Yale University

The Art of Collaboration

January 19, 2018 - April 15, 2018

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library of Yale University presents the group exhibition The Art of Collaboration beginning January 19, 2018. Curated by Melissa Barton, Elizabeth Frengel, and Nancy Kuhl, the exhibition features more than 20 collaborations between writers and visual artists, including the work of Deborah Luster and C.D. Wright.

Ford Foundation, New York

2017 Art of Change Fellowship

October 2, 2017: The Ford Foundation announced Deborah Luster among 25 Art of Change Fellowship recipients. The Fellowship will support visionary artists and cultural leaders in creating powerful works of art that help advance freedom, justice, and inclusion and strengthen our democracy.

Nasser Museum of Art At Duke University

Southern Accent : Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art


September 1, 2016 - January 8, 2017 

This exhibition is co-organized by Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

Southern Accent will travel to the Speed Art Museum, where it will be on view April 29 – August 20, 2017.




The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Fl

Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art

June 17 - September 11, 2016

Organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee, the installation of Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art at The Ringling will be overseen by by Dr. Matthew McLendon, Ringling's Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition considers the relationship between mind, body and spirit through a selection of paintings, photography, videos, sculpture and installations that are designed to inspire compassion and commemoration.


The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC

The Things We Carry: Contemporary Art in the South

May 28, 2016 - October 9, 2016

The Things We Carry: Contemporary Art in the South features paintings, sculpture, photography, and mixed media works by a diverse group of nationally-known contemporary artists. Together, these artists address the troubled history of the American South and the many ways that history is represented today, including artistic responses to the tragic shooting of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston on June 17, 2015.


The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC

1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

Deborah Luster has been awarded the 2015 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Presented annually, the prize recognizes the highest level of artistic achievement in any media. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are eligible to apply.

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard

2015 Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, has awarded Deborah Luster the 2015 Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography. Deborah is the first United States artist to be awarded the fellowship. The Fellowship funds an “established practitioner of the photographic arts to create and subsequently publish through the Peabody Museum a major book of photographs on the human condition anywhere in the world.”

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

2014 Residency

Deborah Luster has been selected to participate in the Irish Museum of Modern Arts 2014 Residency Programme. She will be working in Dublin beginning this summer for three months.

Honolulu Museum of Art

Decisive Moments: Photographs from the Collection of Cherye R. and James F. Pierce

Decisive Moments is drawn from the extensive, rich collection of 20th-century and contemporary photographs assembled over 40 years by Jim and Cherye Pierce. Deborah Luster one of the 80 artists represented  in this  extraordinary exhibition.

https://honolulumuseum.org/art/                                 exhibitions/13981decisive_moments_   photographs_jim_and_cherye_pierce_                                         collection/

John Simon Guggenheim Foundation

2013 Fellowship

Deborah Luster has been awarded a 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. The 175 2013 Fellows were announced April 11th.



Center for the Gulf South, Tulane University

Monroe Research Fellowship Grant

Novelist, Zachary Lazar, and visual artist. Deborah Luster, have been awarded a 2013-2014 Monroe Research Fellowship for their work documenting the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola production of The Life of Jesus Christ.

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

Visiting Artist Presentation

Public Lecture

April 16, 2013, Watkins Theatre

Nashville, Tennessee

Reception 6 p.m.

Lecture 6:30 p.m.

Pratt Institute

Visiting Artist Presentation

Public Lecture

April 3,2013, 7:00 p.m.

Higgins Hall, Brooklyn Campus

Tooth for an Eye

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Opening January 17th, 6 - 8 p.m.


Tooth for an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish

willl be on exhibit at the Ogen Museum from January 17 - April 7, 2013.


Ogden Museum

925 Camp Street

New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

(504) 539 - 9600

Send It On Down

Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans

Send It On Down, an exhibition of early work, will be exhibited at Arthur Roger Gallery, 434 Julia Street, New Orleans, November 3 — December 22, 2012. Opening reception, November 3rd.


Residency June 1-15

Public lecture, June 10, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (SRO) at Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill, NC  (919) 403-6301)

Visiting Artist

September 19, 2012

Public lecture Room L160, Chazen Museum of Art, 4:30 p.m.


Cruel and Unusual

June 22-July 1

Noorderlicht Gallery's Cruel and Unusual will be featured at

Photoville Festival, Brooklyn

June 23, 3 p.m. Presentation by curator Pete Brook and panel

discussion with exhibition artists


Cruel and Unusual

A gripping look behind prison walls


Curated by Hester Keijser and Pete Brooks

February 18th 2012—April 1st, 2012


Featuring the work of:

Alyse Emdur, Amy Elkins, Araminta de Clermont, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Christiane Feser, Jane Lindsay, Natalie Mohadjer, Deborah Luster, Lizzie Sadin, Yana Payusova and Lori Waselchuk.


Worldwide, prisons are ‘home’ to more than 9 million people, and their numbers will only increase over the coming decades. But what do our various societies seek to accomplish by locking up such massive numbers of offenders? From 18 February through 1 April, in Cruel and Unusual, Noorderlicht Photogallery presents revealing, and quite unexpected photography dealing with life behind bars. For this exhibition the guest curators Hester Keijser and Pete Brook have brought together work by eleven women photographers, most of which has never before been shown in Europe.

Crime Unseen

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College

Curated by Karen Irvine

October 28, 2011—January 15, 2012


Featuring the work of:

Richard Barnes, Corinne May Botz, Christopher Dawson, Deborah Luster, Christian Patterson, Taryn Simon, Angela Strassheim, Krista Wortendyke


When it was invented, photography almost immediately became a tool for law enforcement, turning photographs into a seemingly infallible way to identify criminals, document evidence and solve crimes. Our current exhibition, Crime Unseen, looks into the ways that photography works—and doesn’t work—as an objective way to solve violent crime. 

Thursday, November 10 – Exhibiting artist Deborah Luster will discuss her archive of contemporary and historic homicide sites in New Orleans—a city with a homicide rate nearly eight times the national average— creating a complex portrait of loss and remembrance. 6pm @ Ferguson Lecture Hall, 600 S. Michigan, 1st floor.



Friday, December 9, 2011, 5-7 pm

PHOTONOLA will be hosting a multiple artist book-signing event at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130


Featured Artists:

Shannon Brinkman – “Preservation Hall”
Ashley Gilbertson – “Whisky Tango Foxtrot”
Loli Kantor – “There Was a Forest”
Deborah Luster – “Tooth For An Eye”
James A. Reeves – “The Road to Somewhere”
Josephine Sacabo* – “Oyeme Con Los Ojos” + “Pedro Paramo”
Jennifer Shaw – “Hurricane Story”
Mary Virginia Swanson – “Publish Your Photography Book”The Historic New Orleans Collection