about Peggy  

Peggy Washburn's fine art is inspired by classical mythology, studies pertaining to memory and mathematical definitions. Major art collections have acquired her work including the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, The Bibliotheque Nationale de France and The Ralph Lauren collection. Her work has been widely published, she's had numerous solo shows both locally and nationally, and has been included in exhibits at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham and The Frye Art Museum in Seattle and Museo di Fotografia in Brescia, Italy. Her artwork is carried by The Ricco Maresca Gallery in New York.

Peggy was working as a fine art photographer, painter and mixed media artist when Marita Holdaway of Seattle's Benham Gallery noticed her work in 1990, offered to represent her and invited her to join the gallery's Resident Artist program. Along with her fine art work, Peggy continued to photograph her neighbors, rock bands, aspiring actors and models, and children -always children. When she became pregnant again in 1995, the need for a more flexible job led her to expand her portrait business and she began to focus on children.

Combining fine art and portraiture brought a new dimension to her work. She found that some children have an inherent complexity that only the camera can catch, and she began to explore their internal life in her photographs. As this phenomenon grew clearer, the line between work and art began to blur. Forced smiles and poses didn't interest her and she began to concentrate on what lay undiscovered. She has photographed the children of prominent Seattle families and art collectors, and her work draws increasing interest from major players in the art world.

Peggy is available by appointment for sittings, and her primary gallery representation is at Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle and The Ricco Maresca Gallery in New York.

photo by Madeline Kennedy

 

selected collections
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
Il Museo di Fotographia, Brescia, Italy
Ralph Lauren, New York, NY
Women In Photography International, Los Angeles, CA
Seattle University

 

selected publications
Resurrection - 23 Sandy Gallery National Juried Exhibition, 2008
Women in Photography International - Turning Silver (custom hard bound book, sponsored by Kodak)
Black and White Magazine, Featured Article, 2003
Fotophile, 2005
Photovision (Spain), 2004
Archives of Pediatric Medicine, 2004
Shots Magazine, 2004
Camera Arts, 2004
Parade Magazine, 2004

 

selected exhibitions
upcoming  
March 2013 SAM Gallery, Seattle, WA
March 2013 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
August 2013 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
previous  
October 2011 Fontbonne University Gallery, St. Louis, MO
August 2011 Sylvia White Gallery National Juried Exhibition, Ventura, CA
May 2008 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland OR, Resurrection
April 2008 Friesen Gallery, Seattle WA, Seeds of Change
March 2008 Museo Genova Nervi, Genova Italy, She Shots
October 2006 Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA, Tangential Relationships
October 2005 The Beacon Firehouse Gallery , Beacon, NY, Transparencies
October 2004 The Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA, Stories
Feb-Mar 2004 Clockwork Apple Gallery, New York, NY
Jul-Aug 2003 Ricco-Maresca Gallery, New York, NY, The Home
May-Sep 2003 Whatcom Museum of History & Art, Bellingham WA, Photography Now
Jan 2003 Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, Contemporary Northwest Women in Photography
Jan 2003 Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA, Elizabeth Brown Juried International
Oct 2002 The Barret Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, New Directions, Joan Young, Curator
June 2002 The Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA, Ghosts
Dec 2000 The Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA, Two Years Later
Oct-Nov 1999 The Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA, Two Years Later (featured artist w/ Mark Sink and Jock Sturges)
Apr 1998 The Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA, Faculty Showcase
Sep 1997 The Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA, Time Out
Apr 1997  The Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA, Joyce Tenneson Juried International
Dec 1996 Il Museo di Fotographica, Brescia, Italy, Benham Gallery Resident Artist's Show
Apr 1996 The Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA, Faculty Showcase
Oct 1995 The Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA, On the Road
Apr 1995 Center on Contemporary Art, Joel-Peter Witkin Juried International
Feb 1995 The Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA, Intimate Images
May 1994 The Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA, Redefined Form
June 1993 The Nelleke Nix Gallery, Kirkland, WA, Polaroid Showcase International
June 1993 The Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA, A Mother's Celebration
Apr 1993 The Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA, Duane Michals Juried International
Feb 1993 The Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA, Northwest Women's Invitational
   

 

selected awards
2006 Women in Photography International - First Place Turning Silver Award
2005 Black and White Spider People's Choice Award
2004 PCNW Roy Flukinger Juried International- 2nd Place

 

teaching/lectures/seminars
April 2003-2007 University of Washington, Guest Lecturer
Jan 2003 Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA    Panel Discussion with Dr. Naomi Rosenblum, Ellen Garvins and Gail Gibson
May 2001 Directions in Photography Guest Lecturer and Juror
1991-2002 Faculty/ Instructor Photographic Center Northwest and Bellevue Community College

 

community involvement
2011 - present Casa Latina (non-proft organization to help Latin American immigrants)
2003-2005 Photographer, Heart Gallery (Traveling state-funded exhibit involving
children awaiting adoption)
1998-1999 Instructor, Youth in Focus (Non-Profit program for at-risk youth)
1998-1999 Co-Director, Insight Youth (Non-profit program for at-risk youth)