Eileen Neff

1994 PEW FELLOW
Updated
30 Nov 2016

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Leaf Wall from the installation “Traveling into View”, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, 2015. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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Eileen Neff, Night Falls, 2001, C-print, 40x110 3/4 inches, edition of 3. Courtesy of the artist and Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

Eileen Neff (b. 1945) conflates physical and photographic space in artworks that challenge the ways in which photography mediates perception. Her interest surrounds the overlapping of landscape and studio space, inside and outside, as she questions the relationship between image and subject matter. When not in the landscape, Neff works in and from her studio, which she describes as not just a place but also a frame for a heightened form of attention. In it, she constructs works that collapse or combine the various formats and exhibition spaces in which her images are created and presented. Neff studied English literature and earned her B.A. from Temple University. She then trained as a painter in the Philadelphia College of Art and the Tyler School of Art from which she respectively received a B.F.A and an M.F.A. Neff is the recipient of a 2016 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, as well as fellowships from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is held in many collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Hood Museum, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and The Dietrich Foundation.