Sandra Matthews is an artist working in photographic collage,  founding editor of the international online journal Trans Asia Photography Review, and Associate Professor of Film and Photography at Hampshire College.




M.F.A. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1976, Photography and Film.

B.A. magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1973, Visual and Environmental Studies.



Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

John Burroughs School, St. Louis, Missouri.

Danforth Art Museum/School, Framingham, Massachusetts.

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon.

Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.

Women in Photography International Archive, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.



Stan Ries Photography and Fine Prints, New York City.



Solo and Two-person Exhibitions

Northeastern Exposure Online, web-based showcase of regional photography hosted by the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University,, Timelines, September 2013 (and archived thereafter).

Becket Arts Center, Becket, MA, Coming of Age: Photographic Works by Sandra Matthews, July 2013.

Bonsack Gallery, John Burroughs School, St. Louis, MO., Untold Stories: Photo-collages by Sandra Matthews, April 2011.

Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Timelines: Photographic Works by Sandra Matthews, February/March 2011.

Cypress College Photography Gallery, Cypress, CA, Photographic Composites/ Sandra Matthews, January 2008.

Concordia University Art Gallery, Irvine, CA., Homeland Scrolls, November 2007.

Oresman Gallery, Hillyer Hall/Brown Fine Arts Center, Smith College, Northampton, MA, Homeland Scrolls: Photographic Works by Sandra Matthews, November 2005.

Chatham College Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, October/November 2003.

A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA, Shapes and Spaces: Printed Works by Magdalen I. Matthews and Sandra Matthews, November/December 2002.

Los Angeles Photography Center, Los Angeles, CA, June 1991.

Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield, MI, February 1989.

Hampshire College Photography Gallery, Amherst, MA, February 1987.

Ashdown House Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, Sandra Matthews, Photographs/Susan Hellewell, Paintings, November 1986.

F:64 Space for Photography, Florence, Italy, November 1984.

Center Gallery, California State University, Fullerton, Color Photographs from the U.S. and China: Sandra Matthews, April 1982.

New School/Parsons Photography Gallery, New York City, Color Constructions: Sandra Matthews, February 1980.

Gallery 219, State University of New York at Buffalo, Photographs by Joan K. Hyman and Sandra Matthews, March 1976.

Niagara County Community College Gallery, Sanborn, NY, Works by Sandra Herz and Sandra Matthews, October 1976.


Group Exhibitions

Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Work/Play, May 2015.

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT, Portraits, Expanded, November 2014 - March 2015.

Leo Model Gallery, Hampshire College, The Other Half, September – October 2014.

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, “Halcyon Days: The Camera in the Garden”, April - August 2014.

Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, New Arrivals: Modern and Contemporary Additions to the Collection, February - June 2014.

PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT. Black and White, March 2014. Juror: Karen E. Haas, Lane Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Korean Cultural Center of Chicago, Through the Eyes of the Mother, February 2014.

Danforth Art Museum/School, Framingham, MA, Off the Wall, July 2013. Juror: Dina Deitsch, Curator of Contemporary Art, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

Hosmer Art Gallery, Forbes Library, Northampton, MA, Lineage: Three Generations of Women Artists, November 2012.

Stan Ries Architectural Photography Collection, New York City, Twins, April 2012.

Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, Science, Poetry and the Photographic Image, September 2011.

Trois Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA, Science, Poetry and the Photographic Image, March 2011.

Hampshire College Faculty Exhibitions, October 2010, October 2007, October 2005, October 2004, October 2002, Marche 1999, March 1994.

Gallery A3, Amherst, MA., In Dialogue #2, August 2010.

Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA., New England Photography Biennial, Fall 2009. Juror: Philip Prodger, Curator of Photography, Peabody Essex Museum.

Visual Arts Center, Tidewater Community College at Old Towne, Portsmouth, VA., Pictures of People: Contemporary Portrait Photography, July 2009.

Neilson Library Book Arts Gallery, Smith College, Northampton, MA, Fact, Construction and Interpretation: Photographs by Sandra Matthews, Chester Michalik and Stan Sherer, January-March 2009.

Atlantic Works Gallery, Boston, MA., SAFE, August 2008. Juror: Laura McPhee.

Vermont Center of Photography, Brattleboro, Juried Portrait Show, December 2008-February 2009.

80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York University, New York,  Small Works, February/March 2008. Juror: Richard Witter, OK Harris Works of Art.

Hosmer Art Gallery, Forbes Library, Northampton, MA, Self Reflection: A Juried Exhibition of Self-portraits, October 2007. Juror: Loretta Yarlow, Director, University Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts.

Liebling Center for Film, Photography and Video, Hampshire College,  Landscape/History/Photography : Works by Suzanne Flynt, Sandra Matthews, and Janet Pritchard,  March 2007.

Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro,  Eighth Annual In-Sight Photography Project Exhibition, October 2006.

Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA, Members’ Exhibition, May 2005. Juror: Alison Devine Nordstrom, Curator, George Eastman House.
Crane Studio Building, New York, Emergency Art Exhibition, December 2001.

Pivot Gallery, Florence, MA, Art from the Mechanism,  November 2001.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, 30th Anniversary Artists and Designers Show, spring 1993.

N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL,  Collage at N.A.M.E,  January 1988.

Smith College Museum of Art,  Northampton, MA,  Photo-Synthesis, 1986.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA,  Baby Pictures, April 1986.

Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA, 8 x 10, August 1980.

Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies’ National Juried Competition, Perception: Field of View, May 1979.

Center for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Segments of Series, October 1979.

Roanoke College Gallery, Salem, Virginia, East Side-West Side: New York Photography,  November 1979.

CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Brooks/Carey/Jacobs/Matthews/Sherman, August 1975.



As Artist:

Stories We Tell, catalog published by the Women’s Caucus for Art,  fall 2013.

"Peoples’ Daily", Beijing, China, fall 2013.

"Maternal Timelines", in Reconciling Art and Mothering, ed. Rachel Epp Buller, Ashgate, 2012.

As Author:

"Maternal Timelines", in Reconciling Art and Mothering, ed. Rachel Epp Buller, Ashgate, 2012.

“Courage in the Face of History: Cross-Cultural Portraits” in Masquerade: Contemporary Portrait Photography by Women, ed. Kate Newton and Christine Rolph, Cornerstone Press, UK, 2003.

“In Defense of Civil Rights: The Paradoxical Power of Family Photographs”, Afterimage,  winter 2003.

Pregnant Pictures, a cultural history of photographs of pregnant women co-authored with Laura Wexler,  Routledge, 2000.

Introduction to Life’s Lessons, by Bea Nettles, Inky Press, 1991.

“Looking Up at the Upper Class: The Recent Photographs of Barbara Norfleet”, exposure, winter 1989.

“The Importance of the Landscape Image in China”, catalogue essay for the exhibition China from Within , sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, 1983.

“Chinese Photography: Notes Toward a Cross-Cultural Analysis of a Western Medium”, Afterimage, January 1982.

“Thinking About Women’s Photographs”, Journal, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, September 1979.



Hampshire College, Associate Professor of Film and Photography, 1990-present.
Assistant Professor of Film and Photography, 1982-1989.

Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, Instructor of Photography, History of Photography, and Film, 1979-1982.

International Center of Photography, New York City, Instructor of Photography, 1978.



“Why South Asian Photography?” panel presentation, Whitney Center for the Humanities, Yale University, February 2015.

“The View from the TAP Review”, Singapore International Photography Festival, November 2014.

“Making Portraits Over Time”, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, June 2014.

“Photography from Asia and the TAP Review”, Tel Aviv University, Israel, January 2014.

“Photographs of and by Women”, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center,  October 2013.

“Constituting the Feminine in Asian Photographies”, panel discussant, Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Toronto, March 2012.

TAP Symposium; organized and introduced a one-day symposium on photography from Asia, held at Hampshire College, October 2011.

“Photographic Journals and Cultural Debate”, panel presentation organized for the National Conference of the Society for Photographic Education, Dallas, March 2009.

“Photography, Landscape and History”, lecture given at Concordia University, Irvine, CA, November 2007.

Gallery talk (with Shona MacDonald) for the exhibition Impossible Landscapes, University of Massachusetts, February 2007.

“The Residue of History: Works by Sandra Matthews and Eileen Claveloux”, presentation at the Northeast regional conference of the Society for Photographic Education, Boston, December 2006.

“Making Photographic History: Art, Culture and Nation in Chinese Photography” paper presentation at the Thinking Photography (Again) Conference, University of Durham, England, July 2005.

“Pregnant Pictures: Photographing Pregnancy in the 20th Century”, Medicine and Humanities Lecture Series, Yale University Medical School,  November 2003.

“Family Photographs and Fascination”, gallery talk for the exhibition Diane Arbus: Family Albums, Mt. Holyoke College Museum of Art, October 2003.

“American Portraits”, lecture given at the Photography House, Poprad, Slovakia, and the Buryzone Art Center, Bratislava, Slovakia, June 2002.

“History and Photography: Three Asian Projects”, panel organized and moderated for the Northeast regional conference of the Society for Photographic Education, Syracuse, October 2001.

“Picturing Pregnancy in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”, lecture given at Lancaster University and London Guildhall University, November 2000.

“Double Takes: A Dialogue on Women’s Photographs”, gallery talk (with Judith Davidov) for the exhibition Defining Eye: Women Photographers of the 20th Century, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, October 1998.

“Pregnant Pictures”, panel presentation at the National Conference of the American Studies Association. Washington D.C., October 1997, and lecture given at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, Mt.Holyoke College, October 1996.

“Contemporary American Photography and Cultural Identity”, lecture given at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Fuzhou University and Xiamen University (China), November 1996.

“Foreign Objects: Understanding Photography Cross-Culturally”, panel organized and moderated for the National Conference of the Society for Photographic Education, New Orleans, 1991.



Editor, Trans-Asia Photography Review, 2008-present.

Curator, “Visits to the Homeland: Photographs of China”, exhibition traveled by the Visual Studies Workshop Traveling Exhibition Program, 1991-1999.

Co-Editor (with Gillian Brown), Obscura, journal of the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, 1980-1982.

Curatorial Intern, Light Gallery, New York City, summer 1978.

Assistant to the Curator of Photography, Harvard University, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 1972-1974.