Chicago, IL, USA
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. During this period he also taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. When he stepped down as Director of MOCP he was re-hired by Columbia College to be acting Director of the Center for Book and Paper Arts for a year.
Rod previously taught photography, history of photography and graduate Museum Studies for 12 years at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was the National Chair of the Society for Photographic Education from 1990 to 1994. He was named Honored Educator at the SPE National Conference in Miami 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 including Like A One-Eyed Cat, the first retrospective of Lee Friedlander in 1989, and Shadowy Evidence—Edward S. Curtis and his Contemporaries.
Rod has been a reviewer at FotoFest in Houston, Filterfoto in Chicago, and Photo España in Madrid among other photo festivals. He is the author of numerous introductions and essays for photography books and journals. He is a member of Oracle, the international group of photo curators.
Rod is interested in all kinds of photo works, except portraits. When interested and excited by a portfolio, he either adds it to a show he is currently working on, or pass it on to other curators worldwide that he thinks would be interested.