Vivian Spencer

A native of Pensacola, Vivian Spencer is regionally recognized artist, curator, and instructor. She holds a MFA in photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, where she was a Graduate Art Fellow.  


Vivian has exhibited her photographs extensively and her work is represented in many public and private collections, including locally, the Pensacola Museum of Art, The Cinco Banderas Collection, and the West Florida Regional Library.


Awards include, visiting artist to Gifu Prefecture, Japan, The Ars Longa, Vita Brevis, Art Council artist of the year award, and Edna Rivers Excellence in Teaching award.  

Vivian’s photographs have been published in Contemporary Photographers, Illford Corporation, Florida History and Art Magazine, and several one person and group exhibition catalogs.

Artist Statement

I combine drawing, painting and photography to create narrative still lives which are rooted in Art History. I collect vintage items for the purpose of creating a tableau that is designed to educate, engage and evoke memories. 


A carefully composed tableau is arranged in the studio based on a historical reference, time period, or art movement, then photographed using a long shutter speed.  By extending the exposure time, I can use a variety of lighting sources to draw light into the scene which is then recorded in the camera.  These exposures create a painterly quality that could not be achieved otherwise.