Jeanette May Visual Artist

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Jeanette May is a photographer using a critical, sometimes playful, approach to investigate representation itself. Her work most often examines the use of visual pleasure and the power of "the gaze" in contemporary culture. She frequently juxtaposes text and photographs to simultaneously expand and complicate the meaning of her visual images. Ms. May received her MFA in Photography from CalArts and her BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the NEA Regional Artists’ Projects Fund, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and Ms. Foundation. Her work is exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, including New York, NY; Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Toronto, Canada; Sandviken, Sweden; and Athens, Greece. She teaches at the International Center of Photography in Manhattan. Ms. May lives in Brooklyn, NY.