Jenna Kuiper

Jenna Kuiper

Born: 1981, Huron, SD

Biography and Information

Biography
Jenna Kuiper works with paint and light-sensitive materials to explore the nature of meditation through repetition. Her tactile paintings focus on the physical characteristics of mushrooms and the belief in their healing properties. Kuiper’s work has been included in the publications Lenscratch and THE Magazine. She has exhibited at Rayko Gallery in San Francisco, the Traywick Contemporary in Berkeley, CA, and the University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque. Kuiper lives and works in Santa Fe, NM.

I started painting mushrooms after my son was born in 2017. An old medicine— mushrooms—referred to in some cultures as niños santos or “holy children,” are believed to have an innate ability to respond and adapt to rapid change.
—Jenna Kuiper

Education
2009
MFA in Painting and Drawing The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

2006
BFA with emphasis in Painting/Drawing, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Exhibitions
2019
to the moon and back, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Off menu, Bedford Contemporary Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
11:11 Listening to Change, Tricia Capello & Jenna Kuiper, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2018
Shifting Light, New Mexico Museum of Art Permanent Collection, Santa Fe, NM

2017
Small Wonder, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM

2016
Camera-less, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2015
Evidence: Seen and Unseen, Gallery 1 of 1, Seattle, WA
Magician’s Table, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Femme Papel, Rayko Center for Photography, San Francisco, CA
Coordinates, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2014
Build, Group Exhibition, Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley, CA
Human Sized, CSU Pueblo Gallery, Pueblo, CO

2013
Light in Hand (solo), Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2012
17 Stones, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2009
Glow, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Wind (and other documents), (solo) Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
Bittersweet, Jonson Gallery, (juried) The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

2008
Crossings, Juried Graduate Exhibition featuring students from schools across the Southwest, Jurors: Richard Levy, Patrick Nagatani, Viviette Hunt, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque NM
Splash, Juried Graduate Exhibition, Juror: Suzanne Sbarge, The University of New Mexico Museum, Albuquerque, NM

2007 Given Shelter, curated by Deborah Gavel, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM
Heavy Objects, The Donkey Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Out of the Underground, Juried Graduate Exhibition, Juror: Director Laura Stewart Heon, 516 ARTS,  Albuquerque, NM

2006
At First Site, Jonson Gallery at The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Gallery of Visual Arts, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT
34th Annual Juried Art Auction and Exhibition, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT
11th Annual Juried Exhibition, Gallery of Visual Arts, Missoula, MT

2005
Dorothy’s Red Shoes, McClay County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
10th Annual Juried Exhibition, Gallery of Visual Arts, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT
2004 9th Annual Juried Exhibiton, Gallery of Visual Arts, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Collections
New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
Soho Beach House, Malibu, CA

Awards
2015
KALA Print Center Residency, Berkeley, CA

Press
2017
Constructed: The Contemporary Image in Photography Since 1990, Routledge/Focal Press

2016
Federico Uribe, Jenna Kuiper, The Woven Tale Press, Vol. IV #3, p. 49-52

2015
Titus O’Brien, Magician’s Table is an elegant affair, full of humble but sophisticated pleasures, p. 48, THE Magazine, November
Aline Smithson, Femme Papel at Rayko Photo Center, Lenscratch, October 6
Wes Pulkka, Local art show includes pinhole photos by former UNM professor, Venue, Albuquerque Journal, May 3

2014
David M. Roth, Build @ Traywick Contemporary, SquareCylinder.com, July 25, Group
The Periodic Table: Jenna Kuiper, Phases Magazine Blog
Kate Ware, The Matter of Light, Diffusion Magazine, December

2012
Armitage, Diane, 17 Stones, THE magazine, July
Melissa Scherrer, 17 Stones, Proof::The Blog, May 4
Liz McDonald, Jenna Kuiper, The Monarch Review, May 2

2008
Aaker, Wendy, Ignite, The District, Summer
Armitage, Diane, The Fourteenth Annual Juried Grad Exhibition, THE magazine, June

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