Kevin McCarty is an artist and educator with a BFA from the University of Cincinnati (2001) and an MFA in Photography and Media from the California Institute of the Arts (2003). McCarty’s work deals mainly with the representation of subcultures and marginal communities through a mixture of visual modes including documentary photography, staged portraiture, and collage. In the series, I’m Not Like You McCarty’s poignant documentary-style photographs and stunning studio portraits of youths from the Los Angeles Latino punk music scene capture the energy and complexity of a thriving alternative culture. On the street and in the studio McCarty produces images where the subjects occupy the photographs with agency.


McCarty’s work has been exhibited at the Armory Center for the Arts, 18th Street Arts Complex, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, NEWSPACE Gallery, and the LA Freewaves Festival in Los Angeles.  Nationally his work has been shown at the Center On Contemporary Art in Seattle, with solo exhibitions at Artist Space in New York and the Richard E. Peeler Art Center at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where his work is part of the permanent collection. He has been included in the Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, LA City Beat, Visual Communications Quarterly, and an essay exploring his work by theorist José Esteban Muñoz appears in Cruising Utopia, The Then and There Of Queer Futurity, “Stages; Queers, Punks, and the Utopian Performative,” (NYU Press, 2009). 


As an educator, McCarty has taught and lectured at California State University Fullerton, the University of California at Irvine, University Of Southern California Roski School Of Art, New York University, and the Director’s Guild of America. He was the Academic Director of Digital Photography at the Art Institute of California – Hollywood and was a permanent faculty member in the department of Digital Photography and Graphic Design at the Art Institute of California – Orange County since 2004.  

2003 MFA - Photography and Media, California Institute of the Arts. 


2001 BFA, University Of Cincinnati.


2013 I’m Not Like You, Peppers Art Gallery - Redlands University, Redlands CA.

2009 I’m Not Like You, Light Bringer Projects / 24 Hour Gallery, Pasadena CA.

2007 I’m Not Like You, Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN.

2005 Chameleon Club | Artist Space | New York, NY.


2016 Tomorrow Never Happens, Samek Art Museum, Buknell University, Lewisburg, PA.

2014 Ephemera As Evidence, Visual Aids, La Ma Ma Galleria, New York, NY.

2007 Weekend Without Make-up | PS122 Gallery, New York, NY.

2006 A Play On Action: 5 Los Angeles Artist Consider Feminism, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

2004 The Leopard Spots: Between Art, Performance & Club Culture,18th Street Arts

Center, Santa Monica, CA.


2018 Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi, “ Ian Markell – Bad Reputation," Art Forum International,


2014 Christine Bacareza Balance, “ Time After Time: St. Jude, Stages, and Muñozian Traces,” Social Text Vol. 121, Duke

University Press

2011 Paul Martin Lester,  Visual Communication 5th Ed., Wadsworth Cengage Learning 

2009 José Esteban Muñoz, Cruising Utopia, The Then and There Of Queer Futurity,“Stages; Queers, Punks, and the Utopian

Performative,” NYU Press

2006 Josh Kun, “The kids are new, but the block isn’t,” Los Angeles Times, 11 June

2004 Lawrence K. Ho, “Into the Night Again,” Los Angeles Times, 15  August, sec. E: 5.


2015  Please Participate  xtine burrough, Art Institute Of California – Hollywood, Los Angeles CA.

 2014 26 Lives  | Kasey Mahoney | Art Institute Of California – Hollywood, Los Angeles CA. Collaborating Design  | DKNG

Studios | Art Institute Of California – Hollywood, Los Angeles CA.

 2013 Terra Incognita  | Mark Edward Harris | Art Institute Of California – Hollywood, Los Angeles CA.

 2009 My Art, My Life  | John Van Hamersveld – 50 Year Retrospective | Art Institute Of California – Orange County,

Santa Ana, CA.

 2005 F-  (co-curated with José Esteban Muñoz, A program of short film and video), Outfest, Roy and

Edna Disney CalArts Theater, Los Angeles, CA.

 2004 Sticky Bonds  [(co-curated with José Esteban Muñoz, A program of short film and video),

Outfest | Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater | Los Angeles, CA.

 2001 QSU Film Festival, Featuring the work of LGBT artist and filmmakers. Featured the premiere of

independent filmmakers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland film  The Fluffer, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

2000 Live / Work – Seven photographers from Southern Ohio deal with the concept of home. 

Presented in conjunction with the Society for Photographic Education’s 2000 National Conference, Embryo Gallery, Cincinnati OH.


2018 – 

2015  Director of Education | SAE Institute, Los Angeles, CA.

2015 –

2010  Full-time faculty in Digital Photography, Art Institute of  California – Hollywood.

2010 –

2004  Full-time faculty in Digital Photography and Graphic Design, Art Institute of California –

Orange County.

2006  Guest Lecturer in Studio Art, University of California Irvine.

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