Brief Biographical Note

Chiarenza is Fanny Knapp Allen Professor Emeritus of Art History, and Artist-in-Residence, at the University of Rochester.  He was Fanny Knapp Allen Professor there (1986-1998). At Boston University (1963-1986), he was Chairman, Director of Graduate Studies, and Professor of Art History.  He also taught at Smith College and Cornell University.


Born 1935, in Rochester NY, he received an A.A.S. (1955) and a B.F.A. (1957) from Rochester Institute of Technology, a M.S. (1959) and A.M. (1964) from Boston University and the Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1973. Chiarenza has lectured and taught workshops at over 100 institutions in 33 states since 1966.


He is the author of numerous essays and of the critical biography, Aaron Siskind: Pleasures and Terrors (Little, Brown, Boston, 1982). His photographs have been seen in over 90 one-person, and in over 280 group exhibitions since 1957.


Chiarenza has been reviewing books on photography for CHOICE since 1981, and has written over 110 reviews to date -- and counting. 


Complete Biographical Notes
Chiarenza Bio Feb 2011.pdf
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Monographs of his work include:


  • Chiarenza: Landscapes Of The Mind
    (David R. Godine, Boston, 1988), with essays by Estelle Jussim and Charles Millard, and a chronology by Susan E. Cohen and William S. Johnson

  • Chiarenza: Evocations
    (Nazraeli Press, Tucson, 2002) with poetry by Robert Koch; Peace Warriors of 2003  (Nazraeli Press, Tucson, 2005)

  • Solitudes
    (Lodima Press, Ottsville, PA, 2005)

  • Interaction: Verbal/Visual
    (Nazraeli Press, 2006)

  • Chiarenza: Pictures Come From Pictures
    (D.R. Godine Publisher, Boston, 2008)

  • Transmutations
    University at Buffalo Art Museums Publisher, 2012) with essay by Robert Hirsch

See Books for more information.


See also: Cranial Czar, Eh! by Stu Levy (Nazraeli Press, Tucson, 2005 -- Chiarenza is the subject).