About Me

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Carrie Usmar is an artist, writer, and stay at home mother living in rural Rhode Island with her husband and four children. Living in day-to-day isolation and raising kids in a never enough culture has made her value the beauty of being real and the art of slowing down. Her narrative work is devoted to exposing shame, being vulnerable, and building connection. She uses a documentary practice and fantastical approach to address the stigmas of domestic motherhood and depression.

 

Carrie received a BFA from the University of Rhode Island with a focus in photography and filmmaking. She has exhibited in group exhibitions at Rhode Island Center For Photographic Arts, Newport Art Museum and The Curated Fridge as well as online exhibitions on The Luupe and L.A. Photo Curator. She also received best series in the Women Seen By Women category of the 18th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards and best series in the Culture and Daily Life category of the 18th Pollux Awards.   

For Inquiries: carrieusmar@gmail.com

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2022  

            Summer 2022, Juror: Aline Smithson, The Curated Fridge

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 Culture and Daily Life Category, 18th Pollux Awards

            Lenscratch Feature Winner, The Curated Fridge Summer 2022, Juror: Aline Smithson

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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