Lydia Panas’ photographs have been exhibited internationally and are held in major public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; MoMA Shanghai, and the Allentown Art Museum among others.
She has won numerous awards and honors including First Prize for the Singular Image Award at CENTER, Santa Fe in 2009. She was one of nine artists selected by Houston Fotofest curators for the International Discoveries Exhibit in 2007, and twice selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Exhibition. Most recently her work was honored by the Print Center in Philadelphia for their 100th Anniversary Celebration. She was a nominee for Prix Pictet 2013. Lydia was twice included in the top fifty for the Critical Mass Book Awards. She has received a Puffin Foundation Grant, a John Anson Kittredge Educational Grant and six grants from the PA Council on the Arts, among others.
Lydia’s work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals around the world. Recent venues include the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, the Phillips Collection and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Allentown Art Museum.
Lydia’s photographs have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Photo District News, Popular Photography, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Wall Street Journal Blog, GEO Science, and many others.
She has been invited to lecture at the International Center of Photography, Houston Center for Photography, The Print Center in Philadelphia, and the Athens House of Photography in Athens, Greece. Lydia has taught at numerous institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Maine Media Workshops, Vermont College MFA Program, Muhlenberg, Moravian and Lafayette College, and Kutztown University among others.
Lydia has degrees from Boston College, School of Visual Arts, New York University / International Center of Photography and a Whitney Museum Independent Study Fellowship.
Her first monograph The Mark of Abel was released by Kehrer Verlag and named one of Photo District News’ Books of 2012 as well as a best coffee table book by the Daily Beast.