Lydia Panas is a visual artist working with photography and video. All her work is made in the fields, the forests, and the studio of her seventy-acre farm in Pennsylvania. The connection she feels to this land and her family is the foundation of her work.
Panas’ work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally at venues including Artists Space (New York), Athens House of Photography, Corcoran Collection (Washington D.C.), Korean Cultural Center (Los Angeles), Kunstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Museum of Modern Art (Tblisi), National Portrait Gallery (London), Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO), Philips Collections (Washington D.C.), The Print Center (Philadelphia), Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Edinuburgh), and Zendai Museum of Art (Shanghai). Her photographs are represented in public and private collections including the Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Palm Springs Art Museum, Allentown Art Museum (PA), Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, and the Sheldon Museum of Art (Lincoln), among others.
Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Village Voice, French Photo, and Hyperallergic, among other publications. Two monographs of her earlier work have been published, Falling from Grace (Conveyor Arts, 2016) and The Mark of Abel (Kehrer Verlag, 2012), which was named a best coffee table book by the Daily Beast.
Panas has degrees from Boston College, School of Visual Arts, and New York University/International Center of Photography. The recipient of a Whitney Museum Independent Study Fellowship and a CFEVA Fellowship, she has been an Artist-in-Residence at MASS MoCA, Banff Centre for the Arts, and a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.