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Awards and Grants:

2008 – 4Culture Individual Project Grant:  Margaret Makes Art  (video / audio)   King County, WA

2007 – Kent Arts Commission Purchase Award      Kent, WA

2005 – No Strings Foundation Grant   Los Angeles, CA   (

1999 – Betty Bowen Award    Seattle Art Museum, PONCHO and Friends of Betty Bowen

1998 – Artist Trust  and  Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship recipient    

1996 – Seattle Artists Program Award    Seattle Arts Commission    Seattle, WA

1986 – Baskin Award    Tacoma Art Museum    Tacoma, WA

1978 – Photography In The City commission recipient     Seattle Arts Commission   Seattle, WA


2009 – Betty Bowen Award:  Thirty Years  by  Michael Darling and Marisa Sánchez

             Published by the Seattle Art Museum

1999 – Seattle Poets and Photographers:  A Millennium Reflection   Rod Slemmons, Editor       

             Published by University of Washington Press for the Seattle Arts Commission

1998 – Seattle Collects Seattle: A Ten Year Retrospective of the Seattle Artists Program

             Published by the City of Seattle for the Seattle Arts Commission 

1986 – Fifteen / Seattle Book   Published by the Seattle Arts Commission

1982 – Ford Gilbreath   Published by Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, and the

             National Endowment for the Arts

1980 – Blue Sky: 1975–1980, Anniversary of an Alternative   Published by Blue Sky Gallery

1979 – Some Twenty Odd Visions    Published by Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions:

2010 – Video Works by Ford Gilbreath:  MARGARET MAKES ART, 2009 and MOON ROOT, 2002

             Nov 5-Dec 30, 2010 in the Moving Images Room of the Anchor Art Space in Anacortes, WA

2008 – Water Samples 1997–2007 Centennial Center Gallery  Kent, WA      

             Cheryl dos Remédios, Curator

2002 – Moon Root  (video / audio / photo)  Esther Claypool Gallery   Seattle, WA

2000 – Bird Eye, Dog Eye, Snake Eye   Esther Claypool Gallery   Seattle, WA

2000 – Ford Gilbreath / Gary Oliviera   Blue Sky Gallery   Portland, OR

1998 – Under the Duwamish and Other Waters   Esther Claypool Gallery   Seattle, WA

1995 – Theresa Batty / Ford Gilbreath   Foto Circle Gallery   Seattle, WA

1994 – Ford Gilbreath   Blue Sky Gallery   Portland, OR

1987 – Photography   Cliff Michel Gallery   Seattle, WA

1986 – Photography ’86 Baskin Award Winners:  Ford Gilbreath / Richard Lewis

             Tacoma Art Museum   Tacoma, WA

1983 - Ford Gilbreath  Blue Sky Gallery  Portland, OR

1980 – Kathy Fridstein / Ford Gilbreath   Equivalents Gallery   Seattle, WA

1978 - Ford Gilbreath  Blue Sky Gallery  Portland, OR

1975 - Ford Gilbreath / Kathleen Meighan  Blue Sky Gallery  Portland, OR

Group Exhibitions and Events

2011 - Forecast:  Communicating Weather and Climate

            Washington State Convention and Trade Center,  Jan  24 - Apr 4, 2011

            Lele Barnett, Curator

2010 - A Continuing Cultural Legacy       Wright Exhibition Space      Seattle April 23 - June 25

            selections from the Safeco Art Collection, donated to the Washington Art Consortium

            Beth Sellars, Curator

2010 - Margaret Makes Art (video, audio, photo installation) by Ford Gilbreath

           with art by Alex Ruhe and Magdelen Celestino             

           The Vera Project      Ver(A)rt Gallery        Seattle       March, 2010

2009 - re: Focus   Photo Center Northwest   Seattle, WA   (

2009 – artHAUS 2009   Los Angeles,  curated by Thomas Schirmboeck    (

   2009 - Juror, with Ushani Nanayakkara,  2009 Kent Summer Art Exhibit,  Centennial Center Gallery
              Kent Arts Commission     Kent, WA      Cheryl dos Remédios, Visual Arts Coordinator

2008 – Only In Washington   Washington State Convention and Trade Center  Seattle, WA

2008 – Kent Summer Art Exhibit    Centennial Center Gallery   Kent, WA

             Cheryl dos Remédios, Visual Arts Coordinator

2007 – The Drawers Project:   Stereo Views of West Seattle   Blue Sky Gallery  Portland, OR

2007 – Kent Summer Art Exhibit    Centennial Center Gallery   Kent, WA

             Cheryl dos Remédios, Visual Arts Coordinator

2005 – unNatural History   Kittredge Gallery   University of Puget Sound   Tacoma, WA

             Esther Luttikhuizen, Curator

2004 – Critical  Mass  2004    Photo Lucida   Portland, OR

2001 – Northwest Visions:  Recent Acquisitions     Key Tower Concourse   Seattle, WA

             Beth Sellars, Curator    Seattle Arts Commission

1999 – Like Cats & Dogs    Pratt Gallery, CoCA   Seattle, WA    Lesa Sawahata, Curator

1998 – Springs Eternal    Seafirst Gallery    Seattle, WA    Peggy Weiss, Curator

1998 – Reunion 15    FotoCircle Gallery   Seattle, WA

1997 – Seattle, Portrait of the City    Harborland / Sister City Exhibit   Kobe, Japan

1997 – Marks of the Artist    Seattle Center Pavilion    Seattle, WA

1996 – Seattle Arts Commission’s 25th Anniversary Exhibit    SAC Offices   Seattle, WA

1995 – Twentieth Anniversary Show    Blue Sky Gallery   Portland, OR

1992 – Eyes on Public Art    Sacred Circle Gallery   Norton Building   Seattle, WA

1991 – Bumberbiennale:  Seattle Photography 1931 – 1991    Bumbershoot   Seattle, WA

             Matthew Kangas, Curator

1988 – One Hundred Fifty Years of Photography,  Portland Art Museum   Portland, OR

             Terry Toedtemeier, Curator

1986 – Washington State Juried Photography Exhibition, Tacoma Art Museum   Tacoma, WA

1986 – Landscape:  Photographs by Northwest Artists,  Marylhurst, OR    Teri Hopkins, Curator

1981 – Portopia ’81    Seattle Sister City Exhibit    Kobe, Japan    Richard Andrews, Curator

1981 – Seattle by Seattle   Equivalents Gallery   Seattle, WA

1980 – Blue Sky, 1975 – 1980:  Anniversary of an Alternative   Blue Sky Gallery   Portland, OR 

1979 – Some Twenty Odd Visions    Blue Sky Gallery    Portland, OR

1977 - Outstanding Photographs    Silver Image Gallery   Tacoma, WA    Dan Fear, Curator


1977 – Rainier Bank Collection of American Photographs   Foster White Gallery   Seattle, WA

1976 – In Touch:  Nature, Ritual and Sensuous Art from the Northwest   Portland, OR

             Lucy Lippard, Visiting Curator     Portland Center for the Visual Arts

1975 – Blue Sky Gallery Inaugural Show    Blue Sky Gallery    Portland, OR


2000 – D. K. Row, The Oregonian, July 14, 2000

            “Ford Gilbreath’s photos show what lurks in and around Seattle’s Duwamish River.”  

1998 – Regina Hackett,  Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 23, 1998

            “Ford Gilbreath makes mud shine in painted photos at new gallery.”

1998 – Robin Updike,  Seattle Times, October 29, 1998

            “Ford Gilbreath photos are wonderfully mysterious.”

1978 – Donna Mitchell,  ARTWEEK, April 1, 1978  “Tickets To Life’s Carnivals”


2011 – Portland Art Museum   Portland, Oregon    In Memory of Terry Toedtemeier 

2007 – Los Angeles County Museum of Art    Photography Collection  

1978 – 2009 – Public Art Collections of the City of Seattle, the City of Kent,  WA and  King County, WA

1976 - 2009 – Private Collections in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles


M.A. – Art and Photography, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington

B.S.  – Cinema and Photography, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois

Employment History:

1996 - 2008    Photo Desk Digital Photo Tech,  Seattle Post-Intelligencer daily metro newspaper 

                        pre-press on deadline, photo resources searches and digital distribution of photos

1990 - 1996    Digital Retoucher/Photoshop Artist/Electronic Image Tech,    Ivery-Seright, Inc.

1979 - 1990    Custom Printer, B/W and Color Photographs      Ivey-Seright, Inc.    Seattle 

1978 -  1979    One of Four Photographers commissioned by the Seattle Arts Commission for the

                         year-long project, PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE CITY

1977 - 1978     Visiting Faculty, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

                         co-taught PHOTOGRAPHS with Craig Hickman and guest artists from Blue Sky Gallery,

                         including Robert DiFranco,  Jim Dobbins, Anne Hughes, Donna Mitchell, 

                         Christopher Rauschenberg and Terry Toedtemeier