Jess T. Dugan


Jess T. Dugan (American, b. 1986 Biloxi, MS) received her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago (2014), her Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University (2010), and her BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (2007). Dugan has exhibited at venues including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Aperture Foundation, the Transformer Station, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, and the Catherine Edelman Gallery, among others. Public collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Harvard Art Museums, among others. Dugan’s first monograph, "Every Breath We Drew," was published in 2015 by Daylight Books. Her second monograph, "To Survive on This Shore," is being published in 2018 by Kehrer Verlag. Dugan is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Light Work artist residency, an Artist Fellowship from the Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis, and was selected by the White House as a 2015 Champion of Change. In 2016, Dugan was honored as a Commended Artist by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. for her photograph Self-Portrait (Muscle Shirt), exhibited in The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today. She is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, IL.

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