Paul D Shambroom

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Paul Shambroom is a photographer who explores American power and culture. For over twenty years he has documented subjects ranging from industrial and office environments, the U.S. nuclear arsenal, small town council meetings, and post-9/11 "Homeland Security" preparations. His recent work expands his practice beyond straight documentary practice, involving found images, text and performance. Paul's work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walker Art Center, and many others. His photographs were included in the 1997 Whitney Biennial and he has had solo exhibitions at many institutions including the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and galleries in NY, Chicago, San Francisco and London. His work has been published in three monographs: “Paul Shambroom: Picturing Power“ (2008), “Meetings“ (2004), and “Face to Face with the Bomb: Nuclear Reality After the Cold War“ (2003). Paul has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Creative Capital Foundation, and the Bush Foundation, among others. He was born in Teaneck, NJ and lives in Minneapolis. Paul is currently on the faculty of the Department of Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • BFA: Photography, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 1978.

Curriculum Vitae


  • photography
Research & Professional Activities


  • "Paul Shambroom: Lost": solo exhibition, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, 2015
  • “Paul Shambroom: Strategic Petroleum Reserve”: Solo exhibition, Perleman Teaching Museum, Carelton College, Northfield, MN, 2014
  • "Meetings": Solo exhibition, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2013
  • "Paul Shambroom: Power and Place": Solo exhibition, Heuser Art Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria, IL, 2012
  • “The Nature of Nature”: Group exhibition, Minneapolis Institute of Arts , 2014 - 2015
  • “100+: A Photograph for Every Year of the MIA": Group exhibition, Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2015
  • “The World at Work: Images of Labor and Industry, 1850 to Now”: Group exhibition, Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2013
  • "25 years/25 Artists": Group exhibition, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, 2011
  • “Picturing Power: the Photographs of Paul Shambroom” : Mid-career survey exhibition: Weisman Art Museum- Univ. of Minnesota; Columbus Museum of Art, OH; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; University Art Museum- California State University, Long Beach, CA, 2008 - 2009
  • Paul Shambroom: Picturing Power. . Shambroom, Paul, Diane Mullin (Author), Christopher Scoates (Author), Helena Reckitt (Author), Dick Hebdige (Author), Paul Shambroom (Photographer), Stuart Horodner (Contributor), Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Author, 2008. LinkImage
  • Meeetings. Shambroom, Paul, Chris Boot, Ltd., London, Author, 2004. LinkImage
  • Face to Face With the Bomb: Nuclear Reality After the Cold War. Shambroom, Paul, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Author, 2003. Image
  • Bush Foundation Enduring Vision Award, 2010 - 2012
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2003 - 2004
  • Creative Capital Foundation Grant, 2001 - 2002
  • McKnight Foundation Photography Fellowship, St. Paul, MN, 1985, 1989, 1995, 20