William and Bettye Nowlin Endowed Professorship in Photography
Studio Art: Photography
MFA, University of Nebraska
BFA, Kansas City Art Institute
McFarland holds the William and Bettye Nowlin Endowed Professorship in Photography at The University of Texas at Austin where he has taught since 1985. Besides teaching on campus, McFarland regularly teaches at the UT Study Abroad in Italy Program at Castiglion Fiorentino. Professor McFarland received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1973 and went on to receive an MFA degree from the University of Nebraska in 1976. He has received numerous awards and honors including three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grants over three decades, (1978-79, 1984-85, and 1990-91). He was also awarded the Ferguson Grant in 1982 from the Friends of Photography in Carmel, California. McFarland's work concentrates on landscape photography, and has worked on several documentary projects including the Central Arizona Canal Project in Arizona and also working with a group of Navajo's helping to document and preserve their special land that was being destroyed. McFarland has most recently produced a series of panoramic images in the American West and in Italy. His work has been included in numerous important exhibitions both nationally and internationally, and he has been published widely, most recently with a small publication of his work being produced by Blue Sky Gallery from Portland, Oregon. His photographs are included in major collections including the Center for Creative Photography, the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, the Museum of Modern Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Denver Art Museum.