Jay Turner Frey Seawell

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Adjunct Professiorial Lecturer in Art,
Studio Arts Program
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Jay Turner Frey Seawell is a photographer based in Washington, DC. His photographs have been included in numerous exhibitions in the United States as well as the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. Seawell is a two-time nominee of The Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer (2014 and 2016). He is the 2016 recipient of the Award for Innovation in the Documentary Arts from the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. In 2016, his first photobook National Trust was published by Skylark Editions.


Current Outside Position & Recent Exhibitions

Mr. Seawell's photographic practice primarily involves making work about the intersections between historical commemoration, memory, and the cultivation of national identity.

His project entitled "The Mall" is a series of photographs that arise from a deep skepticism about the mainstream narrative of United States history that is perpetuated among the monuments and memorials at the Mall. He recently made a small edition book of this project with Conveyor Arts. 

In addition to teaching at GWU, he works full-time as an Admissions Officer for his graduate school alma mater, Columbia College Chicago.



  • 2016, Award for Innovation in the Documentary Arts, Archive of Documentary Arts, Duke University
  • 2016, Nominee, The Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer
  • 2013, Albert P. Weisman Award, Columbia College Chicago



BAJ (Bachelor of Arts in Journalism), Indiana University
MFA in Photography, Columbia College Chicago