Professor Tuckerman has been a member of the Photography faculty since 1988.
Professional Title: Professor of Photography
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Photography
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Photography
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Introduction to Documentary Photography; Senior Portfolio in Photography; Horror in Photography; Internships in Photography
Education: MFA, Rhode Island School of Design (1975); BFA The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions:
Jane Tuckerman received her BFA from The Art Institute of Boston and her MFA from
the Rhode Island School of Design. She has held faculty positions at Smith
College and Harvard University. Ms. Tuckerman has exhibited throughout the
United States as well as abroad at the Instituto Chileano Norteamericano de
Cultura in Santiago, Chile. Her recent publications have been in Aperture
and Time-Life Books. Jane has received numerous awards including the New Works
Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
It is with great support and enthusiasm, as well as apprehension and sadness, that I announce that Photography faculty member and Professor, Jane Tuckerman, will be retiring at the end of the Fall 2013 semester.I feel apprehension, because I don't know how I will replace such a talented, insightful, and effective teacher and artist. I feel sadness, because I know Jane will be missed by our community. She is looked up to by the hundreds of students she has taught, mentored, and inspired over her 25 years here. Of course, we support Jane in this transition in her life and are enthusiastic about her next steps.Prior to joining AIB/LUCAD in 1988, Jane was an Associate Professor of Studio Arts at Harvard University from 1978 - 1986. At LUCAD she has taught a variety of classes including Documentary Photography, Junior and Senior Portfolio, Horror in Film and Photography, and more. An inveterant traveler, she was instrumental in creating an exciting study abroad course in Oaxaca, Mexico entitled Rites & Celebrations--a course that strongly impacted the educational and life trajectories of many of our students. She also served as the Photography Department's Faculty Coordinator for Student Internships. In 2000, Jane was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by our College.During Jane's teaching career, she was chosen as the Harnish Visiting Artist at Smith College in 1997 and 1998 and as Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, in addition to conducting numerous workshops in the United States and abroad. Her own photographs have been exhibited in countless galleries and museums including: The Smithsonian Institution; The University of Massachusetts Gallery; Witkin Gallery, NY; The Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington; Amsterdam Foto in Holland; and the Venice Biennale '79. Her artwork is represented in the collections of MOMO, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, amongst others.Jane's photographs have appeared in many publications including Aperture, the New York Times, American Photographer, and Camera. Two monographs of her artworks have been published: Ghosts in 2006 and Haunted in 2011. She has received the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Grant and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship.To quote one of her faculty evaluators, Jane is a "gifted and caring teacher" who demonstrates "irrepressible enthusiasm, ability, energy, and extensive photographic and artistic knowledge. Jane is a highly effective and challenging teacher." Jane mentions that her own teaching philosophy is "to instill as much self-confidence in the student/artist as possible, so they will always feel great about taking risks, making the attempt, and achieving results of which they can be proud."Jane will certainly be missed here at LUCAD and the University at large, but we wish her all the best and hope she will come back and teach an occasional course in between her many world travels. As she has said about herself: "I love to travel to the ends of the earth. A tent, a horse, and a camera are the only necessities."
Stan Trecker Dean Lesley University College of Art and Design
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