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, a certificate in Creative Studies from the International Center for Photography, NYC, and has taught in the undergraduate program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design since 2007.

McCartney was a 2020/2021 inaugural McKnight Book Artist Fellow at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and has received grants from the Women’s Studio Workshop, the Aaron Siskind Foundation, the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Her artist books are included in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Museum of Modern Art, Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale University, Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, Getty Research Institute, Mills College, Fleet Library at the Rhode Island School of Design, Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago among many others. She has two published monographs Bird Watching (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) and A Field Guide to Snow and Ice (Silas Finch, 2014).