Greg Foster-Rice - Columbia College Chicago

Greg Foster-Rice

Associate Provost for Student Retention Initiatives
Associate Professor


Greg Foster-Rice, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor who teaches photographic history, theory, and criticism in the Department of Photography. He has published extensively, including essays in Romare Bearden in the Modernist Tradition (Romare Bearden Foundation, 2010), and Black Is, Black Ain't (Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2013). His first book was the anthology Reframing the New Topographics, which he co-edited with John Rohrbach (Center for American Places, 2011).  He is also the co-curator of the exhibition The City Lost & Found: Capturing New York, Chicago & Los Angeles, 1960-1980 (Art Institute of Chicago and Princeton Univeristy Art Museum 2014-2015). The catalogue for The City Lost & Found, which he co-edited and co-authored, won the Philip Johnson Award from the Society for Architectural Historians. His current project is the exhibition and publication The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold: Art, Identity & Politics which runs October 11-December 21, 2018 at the Museum of Contemporary Photography.  He has received numeorus fellowships and grants for his research, including awrds from The Terra Foundation for American Art, Neweberry Library, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). He received his BA in Art/Art History/History from Rice University, Houston, Texas and his PhD in Art History from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. 

Instructional Areas

As a teacher Foster-Rice is engaged in a wide range of photographic media (historical/digital, still/video) and their relationships to a variety of contexts (artistic, cinematic, commercial, photojournalistic, and scientific). He teaches the History of Photography surveys, Upper-level Theory courses, and special topics courses.

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Foster-Rice's current research focuses on the intersection of photography and issues of urbanism, landscape, and identity. He also writes more generally about art and visual culture of the 20th and 21st centuries.


B.A., Art and Art History Rice University 1994
M.A., Art History Northwestern University 1995
Ph.D., Art History Northwestern University 2003