Troy  was born and raised in a small rural farming community. Living in rural America has been the backdrop and setting that have helped Troy refine his vision.  In the past few years he has chosen to work  with his son in creating handcrafted worlds. Together they have found a love of  recreating dreams and haunting emotions.

Troy  holds a BFA in Fine Art Photography from the Academy of Art University in San  Francisco and is currently working on his MFA. His work has been seen in Black and White Magazine, Plates to Pixels, F-Stop, Adore Noir Magazine and is a 2015  Critical Mass finalist.


Curriculum Vitae


2018 MFA Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA. Fine ArtPhotography

2015  BFA  Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA. Fine Art Photography

1998  The Recording Workshop Chillicothe, OH.  Certificate in Recording Engineering

1994  Cloud County Community College, Concordia KS


2016, Lenscratch Student Prize, Honorable Mention

2015, Critical Mass, Finalist

2014, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury VT. Directors Choice

2014, PhotoSynthesis, Gallery 136 1/5 Manchester, CT.  3rd Place

2014, NYC4P New York, NY. 3rd Place

2014, Mpls Photo Center-Minneapolis, MN. Honorable Mention

2013, Dark Room Gallery, Essex Junction, VT. Honorable Mention

2011, Black & White Color Magazine. Bronze Award

2011 Ron Howards Imagination Project, , Semi Finalist

2011, RoHo Gallery Cincinnati, OH. 1st prize

2011, Point of View 2011, RoHo Gallery. Merit Award

Solo Exhibitions

2013, The Return, Presented by The Invisible Hand Gallery, Lawrence,KS

2011-2012, The Dream of Flight, RoHo Photo Gallery, Cincinnati,OH

Invitational Exhibitions

2016, Making Fact and  Fiction,  Fotoseptiembre, The University  of  Texas at San Antonio, Curators: Libby Rowe and Scott Sherer 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017, Mudras, The Hand Magazine, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center,   Kansas City, MO

2016, Dreams, Center for  Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juror: Jennifer DeCarlo

2015, 28th Members Only Show, Texas Photographic Society, Juror: Keith Carter

2015, Candela Unbound 4, Richmond, VA Juror: Gordan Stettinius

2015, The Hand Magazine, Potter Gallery Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO

2014, A Midnight Eerie, PhotoSynthesis, Gallery 136 1/2,Manchester, CT Juror: Jessica Somers, Photographer

2014, Dreams, Fantasies and Illusions, Photoplace Gallery, Middleberry,VT Juror: Richard Selesnick and Nicholas Kahn

2014, Photoworld, New York Photo Festival, New York, NY

2014, Black and White, NYC4P, New York, NY Juror: Mark Sink, Photographer

2014, Academy of Art University 2014 Spring Show, San Francisco,CA

2014, Visual Narrative Exhibition, Mpls PhotoCenter-Minneapolis, MN Juror: Susan Burnstine, Photographer

2013, Imagine Realities, Photoplace Gallery, Middleberry, VTJuror: Robert and Shana Parkeharrison, Photographers

2013, Last Spooky Show, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR  Juror: Michael and Chelsea Granger, Curators

2013, Curiouser and Curiouser, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury,VT  Juror: Blue Mitchell, Diffusion Magazine

2013, Photocraft 2, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR  Juror: Blue Mitchell, Diffusion Magazine

2013, Members Only 26th, Texas Photographic Society,TX  Juror: Elizabeth Krist, Senior Photography Editor at National Geographic Magazine

2013, In Bloom, DarkRoom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT Juror: Mark  and Kristen Sink, Photographer

2013, Spring Show, Academy of Art University 2013, SanFrancisco, CA

2013, Juried Exhibition 2013, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel,CA  Juror: Dean Brierly and Chris Johnson,

2012, The Unreal, The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VT  Juror: Ken Rosenthal, Photographer

2012, PhotoSpiva National Photography Competition and Exhibition, Joplin, Mo  Juror: Deborah Klochko, Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts

2012, Spooky Show lV, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR  Juror: Russell Joslin, Shots Magazine

2012, Summer Photo Show, The Lunchbox Gallery, Miami, FL

2012, TPS 21, Texas Photographic Society Juror: Aline Smithison,Photographer, Educator 

2012, Secrets and Mysteries, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction,VT  Juror: Catherine Edelman, Curator

2012, Alternative Realities, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT  Juror: Laura Moya , Director of Photolucida

2012, Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2012, Play, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX  Juror: AngelaBacon-Kidwell, Photographer

2012, Compe 12, Onward Photo Festival, Philadelphia, PA  Juror:  Todd Hido, Educator, Photographer

2011, Uncanny: Surreal Photography, PhotoPlace Gallery,MiddleBury, VT  Juror: Russell Joslin, Shots Magazine

2012, Imagination, A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX  Juror: Aline Smithson, Photographer 

2011, Beginnings: Stories and Starting Points, Photo Filter Festival Exhibition, Chicago, IL  Juror:  Deborah Klochko, Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts

2011, Summer Photo Show, The LunchBox Gallery, Miami, FL

2011, Layers, RoHo Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2011, The Photographic Experience, Preston Contemporary Art Center, Mesilla, NM Juror: Mary Anne Redding, Critic, Curator 

2011, Point of View, RoHo Gallery, Cincinnati, OH


2017, The Hand Magazine, April, Issue 16. 11

2016, Shots Magazine, Summer, Issue 132. 8

2015, The Hand Magazine, July, Issue 9. 2,21. 

2015, Black and WhiteMagazine, Feb. Issue 107. 183, 214.

2015, The Hand Magazine, Jan, Issue 7.  16.

2014, Black and White Magazine, Feb. Issue 101. 202.

2013, The Hand Magazine, Oct, Issue 2.  3, 38.

2013, Black and White Magazine, Feb, Issue 95. 219

2013, Enchantment, Plates to Pixels, Jan, 2012. 21.

2012, Adore Noir Magazine Black and White Fine Art Photography,June. Issue 8. 18, 22

2012, Black & White Color Magazine, Feb, Issue 88. 205.

Website Publications

2017, Fraction Magazine, Ninth Anniversary Issue,, May 2017.

2017, ACurator, Troy Colby: This will pass. I promise you., January 2017.

2016, Featureshoot, In atime of mourning, one photographer turns to his son,, Aug 2016.

2016, Lenscratch, StudentPrize Honorable Mention,,June 2016.

2016, Brenda Scott Arts,Fotos Fiddles & Felines. Creating aReality,,May 2016, Podcast Episode 11 &12

2016, Fraction Magazine, The Eighth Anniversary Issue,, May 2016

2016, Plates to Pixels, Intimate Alchemy, , Feb.2016

2015, COOPH, TheCooperative of Photography, A Q&Awith Troy Colby,, Nov.2015 

2015, The Kansas City Star,‘Do you copy?’ Exhibit’s Artists PushBoundaries,, Feb, 2015

2014, Hartford Courant, ‘A Midnight Erie’ Photoshow in Manchester,, Oct, 2014

2014, Lenscratch, MasqueradeExhibition at the New Orleans Photo Alliance,, Feb, 2014

2012, Lenscratch, TheLunchbox Gallery Summer Photo Show 2012,,Aug,2012

2012, PDN, EmergingPhotographers,, July, 2012

2012, RAW Artists, Troy Colby at Kansas City RAW,, May, 2012

2011, The Northerner, ArtExhibits Mystical Photographs,, Nov, 2011

2011, F-Stop Magazine,, Sept, 2011