Rod Slemmons was the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago from 2002 to 2011 where he also taught undergraduate photo history and graduate seminars in the Photography Department. He is currently Curator at Large for MOCP and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as Acting Director of the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College. Rod taught photography and the history of photography for 12 years at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was National Chair of the Society for Photographic Education from 1990 to 1994 and named Honored Educator at the SPE National Conference in 2007. Before and during his time at the University of Washington he was the Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Seattle Art Museum for 14 years, producing 35 exhibitions and numerous catalogs, including Like A One-Eyed Cat, the first retrospective of Lee Friedlander in 1989. Rod trained at George Eastman House and the Rochester Institute of Technology, 1976 – 78. He also has an MA in contemporary literature.
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