Jennifer Murray (b. 1973, Chicago, IL) is an artist, photographer, and curator who lives and works in Chicago. Her work and research investigate human material culture and the impact that objects and collecting have on contemporary life.
In addition to her photographic work, she is an arts administrator working both as a curator and director. She is the executive director of Filter Photo where she directs the planning of Filter Photo Festival as well as programming at Filter Space gallery in Chicago. Murray was Director of Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery at Columbia College Chicago for eleven years where she organized a broad range of exhibitions in art and design. She remains an independent curator organizing photography related exhibitions engaging new audiences with emerging artists.
Murray has lectured widely on various photography subjects and has been awarded grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council Agency. She teaches a broad range of topics from darkroom and digital skills to portfolio development and professional practices for emerging photographers. She is an Instructor of Photography at Loyola University Chicago and an independent artists’ consultant and mentor working with artists on project development and exhibition preparation. She is a frequent portfolio reviewer and juror at photography events across the US including FotoFest, Photolucida’s Critical Mass, SPE, and Filter Photo. Murray received an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2002.