Chronology

 
1947 Born, Chattanooga, TN
   
1968 Purchased first 35 mm camera to document projects in architecture school. Quickly realized a more serious interest.
   
1970 Received Bachelor of Architecture degree and immediately began formal training in photography.
   
1971 VISTA volunteer assigned to the Architect’s Workshop in Pittsburgh. Photographed extensively and initiated a photography class for teens at the YMCA.
   
1972 Began graduate studies at East Tennessee State University. Influenced by many photographers, but especially Minor White and Robert Frank.
   
1975 Served as Adjunct Instructor at the University of Delaware while completing the MFA degree, which afforded the opportunity to frequent east coast galleries and museums.
   
1976 Appointed to faculty at Louisiana Tech University.
   
1978 Experimented with a series of infrared images that stressed a sense of mystery. Later realized this quality could be even more poignant using conventional materials. Eugene Atget, the painter Giorgio de Chirico and Sultan/Mandel’s book Evidence were important influences.
   
1979 Began work on “The Portable Sign Series” using improvised props in the photographs.
   
1982 Awarded NEA Visual Artist Fellowship Grant for work from “The Portable Sign Series.”
   
1983 Used grant money to return to the east coast for five months in order to photograph the urban environment and to frequent galleries and museums again. Began a series of images that suggest the aftermath of a nuclear disaster.
   
1984 Traveled in the mid-west and continued work on the nuclear aftermath photographs, which would be titled “Living Things” in the mockup for a book that was exhibited but never published.
   
1985 Appointed to faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
   
1986 Began a body of work titled “Obstacles: Environmental Impediments to Blind People.” Exhibition traveled regionally and later nationally.
   
1990 Began using 35 mm and 3200 speed film to photograph interiors and other difficult lighting situations. From these experiments evolved the work that became The Watchman’s Room. Also began studies of creative writing, which was a major influence on the photographs.
   
1998 Began work on a new book project—night photographs in small towns.
   
2002 The Watchman's Room published.
   
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Awards

 
1995 Mid-America/NEA, Individual Fellowship in Photography
   
1991 Arkansas Arts Council, Individual Fellowship in Photography
   
1982 NEA, Individual Fellowship in Photography
   
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Solo Exhibitions

 
2005 Night Patrol, Gallery 1401, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
   
2004 Night Patrol, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI
   
2003 The Watchman's Room, Bellocq Gallery, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
   
2002 A4 Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
   
2002 New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN
   
2001 Gallery 1101, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
   
2000 Gallery at Stevenson Union, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR
   
2000 Hass Gallery, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA
   
2000 Rosewood Art Center, Kettering, OH
   
1999 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
   
1998 Level 3 Gallery, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
   
1997 Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI
   
1997 SRO Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
   
1996 Mala Galerie Sporitelny V Kladno, Kladno, Czech Republic
   
1996 Photography Gallery, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
   
1994 Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
   
1994 Gallery of Photography, Eastern Washington State University, Cheney, WA
   
1993 Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
   
1991 Books and Books Gallery, Coral Gables, FL
   
1990 Tate Student Center Gallery, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
   
1990 Ida Green Gallery, Austin College, Sherman, TX
   
1988 MaGaw Gallery, Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL
   
1987 Robert C. May Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
   
1986 Workspace Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
   
1986 Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
   
1982 Photo II Exchange, New Orleans, LA
   
1982 Cleveland Photo Workshop, Cleveland heights, OH
   
1981 Photoworks, Richmond, VA
   
1981 Mind's Eye Gallery, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
   
1981 Afterimage Gallery, Dallas, TX
   
1981 Foster Hall Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
   
1980 Southern Light Gallery, Amarillo College, Amarillo, TX
   
1977 Sarah Reynolds Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
   
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Group Exhibitions

 
2003 Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
   
2001 Brooks Perspectives, Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
   
2000 Science & Art, YorkArts, York, PA
   
1998 School of Art Gallery, Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, New York
   
1998 Three American Photographers, University of Minnesota-Morris, Morris, MN
   
1994 Apollo in Silver: Photography in the Minimalist Era, Gallery 181, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
   
1993 Photo National, Zoeller Gallery, Penn State University, University Park, PA
   
1989 Recent Acquisitions: Photography, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
   
1989 The Louisiana Collection, University Art Museum, University of Southwest Louisiana, Layfayette, LA
   
1988 U. S. Biennial II, Amon Carter Museum of Art, Fort Worth, TX
   
1987 National Juried Photography Exhibit, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
   
1986 New Orleans Triennial, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
   
1984 A Century of Vision, Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA
   
1983 Photographs: Gary Cawood, Brad Cline and Dean Dablow, Ekstrom Library Gallery, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
   
1982 Tom Patton/Gary Cawood: A Matter of Style, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA
   
1981 Dean Dablow and Gary Cawood, Project Art Center, Cambridge, MA
   
1981 Southern Eye, Southern Mind, Memphis Academy of Art, Memphis, TN
   
1981 In Praise of Architecture, Gallery North, Setauket, long Island, NY
   
1978 Works on Paper: Southwest, Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, TX
   
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Collections

National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
The Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
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Bibliography

The Watchman's Room. Gary Cawood. whatelseitis, Little Rock, AR, 2000 (photo-eye Cat# ZC003H)
 
A Century of Vision. Herman Mhire, Editor. University of Southwest Louisiana, Layfayette, LA, 1986 (photo-eye Cat# ZA062)
 
Southern Eye, Southern Mind: A Photographic Inquiry. Jack and Nancy Hurley, Editors. Memphis Academy of Art, Memphis, TN, 1981
 
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Education

 
1965 - 1970 Auburn University, Bachelor of Architecture
 
1972 - 1976 East Tennessee State University, MFA in Photography
  Studied with John Schrader




Favorite Photography Books

The Americans, Robert Frank, (photo-eye Cat# PK463H)
 
Immediate Family, Sally Mann, (photo-eye Cat# AP270S)
 
Gypsies, Josef Koudelka
 
Vrais Semblants, Sarah Moon
 
Dark Light, Michael Martone
 



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