Andrew Thomas Lopez earned his MFA at Columbia College Chicago and BFA in photography at the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art, University of Akron. Lopez’s focus in photography began with his interests in constructing realities that embraced filmic narratives, influenced by his study of cinema and philosophy. In 2009, his son Sabas was diagnosed with autism. His artistic interests coupled with an aspiration to better communicate and engage with his son, have fueled his drive and inspiration as an artist and father. His ongoing project, This Means Something… This is Important, mixes complementary aesthetics of an artist trained at the photographic craft and a child with an intuitive ability to create art. The images capture the many creative facets of a child’s perspective, to build meaning in the world around him. The series has been exhibited in multiple venues and given recognition, including the Hyde Park Art Center’s Ground Floor biennial exhibition of new and emerging Chicago artists and the Albert P. Weisman Award for project funding and development. 




Master of Fine Arts, Photography, Columbia College Chicago

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography, Mary Schiller Myers School of Art



VSA Arts & Autism Conference: Creating, Learning, Living, Columbus Museum of Art, 2016 

Your Daily Photograph, Online Feature,, 2016

ADP Workshop, Lecture and Critiques, Ohio University, 2015

Marvelous Things: The Art of Still Life Catalogue, PhotoPlace Gallery, 2015

The Raw Book, Online Interview, 2014

Present Tenses, Artists of Rubber City, 2014

Complementary Aesthetics: Creativity and Autism, Lecture, Summit Artspace, 2014

Ground Floor: A Biennial Exhibition of New Art from Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center, 2012

Still Life: The Art of Arrangement Exhibition Catalogue Vol. X, Kiernan Gallery, 2012

Juror's Choice Online Interview, Kiernan Gallery, 2012

F8 2012 MFA Photography Exhibition Catalogue, Columbia College Chicago, 2012

Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books, Myers School of Art, 2009

Range of Methods in Akronography, Akron Beacon Journal, 2007



Windows: Looking Out, Looking In, Don't Take Pictures Magazine, Online Exhibition, 2017

ADP Pop-Up Exhibition, Ohio University College of Fine Arts, Athens, OH 2015

Marvelous Things, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, 2015

Adorned Spaces, Summit Artspace, Akron, OH, 2014

Clever Little Devils: Youth Culture and Advertising, Box Gallery, Akron, OH, 2013

Ground Floor Exhibition, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago IL, 2012

Still Life: The Art of Arrangement, Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA (Juror's Choice), 2012

Albert P. Weisman Exhibition, Arcade Gallery, Chicago IL, 2012

F8 2012 MFA Photography Exhibition, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago IL, 2012

Albert P. Weisman Award, Columbia College Chicago, 2012

Snapshot: Inventing The Everyday, I AM Logan Square Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2011

Paper or Plastic, Summit Artspace, Akron, OH, 2011

Broken Photo Exhibition, The Living Room Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2011

MIMB International Traveling Exhibition, Columbia College Chicago, 2009

Senior BFA Exhibition, The We Gallery, Akron, OH, 2008

Mambo Muerte Exhibition, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH, 2008

Juried Exhibition, Summit Artspace, Akron, OH, 2007

Akronography, Summit Artspace, Akron, OH, 2007

Flux Exhibition, Highland Square, Akron, OH, 2007

Frans Masereel Exhibition, Myers School of Art Akron, OH, 2007

Frans Masereel Centrum Belgium Printing Student Exchange Award, Myers School of Art Akron, OH, 2007

U of A Audiology and Speech Center, Artist Installation, Akron, OH 2006



Assistant Lecturer: Mary Schiller Myers School of Art, 2012

  • Photography I, Photography II, Junior Reviews

Teaching Assistant: Columbia College Chicago, 2012 - 2010

  • Foundation Black and White Photography I, Foundation Digital Photography I, History of Photography I, History of Photography II