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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Classes (Selected)

  • ART 2601 Introduction to PhotographyThis course explores camera and lens as devices that frame and translate three-dimensional space to a two-dimensional surface. Through assignments and individual investigation, students acquire a deeper understanding of visual perception and photography as medium for personal expression. This course introduces students to film-based photographic processes and assumes no prior knowledge of photography.
  • ART 3601 Photography: Identity and the Global LensThis course investigates the visual representation of identity in contemporary culture while considering the impact of global perspectives on the understanding and interpretation of self through the lens of race, gender, geography. This studio based course considers visual practice in relation to critical theory using lecture, group critique, and film and video screenings. Image capture will be by medium format camera and film and occasional digital SLR 35 mm camera. Advanced black and white and color negative and print processes will be taught. Medium format cameras are provided on a daily loan basis.
  • ART 3604 Alternative Photographic Process: The Composite ImageThis course explores the composite image generated through various lens-based practices and equipment such as still and video camera, scanner, internet, etc. It is an intensive experimental studio integrating digital strategies of negative production to create images produced with traditional light-sensitive materials. Alternative photographic methods are approached as a printmaking process. Students are encouraged to work outside the camera and beyond the negative edge. The history of photographic print materials from the photogenic drawing of Talbot to the contemporary gelatin silver print will be introduced. Images will be produced using cyanotype, Vandyke brown, gum bichromate, and palladium emulsions.
  • ART 4001/4002 Thesis I and IIThis course continues the independent studio research and production of the Advanced Practice course to prepare students for ART 4002: Thesis II.  During Thesis I, students begin to research, develop, and clarify their thesis proposals through dialogues, readings, and critiques with members of the Core Thesis Faculty. Emphasis is on deepening awareness of the intention and reading of the work and situating individual interests within and against historical, theoretical, and conceptual contexts.
  • ART 7001/8001 Graduate Studio I and IIICourse instructor is the chair of student's Special Committee. Students are responsible, under faculty direction, for planning their own projects and selecting the media in which they work. All members of the faculty are available for individual consultation.

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)