Fine art photographer Janet Matthews received bachelor degrees in Studio Art and later Art Education from the University of Maryland. A mid-life career shift to teaching high school art reintroduced her to the practice of photography. In order to teach photography she needed to relearn it, and in the process discovered an affinity to using photography as way of making images. Her background in drawing and painting has influenced her approach to photography, as she prefers to incorporate hands-on methods into her work. She is currently working with 19th century processes as well as digital ones, and enjoys using toy cameras.


Selected Solo Exhibits

2015 Small Anxieties  - Multiple Exposures Gallery, Alexandria, VA

2015 The Space Between - Multiple Exposures Gallery, Alexandria, VA

2014 On the Lot - Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel, MD

2013 Retrospection - Galleries at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

2012 Vignettes - Multiple Exposures Gallery, Alexandria, VA

2010 Retrospection - Photoworks, Glen Echo, MD


Selected Two-Person* and Group Exhibits

2012 Alternative Visions - Photoworks, Glen Echo, MD

2012 Imagination - ASmith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

2011 Hand + Eye - Through This Lens Gallery, Durham, NC

2010 *Carnival - Multiple Exposures Gallery, Alexandria, VA

2010 International Juried Plastic Camera Show - RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA

2010 Carnival - Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR

2009 *Water Series - Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD

2008 Alternative Processes: A Traveling Exhibition - Texas Photographic Society, San Antonio, TX

2008 Virtual Prince George’s - Prince George’s Arts Council, Hyattsville, MD

2008 Formerly and Hereafter - Plates to Pixels Online Exhibition,

2008 Fourth Annual Alternative Processes Competition - Soho Photo, New York, NY

2008 Photography Re-Imagined - Tilt Gallery, Phoenix, AZ



2015 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award

2012 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award




University of MD Art Gallery, College Park, MD



Gum Printing: A Step-By-Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice, Christina Z. Anderson, Focal Press, 2016.

The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes 3rd Edition, Christopher James, Course Technology; 2015.

Shots Magazine, Issue 103, Spring 2009 and Issue 104, Summer, 2009.

Diffusion Magazine, Formerly and Hereafter, Vol. 1, 2009.

Alternative Photography: Art and Artists, Edition 1, Malin Fabbri, ed., Stockholm: Malin Fabbri,, 2006.



1995 BA, Art Education, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

1986 BA, Studio Art, University of Maryland, College Park, MD