Jennifer M. Volland is an independent writer and curator based in Southern California. Her current work explores the complex role of the cabin in North American visual and social culture. Prior to that, her research focused on the history of the hotel and how this modern architectural form evolved from an isolated and utilitarian structure to a cultural phenomenon that figures prominently around the world. Along with Bruce Grenville and Stephanie Rebick she co-curated Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life, presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery April 13 – September 15, 2013. Her past work with the Gallery includes an exhibition and publication on the work of Kai Althoff (co-curated with Kathleen Bartels in 2008).

Concurrent with her work at the Gallery, Volland is engaged with other institutions on design-related exhibitions. She is collaborating with the Heath Foundation and the Oakland Museum of California Art on The World Was Written In Clay: Edith Heath and the Evolution of Heath Ceramics, scheduled to open in Fall 2019.

For the past fifteen years, a majority of Volland’s research has focused on the visual and cultural history Long Beach. In 2017, Volland and her partner Cara Mullio co-curated Frank Bros.: The Store That Modernized Modern an exhibition for the University Art Museum, CSULB and edited the accompanying publication of the same name (Black Dog, 2017). She is the co-author of Edward A. Killingsworth: An Architect’s Life (Hennessey + Ingalls, 2013), and she has collaborated on many projects related to this subject. In 2007, she and her partner Cara Mullio received a $35,000 grant from the Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association to catalogue and prepare Killingsworth’s archives for the Architecture and Design Collection at the University of California, Santa Barbara. As part of this gift, Volland co-curated an exhibition at the University Art Museum entitled  A Beautiful Nothing: The Architecture of Edward A. Killingsworth. Volland and Mullio also co-authored Long Beach Architecture: The Unexpected Metropolis (Hennessey + Ingalls, 2004), and together they have lectured widely on the topic of Long Beach’s architecture and design history.

Volland has written extensively on the topics of architecture, design, and travel, contributing to a diverse array of publications including CITY, Los Angeles Times, SEGD Design Magazine, Arcade journal for architecture and design, Shape, Sunset, Travel Savvy, Executive Traveler, LA Architect, VIV, and Western Interiors and Design. Prior to her freelance career, Volland worked at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, where she helped organize the internationally traveling retrospective on the artist Sam Francis and the museum’s biennial art auction.

She holds a Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as undergraduate degrees in Art History and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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