On the occasion of the publication of The National Trust, we are thrilled to host a conversation with DC-based photographer Jay Turner Frey Seawell and Leslie J. Ureña, Assistant Curator at the National Portrait Gallery. From the publisher's website: "National Trust takes a critical look at the structures of power in American political and media culture. Employing a somber humor, Seawell's photographs explore the careful fabrication of the facades that exist throughout the deeply intertwined worlds of power, politics, and media in the United States. His subjects range from historical architecture to political spectacles to media production, all of which he meticulously pictures with a mix of irony and disenchantment." National Trust has been published by SKYLARK EDITIONS, Chicago.

About the Artist

Jay Turner Frey Seawell is a photographer based in Washington, DC. He earned his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2013. His photographs have been included in numerous exhibitions in the United States as well as the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. Seawell is a two-time nominee of The Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer (2014 and 2016). His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. His photographs have appeared in various publications including VICE Magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek. Seawell is the 2016 recipient of the Award for Innovation in the Documentary Arts from the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. His first photobook National Trust was published by Skylark Editions in 2016.


Washington Project for the Arts
2124 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001




Saturday, March 18, 4-6pm
Artist Talk: 4:30 - 5:00pm