Jen Davis


Jen Davis Biography

















Born 1978; Akron, Ohio.

BFA in Photography, Columbia College Chicago, 2002.

MFA in Photography, Yale University School of Art, 2008.


Photographs in Public Collections

Akron Art Museum, OH.

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH.

Art Institute of Chicago.

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH.

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH.

Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago.

The Sir Elton John Photography Collection, Atlanta, GA.

LaSalle National Bank, Chicago, IL.

Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Milwaukee Art Museum, WI.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA.

Photographic Archives, University of Louisville, KY.

Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, IN.

Toledo Museum of Art, OH.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.


Solo Exhibitions


Mercer County Community College, James Kerney Campus Gallery, Trenton, NJ.



Identity, Self Portraits by Jen Davis, FotoFocus Biennial, Fifth Street Gallery, Dayton, OH.



Jen Davis, University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, Ann Arbor.

Jen Davis / Eleven Years, ClampArt, NYC.



Jen Davis - Self Portraits, Le Laboratoire de la Création, Paris, France (October)

Body Time, Braenderigaarden Centre of Contemporary Art, Viborg, Denmark (September)



Women in Photography Presents Jen Davis.



Jen Davis: Photographs, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA).



Jen Davis: Recent Photographs, Texas Woman's University Fine Arts Gallery, Denton.

Self-Image, Photo Passage at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada.



Jen Davis: Body Image, Martha Schneider Gallery, Chicago.


Group Exhibitions


Picturing Family, Green Gallery of Yale University's School of Art, New Haven, CT.



Flesh, York Art Gallery, York, England.

Dwelling, Susan Eley Fine Art, NYC.



30 Days of Summer: Stories of Identity, International Photo Festival, Ghent, Belgium.



Invitation to Stare: Photographic Portraits, Akron Art Museum, Ohio.



Face Value: The Portrait in Contemporary Art, Kentucky School of Art, Louisville.

Self, Model, and Self as Other, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.

Male Nudes - Female Desires, Tanja Wagner Gallery, Berlin, Germany.



The Youth Code, curated by Nathalie Herschdorfer. Daegu Photo Biennale in Daegu, Korea.

untitled no. 2, RandallScottProjects, Washington, DC.

Under Cover, Decker Gallery at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.

Gazed Upon: Photographs by Jen Davis, Cara Phillips and Stacey Tyrell, Curated by Amy Elkins for Ampersand Gallery, Portland, OR (catalogue).

Amy Elkins & Jen Davis: Looking & Looking, Light Work, Syracuse, NY (catalogue). 



About Face, Gallery 339, Philadelphia.

Beauty, Humor and Social Justice: Gifts from Joan Morgenstern, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

reGeneration 2: Tomorrow's Photographers Today, Aperture Foundation, NYC; Preus Museum, Horten, Norway; Ludwig Museum, Budapest.

The Fleeting Glimpse: Reflections in Modern and Contemporary Photography from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA.



14th Annual Quinzaine Photographique Nantaise, Le Temple du Goût, Nantes, France.

Domestic, Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona, Spain.

The Naked Truth, Hous Projects, NYC.

Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY.

she: in her teens and twenties, San Diego State University Art Gallery.

The Fleeting Glimpse: Reflections in Modern and Contemporary Photography from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, Roanoke, VA.

Going from Nowhere: Accumulated Images, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

Versus, Hous Projects, NYC.

reGeneration 2: Tomorrow's Photographers Today, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne; Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town; Pingyao International Photography Festival, China; Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan; Centre Gallery, Miami Dade College, Miami.



NYMPHOTO Presents, Sasha Wolf Gallery, NYC.

Hall of Mirrors" (Self-Portraiture), Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe.

Global Photography, SI FEST - Savignano Immagini Festival, Italy.

Women, Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne, Germany.

Yesterday & Tomorrow: Issues in Contemporary Photography, Ruschman Art Gallery, Indianapollis.



Photographic Figures, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Made in Chicago: Photographs from the Bank of America LaSalle Collection, Chicago.

Unmasked & Anonymous, Milwaukee Art Museum (including Artist Talk).

Yale MFA Photography 2008 at Yale University School of Art, Green Gallery, New Haven, CT; Danziger Projects, New York, NY; Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA.



The Female Gaze (three-person show), Weber State University, Ogden, Utah.

A New American Portrait, Jen Bekman Gallery, NYC.

Relative Closeness, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL.

On the Wall-Aperture Magazine '05-'06, Aperture Gallery, NYC.



Passionate Attitudes, Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY.

Domestic Diaries, Rockford Art Museum, IL.



The Chicago Project, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago.



Identifying Marks: Contemporary Portraits, Houston Center for Photography, TX.

17th Evanston + Vicinity Biennial, Evanston Art Center, IL.

Self-Exposed, Stephen Daiter Contemporary, Chicago.

Soliloquies, John R. Grady Gallery of Photographic Art, Elgin, IL.

3rd Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition, Texas Woman's University Fine Arts Gallery, Denton.



Self-Centered, Creative Artist Network, Philadelphia, PA.

As Seen, Moser Gallery at University of Saint Francis, Joliet, IL, (Visiting Artist Lecture).

Albert P. Weisman Memorial Scholarship Show, Hokin Gallery, Chiccago, IL.



Creativity with a Conscience: The Alexandroff Exhibit, 3C Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Senior Thesis Show, Hokin Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Albert P. Weisman Memorial Scholarship Show, Hokin Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Artificial Light, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL.



Pilson Annual Holiday Exhibition, 1837 South Halsted, Chicago, IL.

Columbia College Spring Honors Show, A+D Gallery, Chicago, IL.


Selected Publications


"Public/Private/Portrait," Mossless 4.

"Women Looking at Women," Raw View #7.



"Exhibitionism," Secret Behavior, Issue 3, Spring.



“Seeing Themselves: Photographers' Self-Portraits,” The New Yorker, Photo Booth, February.

Jen Davis: Eleven Years. Heidelberg: Kehrer Verlag (monograph).



"What This Artist Gained After Losing 110 Pounds," PolicyM, September.

"Interview: Jen Davis," Lintroller, June.

"Self-Portraits Reveal the Truth About Body Image," Yahoo!/Shine, April.

"Jen Davis: Self Portraits Spotlight Plus Size Body Image," The Huffington Post, April.

"In Revealing Self-Portraits, Body Image is Front and Center," Slate, April.

"Jen Davis Interview: The Skin I Was In," The Telegraph, March.



"Exposed" Marie Claire: The Body Issue, November.

Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual 2012 Light Work Foundation.

"Seeing Yourself as Others Do," The New York Times Lens, April.

"Coming into Focus" by Diana Spechler, O Magazine, September.

"On Fashion and Shame" Vestoj, Issue 3.

 Contact Sheet: Looking & Looking, Light Work Foundation.

 "Gazed Upon" Published by Ampersand, Portland, OR.

 "The Fat Trap" New York Times Sunday Magazine.



"Le Portfolio Auto Portraits XXL" Le Monde Magazine, No 98, July.

 "The Conflict Issue" Gup Magazine 028.

"Self-Portraits" Blow Magazine, Issue three.

"Zelfportret" LINDA Magazine, Issue 80, April.

"Jen Davis's Intimate Thought-Provoking Self Portraits," GOOD, February.



"Intimate Self Portraits." KPBS, San Diego, CA.

"Plus-Size Wars," New York Times Magazine.

reGeneration2: Tomorrow's Photographers Today, Thames & Hudson.



"The Way We Live Now," New York Times Magazine.



Yale Graduate Photography 2008, Yale University Press.



"Women Seeing Women," Photography Quarterly, No. 94.



Portfolio of Nine Photgraphs, Zoom International, November/December issue.

"The Modern Self," (Jen Davis, Nikki S. Lee, Anthony Goicolea, Teun Hocks), PDN, August 2006.

"Jen Davis: Body image," Aperture, no. 182, Spring 2006.



"Sex Tv," Jen Davis, Episode 8-5.

"Liberation," Hors-Serie 2005 Photographie, Images d'inactualite.

"Best Bet-Jen Davis: Self Image," Eye Weekly.



"Body Image and Catharsis Co-exist in This Exhibit," Chicago Tribune.

Self-Exposed, Catalogue, by Karen Irvine, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.

Camera Austria, Forum Section, March Issue.



My Body/Your Body. 6x6 Series, Columbia College Publishing, Vol. 1, No. 1.

"Alter of the Ego," Philadelphia Weekly. December, Vol. XXXII, No. 49.



"College Senior to Display Photographic Work in Chicago," North Scottsdale Independent. January, Vol. 3, No. 11.




Arnold Newman Foundation Award Nominee.



New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.



Jury's Choice 2012 Prix Virginia.



Bidwell Artist-in-Residence at the University of Akron Myers School of Art and Akron Art Museum.

First prize award in "Forward Facing" at Forward Thinking Museum, NYC.

Nominee for Paul Huf Award.

Light Work Artist-in-Residence, May 2011.



One of twelve nominees for the Lacoste Elysée Prize.



Leeds Marwell Photography Scholarship.



Yale Norfolk Summer School in Art Teaching Assistantship.



Illinois Arts Council Special Assistance Grant. 1st Place Award in Joyce Elaine Grant Exhibition Solo Show.



Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award.

Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant through The Department of Cultural Affairs.



3rd Place Award, Creativity with a Conscience. Albert P. Weisman Memorial Scholarship.



Albert P. Weisman Memorial Scholarship.