Jordan Rockford


Creative Conspirator. Independent Curator. Educator. Born 1977 in Boston, MA, raised near Philadelphia, PA. Studied Photography at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia and History of Photography/Museum Studies at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Curatorial work and creative collaborations with artists from the US, England, Scotland, Denmark, Israel and Cambodia.


Master of Letters (M.Litt.),  Art History (2004)
University of St Andrews, Scotland

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Photography (2000)
University of the Arts, College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA


Academic Advisor
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (2012-present)

Senior Lecturer, Creative Practices: Art & Identity
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (Fall 2014)

Senior Lecturer, Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Photography
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (2011-present)

Senior Lecturer, Seminar on Critical Studies in Photography
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (2010-present)

Adjunct Instructor, Continuing Education, Contemporary Photography
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (Spring 2012)

Adjunct Instructor, Professional Institute for Educators
Who Are We? : Constructing Identity through Images
TPS Partnership with Library of Congress/The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (2012-present)

Digital Imaging Associate, Creative Services
Villanova University, Villanova, PA (2011-2012)

Managing Curator, Hidden City 2009
Peregrine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (2006-2008)

Associate Curator
Civil War & Underground Railroad Museum, Philadelphia, PA (2004-2006)

Graphics Associate
Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2000-2002)

Selected Exhibitions + Curatorial Projects

Chad States: Night Sweats, NAPOLEON
Philadelphia, PA (2014)

Love & Devotion: B. Proud and Antony Osso, William Way LGBT Community Center
Philadelphia, PA (2014)

Vuth Lyno: Thoamada, William Way LGBT Community Center
Equality Forum, Philadelphia, PA (2013)

Ryan Wilson Kelly: The Sleep of Reason, NAPOLEON
Philadelphia, PA (2012)

David Adika: Equator, Open Lens Gallery
Equality Forum, Philadelphia, PA (2012)

Personal Renaissance: Portraits by Mustafah Abdulaziz, Dilworth Plaza
The Porch Light Initiative/Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA (2010)

Heroes, F.U.E.L. Gallery
Queer Emerging Artists for Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, Philadelphia, PA (2009)

Resonance, Delaware Art Museum
Outlooks Exhibition Series, Wilmington, DE (2008)

Pure: The Works of David Hilliard & Ryan McGinley, Sol Mednick Gallery
Equality Forum, Philadelphia, PA (2004)

Panels + Lectures

City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Presenter
Winter Skills Conference: Making a Statement: Writing for Artists in Social Practice (2014)

The Barnes Foundation, Lecturer
Through a Lens, Queerly: Queer Visions in Contemporary Photography (2012)

 Young Involved Philadelphia, Panelist
Economic Impact & Cultivation of the Creative Economy in Philadelphia (2011)

City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Panelist
Community Murals Design Reviews (2010-present)

 Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Peer Panelist (2009-2011)

Professional Service + Affiliations

National Portfolio Day, Portfolio Reviewer (2011)
William Way Community Center, Art Committee/Juror  (2010-present)
National History Day Philadelphia, Judge (2005, 2009-2011)
InLiquid, Benefit Advisory Committee (2008-2009)
Design for Social Impact, Curatorial Liaison (2008)
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Young Friends Committee  (2000-2001)
PhotoReview Magazine, Assistant Auction Coordinator (1999-2001)

University of St Andrews Alumni Association
University of the Arts Alumni Council (2007-2010)
Museum Council of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley (Executive Board/Treasurer 2007-2010)

  • Located:

    319 N. 11th St 2L
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

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  • Gallery Hours:

    most Saturdays and Sundays
    2 - 6pm
    or by appointment
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