Constance Thalken joined the School of Art and Design Photography faculty in 1990. She received her MFA in Photography from Yale University in 1988 and her BA in psychology from Barat College in 1974.
Thalken is a photographer and intermedia artist whose work has been featured in over 80 exhibitions in galleries and museums in the U.S., Mexico, France, Greece and Brazil. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Birmingham Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Bunnen Collection, Georgia Perimeter College and other private collections. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work, including individual artist grants from Georgia Council for the Arts and DeKalb Council for the Arts, a Hambidge Center Residency Fellowship and many research grants from Georgia State University where she is an Associate Professor of Photography in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design.
Thalken’s work involves photography, video, sound, performance and installation. The overarching concern of her work is the complexities of loss. She often uses animal imagery and references to the natural world to address ideas about death, transformation and the cycles of life.