Jennifer Friess

Assistant Curator of Photography, University of Michigan Museum of Art


Jennifer M. Friess is assistant curator of photography at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She joined the museum in 2016 as the museum’s inaugural curator of photography. While at UMMA she has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions, including Ernestine Ruben at Willow Run: Mobilizing Memory,Gloss: Modeling Beauty, and Aftermath: Landscapes of Devastation. Prior to her time at UMMA, Jennifer worked at the George Eastman Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Art Program, and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. Jennifer earned her BFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, her MA in Art History from Case Western Reserve University, and is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Kansas. Her dissertation work focuses on how photographers experimented with electric light in Paris between the World Wars: “Energizing Paris: Photography and Electric Light in the Interwar Period.”

Friess is interested in reviewing fine art photography, including documentary, portraiture, and conceptual photography.


Reviewing Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30