Jean Locey

Jean Locey is an artist working through history and the body. Her artistic practice examines female form — both natural and cultural — as a site of social meaning. The work is an investigation of difference, the construction of identity, and the accepted tropes of culture to present reimagined narratives and alternative histories.

The recipient of numerous awards and grants, Locey has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a resident at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony multiple times, and received a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Her work is in the collections of MoMA, the IMP at George Eastman House, as well as other public and private collections.

Locey received an M.F.A. in photography and printmaking from Ohio University, a B.A. in fine arts from SUNY Buffalo, and completed one year of study in architecture with John Hejduk at The Cooper Union. Locey retired from Cornell in 2018.

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Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Robert M. MacNamara Foundation Residency (2008)
  • Cornell University Watt's Prize for Faculty Excellence (2012, 2006)
  • The MacDowell Colony Residency (1990, 1988)
  • John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1989)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • The New York School, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China (2013)
  • Featured artist in Cornell Art Faculty Exhibition (in conjunction with the symposium "Memory and the Photographic Image"), Herbert F.  Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University (2012)
  • 62nd Exhibition of CNY Artists, Munson Williams Proctor Museum of Art, Utica, New York (2010)
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside, Washington Street Art Center, Somerville, Massachusetts (2009)
  • The Invisible Age, Rayco Gallery, San Francisco (2008)