Jeanette May


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Jeanette May
About the author

Jeanette May is a photo-based artist using a critical, sometimes playful, approach to investigate representation. Early training as a painter is evident in her carefully arranged compositions and rich color palette. Ms. May “makes” photographs: constructed, staged, lit, and carefully considered. Her recent still life project, Curious Devices, confronts the anxiety surrounding technological obsolescence while referencing 17th Century Dutch vanitas paintings. Ms. May received her MFA in Photography from CalArts and her BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the NEA Regional Artists’ Projects Fund, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and Ms. Foundation. Her work is exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, including New York, NY; Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Toronto, Canada; Shanghai, China; Barcelona, Spain; Milan, Italy; and Athens, Greece. Ms. May lives in Brooklyn, NY.