973-204-7852 / juan@juancgiraldo.com / www.juancgiraldo.com


2015 MFA Photography, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL

2009 BFA Photography, William Paterson University, New Jersey, Summa Cum Laude


Solo Shows

2017  Blue & Blue, Part of Hispanic Heritage Month at Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL

          Blue & Blue, Waubonsee Community College Art Department, Aurora, IL

2016  A View from Home, Part of Hispanic Heritage Month at Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL

2015  Juan Giraldo: New Photography, President’s Residence Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL

2011  What Work Is, American Labor Museum, Haledon, NJ

2010  What Work Is, Englewood Library, Englewood, NJ

Group Shows

2019  The Universal, Filter Photo, Chicago, IL, Curated by Gregory Harris
          Latinx Expreciones II, Morris Arts, Morristown, NJ, Curated by Dr. Ginny Butera & Prof. Will Suarez
          New Poetics at Aviary Gallery, Curated by June T. Sanders & Alec Smith, Jamaica Plain, MA

2018  Center Forward 2018, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

          Can't Take You Anywhere, Resident Arts National Juried Exhibition, Curated by 

          Anna Wehrwein & Fidencio Fifield-Perez, Columbia, MO

          Palm Photo Prize at London’s House of Vans, London, UK 

          The Feeling is Mutual, Curated by Rebecca Memoli, Local Project, Long Island City, NY

          Eyes on Main Street Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival, Curated by Jerome DePerlinghi, Wilson, NC

          The Feeling is Mutual, Curated by Rebecca Memoli, Open Space, Kansas City, MO

          Eyes on Main Street Artist in Residence Show, Curated by Jerome DePerlinghi, Wilson, NC

          Signal Boost, Curated by Jordan Rockford & Rafael Soldi, Napoleon Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

          Flesh/Water, Curated by Kelly Ciurej, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

          HATCH, Curated by Zora J Murff MEDICI Gallery, Richards Hall University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE

2017 PDN’s 30 2017: Our Choice of New and Emerging Photographers to Watch, Photoville Brooklyn, NY

         Context: Art & Documentary, Curated by Noah Addis, Perspective Gallery, Evanston, IL

         Photolucida: Critical Mass Top 50, Curated by David Rosenberg Artwork Network Gallery, 

         Denver, CO

2016 Filter Photo: On the Shelf, Curated by Kelli Connell, Filter Photo, and Chicago, IL

         Aqui, Curated by Lisa Janes, Perspective Gallery, Evanston, IL

         Art Now 2016: New Directions in Contemporary Photography, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

         The Fine Art of Photography, Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, MA  

2015 Columbia College Chicago MFA Thesis Exhibition, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL

2013 Alumni Artists Show, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

2011 Paterson Art Walk, Paterson, NJ

         Aljira Fine Art, Newark, NJ

         Figurative Impulse, Curated by Terry Boddie, Oualie Arts Gallery, Orange, NJ

2010 Paterson Art Walk, Paterson, NJ


2019   Hopper Prize

2017   PDN’S 30 New & Emerging Photographers

2016   Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50

        Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist

2012   Dwight D. Follett Fellowship Full Tuition Award, Columbia College Chicago

2009   Honorable Mention, En Foco’s, People Places and Things

2007   Honorable Mention, William Paterson University, annual juried student art show

2006   Brozowski Scholarship, for urban students William Paterson University

           Fiftieth Reunion Endowed Scholarship, William Paterson University


2018 Eyes on Main Street A-I-R Program

2016 The Center for Photography at Woodstock A-I-R Program

         Center for Book and Paper Arts - Columbia College Chicago Alumni Residency Program


The University of Iowa, Main Library, Special Collections, Iowa City, IA

Harvard University, Fine Arts Library, Special Collections, Cambridge, MA

Michigan State University Library, Special Collections, Latino Studies East Lansing, MI

Stanford University, Green Library, Special Collections Stanford, CA

Archive of Documentary Arts, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library 

Duke University Durham, NC

Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection

The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (Cook County Health & Hospital System), Chicago, IL

En Foco, Bronx, NY

American Labor Museum, Haledon, NJ

Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, PA

Numerous private collections throughout the United States


2018 Eyes on Main Street Exhibition Catalogue, Jerome DePerlinghi, Eyes on Main Street 

 Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival, April - July 2018

2017 Eyes on Main Street Exhibition Catalogue, Jerome DePerlinghi, Eyes on Main Street 

 Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival, April - July 2017

 Tsomondo, Tdzana, "Juan Giraldo: PDN’s 30 2017 Our Choice of New and Emerging Photographers to 

 Watch New and Emerging Photographers to Watch” PDN Volume XL Issue 4 April 1 2017

 Tsomondo, Tdzana, "Juan Giraldo, Exposures: American Workers" PDN Volume XXXVII Issue 1 January2017

2015 Columbia College Chicago MFA Thesis Exhibition catalogue, essay Natasha Egan, 

 Museum of Contemporary Photography May 2015

2013 Nuez, Ramon, "Juan Giraldo Speaks About “What Work Is” And Higher Education"http://tinyurl.com/q8demte


2018 Photo – Emphasis Juan Giraldo, Project Highlight Blue & Blue, May 11, 2018 https://tinyurl.com/yatrcdjl

         Incandescent, A Color Film Zine, Issue 13, Pine Island Press, March 16, 2018 https://tinyurl.com/y8esb2f9

         Lumina Journal: Volume XVII, “Resistance”, March 2017 Sarah Lawrence College

         Signal Boost, Works by Lorenzo Triburgo, Zora J Murff, and Juan C. Giraldo, Strange Fire Collective 

        ebruary 24, 2018 https://tinyurl.com/y94hmopz

       Ocotur Juan Giraldo, Embracing the beauty of the mundane, January 9, 2018    https://tinyurl.com/y8b8ev2d

        HATCH Group Exhibition, January 2018, Juried By Zora J Murff, https://tinyurl.com/yac4nneh

2017 VASA Project: Wilson Four, December 13, 2017, Roberto Muffoletto, https://tinyurl.com/y834apba

         Fraction: Issue 98, 9th Anniversary Issue, May 2017, David Bram, http://tinyurl.com/mzralaj

         Strange Fire Collective, Juan Giraldo, April 6,2017, Jess T. Dugan http://tinyurl.com/lwlecjo

         Lumina Journal: Volume XVI, “Borders and Boundaries”, March 2017 Sarah Lawrence College

        Medium, Everyday Migration: News Roundup: Honoring immigrant and refugee stories, March 9, 2017

        Katja Heinemann, http://tinyurl.com/ldmyhwl

        It's Nice That, Juan Giraldo Captures The Beautiful Mundane In A Chicago Warehouse, 

        February 16,  2017, Rebecca Fulleylove http://tinyurl.com/hxl66ra

         Capricious, Juan Giraldo, January 3, 2017, Diana Lozano, http://tinyurl.com/z2wmp7d

         Lumina Online: Volume 7 http://bit.ly/2hXo9b1

2016 Ain’t Bad, Juan Giraldo, May 5, 2016, Rachel Jump http://tinyurl.com/jr8rqlt

         The Detroit News, Abstract, figurative photos at Ann Arbor Art Center, April 7, 2016,

         Plymouth Center for the Arts, The Fine Art of Photography Exhibition, April – May 2016

         Michael H. Hodges http://tinyurl.com/zbht4sz 

2015 Poets and Artists 68 (Devotion)

2014 Reframing Photography http://tinyurl.com/oa8uejl

2009 EnFoco, Bronx, NY http://tinyurl.com/yzvgrlr


A View from Home, Self-published artist book edition of 25


2019 – Present Paul Robeson Gallery, Newark, NJ Lead Preparator

2018 – Present New Jersey City University, Adjunct Photography Instructor

2019 – Present William Paterson University, Adjunct Photography Instructor 

2015 – 2016 National Museum of Mexican Art, Exhibitions Coordinator/Preparator

2015 Columbia College Chicago Upward Bound Summer Program Photography Instructor

2012 – 2015 Hyde Park Art Center Photo Intern & Teaching artist,

Columbia College Chicago’s Community Outreach Program

2013 – 2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Columbia College Chicago

Foundations of Photography II, Digital Imaging I, History of Photography I (fall 2013 & 2014)







Juan Giraldo Photography

Colombian born Juan Giraldo is a photographer currently residing between Chicago and New Jersey. He documents the life and culture of the working class in cities.
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