Martina Lopez

Professor, Studio Art
202 Riley Hall of Art and Design
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-7652


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Professor, Studio Art
Area Head, Photography

Area: Studio Art


BFA, University of Washington, Seattle
MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Research Interests

Photography, Digital Technology, Analog Photography


Working with the 19th-century portrait,landscape and digital technology since 1985, Lopez’ interest in the electronic medium lies in the believability of the photograph and malleability of the digital medium. Her artwork has been featured in many photographic textbooks, such as A Short Course in Photography: Digital, by Barbara London and Jim Stone and The Photography History and Theory Reader, by Liz Wells, as well as historical publications, such as Naomi Rosenblum's A World History of Photography; The Digital Eye, by Sylvia Wolf, and 100 Ideas That Changed Photography by Mary Warner Marien, which discusses the most influential ideas in photography’s history from the Daguerreotype to current technologies.

She has exhibited widely, including at The International Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea, The Photographers Gallery in London, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA, and San Francisco Camerawork in California. In addition, she has participated in multiple traveling exhibitions organized by Aperture Foundation, The George Eastman House, and others.

Her work is in numerous private and public collections, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, The El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Texas, and The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona. She has received two Illinois Arts Council, Artist Fellowships, and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Photography Fellowship.

Representative Creative Works