Berkeley, 2016

Berkeley, 2016

Born and raised in Germany, Ingeborg Gerdes came to the United States in the mid-1960’s. She was living in Philadelphia when she decided to study photography and in 1970 she received her Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. Over the years Ingeborg has explored a wide range of subjects. Making photographs corresponded with her passion for travel, which took her to Europe, Mexico and Asia. Her fascination with the American West began with a road trip to Nevada in 1982 and became a decade-long project. Ingeborg has shown her photographs in numerous one-person and group exhibitions, nationally and abroad. She has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and participated in two Photography Survey grants. Her photographs are in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Norton Simon Museum, the Portland Art Museum, and the Berkeley Art Museum, among others. Throughout her life, Ingeborg has maintained close ties to Europe, which is evident in much of her work. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her summers in Berlin, Germany. 

Selected Exhibitions (*one person exhibitions)

2019 Westward, curated by Ann Jastrab, San Francisco Art Commission, City Hall, San Francisco

2018 Way Bay, Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California  

2015 New Photography, Berkeley Art Center. Berkeley, California

2006 Advancing the Moment, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, California

1996 *Western Landscapes, Berkeley Civic Arts Commission Addison Street, Berkeley, California

1994 *Roadside Vistas, Photo Gallery International, Tokyo 

1991 Time Bomb: Ingeborg Gerdes, Barbara Norfleet, John Pfahl, Robert B. Menschel Gallery, Syracuse, NY 

1987 *High Desert, Amerika Haus Berlin, Berlin

1986 *High Desert: Photographs from Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, Photo Gallery International, Tokyo

1981 Larry Fink, Lee Friedlander, Tod Gangler, Ingeborg Gerdes, Emmet Gowin, The 1980 Seattle Artist Portfolio of Photography, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

1981 American Photographs 1970-1980: From the Collection of the Washington Art Consortium, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, Washington

1979 Jerry Burchard, Ingeborg Gerdes, John Spence Weir: Photographic Viewpoints, SFMOMA 

1979 Latent Image Group Show, Equivalent Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1979 *Alaska State Museum, Juneau, Alaska

1978 *Focus Gallery, San Francisco

1976 *Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon

1976 *Galerie Spectrum, Hannover, Germany

1975 Women of Photography: An Historical Survey, SFMOMA