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Wendy Young

Wendy Young

American, born 1963

Wendy Young is a local photographer of long standing whose work is not yet represented in the collection. Raised in Florida, she began photographing at the age of nineteen. The artist studied music and played the French Horn while in college in Mississippi and Florida. She moved to Santa Fe with her young daughter in 1996 to complete her undergraduate degree at the College of Santa Fe (BFA 1999), working with David Scheinbaum and Steve Fitch. One of her early series was of her daughter, Corey, and her friends in their teenage years and Young has continued to explore personal and family themes in her work.

In New Mexico, Young has worked for many years as an assistant to photographer Gay Block and has taught photography to college students and teenagers at the College of Santa Fe, as well as working as a darkroom manager and lab assistant. In 1998, she was voted Outstanding Senior in the Art Department at the College of Santa Fe and in 2004 she was awarded the Willard Van Dyke Award by the New Mexico Council on Photography. Locally, her work has been shown at photo-eye gallery and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, the Albuquerque Museum, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and the Palace of the Governors. (Ware 2012)