Recent Essays, Interviews, and Lectures

Interviews with Jinhyun Cha and Jordanna Kalman for Aint-Bad Magazine Issue No. 13

Interview with Lucas Shaffer for photo eye

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

Fall Critique Group, Filter Photo, Chicago
October 2019 - January 2020


Recent Curatorial Projects


Furtive, work by Daniel Hojnacki, Karolis Usonis, and Krista Wortendyke
Curated by Jennifer Murray for Filter Photo
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 W. Washington, Chicago, IL
February 2 - April 7, 2019

Furtive is a photography-based exhibition that explores the complexity of memory, both personal and collective. Through an examination of place, archive, and the intersection of perception and knowing, three artists ask us to reconsider what we think we know based on our past experiences, communal knowledge and memories.

Image © Krista Wortendyke








Jackson Patterson, Recollected Memories
Gallery 19, Chicago
July 6 - August 4, 2018


Jackson Patterson’s montages address the annihilation   of space and time through the advent of photography in the mid-nineteenth century, and how it transformed American life. His exploration of the westward   migration is focused on images he has taken of timeless landscapes merged with old family photos, and the personal history that lies within.







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


Catalog pdf, with an 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
Samantha Bittman, Michelle Bolinger, and Anna Kunz
Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University Chicago
February 19 – April 11, 2015

Catalog pdf, with an 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. 

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 have 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.

Image © Patrick Craig Manning

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