Photo: Alissa Hessler

Photo: Alissa Hessler

Cig Harvey is an artist whose practice seeks to find the magical in everyday life. Rich in implied narrative, Harvey’s work is deeply rooted in the natural environment, and offers explorations of belonging and familial relationships. 

She is the author of three sold-out books, You Look At Me Like An Emergency, Gardening at Night and You an Orchestra You a Bomb.

Her first solo museum show was held at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo in 2012 in conjunction with the release of her first monograph, You Look At Me Like An Emergency (Schilt Publishing, 2012). The book is a personal exploration of love, loss, longing and belonging. You Look At Me Like An Emergency sold out in all editions and was selected by Photo District News as one of the best books of 2012. It was widely reviewed by international publications, including The Independent and The Boston Globe.

Her second monograph, Gardening at Night (Schilt Publishing, 2015) was released to critical acclaim from Vogue and The New York Times, among others. The book is an exploration of familial love and a sense of place in the natural world, with seasons figuring prominently as metaphor. She was featured in The New York Times in an article titled “Why Can’t Great Artists Be Mothers?” rejecting the stereotype that motherhood and artistic dedication are at odds.

Harvey’s third monograph, You an Orchestra You a Bomb (Schilt Publishing, 2017) centers on our relationship with life itself, capturing moments of awe and sacred seconds that convey our fragile present. It was applauded in a number of international publications, including in The New York Times, BBC, Vice, New York Magazine, and Creative Review.

The photographs and artist books of Cig Harvey have been widely exhibited and remain in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York.

Cig has been a nominee for John Gutmann fellowship, the Santa Fe Prize, and Prix Pictet, and a finalist for the BMW Prize, the Karl Lagerfield Collection at Paris Photo, the Clarence John Laughlin Award and The Taylor Messing Photographic Portrait Prize. In 2017 Cig was awarded the prestigious 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award from Center and in 2018 she was named the 2018 Prix Virginia Laureate, an international photography award.

Cig’s solo show , Eating Flowers, is currently at Ogunquit Museum of American Art in Maine, through October 31st, 2019

Cig Harvey is represented by Robert Mann Gallery in New York, Huxley-Parlour Gallery in London, Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles, Robert Klein Gallery in Boston, Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, Dowling Walsh Gallery in Maine, Galleria del Cembalo in Rome, and Schlit Publishing in The Netherlands.





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Selected Awards, Collections, and Shows

b. 1973, Devon, UK


Robert Mann Gallery, New York

Robert Klein Gallery, Boston

Huxley Parlour, London, UK

Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles

Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine

Galleria del Cembalo, Rome, Italy


2017 You an Orchestra You a Bomb  (Schilt Publishing)

2015 Gardening at Night (Schilt Publishing)  

2012 You Look at Me Like An Emergency (Schilt Publishing) 


2019 Oqunquit Museum of American Art

2018 Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles,  You an Orchestra You a Bomb

2017 Robert Mann Gallery, New York, You an Orchestra You a Bomb

2017 Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, You an Orchestra You a Bomb

2016 Photo-Eye gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Gardening at Night

2015 Robert Mann Gallery, New York, Gardening at Night

2015 Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, Gardening at Night

2015 Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, Gardening at Night

2015 Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine, Gardening at Night

2013 Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, You Look At Me Like An Emergency

2013 Firecat Studios, Chicago, You Look At Me Like An Emergency

2012 Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway, You Look At Me Like An Emergency

2012 Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, You Look At Me Like An Emergency 

2012 Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, You Look At Me Like An Emergency

2012 Robin Rice Gallery, New York, You Look At Me Like An Emergency

2011 Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine, Cig Harvey

2011 Tilt Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, Cig Harvey

2010 The Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, Cig Harvey – Photographs 

2010 JAGR Projects, Philadelphia, The Hope Chest

2010 Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, The Hope Chest

2007 Robin Rice Gallery, New York, Cig Harvey – Photographs

2006 Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, The Self Portrait, Updated

2005 Robin Rice Gallery, New York, Cig Harvey – Photographs

2005 Watermark Gallery, Houston, The Impossible Tasks

2005 Pikto Gallery, Toronto, Eyes Like Disappointed Lemons & The Impossible Tasks

2002 The Maine Center for Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine, Tread Softly

2001 Paul Mellon Arts Center, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut, Tread Softly

2000 Masterworks Gallery, Bermuda, Artists Up Front Street


2018 “Retour a la Ligne”Photographs from the Collection of Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Fall Musee de l’Eysees, Lausanne, Switzerland 

2018  Memory: Mystery, Magic, and Make-believe. Ms. Anna Fritzel, Ph.D, curating for the Comer Collection, University Dallas, Texas

2017 National Portrait Museum, London, England. Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

2017 Johnson State College, Vermont, On Photography

2017 Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Contrasts: Seven Unique Visions in Photography

2016 Feature Length Documentary, Cuban Footsteps: Five diverse photographers follow in the footsteps of Walker Evans: Mark Klett, Abe Morell, Cig Harvey, Sam Abell and Greg Gorman

2016 Fundación Canal, Madrid, Spain, The Gender Show

2015 Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine, Picturing Maine 

2015 University Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, Maine, Pairings: Selections from the Bruce Brown Collection

2015 Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Portland Public Library, Maine, Highways & Byways

2014 George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, The Gender Show

2012 Anchorage Museum of History and Art. Rarefied Light

2005 Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, Figuratively Speaking: Cig Harvey and Tom Sale


Bowdoin College, Special Collections, Brunswick, Maine

Estee Lauder Companies

Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine

Fidelity Corporation, Special Collections

Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York

JP Morgan Chase Art Collection

Masterworks Foundation, Hamilton, Bermuda

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

University of Texas Dallas, Comer Collection, Dallas, Texas

University of Washington, Special Collections, Seattle, Washington


2019 Speaker, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Oquinquit, Maine

2019 Speaker, University of Maine, Orono, Maine

2018 Speaker, Comer Collection Honored Photographer, University of Dallas, Texas

2016 Keynote Speaker, Fotoscenen, Oslo, Norway

2015 Speaker, Photo Plus Expo, Javits Center, New York

2016 Keynote Speaker, Inspire, Boston

2016 Juror, Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture

2015 Speaker, Photo Nola, New Orleans

2015 Speaker, Photo Plus Expo, Javits Center, New York

2015 Speaker, Inspire, Boston

2014 Speaker, Photo Plus Expo, Javits Center, New York

2014 Speaker, School of Visual Arts, New York

2012 Artist Talk, Stenersen Musuem, Oslo, Norway

2012 Juror and Keynote Speaker, Alaska Photographic Center, Anchorage, Alaska

2011 Juror, Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture

2010 Keynote Speaker. Click 646, Greenwood, South Carolina

2010 Panelist, "Women in Photography," B&H Event Space, New York

2010 Juror, "The Uncommon Portrait," PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont

2009 Juror, Annual Show, The Texas Photographic Society

2008 Juror, "Pause To Begin", International Emerging Artist Competition

2008 Artist Talk, Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine

2007 Speaker, Symposium on Contemporary Photography, Visual Studies Program,

University of Houston, Texas Guest Speakers and Panel: Sally Mann, Vicki

Goldberg, John Wood, John Stauffer, Sally Gall, and Cig Harvey



2018 Winner of Prix Virginia

2017 Winner of the Center Excellence in Teaching Award.

2017 Finalist, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at The National Portrait Museum, London.

2017 Finalist, The Clarence John Laughlin Award

2017 Finalist, The Karl Lagerfield Collection, Paris Photo

2013 Nominee, The John Gutmann Photography Fellowship

2012 Finalist, Prix Virginia, Paris, France

2010 Shortlisted Finalist, International BMW Prize, Paris Photo

2009 Nominee, The Santa Fe Prize

2008 Image of the Year 2008, American Photo

2008 Gold Award Self Portrait Competition Photo District News, December

2005 Best Artist of the Year Award, Venus Magazine

2005 Emerging 30 of 2005, Photo District News


2017 New York Times, Lens, Feature and Interview. "Fairy Tale Photos of Everyday Life" 

2017 Creative Review, Feature and Interview. "You an Orchestra You a Bomb- Cig Harvey"

2017 BBC. Feature. "Sparklers and Snow in Maine"

2017 Photo District News, Feature, "Through Mother's Eyes"

2016 Fundación Canal, Madrid, Spain, Exhibition Book, The Gender Show

2015 New York Times, Feature, “Why Can’t Great Artist’s be Mothers?

2015 Vogue, Spring Book List 

2015 Photo-Eye Magazine, Book Review

2015 The Telegraph (UK), “Diary of a life: Cig Harvey’s mystical portrait of home and family”

2015 Wall Street International, Exhibition Review

2015 International New York Times, Book and Exhibition Review

2015 Aesthetica Magazine, Book Review and Feature

2015 Lomography Magazine, “The Magical Realism of Cig Harvey”

2014 Pro Photographer Magazine, Book Review and Feature

2015 Photograph Magazine, “Cig Harvey: Gardening at Night”

2015 Lenscratch, “Cig Harvey: Gardening at Night”

2014 Aperture. Photographers Playbook - 307 Assignment and Ideas  

2014 Snoecks (Belgium), Book Review and Feature

2013 Foto magazine (Russia), Cover and Feature 

2012 The Independent on Sunday (UK), Book Review and Feature

2012 Photo District News, Cover and Book Review

2012 Blink, Artist Profile and Feature, “Cig Harvey” 

2012 Aesthetica Magazine, Artist Profile and Feature, “Uncertain Beauty” 

2012 Fotografi (Norway), Cover and Feature

2012 Lenscratch, Book Review and Feature

2012 Boston Globe, Exhibit Review

2012 The Independent on Sunday (UK), Book Review and Feature

2012 Photo-Eye Magazine, Book Review

2012 GUP Magazine, Book Review

2012 Aesthetica Magazine, Book Review and Feature

2008 American Photo, Artist Profile, “The Best Photography Workshops”

2008 Maine Home and Design, Artist Profile, “The Moments Between The Moments”

2007 Bangor Daily News, Exhibit Review, “Photosynthesis”

2007 Maine Sunday Telegram, Exhibit Review, “She Came, She Saw, She Focused”

2006 Frankfurter Rundschau (Germany), Artist Profile, “Schoner Schein”

2005 Popular Photography Magazine, Artist Profile

2004 Photo District News, Artist Profile, "Rising Star"

2005 Shots Magazine, Artist Profile, “Cig Harvey – An Interview”


2012 - Present. Faculty, Low Resident Master of Fine Arts Program - Maine Media College, Rockport, Maine

2003-2012 Assistant Professor. Lesley University College of Art and Design (Formerly Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University)


Ace Insurance


Harpers Bazaar Japan

Kate Spade

Little, Brown and Company

New York Magazine

New York Times Style Magazine

O Magazine

Paris Opera

Ralph Lauren

Royal Shakespeare Company


Wyndham Hotel Group