Merwin Gallery to Feature Photographer Jennifer Ray

Jennifer Ray
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 organizations.

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.

By Emily Phelps ’19