Dana Salvo has received the important John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, as well as a subsequent Guggenheim Subvention. He has twice received the Fulbright Scholar Award. A nationally recognized photographer, his work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States. He has also received grants from the Lila Wallace Fund; the Asian Cultural Council; the Massachusetts Cultural Council; the Berkshire Taconic Foundation's Artist Resource Trust; the LEF Foundation; and several other awards which assist artists in mid-career. His work is represented in numerous collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Fogg Art Museum, San Francisco MOMA, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Addison Gallery of American Art.
Salvo is the author of Home Altars of Mexico. Published simultaneously by the University of New Mexico Press in the United States as well as Thames and Hudson in Great Britain. For more than ten years, Salvo traveled throughout the central highlands and southern states of Mexico. They visited the Purepehcan Indians in Michoacan, the Chamulan and Zinacantan tribes in Chiapas, the Maya of the Yucatan peninsula, and several other isolated groups in the rural countryside. At the heart of many homes in Mexico is the altarcito, or home altar, which creates a focus of intricate and sincere spirituality with profound personal and familial meaning reflecting the vitality of Mexico's spiritual practices.
Salvo's photographs of domestic interiors give voice to the multicultural and multi-religious fabric of the United States and the world, helping to promote a wider understanding of our rising religious plurality. The images serve to create an appreciation of cultural assimilation, adaptation and community formation while helping people of all faiths to see beyond the confines of their own world. The photographs gaze behind public displays of faith and tradition and into the private realm of personal reverence represented within families’ homes. The images depict the vernacular iconography of the home inhabited by diverse ethnic and cultural populations in the United States and abroad where a profound spiritual character and strong family histories are in evidence.
He owns Clark Gallery. Clark Gallery exhibits contemporary art in all media by emerging, mid-career, and established artists from the Northeast and nationally. He is a member of the Boston Art Dealers Association.
Clark Gallery is honored to announce the photographs of Dana Salvo are included in Morbid Curiousity: The Richard Harris Collection at the Chicago Cultural Center. This groundbreaking exhibition showcases over one thousand artworks and other artifacts from the personal collection of Chicago-based collector Richard Harris. Amassed over several decades, Harris’s collection explores the iconography of death across cultures and traditions spanning nearly six thousand years, and includes works by some of the greatest artists of our time.