Jenny Miller is a public relations specialist at Southcentral Foundation. She is also a visual and sonic artist, who specializes in photography. Jenny’s Inupiaq name is Wiagañmiu and she is originally from Nome, Alaska. She is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photomedia and Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies. Jenny’s work has shown in Alaska, Washington, and Ontario, Canada. Jenny has received grants from National Geographic, Fulbright Canada, and the Alaska Humanities Forum for several art projects.
Jenny says, “Much of my art focuses on advocacy, identity and storytelling. Indigenous made media can serve as a tool for both self-representation and combatting stereotypes.”
Jenny’s recent body of work Continuous is a portrait series featuring distinct Alaska Native lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2) people, who come from unique tribal backgrounds. This photographic series, supplemented by stories from its subjects, shares what it means to be Alaska Native and part of the LGBTQ2 community, and how those identities can empower. Jenny’s work has recently garnered national attention. NBC News featured her as a 2017 NBC Out #Pride30 innovator in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month this June. NBC Out’s inaugural list recognizes and celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people who are making the community proud.
Celebrated in June, LGBT Pride month is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.
Jenny appreciates PRSA’s networking and learning opportunities, like learning from seasoned PR professional about industry standards. Jenny began serving on the Alaska Chapter’s diversity committee in 2016.
About the #MeetPRSA feature: The diversity, membership and board development committees have joined forces to periodically feature PRSA Alaska Chapter members and volunteers in an effort to highlight the strengths and expertise of members.