Mary Lou Uttermohlen uses her medium to explore the nature of communities. For several decades has been photographing shantytowns of the American homeless. In another long-term project, she has been documenting the spiritual culture of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Uttermohlen studied art at Shepherd University in WVa and received a Master's from The Ohio State University. She has served as an adjunct professor of photography at The Ohio State University, The Columbus College of Art and Design, and Loyola University.
Photo Lucida’s Critical Mass 2016 named her as a top photographer. Her work was chosen to be part of “The Fence” in 2017 and the Bombay Sapphires Artisan series.
She has also earned two individual artist fellowships, has a long exhibition record, and is in several collections including the New Orleans Museum of Art, United States Embassy in Moscow, Russia, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Collection.