Jay Wolke completed a BFA at Washington University, St. Louis (1976) and an MS in Photography at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago (1980). Wolke is a recipient of several grants, including the Illinois Arts Council Grant (1985-1986, 1990-1991, 2005-2006) and the National Endowment/Midwest Arts Alliance Grant (1995-1996). He has exhibited in Italy, Canada, and the United States, and his work is held in many collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Monographs include Along the Divide: Photographs of the Dan Ryan Expressway (2004), All Around the House: Photographs of American-Jewish Communal Life (1998), and Architecture of Resignation: Photographs from the Mezzogiorno (forthcoming in 2011). Wolke is on faculty at Columbia College Chicago.