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FotoFest 2016 Biennial

FotoFest 2016 Biennial

Meeting Place Reviewers

Jessica Johnston

Assistant Director & Curator of Collections
Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, USA
Jessica Johnston is Curator of Collections and Assistant Director at Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) in Rochester, New York. Founded in 1969 by Nathan Lyons, 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 State University of New York, College at Brockport, publishes artist’s books through the VSW Press, and produces the bimonthly media arts journal Afterimage. VSW offers a variety of summer workshops that focus on book arts, visual media and encourage engagement with the collections. VSW also offers several artist residencies throughout the year as well as two-month project space residencies for regional artists.

In addition to her curatorial duties, is a Visiting Instructor at SUNY Brockport where she teaches courses in collections management and the history of photography. Prior to joining VSW, Johnston was the Assistant Curator of Photographs at George Eastman Museum. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University, (2006). She is an active participant in the photographic community and has served as a reviewer at Fotofest and Photolucida, among others.

As a portfolio reviewer, Johnston offers participants assistance in refining their vision, placing their work in historical context, and general advice on next steps. She can offer artist residencies, exhibitions, and recommend 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 and/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, traditional 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.


Session One
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