Jane Szabo

Jane Szabo



MFA Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
BA Scripps College, Claremont, CA. Major in Studio Art. Minor in Sociology
2018 It Takes a Village: Family Matters, Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA
2017 Self Evident, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
2016 Artist as Subject: Reconstructing Self & Sense of Self, Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA
2016 Investigating Self, Yuma Fine Art Center, Yuma, AZ
2014 Sense of Self, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Re:balance, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA, Curator: Yevgeniya Mikhailik
Texas Photographic Society 31st Members Only Show, Austin, TX, Juror: Roy Flukinger
Quién? Qué? Dónde? Griffin Museum of Photography, Lafayette Center Gallery, Boston, MA, Curator: Paula Tognarelli
CPAC’s 2018 Annual Members’ Show, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO, Juror: Paula Tognarelli
Mothers, Eggshells, and the People who Birth Us, Keystone Art Space: Los Angeles, CA, Curator: Kim Abeles
Compromised Perception, USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, Curator: Ted Meyer
Contemporary Views !!, Foto Relevance Gallery, Houston, TX
2017 Fotofever Art Fair, Fabrik Projects Gallery, Paris, France
The Curated Fridge, Gallery Kayafas, FlashPoint Boston Photography Festival, Boston, MA, Curator: Brian Paul Clamp
The Visual Metric, Griffin Museum of Photography Lafayette City Center Gallery, Boston, MA, Curator: Paula Tognarelli
23rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, Juror: Hamidah Glasgow
Infinite Possibility: Imagination & Creation, Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Juror: Lisa Volpe
Third Annual Group Show, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY, Juror: Paula Tognarelli
35th Annual Member Exhibition, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, Juror: Becky Senf
Art & Oppression, Marion Center for Photographic Arts, Santa Fe, NM, Curated by CENTER Santa Fe
User to User, Gallery 825 / Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA, Juror: Bennett Roberts, Roberts & Tilton Gallery
Make America, Gallery 825 / Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA, Juror: Nancy L. Meyer
Los Angeles Art Show, ADC Contemporary / Building Bridges, LA Convention Center, Curator: Marisa Caichiolo
All Women are Dangerous, BBAX, Santa Monica, CA, Curators: Marisa Caichiolo, Chris Davies & Daniel Alfonso
2016 Todo Por la Photo, Video Projections of work on the streets of Los Angeles, CA, Curators: Dani Lieja & Elise Willie
S/Election, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA, Curator: Erin Christovale
Countenance Divine, Gallery 825 / Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA Juror: Rick Royale
Center Forward, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Jurors: Hamidah Glasgow & Aline Smithson
Naked Underneath, The Brand Library Gallery, Glendale, CA, Curator: Shannon Currie Holmes
Close to Home, Art Share LA, Curators: Shana Nys Dambrot, David Hollen, Tara Thomas
Exposed – Celebrating Local Women Artists, West Hollywood Community Center, Juror: Nancy L. Meyer
2016 Print Auction Exhibition, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
2015 Common Thread, Art Share Los Angeles, Curators: Shana Nys Dambrot, David Hollen, Tara Thomas
Chestnut, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, Juror: Walter Maciel, Walter Maciel Gallery
2015 Kaohsiung International Photographer Exhibition, Kaohsiung City Cultural Center, Taiwan
Fashionistas Fight Back! Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA, Juror: Shana Nys Dambrot
Art Alliance at the Museum 2015, Oceanside Museum of Art, Juror: Robert Pincus
Members Show, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO, Juror: Katherine Ware, NM Museum of Art
What Remains: Debris and Detritus in Fine Art, San Diego Art Institute, Curator: Ginger Shulick Porcella
Variable Voices, Lamperouge Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Curator: Jay Belloli
53rd International Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute / Museum of the Living Artist, Juror: David A. Ross
Adorn, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, Juror: Sarah Russin, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Chaos Theory, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
2014 Winter Solstice Show, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
Fresh 2014, South Bay Contemporary Art / Zask Gallery, Rolling Hills Estates, CA, Juror: Mat Gleason
Regional Juried Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute / Museum of the Living Artist, Juror: David Kesting
The Non-Objective Moment, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, Juror: Cynthia Penna: ART 1307
Ecotone / Boundaries, Tensions, Integrations, Venice Arts, Venice, CA
Cultural Excavation, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, Juror: Elizabeth James, Cherry and Martin Gallery
Home, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA, Juror: Richard Turner
20th Juried Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography Virtual Gallery, Winchester, MA, Juror: Aline Smithson
Juxtapose, Dark Room Gallery, Essex Junction, VT, Juror: Kyohei Abe
Southern California / Baja Norte, San Diego Art Institute / Museum of the Living Artist, Juror: Peter Frank
PhotoSpiva, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO, Juror: Dornith Doherty
New Color Photography The Black Box Gallery on Line Annex, Portland, OR, Juror: Kelli Pennington
2013 Transformations: The Ordinary Made Extraordinary, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juror: Ellen Jantzen
Compass: Navigating the Journey to Self Identity, OCCCA, Santa Ana, CA, Juror: Amy V. Grimm
California Open Exhibition, TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, Juror: Edward Goldman, art critic.
Gleaming Apollo, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, Juror: Shula Nazarian, Shulamit Gallery
Words on Printed Page, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, Juror: Cheryl Perkey, Perkey Fine Art
2012 LAAA Open Show, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, Juror: Rebecca Morse, Associate Curator, MOCA
Downtown LA’s Thought Provokers, Voyage LA, April 23, 2018
Compromised Perception: A New Way of Seeing at Hoyt Gallery, Art & Cake, by Genie Davis, April 8, 2018
LA Art Show 2018 Delivers Best Yet, The News Blaze / Hollywood Sentinel, by Moira Cue, January 20, 2018
It Takes a Village at MOAH, Art & Cake, by Genie Davis, January 9, 2018
Family Matters, Lens/cratch, by Aline Smithson, January 9, 2018
What’s on Your Fridge, What Will You Remember, by Elin Spring, Oct. 19, 2017
Witness the Persecution: Art & Oppression, Santa Fe New Mexican, by Michael Abatemarco, June 23, 2017
Your Daily Photograph, June 26, 2017
Issue 98, Fraction Magazine, May 2017
Family Matters, Bokeh Bokeh, April, 2017
User to User at LAAA/Gallery 825, by Erin Dorothy, April 7, 2017
State of the Union: Politically Charged to #resist, Art & Cake, Feb. 7, 2017
32 Artists Consider the Privileges and Burdens of American Citizenship, Hyperallergic, by Hyunjee Nicole Kim, January 5, 2017,
S/Election – Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom at the LA Municipal Art Gallery, Art and Cake, by Patrick Quinn, Dec. 28, 2016,
S/Election – Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom, Artillery Magazine, by Ezrha Jean Black, Nov. 3, 2016
S/Election – Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom, Art Forum, by Amanda Cachia, Nov. 2016
Naked Underneath: Jane Szabo, by Erin Dorothy, August 28, 2016
Reconstructing Self, Dressing the Part, Huffington Post, by Shana Nys Dambrot, April 14 2016
Self Portrait as Self: Jane Szabo at MOAH, Diversions LA, by Genie Davis. April 27, 2016
We Choose Art: Jane Szabo / Reconstructing Self, LA Art News, by Baha Danesh, Volume 4, No. 2, May 2016
Does Clothes Make the Woman? Check with Jane Szabo @MOAH, ArtsMeme, by Debra Levine, April 21, 2016
SugarMynt Gallery – Transparency, Diversions LA, by Genie Davis, Feb., 28, 2016
Reconstructing Self, Lens/cratch, by Aline Smithson, Dec. 21, 2015
Focal Point Q4-15 Interview, Crusade for Art, Nov. 2015
“Sense of Self”, Performance and Photography, Foto Relevance, Nov. 2015
Jane Szabo: Common Thread, Hometown Pasadena Nov. 30, 2015
Santa Ana Art Stays Fashionably Progressive, The Los Angeles Times, Nov. 8, 2015
Medium Festival of Photography, Foto Relevance, Nov. 7, 2015
Focal Point Q4-15, Crusade for Art, Nov. 2015
Chestnut, Diversions LA, Oct. 23, 2015
The Art of Walking: Fall Brewery Art Walk, Diversions LA, Oct. 12, 2015
L’Oeil de la Photographie, June 6, 2015
Silvershotz Magazine, Volume 9, Experience 6
Studio Visit LA, May, 2015
New Beginnings, F-Stop Magazine, issue #70
A Feminist Perspective at The Montalban Theater
Your Daily Photograph, April 21, 2015, Duncan Miller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
A Photo Editor, Work from the Medium Festival of Photography, Jonathan Blaustein, Nov. 28, 2014
Jane Szabo: Sense of Self, The Huffington Post, by Shana Nys Dambrot, July 7, 2014
2014 Southern California – Baja Norte, SD Visual Arts, by Joe Nalvin, April 7, 2014
Happy Accidents, F-Stop Magazine, issue #67
On the Road, F-Stop Magazine, issue #66
Your Daily Photograph, Feb. 19, 2914
Your Daily Photograph, May 10, 2014
Your Daily Photograph, July 7, 2014
2018 Honorable Mention, Annual Members Show, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO, Juror: Paula Tognarelli
2017 Finalist, Dotfotozine, Award for Excellence in Photography
2017 Honorable Mention Award, Infinite Possibility: Imagination & Creation, Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Juror: Lisa Volpe
Center for Cultural Innovation Creative Capacity Grant Award
2014 Honorable Mention Award, Juxtapose, Dark Room Gallery, Essex Junction, VT, Juror: Kyohei Abe
Digital Art Guild Award, So.California / Baja Norte Awards Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
Honorable Mention Award, PhotoSpiva, Joplin, MO, Juror: Dornith Doherty
Second Place, Aging, TBM Photography Network
Individual Image Merit Award, Open Portfolio 2014, TBM Photography Network
2013 Merit Award, 89th National Open Exhibition, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA, Juror: Peter Mays
2018 LA Art Core, 2nd Annual Exhibition of Photography
2015 Pasadena Society of Artists, Fresh: An Exhibit of Contemporary Art
2015 LA Photo Curator, The Creative Portrait
In the permanent collection of the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Art & History (MOAH) and in private
collections throughout the US, and Europe




Family Matters incorporates memory, metaphor and allegory to express the challenges, burdens and joys of my role as daughter, and now caretaker, of my elderly parents. My mother and father recently faced a daunting move into assisted living; they are struggling after a series of strokes, memory loss and the decline of their cognitive abilities. This series uses objects gathered from the family home to tell the story of my role within this family.

After moving my 86 year-old father and my 91 year-old mother into an assisted living apartment, I began organizing the contents of their home. When they left, they walked out the front door of their home of 36 years, with barely a glance behind them, leaving unopened mail on the table, and me behind, to sort through the chaos. Over the months, I returned to make the final selection of which treasures I would keep, and to tie up all the loose ends before putting the home on the market.

Family Matters uses objects from their home, and my childhood, staged as still lifes, to illustrate the story of our relationship. Using childhood possessions, and simple items that have been in the family for years, I create tableaus that hint at complicated family dynamics. The presentation of these objects is not merely a catalog of possessions, but a catalog of feelings; of pain and disappointment, hope, loss and burden.

The challenge of assisting parents who live 1000 miles away has changed my life drastically. Working through these feelings in this project has helped me unravel, and resolve, many issues that I was unable to confront about our past. Though seeing my parents age and decline is difficult, I feel I have been given a gift to be able to be a significant part of this transition.


The act of self-portraiture is akin to gazing into a mirror, except the gaze goes deeper; looking in to one’s self, not just at one’s reflection. In Reconstructing Self I creatively explore self-portraiture, pushing the boundaries of the tradition, finding new ways to express self-identity. Reconstructing Self merges fabrications with conceptual photography in a series of self-portraits, playfully examining issues of identity in an ambitious juxtaposition of fashion, sculpture, installation and photography.

Photographs of dresses made from familiar objects such as coffee filters and road maps, suggest a persona, and become a stand in for my self. The personas represented in these forms illustrate who I am, who I am not, and who I wish to be. Drawing from my own background, I create still lifes, pairing objects with the dresses, building a story, and invite the viewer to contemplate the connections, and develop their own mythology.

The balance between the self and the world outside can be a precarious one. We struggle to find a way to individualize ourselves, yet often merely blend in among the masses. Presented as a typology, the photographs of dresses with their accompanying objects encourage the viewer to look closely to analyze the differences and similarities, and perhaps to fit themselves in to one or more of these dresses or “selves.” The empty forms suggest alienation or loneliness, while the materials and objects simultaneously strive for individuality and uniqueness. Though these works are self-portraits, with personal stories and memories embedded through the use of specific materials, the lack of human form makes the dresses universal. With references to paper doll dresses and childhood playtime, one can imagine these personas could be put on and removed at will as the mood, personality and stories change.


After shooting many portraits of people in their homes and attempting to tap in to a psychological element, I realized was frequently referencing my own self-identity and issues. It was then time to turn the camera around and start working further outside my comfort zone. It was time to expose my “Self” and reveal my own vulnerability. Sense of Self is a series of conceptual self portraits that uses blur, movement and light to add a psychological element to the work. These images explore my struggle to maintain a rigid sense of order upon my self and my environment (a process that is failing). This attempt and failure to contain chaos parallels my personal struggles and sense of identity. Unfortunately, this self-imposed rigid sense of order, a self that wants to grid, to sort, to map, to control, conflicts with my need to escape from such oppressive self-regulation.


I am deeply interested in the human condition and our sense of identity.  My work explores how we live, how we relate to each other, and how we feel about our sense of self. After returning to the camera after a long hiatus, I had no interest in photographing people. And yet, perhaps to rise to the challenge, I was soon inviting myself into people’s homes, invading their personal spaces, and looking deeply into their psyches.This series of environmental portraits, which are shot in the subject’s home, have an added twist. A parent is photographed in a child’s room, or a child is presented in a parent’s space, or some other sense of displacement or discomfort exists. The displacement of the subject makes the viewer pay special attention to their surroundings. As humans, we are drawn into the lives of others, yet we see our own reflection. This project serves to allow each viewer a moment of self-introspection. These beautiful images invite you in, but once inside they force you to question your own identity, and your relationship with others.

Being married to a musician means spending a lot of time in music halls and hanging out with the band. After taking more than enough photos of live acts that every band member craves, it was time to shoot the more intimate behind the scenes moments. I’m with the Band takes a look a whirlwind week and a half in Amsterdam and surrounding cities with the nasty blues band The Other Mules.