Izabella Provan (b. 1993) is a photographer living in Portland, Maine. She received a BFA from the Maine College of Art in 2015. Her images examine privacy, space, censorship, and contradictions in gray areas. Utilizing analog, digital, and experimental processes, Provan is concerned by an isolated existence and makes work that inspects the middle ground in the presence of anticipation, the fear of the unknown. Provan is a recipient of the first MESH Exhibition Grant from the Buschlen Mowatt Nichol Foundation in connection with a two-person show organized by Fotofilmic at The Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver. Her images have been shown at the PhoPa Gallery in Maine, localhost.gallery, and printed in publications including Wilt Magazine and Papersafe Magazine. She currently works as the Media Technician for the Maine College of Art.

Instagram: @ableblues

EDUCATION 

2015
BFA in Photography with Honors, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

SOLO EXHIBITION 

2016
Embargo / O Grab Me, Fuzz Hut, Manchester, NH

TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2020
MESH Exhibition, with Gregory Kaplowitz, The Polygon Gallery, FotoFilmic, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

2019
Scrapes, with Nathan Bobey, Giant Maine, Portland, ME, Curated by Hannah Adams

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021
ACROSS MEDIA | Works by the MECA Studio Technicians, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2019
New Poetics, From Here On Out & Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA

2018
LIMINAL, PhoPa Gallery, Portland, ME
Survey Show, New System Exhibitions, Portland, ME

2017
Photo A Go-Go, Speedwell Gallery, Portland, ME
There Are No Girls on the Internet, localhost Gallery, Minecraft: 162.244.165.111:48849, Curated by Melissa Spitz
Crushed, Brooklyn Dirty Book Fair, Brooklyn, NY Curated by Matthew Leifheit
Alternative Facts, Humble Arts Foundation, Brooklyn, NY

2015
Aggregate, Zand Head Gallery, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Photo-A-Go-Go, The Bakery Photographic Collective, Westbrook, ME

2014
Merit Show, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Photo-A-Go-Go, The Bakery Photographic Collective, Westbrook, ME
BFA Show, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2013
Merit Show, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
BFA Show, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Who We Are, Nothing Major, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Photo-A-Go-Go, The Bakery Photographic Collective, Westbrook, ME

2012
BFA Show, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

2021
Honorable Mention, Lucie Scholarship Program: Photo Made, Lucie Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

2019
MESH Exhibition Grant, Fotofilmic, Buschlen Mowatt Nichol Foundation, Vancouver, Canada

2014
MECA Award, BFA Show, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2013-2015 
Endowed Scholarship, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2012-2015 
Bob Crew Scholarship, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2011-2015 
President’s Scholarship, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Lunder Scholarship, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

ONLINE EXHIBITIONS & PRINT PUBLICATIONS 

2021
Buildings Well Rot Ceilings Will Crumble, Self Published, Portland, ME, Print
online_zine_01: ÉCHO\\ANXIETÉ, revue (feu), Online
ROCK. Valentine Editions, Online Exhibition
Gibberish One, Gibberish, Brooklyn, NY, Online

2017
ENTER RURAL SCENE, Wash and Fold Press, Print
Other Eden, Papersafe Magazine, Curated by Vivian Ewing, Print

2016
Pressed, The Latent Image, October 28, 2016, Online
Wilt Magazine, Issue 1, Wilt Press, Print
For Your Eyes Only, Self Published, Print
Issue 6 | ORIGINS, Archive Collective Magazine, Online

2015
Self-ie, Ain't Bad Magazine, Issue 10

2014
Upshots of Short Skirts, Self Published, Print

ARTIST TALK 

2018
LIMINAL Artist Talk, New System Exhibitions, Portland, ME

RESIDENCIES

2018
MECA Alumni Residency, Portland, ME

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2019-Current
Media Technician, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2015-2019
Bookseller, Social Media Manager, Longfellow Books, Portland, ME

2015
Photo Assistant to Ben Hoffmann, Portland, ME
Tintype Assistant to Penn Chan, Tintype Event @ Kurier, Portland, ME

2014-2016
Festival Assistant, Bluestocking Film Festival, SPACE Gallery, Portland, ME

2014 
Tintype Assistant to Cole Caswell, Common Ground Fair, Unity, ME

2013-2015
Assistant to Bryan Graf and Justin Kirchoff, Open House, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2012-2015
Photo/Media Tech Assistant, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

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