Observing with an intimate and sensual eye, Carly Ries utilizes a range of photographic approaches, themes, and technologies aimed at expressing a fluid arrangement of moments, signals, and flares of female experiences.  Fusing street photography, botanical imagery, still lifes, and nude portraits of female collaborators, her approach to making images and being in the world mimics the kaleidoscopic and ever-expanding field of photography as it encircles other mediums which form her research: poetry and short stories, experimental documentary films, histories of figurative painting, and psychological research on attachment theory. Her photographs are positioned in the bodily realm of human experience - one that is specifically gendered and fluid, resisting a gaze which seeks to define.


Selected Exhibitions

2017    Property, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, IL

2016     We the People, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

            Blueprints, Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, Chicago, IL

            Onward Compé, Project Basho, Philadephia, PA 

2015     EXPO Chicago, curated by Kori Newkirk, Chicago, IL

             Who's Afraid of Feminism, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

             Radiance, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

             MFA Thesis Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

             Rendered in an Idiom Other Than for Scientists, USS Gallery Nomadic Projects, Chicago, IL

             Hair Club, John M. Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2014      Nervous Splendor (solo exhibition), Schneider Gallery Project Space, Chicago, IL

              I Make Me Up, the work of Robert Seydel and his students, Johnson Gallery, Hampshire College, MA

2013      Culture, Mind, and Body: Intersections, Johnson Gallery, Hampshire College, MA

2011       Skin, Load of Fun Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2009      Becomings (solo exhibition), The Mill Center, Baltimore, MD

              Second Nature, Thesis Exhibition, Johnson Gallery, Hampshire College, MA


Awards & Fellowships

2015    Artist in Residence, Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

           Bruce Goodman Fellowship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL



2016    LDOC: Issues 7.01 and 7.02, I'll be your mirror with poetry by Yuan Changming

            Book of HAIR, published by HAIR CLUB (Suzanne Gold, Kelly LLoyd, and Michal Lynn Schumate)

2015    Who's Afraid of Feminism exhibition catalogue, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            SAIC MFA Catalogue, essay by Shawn Michelle Smith

            Systems, Anamesa Journal, NYU

2014     School of the Art Institute of Chicago Graduate Artist Books, essay by Karsten Lund

2012     Fitness Magazine, October 2012 Breast Cancer feature

2007     Somethings with so many things edited by Austin Kennedy



MFA   Department of Photography, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2015  

BA      Photography, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, 2009  


Elsewhere on the web

A Photo Editor


Juxtapoz Magazine

Kollektivet Mabel

Women in the World - The New York Times

Feature Shoot

The Latent Image

Chicago Reader

Mutant Space

Louise & Maurice


F News Magazine

The Year in Pictures