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Sam Contis


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Sam Contis Awarded Grant by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Sam Contis has been named a recipient of the 2024 visual arts grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA). The FCA provides grants to artists acknowledged for their innovative and contemporary contributions across diverse fields.

museum exhibition

Mark Armijo McKnight and Sam Contis in Group Show at the Carnegie Museum

Mark Armijo McKnight and Sam Contis have photographs on view in Widening the Lens: Photography, Ecology, and the Contemporary Landscape, a group show at the Carnegie Museum of Art. The exhibition opens May 11, 2024 and will run through January 12, 2025.

online exhibition

Sam Contis at Office Baroque

Sam Contis is included in What Men Live By, an online exhibition by Office Baroque.


Sam Contis

Sam Contis’ 2024 solo show Overpass was reviewed by Stephen Frailey for Artforum.


The Body on Camera

Sam Contis’ photographs are featured in the January 6/7 2024 FT Weekend Magazine, with writing by Baya Simons


Sam Contis Acquired by the Carnegie Museum of Art

The Carnegie Museum of Art has acquired five artworks from Sam Contis' photo series Overpass.


The Victoria and Albert Museum acquires Sam Contis

Eight photographs from Sam Contis' series Overpass were acquired by The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.


Sam Contis Awarded 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship

The Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded Sam Contis a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship for her achievement and promise in the field of photography.


Sam Contis, "Overpass," 2022

"Overpass is about what it means to move through the landscape. Walking along a vast network of centuries-old footpaths through the English countryside, artist Sam Contis focuses on stiles, the simple structures that offer a means of passage over walls and fences and allow public access through privately owned land. In her immersive sequences of black-and-white photographs, they become repeating sculptural forms in the landscape, invitations to free movement on one hand and a reminder of the history of enclosure on the other. Made from wood and stone, each unique, they appear as markers pointing the way forward, or decaying and half-hidden by the undergrowth. An essay by writer Daisy Hildyard contextualizes this body of work within histories of the British landscape and contemporary ecological discourses. In an age of rising nationalism and a renewed insistence on borders, Overpass invites us to reflect on how we cross boundaries, who owns space, and the ways we have shaped the natural environment and how we might shape it in the future." (Text from aperture website)


Sam Contis Reviewed in The New Yorker

Duet, Sam Contis's current solo show, was reviewed in The New Yorker by Andrea K. Scott. Scott traces the lineage present in Contis's work while celebrating the variety of formats on view.



Catalog for Sam Contis’ 2022 solo show Duet. Includes an interview with the artist, vocalist Inbal Hever, and River Bullock. 8.5 x 5.5 inch, soft-cover, 8 pages (including cover) in black and white.


Sam Contis Works Acquired by The Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou has acquired the following artworks from Sam Contis's Deep Springs series: Untitled (Neck), 2015; Hold Down, 2014; Pulling Back the Skin, 2014; Eggs, 2015; Red Desert (Death Valley), 2014; Shoeing, 2013; Untitled (Sheet), 2016; Cover, 2013; Arbor, 2014; Untitled (Riding the Range, ca. 1920-24), 2016.

Outside Exhibition

Sam Contis at Carré d'Art Nîmes

For her first solo exhibition at a European institution, Sam Contis’s Transit presents new and recent works from three series, including large scale color photographs, intimately scaled gelatin silver prints, and a two-channel video projection. Contis’s recurring interest is in the body in flux – in motion through the landscape and through transitional states of identity. Transit is on view at Carré d'Art Nîmes July 5 through November 20, 2022.


MoMA Acquires Sam Contis Photographs

Six Sam Contis photographs were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, including Embrace (2015) and High Noon (2014).


Sam Contis
Day Sleeper, 2020

In this book Sam Contis presents a new window onto the work of the iconic American photographer Dorothea Lange. Drawing from Lange’s extensive archive, Contis constructs a fragmented, unfamiliar world centred around the figure of the day sleeper – at once a symbol of respite and oblivion.

Outside Exhibition

Sam Contis in Dorothea Lange exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art

San Contis has a selection of new photogravure works on view as a part of Dorothea Lange: Words and Pictures, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The show is on view February 9th - May 9th, 2020.

Outside Exhibition

Sam Contis at the Museum of Modern Art

Sam Contis has work in Being: New Photography 2018, curated by Lucy Gallun, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The show runs from March 8- August 19, 2018. 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY.


The Whitney Museum Acquires Sam Contis

The Whitney Museum has acquired 10 photographs from Sam Contis' Deep Springs series.

Outside Exhibition

Sam Contis at BAMPFA

Sam Contis is having a solo show at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, California. The show runs from May 3August 27, 2017. University of California, Berkeley, 2120 Oxford Street #2250, Berkeley, CA 94720.


Sam Contis Acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA has acquired two photographs from Sam Contis' Deep Springs series.