- Artwork Info
- About the Artist
- Artist Docs
- Artist News
Pigment print flush mounted to board
From the series “Every Breath We Drew”
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned by artist, in ink, on signature label au verso
24 x 20 inch | Edition: One of 10 + 3 APs
40 x 32 inch | Edition: One of 5 + 2 APs
Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of gender, sexuality, identity, and community. Dugan holds an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, a Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University, and a BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Jess’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Aperture Foundation, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, the Catherine Edelman Gallery, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and at many colleges and universities nationwide.
Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Harvard Art Museums, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and the Alfond Collection at Rollins College, the DePaul Art Museum, Fidelity Investments, JP Morgan Chase, and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Her work is also included in the Midwest Photographer’s Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL.
Dugan’s monograph Every Breath We Drew was published in 2015 by Daylight Books and coincided with a solo exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Dugan is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, an Artist Fellowship from the Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis, and was selected by the White House as a 2015 Champion of Change. In that year, Dugan founded the Strange Fire Artist Collective to highlight work made by women, people of color, and LGBTQ artists. In 2016, Dugan was honored as a Commended Artist by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. for her photograph Self-Portrait (Muscle Shirt), exhibited in The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today. She regularly teaches workshops at venues including the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in Santa Fe, NM.
'I wanted to break stereotypes': the photographer capturing transgender life over 50 - The Guardian, August 2018
A Visual Record of the Joys, Fears, and Hopes of Older Transgender People - The New York Times, August 2018
A Look at the Lives of Trans and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults (PDF) – Next Avenue, April 2018
Photographer Jess T. Dugan’s ‘Every Breath We Drew’ Project Challenges Assumptions About Gender And Sexuality (PDF) – Bustle, September 2015
‘Every Breath We Drew’ Photo Book Explores Identity, Desire and Connection (PDF) – HuffPost Gay Voices, September 2015
Finding their authentic selves: Transgender and over 50 (PDF) – CNN, July 2015
Jess T. Dugan: Variations on a theme (PDF) – Musée, July 2015
St. Lousians’ Photo Project Brings Older Transgender People Out of the Shadows (PDF) – St. Louis Public Radio, January 2015
Portraits with personality – And still lifes with it, too (PDF) – The Boston Globe, September 2014
Breakout Artists 2013: Chicago’s Next Generation of Image Makers (PDF) – New City Art, April 2013
Photographic series explores “in-between” spaces of female identity and queerness (PDF) – Bay Windows, February 2010
Making Pictures of People (PDF) – Flak Photo, 2011