About Me

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Carrie Usmar is a Rhode Island based artist whose narrative work focuses on issues of female identity, motherhood and mental health. She received a B.F.A. from University of Rhode Island in 2009, got married, and has been the primary caregiver to her four children for the past 10 years. Even though her current job is 24/7, she finds time to create and find beauty in her messy chaotic life. Carrie has exhibited her photographs in group exhibitions at Rhode Island Center For Photographic Arts and Newport Art Museum as well as an online exhibition on The Luupe. She also received best series in the Women Seen By Women category of the 18th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. Carrie is also a writer and has been published by the websites Perfection Pending and Kindred Mom. Carrie’s hope is that her work begins the conversation we are all too afraid to have, while raising awareness to the stigmas of mental health and motherhood.

For Inquiries: carrieusmar@gmail.com

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2022   

2022 Newport Biennial, Juror: Dr Kimberli Gant, PhD, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI

 

8th International Call For Art, Juror: Jessica Roscio, RI Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI

 

2009   

URI Senior Student Showcase, Gallery Z, Providence, RI

 

            Imago Fem, West Side Arts, Providence, RI

 

2008   

URI Senior Student Thesis, Fine Art Center, Kingston, RI

 

 

ONLINE EXHIBITIONS

 

2022   

How We See Ourselves, The Luupe

 

            Love Our Children, Curator: Laurie Frietag, L.A. Photo Curator

 

            The “I” A Call for Self Portraiture, Curator: Ellen Friedlander, L.A. Photo Curator

 

2021   

Storyteller’s Exhibition, RI Center For Photographic Arts

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

 

2022   

Best Series, Non-Professional Women Seen By Women Category, 18th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards

 

            Honorable Mention for “Actively Listens”, The “I” A Call for Self Portraiture, Curator: Ellen Friedlander, L.A. Photo Curator

 

PRESS

 

2022   

18th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, Fotonostrum Magazine, Issue 27, June 2022

 

A Critique of “Resume Of A Stay At Home Mom” on The Crit House with reviewers Phil Penman and Derek Fahsbender

 

            Audio Guide of “Laundry Specialist” at The Newport Biennial, Newport Art Museum, Newport RI

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