Paula McCartney | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Paula McCartney

Portrait of Paula McCartney


Adjunct Faculty
MFA, San Francisco Art Institute

Paula McCartney makes artist books, photographs, and ceramics that illustrate her collaborations with the natural world and consider ways that light activates both objects and environments.

McCartney holds an MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and has received grants from the Women’s Studio Workshop, the Aaron Siskind Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her photographs have been exhibited nationally at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Her books are included in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Museum of Modern Art, Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale University, New York Public Library, UCLA Arts Library, and the Getty Research Institute, among many others.

McCartney has two published monographs Bird Watching (2010) and A Field Guide to Snow and Ice (2014). She was the 2020/2021 inaugural McKnight Book Artist Fellow.