Carrie Mae Weems was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1953, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn and Syracuse. She earned her B.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 1981 and her M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego, in 1984. She won the Ansel Adams Center Photographer of the Year Award in 1994.

Weems's solo exhibitions include Constructing History: A Requiem to Mark the Moment, ACA Gallery of SCAD, Atlanta (2008); A Survey, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York (2008); The Louisiana Project, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans (2003); Carrie Mae Weems: The Hampton Project, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Mass. (2000); Who What When Where, Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New York (1998); Carrie Mae Weems: The Kitchen Table Series, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (1996); Carrie Mae Weems Reacts to Hidden Witness, J. Paul Getty Museum of Art, Malibu (1995); Projects 52: Carrie Mae Weems, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1995); Carrie Mae Weems, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. (1993); and And 22 Million Very Tired and Very Angry People, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1991).

Group exhibitions include Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2004); Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, International Center of Photography, New York (2003); Second Johannesburg Biennale, Africus Institute for Contemporary Art (1997); Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (1995); Black Male, Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1994); and Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1991).

Photo of Carrie Mae Weems by Jeff Hoone