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Visiting Artist Jess Dugan

Jess T. Dugan

Lecture

 

Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of gender, sexuality, identity, and community. She has been photographing within LGBTQ communities for the past decade and is deeply committed to the transformative power of photographic portraiture.  Her work is regularly exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of several major museums.  

 

Her first monograph, Every breath we drew, was published in September 2015 by Daylight Books and coincided with a solo museum exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.  She is the recipient of a 2015 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and was selected by the White House as a 2015 Champion of Change. 

 

In her lecture, A Decade of Visual Activism, she will speak about the trajectory of her work over the past decade, her motivations for making photographs, and her experience as a working artist. She will speak in detail about Every breath we drew and her ongoing project, To Survive on this Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender-Variant Older Adults, which she has been working on since 2013.   

 

Jess is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, IL.

 

www.jessdugan.com

 

The Intimate Portrait: Workshop Description

 

 

Making a photographic portrait is an intimate endeavor, requiring both photographer and subject to work together to create a compelling image.  In this one-day workshop, we will focus on the elements that make a compelling portrait, including composition, lighting, subject, pose, gesture, and environment.  We will also address strategies for working with subjects and methods for making emotionally resonant photographs. 

 

Through critiques, slideshows, and the creation of new portraits, students will engage deeply with issues in contemporary portrait photography while reflecting on their own work and process.  

 

Participants should have a digital camera, a working knowledge of photography, and basic image editing skills.  While this course requires some amount of technical knowledge, it focuses on the emotional and conceptual elements of portrait photography. 

 

Note: participants should bring 10-15 prints of their most recent work to the workshop.   

 

 

 

Full Bio

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

Dugan’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, the Catherine Edelman Gallery, the Grey House Gallery in Krakow, Poland, the Griffin Museum of Photography, Gallery Kayafas, Carroll and Sons Gallery, the Leslie/Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and at many colleges and universities nationwide.

Dugan’s photographs have been featured in the New York Times, CNN, The Advocate, Slate, The Huffington Post, and the Boston Globe. 

Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Harvard Art Museums, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, the DePaul Art Museum, Fidelity Investments, JP Morgan Chase, and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.  Her work is also included in the Midwest Photographer's Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL.  


Dugan’s first monograph Every breath we drew was published in 2015 by Daylight Books and coincided with a solo exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Dugan is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and was selected by the White House as a 2015 Champion of Change.  In 2015, Dugan founded the Strange Fire Artist Collective to highlight work made by women, people of color, and LGBTQ artists.

Jess is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, IL.