Chris Verene earned his M.F.A. in Photography from Georgia State University in 1996.  Prior to coming to CSI, Verene directed the photography program at SUNY Westchester Community College, and was on faculty at the Photography, Video and Related Media MFA program at the School of Visual Arts. Verene's work is in numerous major museum collections, and in 2001, was the first photographer to receive a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship. Verene has been called a natural storyteller, focusing on the whole intimate truth of human narratives. His new book, "Family," accompanied a traveling solo exhibition throughout the United States and Europe from 2010 to 2013. Verene is also a musician, performing as a drummer with Cordero, a bilingual Spanish/English alternative rock group.  Verene is at work on a photography and video project called, “Home Movies,” about his family and their community in rural Illinois. His well-known performance art work entitled, “The Self-Esteem Salon,” was recently staged at Florida International University in 2015. ARTFORUM praised Verene as "depicting people with a combination of respect and clarity." Verene is represented by Postmasters Gallery in New York City.


B.A. Philosophy and Film Studies, Emory University

M.F.A. Studio Art and Photography, Georgia State University

Scholarship / Publications


“Chris Verene,” Twin Palms Publishers, New Mexico

“Chris Verene  / Camera Club,” Reflex Modern Art, Amsterdam

“Family,” Twin Palms Publishers, New Mexico


“EXPOSED: VOYEURISM, SURVEILLANCE, AND THE CAMERA SINCE 1870,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yale Press
“The Art of Caring,” Museum Catalog, New Orleans Museum of Art
“Galesburg Christmas Lights Contest Winner,” Boxed Set of Artist Cards, The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
“The Theater of the Face, Portraiture since 1900,” Max Kozloff, Phaidon Press

“The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography,” Yale University Press
“Shoot The Family” Ralph Rugoff, Director Hayward Gallery, London, Independent Curators International
“Family” Catalog for The Aldrich Museum