Lahary Pittman is an American visual artist working in fine photography, acrylic & pastel paintings plus film/video. In addition he is a published writer. His photographic body of work and films have been screened and exhibited worldwide including the Netherlands, Britain, France, Australia, New York and throughout the United States.
Lahary was born in Kansas City and began his artistic pursuits at age 5 in the performing arts, first touring with Gospel choirs throughout the Midwest while performing in classical piano recitals & cantata’s, and shortly thereafter singing back-up for a major recording label in a Rhythm & Blues group nightclub act while still a minor. He later studied screenwriting in Chicago and relocated to New York whereupon he won a stipend from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which led to his becoming an independent filmmaker.
Exhibitions and curatorial selections for his visual art in recent years include the 2016 group show “We Are Tampa” at the Tampa Museum of Art; along with being juried into two consecutive 2016 juried exhibitions at Art Center Sarasota, including “Florida Flavor” in which the artist was selected by the curator of the Ringling School of Art & Design, and former curator of the Ringling Museum of Art. In 2014 he was selected for the group show “StreetWise” at the Verum Ultimum gallery of Portland, Oregon and the Liz Afif gallery in Philadelphia for their summer 2013 show “America the Beautiful”. In October 2012 his writing & a photo-essay were published in a paperback anthology by London’s Myrdle Court Press entitled Critical Cities: Ideas, Knowledge & Agitation from Emerging Urbanists; Volume 3.
An invitation to the Attleboro Arts Museum 20th Benefit Fall Auction, resulted in his drawing “Fantasy Farm” being acquired -plus- a selection by the Chief Curator at Boston University for a nationally juried exhibition at the Attleboro Art Museum’s show “Green” in Massachusetts, along with a 3 month exhibition entitled “Water, Water Anywhere” curated by the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ where he presented silver gelatin prints depicting IceFalls and gaseous mists of the Catskill mountains.
Works from his Shifting Boundaries series from Manhattan’s Lower East Side were curated for an exhibition at London’s Festival of The Cities in October 2010. In the summer of 2010 the artist presented a minimalist single channel video entitled Battle of The Bees in the Virion video festival in Brisbane, Australia and in September of 2010 he was announced as winner of the 2010 Exposé Commission for the purpose of photographing the 14th century medieval city of Bruges, Belgium.
In 2008 Lahary was honored by the Delaware Art Museum as a multiple category winner in their ‘Gordon Parks Arts Competition’. He won the jury prize for ‘Best In Show’ in the film category for his film Rhythm and Pain and was also a jury winner in the photography category for his gelatin silver print Succos on the Bowery. In 2007-2008 he was selected as the Artist-In-Residence for black & white darkroom photography at New York’s Henry Street Settlement / Abron’s Art Center.
His residency series, entitled “The Shifting Boundaries and Culture of Manhattan’s Lower East Side”, has received numerous awards including an Abron’s Art Center grant made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation, as well as a grant made possible with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund via the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and support by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
He served as a co-director for the international short “Julie 9”, which screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival, and subsequently produced, shot and edited the documentary film “Rhythm and Pain” concerning a cross-cultural drummer and the American healthcare dilemma. He is a published photographer with works at auction, in public & private collections..has been listed on ArtNet and is ranked internationally in the ArtFact.com auction database.
Two of his video-works are in the permanent collection of MONA, (Museum of New Art) Pontiac, Michigan and his large format and still life photographs are in the collection of the Sullivan County Museum in New York.
Solo and Two-Person Shows:
2010-December, Solo Show, Wayne County Library, Lahary Pittman: A Photographic Survey, Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
2009-July, Two Person Show, Charles Kopelson & Lahary Pittman, The Gershwin Hotel, NYC.
2009-April, 2009-Feb, Solo Show, The Shifting Boundaries & Culture of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Whittaker Center Gallery, Educational Alliance New York, NY.
2006 Countryside, Solo Show, Photography and Single channel DVD Installation, Jerico Fine Arts Gallery, Callicoon, NY.Oct, Site/109
Select Group Shows:
2016 February 19-March 13, “We Are Tampa”, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
2015 April, 8th Annual Exhibition & Auction, Ford Corporate Gallery, Honesdale, PA
2014 April 24-May 24, “StreetWise”, Verum Ultimum Gallery; Portland, Oregon (Nationally Juried Show)
2013 October 19; “Yarnslingers” non-fiction writers performance of readings; Catskill Arts Society, Livingston Manor, NY
2013 July 5-July 27; “America the Beautiful”, Liz Afif Gallery; Philadelphia, PA; (Nationally Juried Show)
2013 March 23- May 17; “Kinetic”, Dutchess County Art Assn.
2012 Oct, Site/109 Gallery; Curated Group Exhibition & Auction benefitting research for Lou Gehrigs Disease .. New York city.
2011-Oct-Nov, Spotlight Exhibition Invitational, Attleboro Arts Museum; (Drawings & Photography) .. Attleboro, Massachusetts.
2011-June 23-September 10, Water, Water, Anywhere . Group Show, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ .. curated by Dr. Viginia Butera.
2011-July 6-August 3, Green, Group Show, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, Massachusetts .. curated by Chief Curator Boston University, Barbara McNamara.
2010-October, Festival Of Cities, Gelatin Silver Print Exhibition, “Shifting Boundaries”, This Is Not A Gateway Festival, London, England.
2009-May-July, Deconstructing Spring, Group Show (Pastels), The Outsider’s Studio, curated by Andrea Brown, Livingston Manor, NY.
2009-Jan, 2008-Nov, Delaware Art Museum, EYE/Iwitness Gordon Parks Arts Competition & Exhibition, Wilmington, Delaware.
2008-June, Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center NYC; Artists In Residence Show.
2008-Jan-Feb, The World of The Professional Artist, Philadelphia Inquirer Corporate Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2007-May, Nascent Art NY/Asian Cultural Center, winner of ‘Audience Choice Award’, New York, NY: Portion of proceeds benefiting ‘Action Against Hunger’.
2006 ‘Outsider’s Studio’, Juxtaposition: Drawings and Photography, Livingston Manor, NY.
2005 Traveling Light Photography group show Elmhurst Hospital, Queens, New York; curated by Hyewon Yi.
2005 Texture group show, Art Gotham Gallery, Chelsea District, New York, NY.
2005 Crimson Passion group show, Art Gotham Gallery, Chelsea District, New York, NY.
2004 From Baja to Vancouver group show, California College Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA.
Awards and Distinctions:
* Selected for Fall 2012 anthology publication (Text and Photographs) by Myrdle Court Press, London. “Critical Cities: Idea’s, Knowledge and Agitation by Emerging Urbanists.. Volume 3″. Author of treatise: The Seduction of Capitalism, Crime and The American Way of Life
* Aug. 2010, Winner of the 2010 Exposé Commission from Exposé Photographs, New York city
* Nov. 2008, Best In Show, Delaware Art Museum, Gordon Parks Eye/I Witness Competition
* July 2008, Awarded Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Art Center grant made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation
* April 2008, Selected as Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grantee for ‘Shifting Boundaries’ series.
* February 2008, acquisition and publishing of open studio photograph by New York Press newspaper
* July 2007, Selected as 2007-2008 Henry Street Settlement Artist-In-Residence for photography
* May 2007, Winner ‘Audience Choice Award’ at auction, NascentArt NY, NY
* May 2006, ‘Editor’s Pick’ River Reporter Newspaper, Narrowsburg, NY; Coutryside
*September 2005, photographs selected for national publication in ‘Art Business News’ magazine.
* February 2002, Finalist ‘Heartstrings Award’, RealNetworks Streaming Media contest
* Recipient of grant stipend from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
* Published through the NADA Literature Clearinghouse in Vancouver.
* Awarded Degree of Distinction, National Forensic League.
* Attleboro Arts Museum; Attleboro, MA
* MONA (Museum of New Art); Pontiac, MI
* Sullivan County Museum and Historical Society; Hurleyville, NY
Press & Publications:
London’s Myrdle Court Press entitled Critical Cities: Ideas, Knowledge & Agitation from Emerging Urbanists; Volume 3. “The Seduction of Capitalism, Crime and the American Way of Life”.
Art Business News magazine
New York Press
Poughkeepsie Style Journal
SPIN, (International Journal of Silkpainters)
ArtWorks, Kingston, NY
Queens Tribune, Queens, NY
River Reporter newspaper (Editors Pick), Narrowsburg, NY
Beacon Free Press, Beacon, NY
Korea Times, NY, NY