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multi-disciplinary artist jaclyn wright to visit usuphoto

Feb. 2, 2024

Multi-disciplinary artist and educator Jaclyn Wright will visit Utah State University, February 12. She will discuss her photographic practice at 2:15 p.m. during Professor Jared Ragland’s Advanced Photographic Studio class in FAV113 of USU’s Chase Fine Arts Building.

The visit is presented by the Caine College of the Arts’ Department of Art + Design and USU Photo.

In her lecture, Wright will speak about her multi-disciplinary practice and recent monograph, High Visibility (Blaze Orange). Published by GOST Books in 2023, the book focuses on Utah’s West Desert and illustrates the struggle between the natural world and its codification and the ironies of fantasies of freedom and nativism on stolen land.

"Jaclyn's work creatively incorporates archival images, in-camera collages using a large format view camera, performance, and photographic installations,” said Jared Ragland, assistant professor of photography in the CCA. “I share Jaclyn's work with my students each semester, as it critically engages issues they care deeply about—from the culture of land use to legacies of settler colonialism and late capitalism in the American West. I am delighted the USU community has an opportunity to experience Jaclyn's profoundly thoughtful studio practice.”

Wright received her MFA in Studio Art from Indiana University and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Utah. Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include Filter Space (Chicago), Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City), Sabine Street Studios (Houston), and SFO Museum (San Francisco). Her work has been included in collections at The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL. Wright is a 2024-25 Foam Talent, a 2023 Utah Visual Arts Fellow, and was a finalist for the 2023 Aperture Portfolio Prize. Her monograph, High Visibility (Blaze Orange), is part of the USU Photobook Special Collection.

While on campus, Wright will lead studio critiques with senior BFA photography students.

Wright's lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information about Wright's work, visit or follow @jaclynrwright on Instagram. 

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