Director of Photolucida for six years, Laura has juried for Critical Mass, Blue Sky Gallery's Northwest Drawers, United Photo Industries and PhotoPlace Gallery. She has curated exhibits at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland (Photo Alchemy: An Exhibition of Alternative Process Photography, and Resurrection: A New Look at Old Photographic Processes), at the Lishui International Photo Festival in China (Desiree Edkins, Lori Vrba), and the Xiang Sha Wan Photo Festival in Inner Mongolia (Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin, Nancy Newberry, Jane Alden Stevens). Laura has also written pieces for Finite Foto (Lisa Law, Taj Forer), Griffin Museum's Critic's Pick (Chris McCaw), and Photo-eye 's blog (Lucas Foglia).
Laura Valenti Jelen
Laura Valenti Jelen is a photographer, curator, educator, and arts director based in Portland, Oregon. She has served as a reviewer at portfolio review events such as Review Santa Fe, Houston FotoFest, and Photolucida. Laura has juried for Critical Mass, Center's Director's Choice Awards, Photo District News, The Oregonian, Midwest Center for Photography, Rangefinder Magazine, and more. For seven years, Laura worked as Program Director and Co-Curator at Newspace Center for Photography, where she still teaches. She has taught black-and-white darkroom and creative practices classes at Newspace for the last ten years. Laura also teaches private workshops and mentors photographers who are preparing to exhibit or publish their work. Currently, Laura works as Outreach Director at Photolucida, a Portland-based nonprofit that works to build connections between photographers and the gallery and publishing worlds.