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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of gender, sexuality, identity, and community. She earned a BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University, and an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago.

Jess's work has been exhibited nationwide, including exhibitions at the San Diego Museum of Art, the Griffin Museum of Photography, Gallery Kayafas (Boston, MA), Carroll and Sons Gallery (Boston, MA), the Schneider Gallery (Chicago, IL), Michael Mazzeo Gallery (New York, NY), JDC Fine Art (San Diego, CA), the Jennifer Schwartz Gallery (Atlanta, GA), the Leslie/Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the RayKo Photo Center, and the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University.

Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Harvard Art Museum, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, the DePaul Art Museum, the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. 
Her first monograph, Every breath we drew, will be published by Daylight Books in 2015.

Within the museum field, Jess has worked as a collections specialist at the Harvard Art Museum, as a museum photographer at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and is currently employed at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL.

Jess is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, IL and Gallery Kayafas in Boston, MA.



The Viking Union Gallery, located in VU 507, hosts Featured Speaker Jess T. Dugan's exhibition of "Transcendence II" which opens on Wednesday, October 8 - 31. This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the LGBTQ Advocacy Council, WWU Associated Students, the Viking Union Gallery, and SPE National. Please join us:

Artist Lecture: Saturday October 11, 2014 @ 6:00pm, Miller Hall 138
Reception & Book Signing: Saturday October 11, 2014 @ 7:00pm, VU Gallery

See Conference Program for details.


photo: Installation of Transcendence, The Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, 2012

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