Deborah Warren began her career in Memphis making documentary films about community issues and cultural traditions of Tennessee and the Mississippi Delta. She now works as a fine art photographer in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Her portfolios include landscapes and historic architecture of America, Italy, and Cuba.
Warren’s focus is the changing landscape in its most elemental forms, the myths and folklore associated with a sense of place, and the architecture designed to frame the landscape. She is motivated by respect for the transcendent message of a cultural landscape.
Warren’s photographs have been featured in juried, solo, group and invitational exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Germany, including the Nikon House, New York City; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Bremen World Trade Center, Germany; the Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas; the Arkansas Arts Center, and the Historic Arkansas Museum of Little Rock; El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the Buckman Arts Center, Memphis, Tennessee.
Warren has been the recipient of numerous awards, grants and honors including the Elisabeth J. Pruett scholarship from the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts to photograph landscapes and architecture in Cuba; an Individual Fellowship of Photography from the Arkansas Arts Council; a Regional Artist Project grant from the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans; and a Hot Springs National Park Artist-in-Residency. Additionally, the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts selected Warren as the 2007 Woman to Watch.
Her photographs have appeared in several notable regional exhibitions including Arkansas Arts Center’s Delta Exhibition, NMWA’s Originals! Arkansas Women Artists, Arkansas Arts Council’s Small Works on Paper, and the Arkansas Women to Watch Exhibition which traveled throughout the state.
“View from Iznaga Tower, Cuba ” was featured in the 2001 From the States exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Writer Jill Waterman’s profile, “Deborah Warren: One Picture’s Story”, appeared in the National Museum of Women in the Arts magazine. She has also been the featured artist in AY magazine (“Captured Beauty”).
Her photographs have been published nationally in American Heritage and Guideposts magazines and are included in many private, public and corporate collections.