EDUCATION

2018

MFA Candidate, Studio Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE (anticipated graduation May 2018)

2012-2015

Coursework in Photography, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

2010

BS, Psychology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

 

TEACHING & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2015-2018

Graduate Instructor of Record, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

PHOT 262: Beginning Wet Darkroom (Spring and Fall 2017)

PHOT 261: Beginning Digital Photography (Fall 2016)

PHOT 161: Beginning Digital Photography (Spring 2016 and Spring 2018)

2015-2018

Photography Digital Lab Monitor, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2017

Adjunct Instructor, PHOT 1010: Basic Photography II, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE

Exhibition Printer, Conflict and Consequence, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE

2016

Adjunct Instructor, PHOT 1005: Basic Photography I, Metropolitan Community College

2015

Teaching Assistant, PHOT 262: Beginning Wet Darkroom, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Teaching Assistant, PHOT 263: Studio Lighting, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Instructor Assistant, Portrait of a City: Fototazo and Mono Colectivo, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Peer Mentor and Darkroom Supervisor: PHTO 3510: Intermediate Darkroom, The University of Iowa

Peer Mentor and Darkroom Supervisor; PHTO 4665: Introduction to 4x5 and Studio Lighting, The University of Iowa

 

SERVICE

2017

MEDICI Exhibition, Donation of artwork, Eisentrager–Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

12th Annual MassArt Photobook Auction, Donation of book, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

Contributor, Photography as a Social Practice (online publication)

2016

Bemis Center Benefit Art Auction, Donation of artwork, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

2016-2018

Secretary, Multicultural Caucus, Society for Photographic Education

2016-2017

President, Visual Artists in Practice, Graduate Student Organization, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2015-2018

Graduate Member, Fine Art Photography Club Student Organization, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2015-Present

Co-Curator and Writer, Strange Fire Artist Collective (online publication)

 

AWARDS, GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

2017

Hixson-Lied Graduate Student Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Hixson-Lied Student Presentation of Creative Activity Grant, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Short List, Photo Book Prize, Lucie Foundation

Winner, Daylight Photo Awards, Daylight Books

Artist Residency, Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

Short List, Photo Made Scholarship, Lucie Foundation

Miller Scholarship, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Trabold Fellowship, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Dean’s Fellowship, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2016

Joy of Giving Something Fellowship, Imagining America

4th Annual New York Times Lens Portfolio Review, awarded to 165 photographic artists internationally

Graduate Research and Creative Activities Travel Grant,  University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2015

Hixson-Lied Student Presentation of Creative Activity Grant, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Recipient, LensCulture Emerging Talent Award

Honorable Mention, Lenscratch Student Prize

2nd Prize, Youthood Juried Contest, Life Framer (juried by Stacy Kranitz)

2015-2018

Full Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Edgren Tuition Fellowship, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2015-2017

Chancellor’s Fellowship, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2014

Dewey Stuit Fund Research Scholarship, The University of Iowa

 

SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2018

Jordan Weber and Zora J Murff, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA (scheduled) 

2017

Corrections, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI

Jordan Weber with Selected Works by Zora J Murff, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa

Fade Like a Sigh: Zora J Murff and Rana Young, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 

Nebraska, City, NE

2016

Corrections, Filter Space, Chicago, IL

Juvenile Corrections: Zora J Murff and Richard Ross, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO

Corrections, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2015

Corrections, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT

Corrections, Englert Theater, Iowa City, IA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

Bridging Division, Light Factory, Charlotte, NC (scheduled)

2017

ME:WE, Fotodoks, Lothringer13 Halle, Munich, Germany

Lucie Photo Book Prize Exhibition, Splashlight Studios, New York, NY

Philadelphia Assembled, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Photography Now 2017, Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY

Where We Land: Zora J Murff, Jordan Weber, and Lachelle Workman, Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

Semblance, Refrection Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Blue Library Volume 2, 500X Gallery, Houston, TX

2016

Every Five Minutes, Ilgess Gallery, Columbus, GA

Rendered Visible, ARCADE Museum, St. Louis, MO

Photoville NYC 2016, Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, NY

Unbound5, Candela Books & Gallery, Richmond, VA

Aint-Bad: Vision to Reality, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA

Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA

Life Framer, Menier Gallery, London, UK

On Fruited Plains, Hite Art Institute, Louisville, KY

LensCulture Emerging Talent Award 2015, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA

Emerging Photographer, Lot 613, Los Angeles, CA

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017

Michael Adno, "A Photographic Conversation About Family, Absence, and What Ifs," Hyperallergic, November 21. (online)

Tara Siegel Bernard and Karl Russell, "How Could a New Tax Plan Affect You? Consider the Student Debt of These People," The New York Times, November 11. (online)

Amber Rose Carlson, "Is There a 'Rational' Punishment for my Rapist?" The New York Times, October 23. (online)

Pete Brook, “The Photographers Challenging the way we Think about Prison,” Huck Magazine, October 18. (online)

Tiffany Hsu, “Risk on All Sides as 4,800 Women Sue Over Johnson’s Baby Powder and Cancer,” The New York Times, September 18. (print and online)

Jon Feinstein, “Zora J Murff and Rana Young,” Aint-Bad Magazine, September 15. (print)

Bret Stephens, “Campus Rape, a Survivor’s Story,” The New York Times, September 13. (online)

Pete Brook, “Convictions,” Huck Magazine, September 1. (print)

Stuart Chittenden, “Lives Radio Show,” KXNB-LP Radio, Omaha, NE, August 24. 

Gemma Goodale-Sussen, “Zora J Murff: Corrections,” Daylight Books, August 1. (online)

Kerri MacDonald and Morrigan McCarthy, “America Today, in Vision and Verse,” The New York Times, July 14. (print and online)

Kerri MacDonald and Morrigan McCarthy, “How Poems Inspire Pictures,” The New York Times, July 14. (online)

Zara Katz and Lisa Seville, “The Women Who Ride for Hours to Visit Loved Ones in Prison,” The Guardian, April 20. (online)

Max Ferguson, “Fade Like a Sigh,” British Journal of Photography, February 17. (online)

2016

Jon Feinstein, “The 17 Best Socially Concerned Photobooks of 2016,” Humble Arts Foundation, November 29. (online)

Jonathan Blaustein, “This Week in Photography Books: Zora J Murff,” aPhotoEditor, May 13. (online)

Rob Walker, “When Bleeding Edge has a Bleeding Heart,” GOOD Magazine, January 5 (print and online)

2015

Elizabeth Renstrom, “Corrections,” VICE Magazine, October 6. (print and online)

Donatella Montrone, “Kid Criminals: Tagged, Tracked, and Cast Off by Society,” British Journal of Photography, June 24. (online)

2014

Pete Brook, “Tracked,” The Marshall Project, December 8. (online)

Pete Brook, “Juvenile Probation Tracker Turns Camera on His Job and the Youth he Monitors,” Prison Photography, January 16. (online)

Jakob Schiller, “Peering into the Digitally Tracked Lives of Youths on Probation,” Wired Magazine: Raw File, January 9. (online)

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AS AUTHOR

2017

Zora J Murff, “Omaha, Nebraska,” Harper’s Magazine, October 1. (print)

Zora J Murff, “Q&A: Gemma-Rose Turnbull,” Strange Fire Collective, September 21. (online)

Zora J Murff, “Q&A: Andre Bradley,” Strange Fire Collective, May 18. (online) 

Zora J Murff, “Q&A: Jason Patterson,” Strange Fire Collective, February 15. (online)

2016

Zora J Murff, “Group Feature: Photographers of Color,” Strange Fire Collective, September 1. (online)

Zora J Murff, “Q&A: Juan Madrid,” Strange Fire Collective, July 7. (online)

Zora J Murff, “Q&A: Mark Strandquist,” Strange Fire Collective, January 28. (online) 

2015

Zora J Murff, “Corrections: A Rare Look at America’s Convicted Teens,” The Guardian, September 10. (online)

Zora J Murff, Corrections, published by Aint-Bad Editions, Savannah, GA. (print, monograph)

 

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

2018
Corrections: Image, Influence, and Identification, Society for Photographic Education national conference, Philadelphia, PA (scheduled)

2017
Re-Making The Mark, Midwest Society for Photographic Education conference, Peoria, IL

Image Witness: Photography in the Age of Viral Communication, Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

2016

Corrections: Image, Influence, and Identification, Midwest Society for Photographic Education conference, St. Louis, MO

Life in the System, TEDxLincoln, Lincoln, NE

Developing Dialogues, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver CO

Ethics Arts and Activism in the Age of Mass Incarceration, University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO

Corrections: Image, Influence, and Identification, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Corrections: Image, Influence, and Identification, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT

Corrections: Image, Influence, and Identification, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

2015

Justice in Humanities, Justice through Humanities, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Corrections, Midwest Society for Photographic Education conference, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI

 

VISITING ARTIST LECTURES

2017

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI

The University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO

2016

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

 

COLLECTIONS

Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

Peter Kiewit Foundation, Omaha, NE

Midwest Photographers Project, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL (2017-20 and 2014-17)

Blue Library, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA

CHROMA, The Arts at California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

Eastern State Penitentiary Museum, Philadelphia, PA

The University of Iowa Art Library, Iowa City, IA

 

CURATORIAL AND JURY EXPERIENCE

2017

Juror, Hatch, Photo Emphasis, MEDICI Gallery, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Exhibition Review Panel, Filter Space, Chicago, IL

Leisure/Class, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE (through Environment/Landscape/Photography course)

Call and Response: Art As Activism, Syntax Physic Opera, Denver, CO

2016

Rendered Visible, ARCADE Museum, St. Louis, MO

Agency, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

 

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

2018

Society for Photographic Education, Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood, Philadelphia, PA (scheduled)

2017

West/Southwest Society for Photographic Education, Tahoe CoLab: Creativity, Community, and Collaboration, Lake Tahoe, CA

Midwest Society for Photographic Education, Developing Space/Places, Peoria, IL

Society for Photographic Education, Family Values, Orlando, FL

2016

Midwest Society for Photographic Education, Conflict Resolution, St. Louis, MO

Society for Photographic Education, Constructed Realities, Las Vegas, NV

2015

Midwest Society for Photographic Education, Throwing Light, Catching Shadows, Louisville, KY

Society for Photographic Education, Atmospheres: Climate, Equity and Community in Photography, New Orleans, LA

2014

Midwest Society for Photographic Education, Yesterday Today: Photography and the Archive, Madison, WI

Society for Photographic Education, Collaborative Exchanges: Photography in Dialogue, Baltimore, MD

2013

Midwest Society for Photographic Education, Re:Search, Lincoln, NE