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Jennifer Jones

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

"Gardening, photography, and the wilderness are a huge source of inspiration in my work. I'm an avid gardener & I gather collections from nature. Surrounded by plants and organic materials I create process driven paintings and prints. Natural materials including plant matter, carbon, seedpods, and tar are often used which speak to the subject and represent the work’s content. The plants are used to transfer texture onto the canvas using printmaking methods coupled with custom automotive paintwork techniques. Recently, I began a series of mono prints in black ink on canvas exclusively focused on sycamore trees. Considering the macro and the microscopic while utilizing both abstract and representational motifs provides for a wide range of possibilities for imagery. Ideally, viewers meditate on the complexities of nature and develop personal interpretations on a deeper level. "Listen to the Wind" will feature a collection of such works. Jennifer Jones is an American Artist; born 1984. Her work is in many prominent collections nationally, primarily on the east coast and in Michigan, and internationally in collections in the Netherlands, and Tanzania. Her work was most recently sold, through an institution, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Contemporary Museum in Philadelphia. The artist lived in Spring Lake and Grand Haven from 2008 to 2014. Her list of distinguished awards is extensive. Locally, she is a two time first place ArtWalk winner at the Tri Cities Historical Museum. In 2011 she won the Millicent Mary Schaffner Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the Barbara and Nicole Heacox Foreign Study and Travel Fund from the Grand Haven Community Foundation. Using these funds, and the Jose Narezo Memorial Scholarship for International Studies, coupled with awards from Kendall, she studied art history and restoration in Florence. She won the Great Lakes Dental Excellence Award in Grand Haven in 2014 In the Seventeenth Annual Winter Art Festival In 2013 she won first place in the same event via juror Lorma Freestone the Executive Director of the Holland Area Arts Council. She was awarded the Patricia Dee Excellence Award in Portraying the Human Form in the same competition. She was a member of the Gallery Uptown from 2012 to 2014. During the same time she was a Fine Art Instructor for the Nancy K. Poppen Fine Art Fund for the Public Schools of the City of Muskegon. Her work has been published in books on drawing through Oxford. Jennifer obtained her undergraduate degree from Kendall College of Art and Design for which she had a full Merit scholarship and won the Studio Excellence Award upon graduation. Jennifer obtained her Masters from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the oldest museum school in the nation. Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, Edwin Austin Abbey, William Harnett and David Lynch are distinguished alumni from the famous school. PAFA's museum is internationally known for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training. Jennifer worked as the schools first intern in painting conservation there. Currently Jennifer works as a freelance artist. She has been a painting and drawing instructor at Kendall since 2010. She is teaching fourteen classes there this summer for Continuing Education. Please sign up for summer fun! She also teaches art for the Board of Ed for Thornapple Kellogg Schools. She looks forward to a promising career!

Jennifer's ArtPrize Entries

These are Jennifer's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

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    Listen to the Wind

    2018 ArtPrize Entry Jennifer Jones
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    Composition

    2012 ArtPrize Entry Jennifer Jones
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Jennifer's Past Work

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