Jennifer Crane is a lens-based artist investigating the relationship between the body and the lens in both historical and contemporary images and old and new technologies. Through the creation of still photography, video installations, performance, and fictional photographic archives her work engages the themes of memory, narrative, authenticity and archival practice, employing historical, analogue and digital processes. Crane has been based in Saskatoon since 2005, where she is Associate Professor and Chair of the Photography Area in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Saskatchewan. Her teaching covers a range of processes in both chemical and digital methods, small and large format cameras. She specializes in large-scale digital printing, historical processes, pinhole imagery and stereo photography. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums throughout Canada. Recent exhibitions include: “Dear Edward” (2012) Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert, SK. “Still Films” (2011) Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, “Coming and Going” (2011) Artist By Artist Exhibition, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon SK., “Becoming” (2007) Paved Arts, Saskatoon, SK. “Fairytales and Fishwives” (2006) Gallery 44, Toronto, ON., “Seafarers and Fishwives” (2005) La Central Powerhouse Galerie, Montreal, QC.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University, 1990.
Master of Fine Arts, Concordia University, 1998.
Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan, SK, 2005 - present
Assistant Professor, University of Lethbridge, AB., 2001 - 2005. (Term)
Assistant Professor, Memorial University, Corner Brook, NF., 2000 - 2001. (Sabbatical Replacement)
Regular Part Time Faculty, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, N.S., 1996 - 2002
Solo and Two Person Exhibitions: (*indicates solo)
*Dear Edward, Godfrey Dean Gallery, Yorkton, SK., January 2016
*Dear Edward, Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert, SK., Summer 2012
Coming and Going, Artists-by-Artists Mentorship, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK. Fall 2011
*Becoming, Paved Arts, Saskatoon, SK, 2007
*Suite, Le Petit Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge, AB., 2007
Fairytales and Fishwives, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON., 2006
*Seafarers and Fishwives, La Central Powerhouse, Montreal, Q.C., 2005
*Seafarers and Fishwives, Profiles Public Art Gallery, St. Albert, AB., 2004.
Seafarers and Fishwives, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s NL., 2000.
*Poise, Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge, AB., 2003.
*Unmade, University College of the Cariboo Art Gallery, B.C., 2003.
*Seafarers and Fishwives, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, N.S., 2001.
*Cartes-de-Visite, The Floating Gallery, Winnipeg, MB., 1999.
*Cartes-de-Visite, MFA Thesis Exhibition. Bourget Gallery, Montreal, Q.C., 1998.
Anatomie de la Lune with Christine Major, The Belgo Building, Montreal, Q.C.,1997.
*Human Remains, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, N.S., 1994.
*Drawing A Line, Samuel J. Zack’s Gallery, York University, Toronto, ON., 1991.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Trace, Central Michigan University, Mi, USA, Curator: Rebecca Zeiss June 2017 (forthcoming)
Roaming 2: Bridges, The Zall Gallery, Curator: Xiao Han, Wuhan, China, May 2017 (forthcoming)
Alt Photo Revolution, Contact Photo Festival, Dylan Ellis Gallery, Toronto, May 2017 (forthcoming)
Alt Photo Revolution, Glen Echo Park Gallery, Maryland, March 2017
Alt Photo Revolution, L'Entrepot Gallery, New Orleans, March 2017
Her Feet Planted Firmly On The Ground, Houston Centre of Photography, Curator: Caroline Docwra, March 2017
USask Faculty Exhibition, AP Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, March - April, 2017
Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition:Tradition Transformed, Orilla Museum of Art & History, Orilla, Ontario, Sept. - Nov. 2016
Roaming, The Zall Gallery, curator: Xiao Han, Wuhan, China, May 2016
Photographic Phantasmagoria, Affinity Gallery, curator Les Potter, Saskatoon, SK. 2016
Herschel's Ladies, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, 2015
Still Films, Yukon Arts Centre, Curator Lance Blomgren,Whitehorse, Yukon, March 2011
Currents, U of S Faculty Exhibition, Kenderdine Art Gallery, SK. August 2010
Photography in Retrospect: 20 Years of Pedagogy at NSCAD, Anna Leonowens Gallery Curators: Susan McEachern and Sue Earle Halifax, NS, 2008
Forest for the Trees, Galleria di Arte Contemporanea. La Spezia, Italy,2007
Artorettes, Con-Ex-Us, curator Donna Wazonic, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, 2007
Forest for the Trees, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, 2006
The Farmhouse Project, On-Site Installation, Curator: Eileen Murray, Brooks, AB, 2005
Matchmaker U of L Faculty Exhibition, Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge, AB., 2004.
Feigned Memories. University of Lethbridge Art Gallery. Curator: Curtis Collins, Lethbridge, AB., 2003.
Versus - off site exhibition. Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Curators: David Diviny and Michael Campbell, Lethbridge, AB., 2003.
Vision 21, William Marten Gallery, Rochester, N. Y., 2001.
Faculty Show, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, NF, 2001.
The Culture of Display. The Museum of Industry. Curator: Andrea Mantin. N.S., 2000.
Far and Wide, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, N.S., 1999.
Whirling Dervishes, Fe Mail Art Inc. Le Mois de la Photo, Montreal, Q.C., 1997.
Fruite et Repaire. Emerging Photography, Dazibao Centre de Photography Actuelle. Curators: Marie Fraser and Richard Baillaigeon Montreal, Q.C., 1996.
Jeux de Glass, Transfert d'Idee. UQAM Gallery, Montreal, Q.C., 1996.
Printed Matter. Curator :Charmaine Wheatley, The Khyber Gallery, Halifax, N.S., 1995.
Crane, Jennifer. Emerging Artist Review: The Art of Sleeping: Sarah Fuller Closes Her Eyes and Opens the Shutter, Blackflash Magazine 28.1, Fall 2010
Crane, Jennifer. Feature Article: Art History: The Musical. The Story of The Cedar Tavern Singers, Summer 2011 Issue 28.3
"cities, stories," (co curator Doug Dertinger) HX - Halifax Exhibition of International Contemporary Art, Anna Leonowen’s Gallery, Halifax, NS, 2000
"cities, stories," Round Table Discussion, August 1, 2000
Blomgren, Lance, "Still Life in Motion" exhibition essay, "Still Films", 2011 ISBN 978-0-9811563-8-5
Bell, Keith, catalogue essay, "Shifts" Kenderdine Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, 2010
Godard, Barbara, "Trees Looking" exhibition essay, "Forrest for the Trees", 2007
Den Hartog, Kristen, "Fairytales and Fishwives" exhibition essay, Gallery 44, January 2005
Collins, Curtis, "Feigned Memories", exhibition catalogue, 2003 ISBN 0-919555-36-5
Mantin, Andrea, "The Six Foot Rule" . VANS 2000 exhibition catalogue, 2000 ISBN 0-9698967-5-1
Visual Arts Nova Scotia, "Far & Wide: Third Biennial Exhibition". exhibition catalogue 1998
Fraser, Marie and Richard Baillargeon, "Jeune Photographie 1996: Fruite et Repaire"
Exhibition Catalogue, Dazibao Centre de Photographie Actuelle, 1996 ISBN 2-9800957-6-1
Smithson, Aline, "Her Feet Firmly Planted On the Ground at the HCP", Lenscratch, March 6, 2017
Shelling, John, "Through The Lens" Saskatoon Star Phonenix, Feb.23 2016
Graham, Megan, "Exhibition Review: Still Films" Blackflash Magazine, Fall 2011 Issue 29.1
McLaughlin, Bryne, "Still Films: Freeze Frames" review, Canadian Art Online, May 2011
Delgado, Jerome, "Des photos historiques d’une etonnante actualite" La Presse , August 7, 2005
Redfern, Christine, "Fishy Tales", Montreal Mirror, August 4, 2005
Beeber, Al, "If the dress fits..." The Lethbridge Herald, June 19, 2003
Purcell, Dylan, "Exhibit Focuses On Prom Dress" Southern Sun Times, June 18, 2003
Wishart, Allan, "Unmade Makes Point", Kamloops This Week, June 7, 2003
Kansas, Jane, "Art Beat Review," The Coast, Vol.9 #7, Summer 2001
Domet, Stephanie, "Showing the art of urban renewal." The Coast, Vol. 8, No.8., 2000
Aquin, Stephane, "Jeune Photographie," Voir, November 1996
Leaders Opportunity Fund, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, 2007
President’s SSHRC Grant, University Of Saskatchewan, 2005
Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Visual Arts Projects Grant, 2003.
Canada Council for the Arts, Mid Career Grant, 2001.
Memorial University, Principles Research Fund Award, 2000.
Canada Council for the Arts, Emerging Artist Grant, 1999.
Nova Scotia Arts Council, Presentations Grant, 1999.
The Joyce Melville Award Scholarship, Concordia University, 1997
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, NS
The Mann Art Gallery, SK