Merwin Gallery to Feature Photographer Jennifer Ray
Oct. 20, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin Gallery will feature the
work of photographer Jennifer Ray in a November exhibition entitled, “The Indecent Land.”
Ray will present a lecture at 4 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Ames School of Art, Room 218. A reception will immediately follow.
A professor of photo media at Wichita State University, Ray earned a bachelor’s degree
in studio art from Oberlin College and a master's degree in photography from Columbia
College Chicago. Her work appears in collections in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston,
Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Kinsey Institute, among others. She has
exhibited at the Chelsea Art Museum, the Hyde Park Art Center and Chicago Cultural
Center. She received a Follett Fellowship from Columbia College and research grants
from the Illinois Arts Council, the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, and other
Ray’s work explores the intersections between human activity and the natural landscape,
with a particular emphasis on marginal subcultures. She is most interested in delving
in the relationships humans have with nature, how landscape influences culture, and
understanding fundamental human needs and desires. Current projects include contemporary
paganism and 4-wheeling competitions.
“This Indecent Land” continues through Dec. 4. The Merwin Gallery is open Monday through
Friday 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m., and Tuesday evenings 7 to 9
p.m. The galleries will be closed Nov. 24-30 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 1 in observance
of A Day Without Art.