Nilan's documentary-like installations emerge from the people, landscape, and structures of rural soutwestern Iowa. His work includes black and white and color photographs, artists' books, video, as well as alternative photographic processes.
In May 1999, Jeff received an M.F.A. in Photography from Indiana University at Bloomington. During his graduate study, Jeff began making research trips back to his relatives’ farms in Iowa. For the last three years, he has used black-and-white and color photography, in addition to photo-based artist’s books, to explore themes related to his family’s history and their current lifestyle as crop and livestock farmers. Jeff’s work is concerned with the rapid changes which are occurring in the farming community as a result of the ongoing farm crisis in America.