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Jennifer Crane B.F.A. (York University), M.F.A.,(Concordia University)

Associate Professor

Faculty Member in Art & Art History

Murray Building 182.2

Research Area(s)

  • Historical, analogue, and digital processes of photography
  • Memory, narrative, authenticity, and archival practice
  • Relationship between body and lens
  • Contemporary images
  • Old and new technologies

About me

Jennifer Crane is a lens-based artist who joined the Department of Art and Art History in 2005. She is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Photography Area. Professor Crane teaches classes in photography covering 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.

The overall research vision of her work is to investigate 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. Her practice employs historical, analogue and digital processes in photography.

Professor Crane has exhibited her work in galleries 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.

In 2007 she received a Leaders Opportunity Fund Award from The Canadian Foundation for Innovation to fund her Lens Based Digital Research Lab located in The Humanities and Fine Arts Digital Research Lab. This was the first CFI awarded in the Fine Arts at The University of Saskatchewan. In 2005 she received a Presidents SSHRC Grant from The University of Saskatchewan. She has also received funding from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Nova Scotia Arts Council and The Alberta Foundation for the Arts. 


Recent Published Writings:

Getting Cheeky Down at the Cedar Tavern: The Story of the Cedar Tavern Singers. Blackflash Magazine 28.3, 2011

The Art of Sleeping: Sarah Fuller Closes Her Eyes and Opens the Shutter, Blackflash Magazine 28.1, 2010


Recent Exhibition Reviews:

Sawyer, Jill, Still Films (Yukon Arts Centre) Galleries West Magazine, Spring, 2011

Graham, Megan, Still Films (Yukon Arts Centre), Blackflash Magazine Fall 2011

Clarke,T., The World Through A Pinhole (Dear Edward at The Mann Art Gallery) Prince Albert Daily Herald, 2012


Professor Crane has taught photography in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Saskatchewan since 2005. She has also taught at NSCAD University, (Halifax, NS), Memorial University, (Corner Brook,NF), Thompson River University, ( Kamloops, BC) and The University of Lethbridge, (Lethbridge,AB) 



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