Jen Davis

BIOGRAPHY

Jen Davis Biography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal

Born 1978; Akron, Ohio.

BFA in Photography, Columbia College Chicago, 2002.

MFA in Photography, Yale University School of Art, 2008.

 

Photographs in Public Collections

Akron Art Museum, OH.

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH.

Art Institute of Chicago.

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH.

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH.

Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago.

The Sir Elton John Photography Collection, Atlanta, GA.

LaSalle National Bank, Chicago, IL.

Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Milwaukee Art Museum, WI.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA.

Photographic Archives, University of Louisville, KY.

Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, IN.

Toledo Museum of Art, OH.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2018

Mercer County Community College, James Kerney Campus Gallery, Trenton, NJ.

 

2016

Identity, Self Portraits by Jen Davis, FotoFocus Biennial, Fifth Street Gallery, Dayton, OH.

 

2014

Jen Davis, University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, Ann Arbor.

Jen Davis / Eleven Years, ClampArt, NYC.

 

2013

Jen Davis - Self Portraits, Le Laboratoire de la Création, Paris, France (October)

Body Time, Braenderigaarden Centre of Contemporary Art, Viborg, Denmark (September)

 

2010

Women in Photography Presents Jen Davis.

 

2009

Jen Davis: Photographs, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA).

 

2005

Jen Davis: Recent Photographs, Texas Woman's University Fine Arts Gallery, Denton.

Self-Image, Photo Passage at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada.

 

2004

Jen Davis: Body Image, Martha Schneider Gallery, Chicago.

 

Group Exhibitions

2017

Picturing Family, Green Gallery of Yale University's School of Art, New Haven, CT.

 

2016

Flesh, York Art Gallery, York, England.

Dwelling, Susan Eley Fine Art, NYC.

 

2015

30 Days of Summer: Stories of Identity, International Photo Festival, Ghent, Belgium.

 

2014

Invitation to Stare: Photographic Portraits, Akron Art Museum, Ohio.

 

2013

Face Value: The Portrait in Contemporary Art, Kentucky School of Art, Louisville.

Self, Model, and Self as Other, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.

Male Nudes - Female Desires, Tanja Wagner Gallery, Berlin, Germany.

 

2012

The Youth Code, curated by Nathalie Herschdorfer. Daegu Photo Biennale in Daegu, Korea.

untitled no. 2, RandallScottProjects, Washington, DC.

Under Cover, Decker Gallery at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.

Gazed Upon: Photographs by Jen Davis, Cara Phillips and Stacey Tyrell, Curated by Amy Elkins for Ampersand Gallery, Portland, OR (catalogue).

Amy Elkins & Jen Davis: Looking & Looking, Light Work, Syracuse, NY (catalogue). 

 

2011

About Face, Gallery 339, Philadelphia.

Beauty, Humor and Social Justice: Gifts from Joan Morgenstern, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

reGeneration 2: Tomorrow's Photographers Today, Aperture Foundation, NYC; Preus Museum, Horten, Norway; Ludwig Museum, Budapest.

The Fleeting Glimpse: Reflections in Modern and Contemporary Photography from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA.

 

2010

14th Annual Quinzaine Photographique Nantaise, Le Temple du Goût, Nantes, France.

Domestic, Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona, Spain.

The Naked Truth, Hous Projects, NYC.

Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY.

she: in her teens and twenties, San Diego State University Art Gallery.

The Fleeting Glimpse: Reflections in Modern and Contemporary Photography from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, Roanoke, VA.

Going from Nowhere: Accumulated Images, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

Versus, Hous Projects, NYC.

reGeneration 2: Tomorrow's Photographers Today, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne; Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town; Pingyao International Photography Festival, China; Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan; Centre Gallery, Miami Dade College, Miami.

 

2009

NYMPHOTO Presents, Sasha Wolf Gallery, NYC.

Hall of Mirrors" (Self-Portraiture), Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe.

Global Photography, SI FEST - Savignano Immagini Festival, Italy.

Women, Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne, Germany.

Yesterday & Tomorrow: Issues in Contemporary Photography, Ruschman Art Gallery, Indianapollis.

 

2008

Photographic Figures, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Made in Chicago: Photographs from the Bank of America LaSalle Collection, Chicago.

Unmasked & Anonymous, Milwaukee Art Museum (including Artist Talk).

Yale MFA Photography 2008 at Yale University School of Art, Green Gallery, New Haven, CT; Danziger Projects, New York, NY; Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA.

 

2007

The Female Gaze (three-person show), Weber State University, Ogden, Utah.

A New American Portrait, Jen Bekman Gallery, NYC.

Relative Closeness, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL.

On the Wall-Aperture Magazine '05-'06, Aperture Gallery, NYC.

 

2006

Passionate Attitudes, Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY.

Domestic Diaries, Rockford Art Museum, IL.

 

2005

The Chicago Project, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago.

 

2004

Identifying Marks: Contemporary Portraits, Houston Center for Photography, TX.

17th Evanston + Vicinity Biennial, Evanston Art Center, IL.

Self-Exposed, Stephen Daiter Contemporary, Chicago.

Soliloquies, John R. Grady Gallery of Photographic Art, Elgin, IL.

3rd Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition, Texas Woman's University Fine Arts Gallery, Denton.

 

2003

Self-Centered, Creative Artist Network, Philadelphia, PA.

As Seen, Moser Gallery at University of Saint Francis, Joliet, IL, (Visiting Artist Lecture).

Albert P. Weisman Memorial Scholarship Show, Hokin Gallery, Chiccago, IL.

 

2002

Creativity with a Conscience: The Alexandroff Exhibit, 3C Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Senior Thesis Show, Hokin Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Albert P. Weisman Memorial Scholarship Show, Hokin Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Artificial Light, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL.

 

2001

Pilson Annual Holiday Exhibition, 1837 South Halsted, Chicago, IL.

Columbia College Spring Honors Show, A+D Gallery, Chicago, IL.

 

Selected Publications

2016

"Public/Private/Portrait," Mossless 4.

"Women Looking at Women," Raw View #7.

 

2015

"Exhibitionism," Secret Behavior, Issue 3, Spring.

 

2014

“Seeing Themselves: Photographers' Self-Portraits,” The New Yorker, Photo Booth, February.

Jen Davis: Eleven Years. Heidelberg: Kehrer Verlag (monograph).

 

2013

"What This Artist Gained After Losing 110 Pounds," PolicyM, September.

"Interview: Jen Davis," Lintroller, June.

"Self-Portraits Reveal the Truth About Body Image," Yahoo!/Shine, April.

"Jen Davis: Self Portraits Spotlight Plus Size Body Image," The Huffington Post, April.

"In Revealing Self-Portraits, Body Image is Front and Center," Slate, April.

"Jen Davis Interview: The Skin I Was In," The Telegraph, March.

 

2012

"Exposed" Marie Claire: The Body Issue, November.

Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual 2012 Light Work Foundation.

"Seeing Yourself as Others Do," The New York Times Lens, April.

"Coming into Focus" by Diana Spechler, O Magazine, September.

"On Fashion and Shame" Vestoj, Issue 3.

 Contact Sheet: Looking & Looking, Light Work Foundation.

 "Gazed Upon" Published by Ampersand, Portland, OR.

 "The Fat Trap" New York Times Sunday Magazine.

 

2011

"Le Portfolio Auto Portraits XXL" Le Monde Magazine, No 98, July.

 "The Conflict Issue" Gup Magazine 028.

"Self-Portraits" Blow Magazine, Issue three.

"Zelfportret" LINDA Magazine, Issue 80, April.

"Jen Davis's Intimate Thought-Provoking Self Portraits," GOOD, February.

 

2010

"Intimate Self Portraits." KPBS, San Diego, CA.

"Plus-Size Wars," New York Times Magazine.

reGeneration2: Tomorrow's Photographers Today, Thames & Hudson.

 

2009

"The Way We Live Now," New York Times Magazine.

 

2008

Yale Graduate Photography 2008, Yale University Press.

 

2007

"Women Seeing Women," Photography Quarterly, No. 94.

 

2006

Portfolio of Nine Photgraphs, Zoom International, November/December issue.

"The Modern Self," (Jen Davis, Nikki S. Lee, Anthony Goicolea, Teun Hocks), PDN, August 2006.

"Jen Davis: Body image," Aperture, no. 182, Spring 2006.

 

2005

"Sex Tv," Jen Davis, Episode 8-5.

"Liberation," Hors-Serie 2005 Photographie, Images d'inactualite.

"Best Bet-Jen Davis: Self Image," Eye Weekly.

 

2004

"Body Image and Catharsis Co-exist in This Exhibit," Chicago Tribune.

Self-Exposed, Catalogue, by Karen Irvine, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.

Camera Austria, Forum Section, March Issue.

 

2003

My Body/Your Body. 6x6 Series, Columbia College Publishing, Vol. 1, No. 1.

"Alter of the Ego," Philadelphia Weekly. December, Vol. XXXII, No. 49.

 

2002

"College Senior to Display Photographic Work in Chicago," North Scottsdale Independent. January, Vol. 3, No. 11.

 

Awards

2014

Arnold Newman Foundation Award Nominee.

 

2013

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

 

2012

Jury's Choice 2012 Prix Virginia.

 

2011

Bidwell Artist-in-Residence at the University of Akron Myers School of Art and Akron Art Museum.

First prize award in "Forward Facing" at Forward Thinking Museum, NYC.

Nominee for Paul Huf Award.

Light Work Artist-in-Residence, May 2011.

 

2010

One of twelve nominees for the Lacoste Elysée Prize.

 

2008

Leeds Marwell Photography Scholarship.

 

2007

Yale Norfolk Summer School in Art Teaching Assistantship.

 

2004

Illinois Arts Council Special Assistance Grant. 1st Place Award in Joyce Elaine Grant Exhibition Solo Show.

 

2003

Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award.

Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant through The Department of Cultural Affairs.

 

2002

3rd Place Award, Creativity with a Conscience. Albert P. Weisman Memorial Scholarship.

 

2001

Albert P. Weisman Memorial Scholarship.