BIOGRAPHY

             A graduate of Brooks Institute, J. Fredric May received his Bachelor of Science in Commercial Photographic Science with a Minor in Color Technology and was later accepted into the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop ll in 1989.


He has been a documentarian and commercial photographer traveling all over the world, telling visual stories with a signature style of bold color and confrontational composition. He won numerous state and regional honors.


As a documentarian, May directed more than 50 corporate and industrial films and helped raise more than 7 million dollars for non profit organizations. He has won Telly and Cine Awards for his creative film work and national awards for his corporate and nonprofit clients.


During open heart surgery in 2012, he suffered a major stroke leaving him legally blind and subject to vivid visual hallucinations. This life event changed his artistic vision, opening up an entirely new visual style. The result is his current project, Apparition: Postcards From Eye See You.

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CURRICULUM VITAE

Paint Effect
J. Fredric May - American b.1959 - Artist / Documentarian
 
Solo Exhibits
2020 University of Arizona School of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ
2018 Harn Museum of Art - University of Florida, Gainesville FL
2018 California Center for Digital Arts, Santa Ana, CA
2018 Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
2017 Gray Matters - Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
 
Two-Person Exhibits
2018 Compromised Perception - University of Southern California, USC | Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Month of Photography Los Angeles  - Shared Host Gallery with Artist Gerda Stude, Arena 1 Gallery, CA
 
Group Exhibits
2021- Best of Art and Medicine 2016-2021 USC | Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
2021- Elena Diane Curris Juried Photomedia Exhibition, Murray, KY
2021 - FAVA Juried Biennial Photography Show, Oberlin, OI
2021 - Traveling Exhibition, American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN
2021 -  Alternative Facts: Photography by Any Means, PACE Center for the Arts, Parker, CO
2021 - 6th Annual National Juried Photography Show, Sheridan, WY
2021 - 26th Arts North International, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN
2020 - The Next Big Thing 2020,  Studio Channel Islands,  Camarillo,  CA
2020 -  Maria V. Howard Arts Center’s 63rd National Juried Art Show, Rocky Mount, NC
2020 -  PhotoSpiva 2020, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Missouri
2020 - 33rd Annual McNeese Works on Paper Exhibition, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA
2020 - The Art of Hope, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi
2019 - The Patient-Artist Experience, Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania
2019 - Photography at the Emerald: 4th Annual Autumn Exhibition, Emerald Art Center, Springfield, Oregon
2019 - 28th Annual ISEA International Art Exhibition, LowellArts, Lowell, Michigan
2019 - National Juried Exhibition at Larkin Arts, Larkin Arts, Harrisonburg, Virginia
2019 - 64 Arts National Juried Exhibition, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, Illinois
2019 - Camera USA, National Photography Exhibition, Naples Art Association, Naples, FL
2019 - PHOTOWORK, 32nd Annual National Juried Photography Exhibition, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
2019- The Contemporary Portrait: A National Juried Exhibition, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, TX 
2018 - Brand 46 Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper, Glendale, CA
2018 - Constellations: A Survey of New Photography, Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery, Hunter, NY
2018 - Critical Mass Top 50: A Contemporary Reference of the Human Condition, Edition One Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M.
2018 - Critical Mass Top 50: Cortona on the Move, Evening Projection, Cortona, Italy
2018 - Lucie Foundation’s MOPLA: Construction: A Group Show About Memory & Fabrication, Arena 1 Gallery, CA
2018 - FOCUS photo l.a., Los Angeles, CA
2018 - LensCulture Emerging Talent Group Show, Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2017 - Third Annual The Creative Portrait, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA
2017 - Fresh 2017 Summer Show, Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016 - Second Annual Group Show, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY
 
Talks | Panels
2020 Healing Apparitions: Effects of Art & Stroke, Phoenix, AZ
2018 Healing Apparitions: A Conversation for Medical Professionals on Effects of Art and Stroke, Gainesville, FL
2018 Creative Apparitions: The Creative Mind Through Stroke, Gainesville, FL
2018 California Center for the Digital Arts, Santa Ana, CA
2018 Blue Sky Gallery, Portland OR
2018 OPEN SHOW LA #45, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Compromised Perception - USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Seeing & the Visual Voice: Intersections of Neuroscience and Photography, Belmont, M
 
Criticism | Reviews | Press
2019 Lenscratch - ART + SCIENCE - Art of Healing: J. Fredric May
2019 British Journal of Psychiatry - January Cover
2018 Catalyst Interviews - J. Fredric May
2018 Gainesville Sun "Hallucinations Influence Artist's Creativity"
2018 AAP Magazine - Faces : J. Fredric May
2018 Kinston Daily Free Press “J. Fredric May Turns Injury Into Opportunity”
2018 Desert Star Weekly “A New Vision Takes Shape”
2018 Art & Cake “Compromised Perception: A New Way of Seeing at Hoyt Gallery”
2018 L.A. Diversions “Seeing Things”
2017 The Boston Globe “Six Photographers Examine Identity...”
2017 Foto Relevance “Image Roots & Visual Stories”
 
Honors
2021 Tokyo International Foto Awards - 2nd Place/Gold - Fine Art Portfolio
2020 ND Awards - Honorable Mention - Fine Art, Conceptual
2020 Prix De La Photographie De Paris - Honorable Mention - Fine Art Photography
2020 The Next Big Thing - Studio Channel Islands - Second Place
2020 PhotoSpiva 2020- Merit Award
2020 Moscow International Foto Awards - Silver Medal - Fine Art Portfolio 
2019 Photography at the Emerald - Honorable Mention
2019 28th Annual ISEA International Art Exhibition - Second Place
2019 Camera USA, National Photography Exhibition, Honorable Mention
2018 International Photography Awards - Fine Art Portrait - Honorable Mention
2018 Brand Library & Art Center - Brand 46 National Juried Exhibition - Jane Friend Award
2018 All-About Photo - Faces - Merit Award
2018 FOCUS Photo L.A.. Grand Prize Winner
2017 LensCulture Emerging Talent Top 50 and Juror Award by Debra Klompching
2017 Critical Mass - Awarded Top 50 and Jury Award Solo Show Winner
 
Industrial Film
Penny Jar Pictures LLC - Co-Founder
Getty Contributor - 1999-Present
 
Photojournalist / Staff
Santa Barbara News Press 1998-2001
Santa Maria Times - 1991-1998
The Telegram Tribune - SLO - 1988-1990
Photojournalist / Freelance
Santa Barbara News Press
The Telegram Tribune
Tucson Citizen
Associated PressUSA Today
The Oregonian
Los Angeles Times
New York Times
Time Magazine
The Ventura Star
National Enquirer
Contra Costa Times
San Francisco Chronicle
San Jose Mercury News
Education
Brooks Institute - Bachelor of Science Degree  / Commercial Photographic Science / Color Technology Minor
Eddie Adams Workshop II 1989 - Gray Team / Editors- Peter Howe, Barbara Baker Burrows and Arthur Grace