Lindley Warren Mickunas (she/her/hers) is a photographer and the founder of The Reservoir, a collective editorial project on the politics of image-making. Warren Mickunas is a curatorial assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Photography and an MFA Photography candidate at Columbia College Chicago. She was named a 2020 Aperture Portfolio Prize Runner-Up, published in FotoFilmic's JRNL 2 edited by STANLEY/BARKER, and exhibited by Der Greif at Berlin Photo Week.


2021 MFA in Photography, Columbia College Chicago (expected)
2018 BFA in Photography with highest distinction, University of Iowa


2019-21 Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Contemporary Photography
2018-19 Curatorial Assistant of Modern and Contemporary Art, Stanley Museum of Art
2019 VSCO Voices Mentor
2018-19 Program Assistant of the Intermedia Research Initiative, Stanley Museum of Art
2017-18 Intermedia Research Initiative Research Fellow, Stanley Museum of Art

Select Exhibitions

2021 What A Body Moves Through, Curated by June T Sanders, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR (forthcoming)
2020 Knotweed, Curated by Dylan Hausthor, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA
2020 Take It From Here, Curated by Zora J Murff & Rana Young, Brick City Gallery, Springfield, MO
2020 Roll Call, Study Hall Gallery, Utica, NY
2019 Berlin Photo Week, Exhibited by Der Greif, Kraftwerk Berlin, Berlin, DE
2019 New Poetics, Aviary Gallery, Boston, MA
2018 New Midwest Photography, James Watrous Gallery, Madison, WI
2018 Summer Sun Day Dream, The Lab @ Silver Eye, Pittsburgh, PA
2018 Familiar/Familial (best in show), Photo-Emphasis, Online
2018 The Meadows, The Half King, New York, NY (solo)
2018 Oranbeg Net 2.8: What will suffice, Online

2018 University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (solo)
2018 Space Place, Nizhniy Tagil, Russia (solo)
2018 HATCH, MEDICI Gallery, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


2021 Anderson Ranch Arts Center Award
2020 Aperture Portfolio Prize Runner-Up
2020 Critical Mass 2020 Finalist
2020 Palm* Photo Prize Shortlist
2020 Lenscratch Student Prize, Honorable Mention
2020 Anderson Ranch Arts Center Award
2019 Columbia College Chicago, full tuition Graduate Fellowship
2018 PDN Photo Annual, Student Work
2018 Lenscratch Student Prize, Honorable Mention
2018 SPE Student Award for Innovations in Imaging

Select Publications

Zelony-Mindell, Efrem. Primal Sight, Gnomic Book. 15 January 2021.

Fletcher, Gem. Exposure: Lindley Warren Mickunas, Creative Review. 18 September 2020.

Celii, Alana. The Meadows, Heavy III. 2019.

STANLEY/BARKER. JRNL 2, FotoFilmic. October 2019.

Graves, Kris, Jon Feinstein, and Roula Seikaly. On Death, Kris Graves Projects & Humble Arts Foundation. August 2019.

Select Press

C41: Lindley Warren Mickunas and the conflicting feelings of closeness and distance with family

Lenscratch: Lindley Warren Mickunas: The 2020 Lenscratch Student Prize Honorable Mention

GUP: Lindley Warren Mickunas: Maternal Sheet

Hero Magazine: Palm* Photo Prize’s 2020 shortlist showcases the best new photography talent

Paper Journal: Looking onwards: 18 photographers envision hope for the future

Magnum Photos:
 Images of Solidarity and Community in Times of COVID-19

Vogue Italia: When I becomes we, even illness becomes wellness

Der Greif: When I becomes we, even illness becomes wellness

2020 Portfolio Prize Runner-Up: Lindley Warren Mickunas

“Maternal Sheet” by Photographer Lindley Warren Mickunas

LensCulture: Maternal Sheet, Interview by Dylan Hausthor

Photographers on Photographers: Lindley Warren Mickunas and Eli Durst

Topic: The Pioneer Women

Artist Talks

2020 School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Visiting Artist Lecture)
2020 University of Northern Iowa (Visiting Artist Lecture)
2018 Marble Hill Camera Club, New York, NY
2018 Half King Photo, New York, NY