Recent Essays, Interviews, and Lectures

Chicago Gallery News Interview Series: Jennifer Murray, Filter Photo

Rule Breakers: Kevin J. Miyazaki, Don’t Take Pictures Magazine

Lecture on Contemporary Photography as Social Science, Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

Chat Room, Episode 15, interview with Catherine Edelman, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL

Mixtape, interview with Aline Smithson on Lenscratch blog,

Recent/Upcoming Portfolio Review Events

Getting Seen, Getting Shown: Professional Practices for the Fine Art Photographer with Sasha Wolf and Jess T. Dugan, Chicago
Portfolio Review add-on, April 13, 2018

FotoFest, Meeting Place Portfolio Reviews, Houston
March 15 - 18, 2018

Society for Photographic Education Annual Conference, Philadelphia
February 3, 2018

Artists Immersion Weekend, Water, Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO
January 26, 2018


Recent Curatorial Projects

Mysterious Possessionswork by Patricia Hernes
Curated by Jennifer Murray
Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University Chicago
August 27 - September 26, 2015

Catalog pdf, with essay by Frank Vodvarka

This exhibition of new work by Chicago artist Patricia Hernes explores wonder as part of artistic discourse. Her drawings are an invitation to consider the intellectual dialog that exists between objects; both real and imagined.  By juxtaposing disparate forms to create artificial curiosities, both naturalia and artificialia, which defy taxonomies, typologies and classification, new mysterious artifacts exist side by side as objects of amazement. Because they do not fit into existing categories, these wonders are perfect objects for making us rethink our world.


Formal | Loose | Painting
work by Samantha Bittman, Michelle Bolinger, and Anna Kunz
Curated by Jennifer Murray
Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University Chicago
February 19 – April 11, 2015

Catalog pdf, with essay by Amanda Roscoe Mayo
Reviewed in Newcity Chicago, 3/8/2015

This painting exhibition focuses on contemporary practices in abstraction: explorations in form, material, and color, and the construction/de-construction of space through visual language.  Participating Chicago artists include, Samantha Bittman, Michelle Bolinger, and Anna Kunz.  

Samantha Bittman creates textiles as the unconventional canvas for her paintings, employing strict geometric optics with the organic nature of the hand-woven.  She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute, 2010.  Her work has been widely exhibited, most recently at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, and Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

Michelle Bolinger creates painted abstractions of her observations of space and landscape creating playful layers of color and shape.  She received her MFA from University of Washington, Seattle, 2005.Her work has been widely exhibited most recently at Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago, and Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, WA. 

Anna Kunz makes works on paper, paintings, sculptures, installations and projects that seep out of the rectangle, often using painted and dyed fabrics to capture and manipulate light and color. Her work has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions, most recently at Terrain Projects, Oak Park, IL, and Munch Gallery, New York.  She received her MFA from Northwestern University in 2000.

Image: © Anna Kunz

Expanding the Frame: work by Jonathan Gitelson, Patrick Craig Manning, and Antonio Martinez
Curated by Tommy J. Reyes and Jennifer Murray for The Exhibition Project
Chicago Photography Center
November 1 – December 15, 2013

The still image has long been the norm in photography. While the medium is used for both making and taking photographs and the co-mingling of analog and digital processes has become quite mainstream the frame remains a constant. Expanding the Frame questions the role of photography as a device of straight documentation, or even manipulation, by reevaluating the nature of the photograph as a still image and object on the wall. The three artists presented here, Jonathan Gitlelson, Patrick Craig Manning, and Antonio Martinez employ photography to expound upon narratives that can only be told through the incorporation of additional perspectives, points of view, and time.

Conceptually, each of these artists explores the mundane, common, daily experiences that lend themselves to the simplicity of photographic stillness. However, expanding the basic tenets of photography into space and time creates opportunities for viewer experiences that reach beyond the frame asking us to question what is seen as well as unseen, exploring multiple points of views that cannot be conveyed in a single image.

Image: © Patrick Craig Manning, Narrative of Silence, 2013

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