Filter Photo, Chicago, IL, USA
Jennifer Murray has been the Executive Director of Filter Photo since 2016, where she directs the planning of Filter Photo Festival as well as programming at Filter Space Gallery. Filter Photo is a non-profit organization that supports emerging and professional artists working with photography. Filter organizes the annual multi-day Filter Photo Festival, and hosts year-round programing at Filter Space, including social, educational, professional development activities, exhibitions, workshops, and lectures.
Additionally, Murray is a founding member of the Chicago-based curatorial collective The Exhibition Project, which curates photography related exhibitions of work by emerging artists, aiming to engage new audiences. Her recent curatorial projects include Expanding the Frame (2013) and Mysterious Possessions (2015). She was Director of the Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery at Columbia College Chicago for eleven years, during which time she organized a broad range of exhibitions in art and design. She is also an Instructor of Photography at Loyola University of Chicago.
With a strong curatorial and educators background, Murray is most interested in viewing project-based work with a clearly identified concept. She is not interested is seeing work that is strictly formal without a well-articulated viewpoint. She is open to discussions about editing and sequencing to create a stronger, cohesive body of work and can provide strong feedback about whether a project is exhibition ready.