Jay Muhlin is an artist, an educator, and a photographer. As the collections photographer at the Science History Institute, he works closely with museum and library curators to photograph the Institute’s rare books, archives, fine art, photographs, and culturally important scientific tools and ephemera.
Jay focuses his art practice by producing artist’s books, multiples, and collaborative works. He is a former member of the Vox Populi Gallery (2012–2018), where he exhibited and published a trilogy of books: Guilty Pleasures, Sleeve on My Heart, and Kid. His photography practice, which involves working with cultural heritage objects for museums and libraries, has included documenting the South Asian art collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant.
In May 2019 Jay presented his paper, “Ordinary Toxicity: Photographing Mid-20th-Century DDT,” at the Rijksmuseum’s 2+3D Photography—Practice and Prophecies conference in Amsterdam.
Jay has taught photography, typography, and digital media design studio courses at Bennington College, Syracuse University, Moore College of Art and Design, Salem Community College, the University of Delaware, Rowan University, La Salle University, and the College of New Jersey.
He has a BFA in photography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in transmedia/photography from Syracuse University. Completed artist residencies include the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York; the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York; and the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy, New York.