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Draženka Jalšić Ernečić is a Croatian art historian, ethnologist, and senior curator, as well as an expert on the arts, art history, and the cultural heritage of Croatia and middle Europe. She is the head of the museum art department at Koprivnica Museum. She curates the collection of photographs and photographic albums as well as other collections at the museum. Draženka is also a writer and occasional documentary and research field photographer. She is the author of several books and many catalogs and articles on contemporary art, architecture, and photography. Her recent work includes research and writing on analog and digital photography in the museum collections and contemporary American fine-art photography from Leonard Nimoy to Nicolò Sertorio. She also focuses on visual and anthropological research on mob shooting and visual communication in social media.
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Jennifer Murray is a Chicago-based artist, curator, and educator with more than fifteen years experience as an arts administrator. She is the Executive Director of Filter Photo where she directs the planning of the annual Filter Photo Festival as well as Filter Photo’s gallery space, Filter Space. She 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. In 2011 she inaugurated the A+D Gallery summer residency program to benefit underrepresented artists and collectives, including past participants ACRE and Bad at Sports. She is a founding member of the curatorial collective The Exhibition Project, which has curated three local photography exhibitions since their founding in 2013, Expanding the Frame and New Landscapes with a third exhibition, The Nature of Masculinity recently on view at the Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL. She continues an active photographic practice and has recently been awarded grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council. She is currently an Instructor of Photography at Loyola University Chicago and served as an adjunct at Columbia College Chicago for many years.
Sarah Koenig Wagner
Originally hailing from Northern California, Sarah studied photography and art history at the University of Arizona. She has worked for distinguished institutions such as the Center for Creative Photography, the Crocker Art Museum, and the Museum of Photographic Arts. When not serving as Programs Manager for the Medium Festival of Photography, Sarah enjoys taking long summer road trips, exploring with her two young sons, and photographing the little things.