Jay (Jo Ann, they/she) is an analog-obsessed visual storyteller, educator, and amateur marathon runner. Community lies at the heart of their visual work, driven by a deep-seated desire to nurture compassion and forge connections within and beyond their communities.

Jayis a graduate of the International Center of Photography’s photojournalism program (New York, NewYork) where she was awarded The New York Times Foundation Scholarship and apprenticed under their mentor, the esteemed photojournalist Eugene Richards.

Jay is returning to photography and visual arts after a seven-year hiatus. Duringthat time, they transitioned to Executive Hospitality Management &Operations roles at MML Hospitality (2016-2020) to the dynamic realm ofPreacher’s inaugural Director of Hospitality & Culture, delving into the vibrant intersection of creativity and hospitality.

Currently, Jay is immersed in a phase of reigniting their passion for storytelling, producing events, crafting immersive experiences, and actively working towards the establishment W A N D E R , a community darkroom, gallery and gathering space.

Having spent the last 16 years in Austin, TX, Jay now finds solace in the tranquil surroundings of Lenox, MA, nestled in the Berkshires, where they along side their wife, seven-year-old daughter, and their furry pack. 


Proud to Serve  
Northern Vermont University Johnson, VT

Believe (film premiere)
Dup 15q Alliance Conference
Orlando, FL

State of Denial
J Clark Gallery
Austin, TX

Selected Works
Miss Porter’s School
Farmington, CT

Within 100 Miles (of Austin)
Sustainable Food Center
Austin, TX -permanent collection

Proud to Serve 
United States Military Naval Base
San Diego, CA

End of War*
Northlight Gallery at
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Proud to Serve 
SF LGBT Community Center, 
San Francisco, CA

Processed Repeat Austin Series Vol. 2

Gallery Black Lagoon
Austin, TX

Collected Works
B. Hollyman Gallery
Austin, TX

Austin Faces AIDS 
Falcon 5, Contained Art Space Austin, TX

Fine Line Private Lives for Public View* – Clifford Gallery at
Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Proud to Serve
The Q Center
Portland, OR

Walking the Block
B. Hollyman Gallery
Austin, TX

International Center of Photography, New York, NY

Proud to Serve

The LGBT Community Center
New York, NY

Rise: New Work by New Artists*  
Gallery I/D
Miami, FL 

Walking the Block 
The LGBT Community Center
New York, NY



New York Times Foundation Fellowship Recipient

Palm Center  Fellowship for
Proud to Serve  project

Kick-Starter funded for
Proud to Serve

Guest artist for Art City Austin

Lecturing Visiting Artist
Miss Porter’s School 


Newsweek, The NewYorker, New York Magazine, Mother Jones, The Guardian, The Advocate, Food & Wine, The Washington Post, Texas Observer, Austin Monthly, Edible Austin, 
Edible Berkshires, 
Neighbor Works,
Sustainable Food Center,
AIDS Services of Austin,
The Center For American Progress and numerous International publications and clients 

From 2006- 2008, I was part of the Austin pedicab community and beginning to find my eye as a photographer and storyteller. 

During that memorable time, I was the subject of an 8 min doc short film Things that Click  

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