Jane Fulton Alt was born in Chicago in 1951 and has been active in the arts much of her lifetime. Alt’s photographs explore universal issues of humanity and the non – material. Alt attended the University of Michigan (BA, 1973) and the University of Chicago (MA, 1975). She studied art and photography at the Evanston Art Center, Columbia College and the Art Institute of Chicago. Alt is the recipient of the 2007 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award, multiple Ragdale Foundation Fellowships, and three time winner of Photolucida’s Critical Mass for her Katrina and Burn portfolios. She has authored Look and Leave: Photographs and Stories of New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward and her Crude Awakening portfolio was published worldwide. Her new book, The Burn, was just released in the fall of 2013 by Kehrer Verlag. She received the Photo District News 2011 Curators Choice Award and the 2012 Humble Arts 31 Women in Art Photography award. Alt’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, New Orleans Museum of Art, De Paul University Art Museum, Southwest Museum of Photography, Beinecke Library at Yale University, Centro Fotografico Alvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, Mexico, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, and the collection of William Hunt. In addition to being a photographer, Alt is a clinical social worker who has been in practice for over 40 years. She resides in Evanston, Illinois with her husband.
My work reflects my interest in the mystery of the life force - the search for what is true. I’m trying to understand the essence of what it means to be human. Universal struggles of love, relationship, suffering and loss are what interest me most.
Jane Fulton Alt, Evanston, Illinois, USA May 2004