EDUCATION

2017
MFA, Studio Art, Photography, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

2013
BFA, Studio Art, Portland State University, Portland, OR

AWARDS, GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

2019
Spring Conference Travel Support, School of Art, University of Arkansas

2018
Flash Forward 2018, The Magenta Foundation, Winner
ChromaLuxe Fine Art Scholarship, Lucie Foundation, Shortlist

2017
Emerging Talent Awards 2017, LensCulture, Winner
2017 Photo Made Scholarship, Lucie Foundation, Shortlist
PDN 30, Nominee 
Dan and Barbara Howard Creative Achievement Award, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Outstanding Graduate Research & Creative Activities Award, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2016
Hixson-Lied Graduate Student Scholarly & Creative Activity Grant, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lenscratch Student Prize, Second Place, juried by Aline Smithson, Grant Gill, and Sarah Stankey
Award for Innovations in Imaging, Society for Photographic Education

2014–17
Othmer Fellowship Award, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

MONOGRAPH

2019
The Rug’s Topography, Kris Graves Projects

SOLO & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2020
TBD: Zora J Murff & Rana Young, Brick City East Gallery, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO (forthcoming)

2019
The Rug’s Topography, Griffin Museum of Photography, Critic’s Satellite Gallery (online)
The Rug’s Topography, Filter Space, Chicago, IL
Fade Like a Sigh: Zora J Murff & Rana Young, Glass Gallery, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

2018
The Rug’s Topography, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2017
Fade Like a Sigh: Zora J Murff & Rana Young, III of Cups Gallery, Lincoln, NE
The Rug’s Topography, Eisentrager–Howard Gallery, Lincoln, NE
The Rug’s Topography, Perspectives Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
Fade Like a Sigh: Zora J Murff & Rana Young, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE

2016
Talk to Her: Emily Wiethorn & Rana Young, Method Gallery, Lincoln, NE

2013
Neighbors, White Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR 
[in]Tension, Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
MWSPE Members Exhibition, Brook Stevens Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, juried by Jennifer Murray (forthcoming)
The Universal
, Filter Space, Chicago, IL, juried by Gregory Harris (forthcoming)
New Poetics
, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA
Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection, University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL
After & Because Of, The Galleries at Herron, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Loss, Humble Arts Foundation (on-line exhibition), juried by Tara Wray and Jon Feinstein
Body and Identity
, Jeonju 11th International Photo Festival, Jeonju, South Korea
Aint-Bad: Collaborations, Laney Contemporary Fine Art, Savannah, GA
Month of Photography Los Angeles Photo Book Exhibition
, House of Lucie at ROW DTLA, Los Angeles, CA
The Ides of March: Omens and Predictions, Lenscratch (on-line exhibition), juried by Alyssa Coppelman

2018
Portraits, The Ones We Love (on-line exhibition), curated by Lindley Warren
The Best of LensCulture: Vol 2,
Cour de l’Archevêché, The Voices Off Festival, Arles, France
Concept, Month of Photography Los Angeles (StandardVision X), Los Angeles, CA
LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2017, Klompching Gallery, New York, NY
Coalescence, Gallery of Art and Design, Elkhorn, NE

2017
West/Southwest SPE Tahoe CoLab Exhibition, McNamara Gallery, University of Nevada–Reno, Reno, NV
Midwest SPE Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL
Nebraska Touring, Warren Opera House, Friend, NE
Magic Mirror, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY
Semblance, Refraction Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
The Blue Library Vol. 2: Conversations, 500x Gallery, Dallas, TX
Trade Talks: Tokyo–Nebraska Photography Exchange, Place M, Tokyo, Japan  

2016
The Blue Library Vol. 2: Conversations, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Home, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Emerging Vision, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO
What Keeps You Up at Night?, The Arts at CIIS, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
Developed Work, Center Gallery, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS
2016 SPE Midwest Regional Multi-Caucus Exhibition, McNamee Gallery, Saint Louis, MO
New Directions, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Detroit, MI
The Bright Invisible, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, Shanxi province, China

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019
“On Death,” Kris Graves Projects in collaboration with Humble Arts Foundation (forthcoming book, October 2019)
“Photographers on Photographer: Rana Young and Rebecca Drolen,” Lenscratch, August 2.
Carson Sanders, “Zora J Murff & Rana Young: Fade Like a Sigh,” Aint-Bad Magazine, June 12.
Aline Smithson, “The Myths and Realities of Artistic Collaboration,” Lenscratch, February 27.
Bree Lamb, “Fade Like a Sigh by Zora J Murff & Rana Young,” Fraction Magazine, Issue 119, February 4.
Conor Risch, “Exposures: The End a Beginning,” PDN, February 1., p. 58|59
Brennan Booker, “Developer: Rana Young: The Rug’s Topography,” Lenscratch, January 30.
John Branch, “The Enduring Fight Over the First Ironman Triathlon,” The New York Times, January 25.
Lisa Beilfuss, “The Latest Trend in Mobile Gaming: Stock-Trading Apps,” The Wall Street Journal, January 22.
“Transforming Viewer into Voyeur,” PDN Photo of the Day, January 9,
Laura Landro, “The Psychiatrist Can See Your Child Now, Virtually,” The Wall Street Journal, January 8., p. A14

2018
Jon Feinstein, “31 Photographers Capture Ghosts, Witches and Other Occult Phenomena,” VICE, October 30.
“The Rug’s Topography by Rana Young,” Dodho Magazine, October 29.
“Issue No.13,” Aint-Bad Magazine, October 27.
“Flash Forward 2018,” The Magenta Foundation, October 26.
Kathryn O’Shea-Evans, “Five Places to Go in Lincoln, Neb.,” The New York Times, October 10.
Kayla Story, “Rana Young,” Aint-Bad Magazine, September 19.
Jon Feinstein, “Family Disrupted,” TagTagTag, June 3.
“The Best of LensCulture: Vol 2,” LensCulture, July.
Tara Wray, “Some Days Just Are: Zora J Murff & Rana Young,” Huffington Post, January 11.
“Progresso Fotografico 49: Autoritratto e fotografia intima,” Progresso Fotografico, January.

2017
Mike Adno, “A Photographic Conversation about Family, Absence, and What Ifs,” Hyperallergic, November 21.
Dounia Mahieddine, “Tout en délicatesse, Rana Young explore la notion d’identité individuelle dans le couple,”Cheese by Konbini (Paris), November 20.
“Curator’s Choice,” Aint-Bad Magazine, Issue No. 12, September 18.
“Desirable Body,” Yogurt Magazine, Collectors Pack, September 15.
Winifred Chiocchia, “Fade Like a Sigh,” LensCulture, August 9.
“The Rug’s Topography,” GUP Magazine, August 2.
“Magic Mirror, photographers and the glass,” L’Oeil de la Photographie, June 29.
Jess T. Dugan, “Q&A: Rana Young,” Strange Fire, June 1.
Max Ferguson, “Fade Like A Sigh,” British Journal of Photography, February 1.

ARTIST LECTURES + SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

2019
”Visual Elegies: Photographing Intimacy and Loss,” Image-Maker Presentation, Midwest Society for Photographic Education Conference, Milwaukee, WI (forthcoming)
“Panel: Publishing & Collecting – Critical Concerns,” Contact Photography Festival, Toronto, Ontario (The Rug’s Topography presented by Kris Graves, Director, +KGP)
“Visual Elegies: Photographing Intimacy and Loss,” Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
”The Myths and Realities of Artistic Collaborations,” Artist Panel with Zora J Murff, David Johnson, and Philip Matthews, Society for Photographic Education National Conference, Cleveland, OH
Filter Space, Chicago, IL (gallery talk)

2018
”Rana Young: The Rug’s Topography,” Image-Maker Presentation, South Central Society for Photographic Education Conference, Baton Rouge, LA
Laura Kennedy, “New Exhibition Explores Transition,” WGLT 89.1FM, NPR from Illinois State University
Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY (Visiting Artist Lecture)
Illinois State University, Normal, IL (Visiting Artist Lecture)

2017
“Zora J Murff & Rana Young: Fade Like a Sigh,” Image-Maker Presentation, Society for Photographic Education West/Southwest Chapter CoLab Retreat, Tahoe City, CA
Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE (Visiting Artist Lecture)
University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE (artist lecture)
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI (Visiting Artist Lecture)

2016
”Rana Young: The Rug’s Topography,” Graduate Image-Maker Presentation, Midwest Society for Photographic Education Conference, Saint Louis, MO

COLLECTIONS

denotes monograph acquisition

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY ✶
University of Nebraska Library, Lincoln, NE ✶
ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Library, New York, NY ✶
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR ✶
Illinois State University Library, Normal, IL ✶
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI ✶
Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY ✶
Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
En Foco, Bronx, NY
University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Blue Library, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA
CHROMA, The Arts at California Institute of Inaugural Studies, San Francisco, CA
Private Collections 

EDITORIAL & CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

2020
Curator, TBD, Brick City West Gallery, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO (forthcoming)

2019
Photographer, Type Investigations (forthcoming)

2018–
Photographer, The Wall Street Journal
Photographer, The New York Times

2018
Curator, Transience, Medici Gallery, Lincoln, NE

2017–
Founder/Co-Curator, PHOTO-EMPHASIS (www.photo-emphasis.com)

2017
Curator, Leisure/Class, Focus Gallery, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE
Curator, In Proximity, Lincoln PhotoFest, Tugboat Gallery, Lincoln, NE

TEACHING

2019–
Assistant Visiting Professor of Art, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
ARHS 1003: Art Appreciation (Fall 2019)

Instructor, Griffin Museum of Photography
Color & Composition (online Fall 2019)

2019
Lecturer, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
ARTS 3803: Photo I (Summer 2019)
ARHS 1003: Art Appreciation (Fall 2019, Spring 2019)

2017—18
Adjunct Instructor, Metropolitan Community College, Elkhorn, NE
PHOT 1005: Basic Photography I - Digital (Summer 2018, Spring 2018, Winter 2017, Summer 2017)
PHOT 1010: Basic Photography II - Film (Fall 2017)

Instructor, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
ART 271: Photo Studio I: Beginning Black and White Photography (Spring 2018, Fall 2017)

2017
Lecturer, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
ARTP 151: Color and Composition (Fall 2017)

2015—17
Instructor of Record, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
PHOT 161/261: Beginning Digital Photography (Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015)

2014—15
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
PHOT 262: Beginning Wet Darkroom (Spring 2015)
PHOT 361/461: Advanced Photography (Spring 2015, Fall 2014)
PHOT 161/261: Beginning Digital Photography (Fall 2014)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & SERVICE

2019–
BA Committee, School of Art, University of Arkansas

2019
Student Portfolio Reviewer, Midwest Society for Photographic Education Conference, Communities, Collaborations, & Collectives, Milwaukee, WI (forthcoming)
Guest Critic, MFA First Year Final Critiques, University of Arkansas
Print Donation, 3rd Annual Spring Fundraiser, Filter Photo, Chicago, IL

2018
Guest Critic, MFA Photography, University of Arkansas
Student Portfolio Reviewer, South Central SPE Conference, Material + Meaning, Baton Rouge, LA

2016–17
Treasurer, UNL Social Practice Coalition Student Organization, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2015–16
Graduate Student Member, Director Search Committee, School of Art, Art History & Design, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2014–16
Treasurer, Visual Artists in Practice Student Organization, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2014–17
Digital Lab Technician, Photo Dept., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Graduate Member, UNL Fine Art Photo Club Student Organization, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2014–15
Graduate Representative for the School of Art, Art History & Design, UNL Graduate Student Association, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2013–17
Installation Photographer and Technician (on-call), Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

2019
Society for Photographic Education, The Myths of Photography and the American Dream, Cleveland, OH

2018
South Central Society for Photographic Education, Material + Meaning, Baton Rouge, LA
Society for Photographic Education, Uncertain Times, Philadelphia, PA

2017
West/Southwest Society for Photographic Education, CoLab Retreat, Lake Tahoe, CA
Midwest Society for Photographic Education, Developing Spaces/Places, Peoria, IL
Society for Photographic Education, Family Values, Orlando, FL

2016
Midwest Society for Photographic Education, Conflict Resolution, St. Louis, MO
Society for Photographic Education, Constructed Realities, Las Vegas, NV

2015
Midwest Society for Photographic Education, Throwing Light, Catching Shadows, Louisville, KY
Society for Photographic Education, Atmospheres: Climate, Equality, and Community, New Orleans, LA

2014
Midwest Society for Photographic Education, Yesterday Today, Madison, WI

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION

2016–18
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE, Member

2014–
Society for Photographic Education, Member

2013–18
Blue Sky Gallery/Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland, OR, Member