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Earl Iversen | American, 1943 - present

Iversen studied photography in the late 1960's at the Institute of Design in Chicago and in 1973 received his M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. He began his teaching career at the Massachusetts College of Art in 1973 and became Associate Professor of Photography at the University of Kansas in 1974, where he is currently an emeritus professor.

In 1976, Iversen along with other notable photographers including: Garry Winogrand, Mark Goodman, and Terry Evans pursued varying visual and conceptual ideas regarding the state of Kansas. This resulted in the 1977 photographic survey, Kansas Album. The photographs Iversen made during this project focused on Midwest iconography and were described by James Enyeart as, “visual exploration of and symbols for the complex factors of environment and social structure which make up a culture”. Also, in 1977 Iversen's photographs were included in the exhibition The Great West, Real/Ideal, which toured nationally through the Smithsonian Institution.

One-person exhibitions of Iversen’s photographs have been organized by Harvard University, Colorado Mountain College, University of Dayton, and Sioux City Arts Center.

His work is included in the permanent collections of Spencer Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institute, Museum of Modern Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, among others.