Gwen Walstrand is a Springfield, Missouri based artist and Professor of Photography at Missouri State University. She holds degrees from the University of Iowa (M.A., M.F.A.), and Southwest Missouri State University (B.F.A.).
In 2018, Gwen was a recipient of an ArteLaguna Finalist Prize in Venice, Italy as well as recipient of a university award for distinguished professors. Gwen has exhibited her photographs in national and international exhibitions including shows in Spain at the prestigious biennial FotoNoviembre, at Santa Reparata Gallery of Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy, Art Gallery Le Logge, Assisi, Italy, Muse Gallery in Philadelphia, SoHo Photo Gallery in New York City, the Center for Architecture, Lower Manhattan, New York City, the Santa Clara University Art Gallery in California, East Carolina University’s Gray Gallery, and Seton Hall University’s Walsh Library Gallery in South Orange, New Jersey. Gwen has also taught workshops as a visiting artist in the United Arab Emirates, led study abroad trips in Italy, and conducted workshops in several university programs in the United States.
Gwen has received artist in residency awards from the Ucross Foundation in Clearmont, Wyoming, ChiantiArts in Rignana, Italy, Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Assisi, Italy, Jentel Arts in Banner, Wyoming, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Her work has been published in Orion Magazine-Nature/Culture/Place and in two editions of Christopher James’ Book of Alternative Photographic Processes.
Gwen has taught photography classes in beginning through advanced photography and in all formats of film and digital processes as well as non-silver processes, photography history, advanced seminar courses, art theory, visual literacy and study abroad, and landscape theory.