About Strange Fire

The Strange Fire artist collective is a group of interdisciplinary artists, curators, and writers focused on work that engages with current social and political forces. We seek to create a venue for work that critically questions the dominant social hierarchy and are dedicated to highlighting work made by women, people of color, and queer and trans artists. 

Our collective practice is centered around increasing the visibility of meaningful work and creating dialogue and community through publications, exhibitions, and events.   We are committed to making our projects accessible, affordable, and socially relevant. 

Strange Fire was formed in 2015 by Jess T. Dugan, Rafael Soldi, Zora J. Murff, and Hamidah Glasgow. 

Contact us at strangefirecollective@gmail.com


Who We Are

Zora J Murff

Zora J Murff is an MFA student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and holds a BS in Psychology from Iowa State University. Collocating his education in human services and art, Zora's photography focuses on the experiences of youth in the juvenile justice system,  the role of images in the correctional system, and how images are used to define individuals who are deemed criminals. His work has been featured online including The British Journal of Photography, and has been published in VICE Magazine and Good Magazine amongst others. Zora was named a LensCulture 2015 Top 50 Emerging Talent, a 2014 Critical Mass finalist, and is a part of the Midwest Photographers Project through the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Zora published his first monograph, Corrections, through Aint-Bad Editions in the Winter of 2015. 



Hamidah Glasgow

Hamidah Glasgow is the Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Center hosts approximately 17 exhibitions annually and features the work of emerging and established artists from around the world. The Center has been recognized as one of the prestigious nonprofit photography centers in the United States. Ms. Glasgow’s contribution to photography has included curatorial projects, portfolio reviews (FotoFest, Photolucida, Medium, Filter, etc.), contributions to publications and online magazines and the co-hosting of regional conferences.

Jess T. Dugan

Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of gender, sexuality, identity, and community. She has been photographing within LGBTQ communities for the past decade and is deeply committed to the transformative power of photographic portraiture.  Her work is regularly exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of several major museums.  

Her first monograph, Every breath we drew, was published in September 2015 by Daylight Books and coincided with a solo museum exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.  She is the recipient of a 2015 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. 

Jess is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, IL.


Rafael Soldi

Rafael Soldi is a Peruvian­-born, Seattle-based photographer and curator. He holds a BFA in Photography & Curatorial Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has exhibited internationally at the Frye Art Museum, American University Museum, Griffin Museum of Photography, Greg Kucera Gallery, Connersmith, PCNW, and Vertice Galeria, among others. He is a Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Award Winner, and recipient of Puffin Foundation grant (2014), GAP Grant (2016), smART Ventures grant (2016), and 4Culture Artist Projects grant (2017). His work is in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, and the King County Public Art Collection. He has been published in PDN, Dwell, Hello Mr, and Metropolis, among others. Rafael curated Here and Now: Queer Geographies in Contemporary Photography at the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh and Stonewall National Museum and Archives.


Brian Pfister
Content Contributor

Brian Pfister is an artist and curator studying at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). His art practice explores topics of social practice and personal identity in the form of photography, installation, and performance. He is currently co-leading Swim Team, a curatorial collective creating a platform for emerging artists throughout Milwaukee in galleries, museums, and alternative spaces. He is also a co-founder of ISO Photography Club at MIAD, expanding the photographic education outside of the classroom via lectures, workshops, field trips, and exhibitions. 

His work has been exhibited in Milwaukee, Chicago, Washington D.C. and published in Photography Forum’s Best of High School & College Photography in 2014 and Best of Photography in 2014. He is currently working to integrate emerging artist communities in Milwaukee through his personal and collective-practices. 

Abbey Hepner

Abbey Hepner is an artist and educator investigating the human relationship with landscape and technology. Her work explores ethical gray areas where humanity and industry collide, illuminating the increasingly common use of health as a currency. She received degrees in Art and Psychology from the University of Utah, an MFA in Art and Minor in Arts Management from the University of New Mexico. She teaches at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and is the founder of Creative Advocacy, an organization dedicated to teaching artists professional development skills. 

Hepner’s work has been exhibited widely in such venues as the Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival (Kobe, Japan), SITE Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM), the San Diego Art Institute (San Diego, CA), the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History (Albuquerque, NM), Institut for Alles Mögliche (Berlin, Germany), and the Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR).