Andrea Birnbaum

Andrea Birnbaum


Artist Statement

I am interested in themes surrounding identity and connection, especially during the transitional stages of life. I seek out gesture and body language to help tell the story of the struggle between external appearance and what lies beneath.  I photograph real-life situations as they are unfolding in the moment. I am not trying to show polished, consciously arranged images. These are moments of ordinary life, when I witness the body language of others which reminds me of something I have experienced in my past, that makes me want to capture the moment. 

Group Exhibitions

2017 SE Center for Photography, Greenville, South Carolina, Forsaken,

2016 Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, Personal Narrative

2016 Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, two works selected for exhibition

2016 Scarab Club, Juried Gold Medal Member Exhibition, two works selected for exhibition

2013 MFA Candidates group exhibition, Maine Media Gallery, Rockport, Maine

2006 Eye to Eye: New Perspectives on People and Place, Cultural & Heritage Museum, York County, SC

2005 Buildings of Faith, Charlotte Museum of History, Charlotte, NC

2004 Through Women’s Eyes, By Women’s Hands, 0The Women’s Center, Chapel Hill, NC    

1999   Member’s Exhibition, The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC

Solo Exhibitions  

2016 MFA Thesis, In the Company of Others, Maine Media Gallery, Rockport, Maine

2000-2006 Charlotte Jewish Women of Strength: Conceived and Developed annual program recognizing exceptional women in the Charlotte Jewish community. Photographed the honorees each year for exhibition. Images were featured yearly in Charlotte Woman magazine

2004 AerieArt Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 

2002 Voices and Faces of Breast Cancer, Charlotte, North Carolina 

2001 Faces of Charlotte, Faces of the World, touring exhibition, Charlotte, NC   

1997 First solo exhibition Spiezman Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC    


2016 Exquisite Corpse, Volume Two: Extended Play, Maine Media Workshops and College

2016 Personal Narrative, Photo Place Gallery

2003-2006 Charlotte Women Of Strength, Charlotte Women Magazine

Charlotte Magazine, Photo Essays

  • 2000 Bobby Phills- A Tribute in Words and Pictures           
  • 1999 The Spiritual City
  • 1998 In the Shadow of Progress         

1992 Beyond the Monuments, Washington DC  


2005 Regional Artist Grant, Charlotte Arts and Sciences Council

2001 Community Cultural Connections, Charlotte Arts and Sciences Council


Maine Media College, Masters of Fine Arts, Media Arts, Photography, 2016

Mentors: Elizabeth Greenberg, Karen Marshall, Cig Harvey, Stella Johnson, Joyce Tenneson

Syracuse University, Bachelor of Science, Speech Communications, 1985