BLM Artist-in-Residence Kirk Gittings was born in Alaska, but he has resided in the Southwest for 54 years. His father was an avid photographer, and Kirk grew up with a darkroom in his childhood home.
Gittings has been a career photographer since 1970. He formally studied at the famous photography department of the University of New Mexico, and ultimately received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Since college, Gittings has widely published and exhibited photographs throughout the United States. To date, his architectural photography has appeared in hundreds of magazines and in 75 books, while his black and white art photography has been displayed in 83 exhibits. His work is represented in many museum, corporate, and private collections in the United States and abroad.
In 2005 a 30-year retrospective book and exhibit were produced entitled Shelter from the Storm: The Photographs of Kirk Gittings. In addition, he is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico, and he has been an ongoing Visiting Artist for 14 years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Gittings has received numerous honors, including a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The State Legislature of New Mexico recognized artist Kirk Gittings for his life’s work in 2006.