Competition: US & Canada
Jennifer Garza-Cuen is an artist from the Pacific Northwest. Currently Assistant Professor of Photography at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, she received her MFA in photography and MA in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. Her BA in comparative literature was completed at the American University in Cairo.
Recent accolades include: Photo Lucida’s Critical Mass top 50, ‘Best of Show’ at the Providence Art Club’s America Now exhibition, ‘Juror’s Choice Award’ at Filter Photo Chicago’s Context exhibition, 4th prize at The Photo Review Competition, 2nd Prize from the International Photogrvphy Grant and finalist for the Lensculture Exposure Awards. Additionally, she has received fellowships to attend residencies at the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, Light Work, Ucross, Oxbow, Hambidge, Brush Creek, and the Vermont Studio Center.
Garza-Cuen’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her long-term project Imag[in]ing America has been included in exhibitions at PCNW, Light Work, Photo London, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Light Factory, Palitz Gallery, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Site: Brooklyn, the Art Museum of South Texas, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Amarillo Museum of Art and The Architectural Imagination at the Venice Architectural Biennial, United States Pavilion among others. Public collections include the Rauschenberg Residency Collection, Light Work, The Do Good Fund, and the New Mexico History Museum.
In 2018, she was named one of the PDN 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch and her work has been published in contemporary photography journals such as Dear Dave, Contact Sheet, Manifest INPHA 6, PDN, Musée, Blink, Der Greif, The Photo Review, and Conveyor Magazine as well as online journals such as i-D, Conscientious, Feature Shoot, Aint-Bad, Fubiz, iGNANT, Dazed, and Juxtapoz.
As a Guggenheim Fellow, Garza-Cuen will be photographing her family’s immigration trajectory and its intersection with a uniquely American assimilation myth.
Profile photograph by Asa Gilmore