Paul Shambroom

Visual Arts, 2001

Paul Shambroom is a photographer whose work explores American power and culture. For over twenty years, he has documented subjects ranging from industrial and office environments, the U.S. nuclear arsenal, small town council meetings and post-9/11 “Homeland Security” preparations and training. His most recent project is Shrines: Public Weapons in America.

His photographs have been collected and exhibited by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Arles Rencontres de la Photographie in France and the Nederlands Fotomuseum, among others. Shambroom has received many awards including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and frequently lectures and teaches at institutions including Harvard University, Columbia College (Chicago), Tulane University, Duke University, Otis College of Art and Design, Bard College and the International Center for Photography.

Shambroom was born in Teaneck, NJ in 1956. He studied liberal arts at Macalester College in St. Paul and received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He lives and works in Minneapolis.

Awards and Accomplishments

2010: Shambroom wins a prestigious Bush Foundation 2010 Enduring Vision Award

2008: "Paul Shambroom: Picturing Power", catalog accompanies traveling mid-career survey exhibition, publ. Weisman Art Museum, distributed by D.A.P.

2004: _Meetings_, a monograph of Shambroom’s Creative Capital project is published by Chris Boot Publishing

2003: Shambroom receives Penny McCall Foundation Award

2003: Shambroom receives John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

2003: _Face to Face With the Bomb: Nuclear Reality After the Cold War_; a book of Shambroom’s photographs, is published by Johns Hopkins University Press

2002: Shambroom receives Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship