Theo Westenberger was an extraordinary Artist and Photographer. The first woman to shoot the cover of NEWSWEEK and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, she was well known for her celebrity portraits and photographed an enormous range of personalities from Jennifer Aniston to General Schwarzkopf.  She worked as a photographer at Life, Time, People, Newsweek, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Architectural Digest, Entertainment Weekly, National Geographic Traveler and Islands.


Theo Westenberger was a trailblazer for women in photography and the arts. Her commitment was that the financial product of her success be utilized to recognize and to further empower extraordinary women in the arts.


Theo Westenberger Lecture in the Arts

Theo Westenberger Award for Artistic Excellence

Theo Westenberger Fellowship for the Study of Photography and the American West


The Autry National Center announced it has received the gift of a comprehensive collection of more than 9,500 photographs along with thousands of negatives, transparencies, contact sheets, and studio materials from the estate of trailblazing feminist photographer Theo Westenberger (1950–2008), whose versatility in portraiture and travel images made her a leading magazine and advertising photographer and a respected artist.