Whitney Bradshaw is a photographer living and working in Chicago. She is currently the head of the visual art conservatory at The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts). In addition to chairing the visual art department, Whitney teaches the 2-year AP Photography Major course to juniors and seniors. Before beginning her work at ChiArts in 2012, Whitney was the assistant curator of the renowned LaSalle Bank Photography Collection and the curator of photography for the Bank of America Collection. As a curator, she developed more than 40 exhibitions, which have been loaned to museums and cultural centers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. In addition, she has published a number of books and essays on the collection’s holdings and served on the editorial board of the Columbia College Press. During her 13 years as a curator, Whitney continued to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses at Columbia College Chicago. She received her MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2001. Her photographs can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography as well as numerous private collections and have been published in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune as well as in My Body Your Body (No. 1 in the 6×6 Series) published by Columbia College Chicago in 2003. Prior to her graduate studies, Whitney attained a BA in Sociology, spearheaded, and was the first to graduate with a minor in, the Women’s Studies program at Eastern Illinois University. In addition to working in a CPS school, Whitney has a daughter who has attended CPS schools for 12 years.
Portrait by Devina Yoestong