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JENNY DAY  |||  Studio Visit

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Misplaced animals stand as totemic witnesses to a world eroded by an accumulation of insults both large and small...Damaged landscapes, pulled apart, puzzled over, persevering with a litany of scars.  

Biography

[Santa Fe, NM ::: b. 1981]

Jenny Day is a painter and sculptor who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She earned an MFA in Painting from the University of Arizona, a BFA in Painting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. Her exhibition record most recently includes Arte Laguna in Venice, Italy, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Korea, Museum of Art Fort Collins, Mesa Arts Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Blue Star Contemporary Museum in San Antonio, TX,  Alabama Contemporary in Mobile, AL, and Elmhurst Museum in Chicago, IL. Day's work has been supported by an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, a Puffin Foundation Grant, a Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum, a Barron Purchase Award and on going support from The Process Museum. Day has participated at Greenwich House Pottery, the Ucross Foundation, the Jentel Foundation, and the Playa Foundation For The Arts, and many other artist residencies. Jenny Day is represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana, William Havu Gallery in Denver, Colorado, and Galerie Bengelstrater in Dusseldorf, Germany. 

 

STATEMENT

Needs More Wonder

 


Retreating from the stress and chaos of the last year, I created another landscape; populated by an army of friendly creatures.  Here the burdens of coronavirus, climate change, and political division are dismissed by hot pink kittens that arc gracefully through meter showers and owls that bury into beds of daffodils. In this place worry is edged out by the fantastic and mystical snails trail neon candy canes through the scorched earth. The apocalyptic is supplanted by the surreal and the allegorical. 

 

Anxiety followed me. The escapist reflects and distorts its shadow world, the real, a funhouse mirror that names the traumas as it blows past them, slyly referential. The work suggests that magic is possible; while anchoring itself in the grotesque, inedible foods, a conglomeration of garbage.  A blissful, almost psychedelic, reverence for nature exists, but  the fantasy’s origins leach through in the details and distortions. The animals are often translucent, reflective.  Nature persists, proliferates, and transforms. Relentless flowers push up against the edges of paintings, attempting to smother and subsume, animals and people oblivious to any threat; the threat always present. 

 

Not Mirrors, Portals

 

In past work I recreated place and infused it with memory; a snowy forest or vast horizon line overshadowed by environmental damage and marked by abstraction. After a tumultuous year, I find myself dreaming of the apocalyptic, four horsemen, frogs falling from the sky, the sea parting in triumphant arcs. In this work memory is permeated with nostalgia to the point of corruption. A landscape singed and burning, animals fleeing, soaring and independent, their entities barely tethered to the underlying structures. A rabbit crushes blistered tulips and flamingos erupt into rainbow-drenched lily pads. The sentiment overripe and romanticized, useless.  Flowers grow into fur, fires emerge in snow, a grotesque glimpse into a world gone wrong grows into leaping, looming celebration

 

In this place, a longing for before still exists, addictive and powerful. Time slows to a halt. The moment before a house explodes frozen as a coyote bounds over a mirage, squirrels fall through the sky and ships collide, pandas forage for food in a landscape as red as a new planet, a herculean effort to survive no matter what it takes. Movement begins in and transcends the  current chaos and devolution.  

 

This other world not a mirror but a portal. Resilience evolved, mutated. Here, in this made up place, the most horrendous things are overcome. Grief is met with bejeweled stallions, beat up trucks tear through the sky into far off sunsets, and rams pound information back together, bit by bit, new, ancient, heroic.  The unfathomable transforms into something reborn, something hopeful. 

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

2014     Master of Fine Arts, Painting, University of Arizona

2010     Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting and Printmaking, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

2003     Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023     Solo Exhibition, New Paintings and Ceramics, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2022     Solo Exhibition, New Paintings and Ceramics, Galerie Bengelstrater, Dusseldorf, Germany

2022     Solo Exhibition, Karlsruhe Art Fair, Galerie Bengelsträter, Karlsruhe, Germany

2021     Mirrors and Portals, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2021     Needs More Wonder, Alabama Contemporary Art Museum, Mobile, AL

2020     Letting Go Of Utopia, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2018     Our Shared Disaster,  Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2018     Lone Star, True But Whatever, Rosefsky Gallery, Binghamton University,  Binghamton, NY  

2015     Nearly Somewhere, Process Museum, Tucson, AZ

2013     Selected Works, OLLI Public Space, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2013     Teleology / Echopraxia, Works on paper, Lionel Rombach Gallery,

2013     These Trace Remains, Porter Hall Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2010     Copulated Nightmares, Androgynous Daydreams, UAF Gallery, University of Alaska                                         

Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024     Ceramics Now, Greenwich House Pottery, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY

2021     Jenny Day and Anna Lena Straube, Galerie Bengelsträter, Düsseldorf, Germany

2021     Frankfurt Art Fair, Galerie Bengelsträter, Frankfurt, Germany

2021     Confluence, DAY + WALDMAN, two person exhibition, Chung-Numont Gallery,

            San Francisco, CA                               

2021     Flights of Fancy, Southwest Contemporary Magazine, Santa Fe, NM

2021     35 x 35 Project, Copelouzos Family Art Museum, Athens, Greece

2020     Inspiration in Isolation, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2020     Rocky Mountain Biennial, Museum of Art Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO

2020     Arte Laguna Final Exhibition, Venice Arsenale, Venice, Italy

2020     Jenny Day, Lui Ferreyra, Emmett Culgigan. Ryan Magyar, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2019     CLIMATE, Michigan State University, Metrospace, East Lansing, MI

2019     Small Works Considered, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2019     Take Nothing For Granted, Pima Community College, Tucson , AZ

2019     Take Nothing For Granted, Tucson International Airport, Tucson , AZ

2019     On Our Watch, Three-Person Exhibition, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2019     Transiting 2, University of Arizona Joseph Gross Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2019     Arrowmont Instructor Exhibition, Arrowmont, TN

2019     Gallery Artist, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2019     30 Collages, Gallery Artist,  Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2018     Contemporary Forum Artist Award Exhibition, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ                     

2018     Arte Laguna Final Exhibition, Venice Arsenale, Venice, Italy

2018    From Underfoot: Breaking Through Surface and Ground, Blue Star Contemporary,

            San Antonio, TX

2018    Odyssey II, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California

2018    Art Auction, Crocker Museum. Sacramento, California

2018    Small Things Considered, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

2017     21st No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2017     Contemporary Landscape, Marin MOCA, Marin, California

2017    2017 Exhibition, Galerie Protege, New York, New York

2017     Contemporary Landscapes, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul,  South Korea

2017     Sense of Place, Elmhurst Museum, Elmhurst, IL

2017     32nd Tallahassee International, Florida State University Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL                

2017     Manual Digital, Space 151, San Francisco, CA

2017     Flora and Fauna, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2017     Small Things Considered, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2017     Opposing Futures, FAT Village Projects, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2017     New Transitions, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL

2017     Faculty / Student Exhibition, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

2016     20th No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2016    New and Now, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

2016     11th National Exhibition, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2016     Art Of Our Century, Woodbury Art Museum, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT

2016     West, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR

2016     Small Things Considered, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2015     The Land Mark Show, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2015     Mark, Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN

2015     Southwestern Invitational, Yuma Fine Arts Association, Yuma, AZ

2015     Small Things Considered, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2015     Arizona Dreaming, Tang Gallery, Bisbee, AZ

2014     Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, University of Arizona Museum, Tucson, AZ                     

2014     Painting Now, Florence Quater Gallery, South West School of Visual Arts, Tucson, AZ

2014     Four to Watch, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2014     Great Women Artists, Mayor’s Gallery, Tucson, AZ   

2014     Small Things Considered, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2014     Three-person Exhibition, Refractions: Interpretations of Space and Place, Tucson        

Pima Arts Council, Pioneer Building, Tucson, AZ

2014     Two-person Exhibition, Resonant Soils, Revisioned Structures, Drawing Studio, Tucson, AZ                               

(with painter, Karen de Clouet)

2014     Diner d’arte Scottsdale, Bianca Lauren Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2014     Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Art Show, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2014     Arizona Altered Postcard, Exploded View, Tucson, AZ

2014     Wet Paint MFA Biennial, Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, IL (curated by Sergio Gomez,                             

Director of  Exhibitions, Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, IL)

2013     Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ (Juror: René Paul Barilleaux,                               

Chief Curator/Curator of Art after 1945 at McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX)

2013     New Art In Arizona, Arizona Artist Guild Exhibition 2013, Shemmer Museum, Phoenix,                                     

AZ, (Juror: Tristyn Bustamante, artist)

2013     Art On Tap, Displayed at Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

2013     Perceptual Excavations, Tejas Gallery, Dayton, OH (Juror: Mary Pat Turner, artist)

2013     Among The Trees, Dendrochronology Department, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2012     Three-person Exhibition, The Sum Of The Sequence From Then Until Now Is Not                                  

Equal To Here Multiplied By There, Lionel Rombach Gallery, University of Arizona,                                  

Tucson, AZ (with painter Karen de Clouet and new media artist Anna Garner)

2012     Artist By Night, Porter Hall Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2012     It’s All About The Buildings, Womankraft, Tucson, AZ

2011     First Year MFA Exhibition, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2011     Gender Blender: Identities in Flux, Student Union Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2009-2005  Fall and Spring Juried Art Shows,  UAF Gallery, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK

2009     Women and Myth, Ciao Gallery, Wilson, WY

2008     Women in Alaska, Alaska House, Fairbanks, AK

2008     The Presidents Show,  UAF Gallery, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK

2008     Gallery Artist, The Stash Gallery, Fairbanks, AK

2006     Parallel Lines, Bear Gallery, Fairbanks, AK

2007     Parallel Lines, Bear Gallery, Fairbanks, AK

2006-Present UAF Sculpture Garden, Fairbanks, AK

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES , GRANTS AND AWARDS

2023    Artist in Residence Fellowship, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY

2021    Puffin Foundation Grant

2021    Artist Tree Relief Grant

2018    Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Emerging Artist Grant

2017    No Dead Artists Solo Exhibition Award, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2017     Contemporary Forum Artist Award, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2017     Artist in Residence Fellowship, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

2016     Artist in Residence Fellowship, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

2016     Artist in Residence Fellowship, Kimmel Harding Nelson Art Center, Nebraska City, NE

2016     Emerging Artist Grant, Kimmel Harding Nelson Art Center, Nebraska City, NE

2016     Baron Properties 2D Purchase Award, Phoenix, AZ

2016     Design Award, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

2015     Artist in Residence Fellowship, Ucross, Clearmont, WY

2015     Artist in Residence Fellowship, Jentel, Banner, WY

2015     Artist in Residence Fellowship, Playa, Summer Lake, OR

2014     Graduate Tuition Scholarship, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2013     Graduate Tuition Scholarship, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2013     Creative Achievement Award, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2013     Albert M Haldeman Scholarship, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2013     Barbara Rogers Graduate Fellowship in Painting, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2013     Anonymous Art Scholarship, University of Arizona, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2013     Westcliff Foundation Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO

2013     Medici Scholar Grant, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2013     Arizona Artists Guild Scholarship, Phoenix, AZ

2013     AA Spain Scholarship/Fine Art, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2012    AA Spain Scholarship/Fine Arts, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2011     Graduate Tuition Scholarship, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2008     UAF Student Art Show, Best in Painting, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK

2007     UAF Art McBeath Scholarship, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK

2006     UAF CLA Scholarship, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK

 

ARTIST LECTURES

2021    Needs More Wonder Artist Talk, Alabama Contemporary, Mobile, AL

2021    Shifting Place, Shifting Practice, Fairbanks Arts Association, Bear Gallery, Fairbanks, AK

2019     Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

2019     Emerging Artist, Contemporary Art Society, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2018     Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY

2017     Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL

2016     Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

2016     Kimmel Harding Nelson Art Center, Nebraska City, NE

2015     Playa Foundation for the Arts, Summer Lake, OR

2013     Emerging Tucson Artist, Beyond Georgia and Frida, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2013     Environmental Grad Blitz, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2013     Conceptual Theory and Topics, Larry Gipe, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2013     Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 

2013     Artist Professionalism, Dimitri Kozyrev, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2013     Infuse, Tucson, AZ

2013     Arizona Artist Guild, Phoenix, AZ

 

COLLECTIONS

Anchorage Planetarium, Anchorage, Alaska. Drawing inserted into film “River of Bears”

Arte Laguna, MoCA, Venice, Italy

Baron Properties, Phoenix, AZ

Copelouzos Family Art Museum, Athens, Greece

Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Dan Leach Private Collection, Tucson, AZ

Fidelity Investments

Kimmel Harding Nelson Art Center, Nebraska City, NE

Osher Lifelong Living Institute Collection, Tucson, AZ

John Wells Private Collection, Tucson, AZ

Jonathan Ferrara Private Collection, New Orleans, LA

Process Museum, Tucson, AZ

William Havu, Private Collection, Denver, CO

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2022 Beginning Painting Workshop Online, Pocosin School of the Arts

2021-2023 Currents New Media Project, Board Member

2021 Trauma and Transformation, Mask Workshop with Life Line, Alabama Contemporary, Mobile, AL

2021 Building Animals with Texture in Ceramics, Alabama Contemporary, Mobile, AL

2021 Artist Professionalism Workshop, Fairbanks Arts Association, Fairbanks, AK

2021 Juried Group Exhibition “64th Parallel”, Fairbanks Arts Association, Fairbanks, AK

2019 “Pattern and Line: Building Surface with Acrylics”, Painting Workshop, Arrowmont School of Arts

and Crafts, Tennessee

2018 “Collage”, Teen Painting Workshop, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona

2017 , 2016 Instructor of Record, Advanced Painting, Armory Art Center, Florida

2016 Instructor of Record, Architectural Landscapes, Armory Art Center, Florida

2013 Instructor of Record, 200 Level Painting, University of Arizona

2013 Curator, Among the Trees, Public Space in Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research,University of Arizona,

2013 Judge, NCMPR Medallion Award, District 6, Tucson, Arizona

2012-2014 Instructor of Record, Foundations Courses in Painting and Sculpture, University of Arizona

2011 Teaching Assistant, Beginning Painting and Foundations Sculpture, University of Arizona

2005 Instructor of Record, Painting and Drawing, Seamark, Art Center, Maine

2005-2008 Printmaking Student Tech, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 

2003 Teaching Assistant, Ecology, Art, Women Studies, Sierra Institute

 

EXPERIENCE

2016     Figure Model Coordinator, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

2013     Volunteer, Integrative Living Center, A-Z West, Joshua Tree, CA

2013     Shop Monitor, University of Arizona Wood Shop, Metal Shop, Foundry, Tucson, AZ

2012     Shop Monitor, University of Arizona Wood Shop, Metal Shop, Foundry, Tucson, AZ

2012     Canvas Fabricator, University of Arizona Wood Shop, Tucson, AZ

2011     Canvas Fabricator, University of Arizona Wood Shop, Tucson, AZ

2011     Model Coordinator, University of Arizona Art Department, Tucson, AZ

2004     Beehive Art Collective Apprentice, ME