Jennifer Sakai

photo of Jennifer Sakai
Professional Lecturer, Photography, Studio Arts Program
Smith Hall 116
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Jennifer Sakai is a fine art photographer, curator, and educator that resides in the Washington D.C. area. She received her BFA at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in Boston Massachusetts, and her MFA in photography from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia. She has taught at the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, and Virginia Commonwealth University prior to teaching at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. 


Current Outside Position

She is currently Professor of Photography at the Corcoran School of Art at The George Washington University and curator of ‘Gifts of Tony Podesta’ at the Katzen Arts Center of American University Winter 2019.   



  • Fine Art Photography FotoWeek DC 2017


Exhibitions and Publications


Professor Sakai's research consists of the exploration and examination of the landscape in the photographic medium. She has two current series: the first ‘Hillover Road, east-west’ is a study of the light, color and surface as shown through the vernacular of Eastern Long Island.

Her second series ‘Poston Provenance’ addresses the topography and emotional connection to the concentration camp where her relatives were held during WWII, and the family’s eastward migration after the war.

Curatorial Projects:

Curator ‘The Gifts of Tony Podesta’ Katzen Museum January 26th 2019 – March 17th 2019

Curator ‘The Gifts of Tony Podesta’ Katzen Museum January 26th 2019 – March 17th 2019

Artist Talks

Curators Talk for the Corcoran Women’s Committee March 2019

Curators Talk Katzen Museum January 2019

Gallery 102 NEXT preview artist presentation 2018

‘Color in the Landscape’ International Photographic Society 2017


Publications as an author:

Curator’s Essay, ‘Transmutation of Perception’, ‘The Gifts of Tony Podesta’, American University Press 2019


Exposed DC photographic judge 2019

Judging committee IMF/World Bank International Photographic Society 2018

Exposed DC photographic judge 2018

Lead Judge, IMF/World Bank International Photographic Society 2017




MFA Virginia Commonwealth University

BFA Lesley University