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About Gary C. Dwyer

Gary Dwyer first studied photography at Syracuse University where he earned simultaneous degrees in Landscape Architecture and Fine Arts. He teaches courses that are often interdisciplinary and include topics of urban design, graphic design, portfolio production, drawing and photography.

Before turning his efforts entirely to photography in 1994, he had a career as a sculptor that allowed him to do large scale commissions in numerous countries.

In 1987 he photographed two climbing expeditions in the Himalayas. In 1992 He photographed the Botanical Survey Project on Baffin Island, Northwest Territories in the Canadian Arctic and in 1994 documented World Heritage Sites for UNESCO in Vietnam.

In 2004 he was one of the Winners of the Project Earth Photographic Competition. Santa Fe Center for Photography (now CENTER) And he received a Lucie Award for Advertising photography.

In 2005, while a Resident Artist at the American Academy in Rome, he photographed Architecture in Danger of Disappearing in Italy, for The World Monuments Fund. The Work was published in their magazine (Icon) and exhibited at their galleries in Paris and New York.

His work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, the Oakland Museum in California and is in the collection of La Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
In 2007 his work was exhibited in Atlántica Colectivas, the Photographic Biennial in Tenerife in the Canary Islands. And in 2008 his work was included in the Photographic Biennial in Nancy, France. And the Exhibition Images ’08 in Vevey, Switzerland

He has published fifteen photographic books since 2007. They are available on and


Present Emeritus Professor, Landscape Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


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Honors and Awards

  • American Academy in Rome – Resident Artist
  • Who's Who in America - 48th Edition
  • The MacDowell Colony, Fellowship, Peterborough, New Hampshire
  • Institut De France - Fellowship - Academie Des Beaux Arts - Paris
  • Lila Wallace / Reader's Digest Fund - Fellowship - New York
  • Tyrone Guthrie Centre - Fellowship - Annamakerig, Ireland
  • Cité Internationale des Arts and the American Center - Residency - Paris
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development - Design Award
  • National Endowment for the Humanities - Urban Architecture Fellowship
  • American Society of Landscape Architects - Design Merit Award
  • Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) with The Rockefeller Foundation