Polly Gaillard is a fine art photographer, writer, and educator. She is an Adjunct Professor of Art at Furman University and has taught photography workshops and college courses for more than ten years including summers abroad teaching American students in Prague, Czech Republic, and Cortona, Italy. Polly received a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2010. She has exhibited her fine art photographs nationally and published a limited edition artist book, Pressure Points, with a foreword by actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Polly's photographic skills traverse contemporary art, documentary, portrait, and traditional photographic practices. She lives in Greenville, SC with her daughter who lovingly calls her Susan.



Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of South Carolina Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art, Vermont College of Fine Arts


2017 She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL.  Invitational.

Looking In, Looking Out, Photographs by Polly Gaillard, Southeast Center for Photography, Greenville, SC.

2016 The Last Portrait, 20 Years of Portrait Photography by Polly Gaillard, Vandiver Gallery, Anderson University, Anderson, SC.

With Our Own Eyes, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA, Juried by Judy Walgren and Ann Jastrab. *Honorable Mention

Photo ’16 Exhibition, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Juried by Sam Abell.

2015 Family Ties: South Carolina Women Photographers on Family, McKissick Museum, Columbia, SC. Invitational.

The Last Portrait by Polly Gaillard, SC Gov. School for the Arts & Humanities, Lipscomb Gallery, Greenville, SC.

2014 New Visions, Polly Gaillard and Allison Hunter, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL.

Reframing Family, Photographs by Polly Gaillard, Pickens Museum of Art, Pickens, SC.

2013 Contact Boundary, Whipple Fine Arts Building, Umpqua Community, Roseburg OR.  Invitational.

My Aim Is True, The Frostig Center Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, A group exhibition/fundraiser including Sally Mann, Cindy Sherman, Cy Twombly, Sebastaio Salgado, William Eggleston, Polly Gaillard, Alexandra Hedison, Eugene Pinkowski, Andy Warhol, Mary Ellen Mark, et al, Curated by Jamie Lee Curtis. 

2012 Now and Then, Pickens County Museum of Art, Pickens, SC.  Invitational.

Home, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juried by Angela Bacon-Kidwell. *Honorable Mention

Voyeurism & Intimacy, Rayko Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Juried by Todd Hido.

Alignments, Lee Gallery, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.  Invitational.

Reframing; Motherhood, Memory and Loss, Vandiver Gallery, Anderson University, Anderson, SC.

2011 Intimacy, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL, Juried by Andrea Green.

Pose and Gesture, Vermont Photo Workplace, Middlebury, VT, Juried by Tim Anderson.

Women; Relationship & Identity, Homewood Studios, Minneapolis, MN, Juried by Rachel Epp Butler.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center Juried Exhibition, Denver, CO, Juried by Elijah Gowin.

2010 Photoplace Open, 2010, Vermont Photo Workplace, Middlebury, VT, Juried by Keith Carter.

Women's International Juried Photo Exhibition 2010, 12 12 Gallery, Richmond, VA, Juried by Margaret Salisbury.

M/A/M/A Mother Artist Mother Artist, The Arts Center, Clemson, SC.  Invitational.

Nostalgia, Vermont Photography Workplace, Middlebury, VT, Juried by Larissa Leclair.

Pressure Points, Roe Art Gallery, Furman University, Greenville, SC.