Bio

Debe Arlook  (b. 1962) is an American artist based in Los Angeles. A native of New Jersey, Arlook studied filmmaking and psychology at American University, Washington, DC. 

She is a 2021, 2020 Critical Mass Finalist and 2020 Photo LA Top 20 Finalist. Arlook exhibits at national venues such as Rick Wester Fine Art, (New York City, NY), Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester,MA), Center for Photographic Arts (Carmel, CA), Museum of Art & History (Lancaster, CA), California State University (Los Angeles, CA),  San Diego Art Institute (San Diego, CA), and international venues include FotoNostrum, (Barcelona, Spain) and Fahle Galerii Art Gallery (Tallinn, Estonia).  Arlook's work has been published in L’Oeil de la Photographie, Rangefinder, Shots Magazine, What Will You Remember, among others.  Her work will be the focus of study at Universitè Touluse, France 2022/2023.

In addition to her own studio practice, Arlook is a Pasadena Photography Arts advisor, curator and host for FORUM and Open Show Pasadena/East Los Angeles. She is a Contributing Editor and Resource Manager for the Photobook Journal. Arlook transitioned from the darkroom to inkjet printing, and founded Arlook Printing Services, providing project consultation and archival printing for fine art photographers.

Debe Arlook is represented by Posner Fine Art  (Los Angeles, CA) and VICA, Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (Venice, CA). 


Curriculum Vitae

Selected Group Exhibits

2022 — Perceive Me, Commissioned & Curated by Kristine Schomaker, Mesa Community College, Mesa, CA
2021—  6th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Jurors Elisabeth Biondi & Barbara Davidson, Fotonostrum Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2021 — Love, Devotion, Surrender, Dedication, Curated by Rick Wester & Mary Shah, Rick Wester Fine Art, New York City, NY
2021 — Perceive Me, Commisioned & Curated by Kristine Schomaker, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
2021 — Member's Juried Exhibition, Juror Susan Burnstine, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA 
2021 — Heeled, A Western Ballad, Curated by Yessica Torres, H Gallery, Ventura
2021 — Digits: A Parallel Universe, Curated by Paula Tognarelli, Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA
2021 —California Love-A Visual Mixtape Part 2, Curated by Michael Rababy, The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2021 — Perceive Me, Commissioned & Curated by Kristine Schomaker, Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA
2020 —California Love, Invitational, The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2020 — FOCUS photo l.a., Juried by Shayna Nys Dambrot & Maria Dubon, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA
2020 — Perceive Me, Commissioned & Curated by Kristine Schomaker, California State University, Los Angeles,CA
2019 — Edge to Edge, Juried by Juri Koll, Fahle Galerii, Tallin, Estonia
2019 — OFF THE CLOCK, Juried by W.M. Hunt, American Photographic Association, Santa Monica CA
2019 — Common Threads, Juried by Richard S.Chow,  Art-Share,  Los Angeles, CA
2019 — The Beyond Gala, Juried by Juri Koll, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA
2018 — Out In The Street, Juried by Juri Koll, Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2018 — LACP Members Exhibition, Juried by Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston TX, Los Angeles, CA
2018 — One Louder, Curated by Dulce Stein, Neutra Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA
2018 — Nine @ Lamperouge, Lamperouge Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017 — California Rising, Juried by Chris Davies, Fabrik Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017 — Abstraction, Juried by Blue Mitchel, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT  
2017 —  Limited Engagement, The Loft @ tag, Los Angeles, CA
2017 — VS, 825 Gallery, Juried by Nancy Kaye, West Hollywood, CA
2017 — The Thunder of Meaning, Juried by Wendy Posner, 825 Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
2017 — Out There, 825 Gallery, Juried, West Hollywood, CA
2016,17 — Los Angeles: Detailed, Annenberg Community Beach House, Juried, Santa Monica, CA
2016,17 — Southern California/Baja Biennial Invitational, San Diego Art Institute, CA
2016 — LACP Members Exhibition, Juried by January Parkos Arnall, dnj Gallery, Santa Monica, CA           
2016 — Size Matters, Juried by Allie Haeusslein, Low Gallery, San Diego, CA
2015 — In This Frame, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA
2014 — Through The Lens, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA
2009 — Los Angeles League of Photographers, Santa  Monica Pier Centennial, Santa Monica,  CA
2006 — Alternative Photography, Julia Dean Photo Gallery, Venice, CA
2006 — Everyday L.A., Metro Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005 — Damage, drkrm gallery, Juried John Matowsky, Los Angeles, CA
2004 — Site-Seen Los Angeles, I-5 Gallery, Brewery Arts Complex, Los Angeles, CA
2004 — Visions of Venice, Julia Dean Photo Gallery, Marina Del Rey, CA
2003 — Personal Ads, American Photographic Association, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
2002 — Personal Ads, American Photographic Association, Louis Stern Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Awards/Grants

2021 — Critical Mass Top 200 Finalist
2021 — 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 2nd Place, Motion
2021 — 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Honorable Mention, Digital Manipulation + Collage
2020 — Critical Mass Top 200 Finalist
2020 — Center for Cultural Innovation, Grant, California
2020 — Focus Top 20, Photo L.A.  
2018 — 13th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Honorable Mention, Fine Art
2018 — 13th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Honorable Mention, Digital Manipulation + Collage
2014 — Pasadena Photographic Arts Council, 1st Place, Shadow & Light

Books

2020 — California Love, Cali Editions
2019 — Perceive Me, Edition One Books 
2019 — OFF THE CLOCK, American Photographic Association
2015  — Emptiness Defined, Self Published

Publications

2021 — Lenscratch, Highlights from Month Of Photography Denver Reviews
2021 — What Will You Remember?, Digits: A Parallel Universe
2021 — Don’t Take Pictures, Dusk to Dawn
2021 — What Will You Remember, LACP Exposure Weekend
2021 — Lenscratch, The 2020 Favorite Photo Exhibition
2020 —What Will You Remember, Remarkable Images from Critical Mass 2020!
2020— F-Stop Magazine, Issue 101  Open Theme
2018 — F-Stop Magazine, Issue 89 Altered Image                                                                   
2018 — F-Stop Magazine, Issue 87 Beauty/Beautiful 
2017 — Lenscratch, Love Letters
2015 — L’Oeil de la Photgraphie, Photo Independent
2015 — Lenscratch, Bathing Suits and Sunburns  
2014 — LenscratchSelf Portrait and Selfies 
2014 — Lenscratch,Your Favorite Portrait
2013 — Lenscratch, Toy Camera Exhibit 
2013 — Lenscratch, Night Exhibition                                                                                                  
2009 — Rangefinder Magazine, print
2008 — 22 Century Rock, print 
2003 — Shots Magazine, No. 82, print 

Magazine Features

2021 — Artist of Possibility, Loss of Grief and Transformation
2018 — Èclat International 
2017 — Ain't Bad Magazine

Presenter/Curator

2021 —Open Show Pasadena, Between Fact & Fiction, Co-Curator Granville Carroll
2021 — Open Show Pasadena, Inspire+Elevate Part II, Curator 
2021 — FORUM Host, Guest: Michael Rababy 
2021 — Open Show Pasadena, Inspire+Elevate Part I, Curator
2020 — Open Show Pasadena, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
2020 — Los Angeles Center of Photography, Teaching Assistant, Los Angeles, CA
2019 — Boys & Girls Club of America, Santa Monica, CA
2018 — Street Photography, A Legacy, Muzeumm, VICA, Los Angeles, CA
2018 — Open Show Los Angeles, Los Angeles Center of Photography, CA
2018 — Digital Photography for Teens, Los Angeles Center of Photography, CA
2018 — LitFest Panel Discussion, Girdner Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2018 — F8 Salon, Pasadena, CA 
2017 — Spark Mentor, La Conte Middle School, Los Angeles, CA
2017 — Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica, CA
2016 — Pasadena Photographers Art Council, Pasadena, CA
2014 — Pasadena Photographers Art Council, Pasadena, CA
2014 — Pasadena Photography Arts, Pasadena, CA
2014 — Open Show LA, Gallery,Los Angeles,CA

Art Fairs

2020— StartUp Fair, Venice, CA.2019 — Art Palm Springs, Palm Springs, CA.
2019 — StartUp Fair, Venice, CA .2018 — Pop Art Show, Santa Monica, CA
2015 — 2017 Photo Independent, Los Angeles, CA

Education

2001 — Present,  Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA   
                 Studied with Cig Harvey, Sam Abell, Phil Borges, Aline Smithson, Julia Dean, Susan Burnstine, Stephen Wilkes
1980 —1984  B.A. Film & Media, Minor Psychology,  American University, Washington, D.C.

Residency

2018 — Antidote, Hondo, New Mexico led by Jonathan Blaustein with Caleb Cain Marcus, Kyohei Abe

Affiliations

American Photographic Artists
American Society of Media Photographers
Boys & Girls Club of America, Educator
Creative Visions Foundations
Center for Fine Art Photography
Center for Photographic Art
Los Angeles Center for Photography, Substitute Teacher & Teaching Assistant 2018-Present
Los Angeles Art Association
Los Angeles League of Photographers
Open Show Pasadena - Advisor
PhotoBook Journal - Resource Manager, Contributor 
Pasadena Photography Arts - Board Member
Society of Photographic Education 
SPARK Mentor Program

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