Founder and Creative Director PhotoNOLA
Jennifer Shaw is the founder and creative director of PhotoNOLA, New Orleans’ annual photography festival. The festival showcases works from local and international artists, and is coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) in partnership with museums and galleries citywide. Shaw was a founding officer of NOPA, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to encourage the understanding and appreciation of photography. She has juried contests and exhibitions for One One Thousand, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Piclet.org’s POPCAP 2014, Louisiana State University Student Art Show (2015, 2007), and the Sony World Photography Awards, 2017. Her curatorial experience includes I’ll Be Your Mirror, Homespace Gallery, 2012; Gathering, A. Smith Gallery, 2015; the 2018 Somerville Toy Camera Festival; as well as numerous PhotoNOLA exhibitions over the past twelve years.
Shaw earned a BFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. She also teaches the disappearing art of darkroom photography at the Louise S. McGehee School, in addition to pursuing her own art. Her photographs have been published in two monographs: Hurricane Story (Chin Music Press, 2011) and Nature/Nurture (North Light Press, 2012).