EDUCATION

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

2013/ BFA, Studio Art, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon


AWARDS, GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

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

2018/ Flash Forward 2018, The Magenta Foundation, Winner

2018/ ChromaLuxe Fine Art Scholarship, Lucie Foundation, Shortlist

2017/ Emerging Talent Awards 2017, LensCulture, Winner

2017/ 2017 Photo Made Scholarship, Lucie Foundation, Shortlist

2017/ PDN 30, Nominee 

2017/ Dan and Barbara Howard Creative Achievement Award, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2017/ Outstanding Graduate Research & Creative Activities Award, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2016/ Hixson-Lied Graduate Student Scholarly & Creative Activity Grant, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2016/ Lenscratch Student Prize, Second Place, juried by Aline Smithson, Grant Gill, and Sarah Stankey

2016/ 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/ The Rug’s Topography, Brick City East Gallery, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri (forthcoming)

2020/ Fade Like a Sigh: Zora J Murff & Rana Young, Brick City East Gallery, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri (forthcoming)

2019/ The Rug’s Topography, Filter Space, Chicago, Illinois

2019/ Fade Like a Sigh: Zora J Murff & Rana Young, Glass Gallery, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

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

2017/ Fade Like a Sigh: Zora J Murff & Rana Young, III of Cups Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska

2017/ The Rug’s Topography, Eisentrager–Howard Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska

2017/ The Rug’s Topography, Perspectives Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2017/ Fade Like a Sigh: Zora J Murff & Rana Young, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, Nebraska

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

2013/ Neighbors, White Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon 

2013/ [in]Tension, Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon


RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019/ Lens-based: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection, University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois (forthcoming)

2019/ After & Because Of, The Galleries at Herron, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana  (forthcoming)

2019/ Body and Identity, Jeonju 11th International Photo Festival, Jeonju, South Korea (forthcoming)

2019/ Aint-Bad: Collaborations, Laney Contemporary Fine Art, Savannah, Georgia (forthcoming)

2019/ Month of Photography Los Angeles Photo Book Exhibition, House of Lucie at ROW DTLA, Los Angeles, California

2019/ 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

2018/The Best of LensCulture: Vol 2, Cour de l’Archevêché, The Voices Off Festival, Arles, France

2018/ Concept, Month of Photography Los Angeles (StandardVision X), Los Angeles, California

2018/ LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2017, Klompching Gallery, New York, New York

2018/ Coalescence, Gallery of Art and Design, Elkhorn, Nebraska

2017/ West/Southwest SPE Tahoe CoLab Exhibition, McNamara Gallery, University of Nevada–Reno, Reno, Nevada

2017/ Midwest SPE Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, Illinois

2017/ Nebraska Touring, Warren Opera House, Friend, Nebraska

2017/ Magic Mirror, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, New York

2017/ Semblance, Refraction Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

2017/ The Blue Library Vol. 2: Conversations, 500x Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2017/ Trade Talks: Tokyo–Nebraska Photography Exchange, Place M, Tokyo, Japan  

2016/ The Blue Library Vol. 2: Conversations, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

2016/ Home, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado

2016/ Emerging Vision, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, Colorado

2016/ What Keeps You Up at Night?, The Arts at CIIS, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California

2016/ Developed Work, Center Gallery, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, Kansas

2016/ 2016 SPE Midwest Regional Multi-Caucus Exhibition, McNamee Gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri

2016/ New Directions, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Detroit, Michigan

2016/ The Bright Invisible, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, Shanxi province, China


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Aline Smithson, “The Myths and Realities of Artistic Collaboration,” Lenscratch, February 27, 2019

Bree Lamb, “Fade Like a Sigh by Zora J Murff & Rana Young,” Fraction Magazine, Issue 119, February 4, 2019

Conor Risch, “Exposures: The End a Beginning,” PDN, February 1, 2019, p. 58|59

Brennan Booker, “Developer: Rana Young: The Rug’s Topography,” Lenscratch, January 30, 2019

John Branch, “The Enduring Fight Over the First Ironman Triathlon,” The New York Times, January 25, 2019

Lisa Beilfuss, “The Latest Trend in Mobile Gaming: Stock-Trading Apps,” The Wall Street Journal, January 22, 2019

Visualist Chicago, “Top V. Weekend Picks,” Bad at Sports, January 10, 2019

“Transforming Viewer into Voyeur,” PDN Photo of the Day, January 9, 2019

Laura Landro, “The Psychiatrist Can See Your Child Now, Virtually,” The Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2019, p. A14

Jon Feinstein, “31 Photographers Capture Ghosts, Witches and Other Occult Phenomena,” VICE, October 30, 2018

“The Rug’s Topography by Rana Young,” Dodho Magazine, October 29, 2018

“Issue No.13,” Aint-Bad Magazine, October 27, 2018

“Flash Forward 2018,” The Magenta Foundation, October 26, 2018

Kathryn O’Shea-Evans, “Five Places to Go in Lincoln, Neb.,” The New York Times, October 10, 2018

Kayla Story, “Rana Young,” Aint-Bad Magazine, September 19, 2018

Jon Feinstein, “Family Disrupted,” TagTagTag, June 3, 2018

“The Best of LensCulture: Vol 2,” LensCulture, July 2018

“Weekend Portfolio: Rana Young,” Musée Magazine, May 25, 2018

Melissa Kreider, ”Don’t Smile – Year Two,” Don’t Smile, April 4, 2018

“Half Year Vol. 4,” Streit House Space, March 2018

Shaun H Kelly, “Pictures Without Words — Vol 001, ISS 003,” Strant Magazine, January 18, 2018

Tara Wray, “Some Days Just Are: Zora J Murff & Rana Young,” Huffington Post, January 11, 2018

“Progresso Fotografico 49: Autoritratto e fotografia intima,” Progresso Fotografico, January 2018

Mike Adno, “A Photographic Conversation about Family, Absence, and What Ifs,” Hyperallergic, November 21, 2017

Dounia Mahieddine, “Tout en délicatesse, Rana Young explore la notion d’identité individuelle dans le couple,”Cheese by Konbini (Paris), November 20, 2017

“Curator’s Choice,” Aint-Bad Magazine, Issue No. 12, September 18, 2017

“Desirable Body,” Yogurt Magazine, Collectors Pack, September 15, 2017

Melissa Kreider, ”RanaYoung: The Rug’s Topography,” Don’t Smile, August 29, 2017

Sarah Press, “Rana Young’s Journey of Self-Discovery,” iGNANT, August 16, 2017

Winifred Chiocchia, “Fade Like a Sigh,” LensCulture, August 9, 2017

“The Rug’s Topography,” GUP Magazine, August 2, 2017

“Magic Mirror, photographers and the glass,” L’Oeil de la Photographie, June 29, 2017

Jess T. Dugan, “Q&A: Rana Young,” Strange Fire, June 1st, 2017

“Close Yet Far: Rana Young Explores Personal Identities Beneath Relationship,” C 41 Magazine, April 28, 2017

"The Female Gaze: Portraits,” (on-line exhibition) curated by Ashley Kauschinger, Don’t Smile, April 11, 2017 

Max Ferguson, “Fade Like A Sigh,” British Journal of Photography, February 17, 2017


LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS & INTERVIEWS

2019/ “Panel: Publishing & Collecting – Critical Concerns,” Contact Photography Festival, Toronto, Ontario (The Rug’s Topography presented by Kris Graves, Director, +KGP)

2019/ “Visual Elegies: Photographing Intimacy and Loss,” Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

2019/ ”The Myths and Realities of Artistic Collaborations,” Artist Panel, Society for Photographic Education National Conference, Cleveland, Ohio

2019/ Filter Space, Chicago, Illinois (gallery talk)

2018/ ”Rana Young: The Rug’s Topography,” Image-Maker Presentation, South Central Society for Photographic Education Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

2018/ Laura Kennedy, WGLT 89.1FM, NPR from Illinois State University

2017/ “Zora J Murff & Rana Young: Fade Like a Sigh,” Image-Maker Presentation, Society for Photographic Education West/Southwest Chapter CoLab Retreat, Tahoe City, California

2017/ University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska (artist lecture)

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


VISITING ARTIST LECTURES

2018/ Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, New York

2018/ Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

2017/ Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2017/ Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska


COLLECTIONS

denotes monograph acquisition

Illinois State University ✶

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, Wisconsin ✶

Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky ✶

Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, New York

University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

Blue Library, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

CHROMA, The Arts at California Institute of Inaugural Studies, San Francisco, California

Private Collections


TEACHING

2019 Fall/ Instructor, ARHS 1003/002: Basic Course in the Arts: Art Lecture, University of Arkansas (forthcoming)

2019 Fall/ Instructor, ARHS 1003/001: Basic Course in the Arts: Art Lecture, University of Arkansas (forthcoming)

2019 Spring/ Instructor, ARHS 1003/002: Basic Course in the Arts: Art Lecture, University of Arkansas

2019 Spring/ Instructor, ARHS 1003/001: Basic Course in the Arts: Art Lecture, University of Arkansas

2018 Summer/ Adjunct Instructor, PHOT 1005: Basic Photography I - Digital, Metropolitan Community College

2018 Spring/ Instructor, ART 271/B: Photo Studio I: Beginning Black and White Photography, Creighton University

2018 Spring/ Instructor, ART 271/A: Photo Studio I: Beginning Black and White Photography, Creighton University

2018 Spring/ Adjunct Instructor, PHOT 1005: Basic Photography I - Digital, Metropolitan Community College

2017 Winter/ Adjunct Instructor, PHOT 1005: Basic Photography I - Digital, Metropolitan Community College

2017 Fall/ Instructor, ART 271/B: Photo Studio I: Beginning Black and White Photography, Creighton University

2017 Fall/ Instructor, ART 271/A: Photo Studio I: Beginning Black and White Photography, Creighton University

2017 Fall/ Adjunct Instructor, PHOT 1010: Basic Photography II - Film, Metropolitan Community College

2017 Fall/ Temporary Lecturer, ARTP 151: Color and Composition, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2017 Summer/ Adjunct Instructor, PHOT 1005: Basic Photography I - Digital, Metropolitan Community College

2017 Spring/ Instructor of Record, PHOT 161/261: Beginning Digital Photography, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2016 Fall/ Instructor of Record, PHOT 161/261: Beginning Digital Photography, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2016 Spring/ Instructor of Record, PHOT 161: Beginning Digital Photography, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2015 Fall/ Instructor of Record, PHOT 161/261: Beginning Digital Photography, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2015 Spring/ Graduate Teaching Assistant, PHOT 262: Beginning Wet Darkroom, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2015 Spring/ Graduate Teaching Assistant, PHOT 361/461/462: Advanced Photography, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2014 Fall/ Graduate Teaching Assistant, PHOT 161/261: Beginning Digital Photography, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2014 Fall/ Graduate Teaching Assistant, PHOT 361/461/462: Advanced Photography, University of Nebraska–Lincoln


EDITORIAL & CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

2018–/ Photographer, The Wall Street Journal

2018–/ Photographer, The New York Times

2018/ Curator, Transience, Medici Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska

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

2017/ Curator, Leisure/Class, Focus Gallery, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska

2017/ Curator, In Proximity, Lincoln PhotoFest, Tugboat Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska

2013/ Photographer, Willamette Week, Portland, Oregon


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & SERVICE

2019-/ Guest Critic, MFA First Year Final Critiques, University of Arkansas

2019/ Print Donation, 3rd Annual Spring Fundraiser, Filter Photo, Chicago, Illinois

2018–/ Guest Critic, MFA Photography, University of Arkansas

2018/ Student Portfolio Reviewer, South Central SPE Conference, Material + Meaning, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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, Nebraska

2014–17/ 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, Nebraska


CONFERENCES ATTENDED

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

2018/ South Central Society for Photographic Education, Material + Meaning, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

2018/ Society for Photographic Education, Uncertain Times, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2017/ West/Southwest Society for Photographic Education, CoLab Retreat, Lake Tahoe, California

2017/ Midwest Society for Photographic Education, Developing Spaces/Places, Peoria, Illinois

2017/ Society for Photographic Education, Family Values, Orlando, Florida

2016/ Midwest Society for Photographic Education, Conflict Resolution, St. Louis, Missouri

2016/ Society for Photographic Education, Constructed Realities, Las Vegas, Nevada

2015/ Midwest Society for Photographic Education, Throwing Light, Catching Shadows, Louisville, Kentucky

2015/ Society for Photographic Education, Atmospheres: Climate, Equality, and Community, New Orleans, Louisiana

2014/ Midwest Society for Photographic Education, Yesterday Today, Madison, Wisconsin


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION

2016–18/ Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska, Member

2014–/ Society for Photographic Education, Member

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