Alida Fish is a full professor in the Photography program at the University of the Arts. Her teaching excellence garnered her both the Richard C. von Hess and the Lindback Foundations' Faculty Awards. She earned a BA from Smith College before taking her first photography class at Harvard University and then went on to receive her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Her photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally in more than 30 solo and 130 group exhibitions in galleries and museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Portland Museum, the Albright-Knox, the Pennsylvania Academy and the Santa Barbara Museum, among many others. She is represented by Schmidt-Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, and Alan Klotz Gallery, New York City.
She has been an artist-in-residence, given lectures and workshops, and served on panels at numerous schools and organizations throughout the U.S. She has been a juror/reviewer for various exhibitions and competitions, including the Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2008, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Fulbright Senior Specialist Advisory Panel (U.S. Studies/Art) and the Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards, where she was a member of the Southern Europe Committee.
Alida currently sits on the board of trustees of the Penland School of Crafts and is the project director for the McGonigal Trust, which supports the continued practice and appreciation of hand-colored photography; with the Trust's support, she teaches elective courses that focus on mixed-media and experimental photographic processes. Her many awards include individual fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware State Arts Council, the Sol Mednick Award from the Society for Photographic Education/Mid-Atlantic Region, and a Visiting Artist grant from the American Academy in Rome. Most recently, she was awarded an Individual Masters Fellowship in the Visual Arts form the Delaware State Arts Council. She is the first photographer to receive this fellowship since it was established 10 years ago.
As an artist-educator specializing in alternative photographic practices, my photographs range from darkroom to digital and include mostly hand-altered and unique processes. The work is driven by specific ideas and often the result of invention and fantasy. I work primarily with still life but also have produced several portfolios of figure studies and nudes. I love to take the camera's realistic mode of representation and transform it through digital manipulation and unusual printing processes.
Schmidt-Dean Gallery, Philadelphia; Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago; Pennsylvania Academy of Art, Philadelphia; University of Kentucky, Lexington.
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; DC Moore Gallery, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts; Photography Museum of Thessaloniki; Knoxville Museum of Art.
Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art; Delaware Art Museum; George Eastman House.
National Endowment for the Arts; Delaware State Arts Council; Polaroid Corporation.
Board of Trustees
Society for Photographic Education; the Print Center, Philadelphia.