Assistant Director & Curator of Collections
Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, USA
Jessica Johnston is Assistant Director and Curator of Collections at Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) in Rochester, New York. Founded in 1969 by Nathan Lyons (1930—2016), VSW’s mission is to support makers and interpreters of images through education, publications, exhibitions, and research collections.
VSW offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Studies through the College at Brockport, State University of New York, publishes artist’s books through the VSW Press, and publishes the bimonthly media arts journal afterimage. VSW also offers a variety of summer workshops that focus on book arts, photography, and media arts. VSW awards at least a dozen artist residencies throughout the year to local, national and international artists.
As a reviewer, Johnston can offer participants assistance in refining their vision, placing their work in historical context, and connecting them to others in the field. She can also offer artist residencies, exhibitions, and recommendations of portfolios for publication in afterimage. Johnston is interested in seeing work that has a strong conceptual base, has social/political engagement, or work that is experimental and pushes existing boundaries of form or content. She is also interested in work that speaks to the history of the medium, or somehow incorporates historic imagery. Johnston would prefer not to review commercial or fashion photography, nudes, or traditional black and white landscape photography. She is not able to offer opportunities for acquisition of photographs but may be interested in acquiring artist’s books for the VSW library collection.