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Ryan is currently based in Memphis. He has recently exhibited work at Griffin Museum of Photography, Black Box Gallery, Crosstown Arts, Praxis Gallery, Memphis College of Art, and Museum of the Mississippi Delta. He is a co-founder of Due South Co-op.

Solo Exhibitions

2018

Went Out for Cigarettes
The Cotton Museum, Memphis, Tennessee

2017

Went Out for Cigarettes
A Novel Experience, Slow Exposures, Zebulon, Georgia

Juried & Group Exhibitions

2018

Camera Work: Landscape & Architecture
Juried by Todd Johnson
Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Art of the South
Juried by Brian Jobe, Locate Arts
Crosstown Arts, Memphis, Tennessee

24th Annual Juried Members' Exhibition
Juried by Richard McCabe
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, Massachusetts

We Rise: The Final Biennial Alumni Exhibition
Juried by Julie Pierotti, Grace Stewart, and Dolph Smith
Memphis College of Art

Your Mind's Eye
Juried by Kim Rushing, Delta State University
Museum of the Mississippi Delta, Greenwood, Mississippi

Making Strange
Juried by Chuck Avery
Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2017

Slow Exposures: Celebrating Photography of the Rural South
Juried by Arnika Dawkins and John Wall
Pike County, Georgia (catalogue)

59th Annual Delta Exhibition
Juried by Betsy Bradley
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

Young Collectors Contemporary
Juried Exhibition
Clayborn Temple, Memphis, Tennessee

2016

Slow Exposures: Celebrating Photography of the Rural South
Juried by David J. Carol and Eliot Dudik
Honorable Mention
Cochran Gallery, LaGrange, Georgia (catalogue)

Peace Among Savages
Juried by Mary Gagler
Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

Framed: Landscape and Architecture
Juried by Chris Bennett
Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon (catalogue)

The Gun Show
Juried by Chad Alligood
Sponsored by Oxford American & Drawl Gallery
Little Rock, Arkansas

Young Collectors Memphis
Juried Exhibition
Crosstown Arts, Memphis, Tennessee

In•form
Crosstown Arts, Memphis, Tennessee

A Strong Current
Faculty Selects
Memphis College of Art

2015

Celebrating the South
Juried Exhibition
Palladio Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

Breaking Narratives
MFA Thesis Exhibition
Memphis College of Art

Art of the South
Juried by Wayne White
Memphis College of Art

Best of Memphis
Juried by Joel Parsons
Box Gallery, The University of Memphis

2014

Person of Interest
Juried by Robert Hollingsworth
Memphis College of Art

2012

Valley View Arts Awareness
Jonesboro, Arkansas

2010

PHOTOcentric 2010: A Juried Photography Exhibition
Jurors Harvey Stein and Stephen Shore
Balter and Gillette Galleries, Garrison Art Center, New York

CDS Photo Awards Projection Event
Golden Belt | Center for Documentary Studies
Duke University

Memphis College of Art BFA Exhibition
Memphis College of Art

Juried Undergraduate Exhibition by Beth Edwards
Memphis College of Art

5–10–12 International Photo Exhibition

2009

Photography Student Exhibition
Memphis College of Art

Photography Exhibition
Trezevant Terrace

Rozelle Artists Guild: Project Sketchbook
Woodard Gallery

Power Up!
Delta Axis Powerhouse

Faculty Selects
Memphis College of Art

Alternative Processes Selects
Memphis College of Art

I Made This: Selected Works from the Photographic Society
Memphis College of Art

Color Photo Selects
Memphis College of Art

Inspired by Light
Immaculate Conception Cathedral School, Memphis, TN

Put Up or Shut Up
Memphis College of Art

2008

Society for Photographic Education
Student Show
Memphis College of Art

Society for Photographic Education
MCA Student Show
Memphis College of Art

They are Us, We are Them
Medicine Factory, Memphis, TN

Photography & Printmaking
Memphis College of Art

Best of Photography
Memphis College of Art

2007

Summer Student Exhibition
Memphis College of Art

2006

Arkansas State University Museum
Main Gallery


Curated Exhibitions

2018

Cross Section
Memphis College of Art

2009

Society for Photographic Education Student Show
Memphis College of Art

Summer Academy Photographic Series
Memphis College of Art Community Education

Saturday School Photographic Series
Memphis College of Art Community Education

Experience

Adjunct Faculty

Memphis College of Art
August 2015 – Present
Instructor of Darkroom Photography, Social Documentary, and Studio Lighting

Photographer & Head of Digital Technologies

Holland Studio of Photography
June 2011 – Present

Photographer

Ryan Steed Photography
May 2005 – Present
Selected projects and clients: Red Hot Album, Blue Delta JeansLooney Ricks Kiss, Crosstown Arts, Cush Foundation, Sharp, Inc., Arkansas Glass Container Corporation, Johnson Benjamin, and Sustainable Shelby.

Photography Department Assistant

Memphis College of Art
2006–2010, January 2015 – May 2015
Darkroom assistant, large format printer technician, and archive photographer

Continuing/Community Education Instructor

Memphis College of Art
Spring 2008 – 2010
Introduction to Darkroom Photography instructor for Weekend Workshop, Summer Academy, Summer Camp, and Saturday School

Photographer

Arkansas State University
August 2001 – August 2003
Photographer for Ph.D Department for Southern Studies


Organizations

Due South Co-op

Founding Member
Est. 2018


Education

Memphis College of Art

MFA, Photography
2014 – 2015

BFA, Photography, Cum Laude
Art History Minor
2006 – 2010
Activities and Societies: Memphis College of Art Photographic Society (Member, Fall 2007–present; President, Spring 2007–Fall 2009)


Assistantships

Postcards from America (Aperture Foundation)

April 2016
Assistant to Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg in the Mississippi Delta

The Watchers

2008–2010
Assistant to Haley Morris-Cafiero 


Publications / Press

2018

The Boston Globe
At the Griffin, selections and connections

AINT-BAD
What We've Found: Social Media
featured photographer

Oxford American
Eyes on the South
featured photographer

AINT-BAD
Curator's Choice
featured photographer

2017

Crosstown Concourse, a film by Justin Elliott Thompson
additional photography

2015

#PHOTOGRAPHY Issue 13
featured photographer

Reframing Photography
featured photographer

2013

Scoutmob.com
photographer, Johnson Benjamin

Catfish Alley
photographer, Talant Trade Co. feature

2009

They Came from South Sudan
photographer and author

Sustainable Shelby
photographer

Rozelle Artists Guild: Project Sketchbook
featured artist

Epilogue Magazine
featured photographer, “Pitch” collaborative series with Alejandra Sabillon

Southern Tenant Farmers Museum
Tyronza, AR

2008

Circle Up Now | Amnesty International
14 credited images

2007

Plowing New Ground: The Southern Tenant Farmers Union and its Place in Delta History by Van Ray Hawkins
photographer


Panels

2016

Photographers At Work in the South
Southern Studies Conference
Auburn University at Montgomery


Presentations

2016

Went Out for Cigarettes
Southern Studies Conference
Auburn University at Montgomery


Honors & Awards

President's List; Memphis College of Art, 2015

President's List; Memphis College of Art, 2014

Dolph & Jessie Smith Emeritus Fellowship Award; Memphis College of Art, 2010

46th William Roberson Alumni Traveling Fellowship | South Sudan; Memphis College of Art, 2010

Area of Excellence Award in Photography; Memphis College of Art, 2010

Ted Rust Award; Memphis College of Art, 2009

Saul & Mildred Brown Memorial Scholarship; Memphis College of Art, 2008


Permanent Collections

Archives
Delta Axis Powerhouse
Memphis, TN

Archives
Rozelle Artists Guild
Memphis, TN

Archives
Memphis College of Art
Memphis, TN

Archives
Arkansas State University Museum
Jonesboro, AR

Archives
Southern Tenant Farmers Museum
Tyronza, AR