Artist Statement
CV
Biography

 

I am interested in the worlds that are unseen, the realm of the imagination, all that live in them and the emotions within us. My work addresses the theme of identity and is an exploration of the many layers, which defines who we are as individuals.

 

For me, one of the most important aspects of my art is to evoke feelings and have the viewer relate to the work on an emotional level. I create figurative pieces with a sense of realism in order to create a direct connection to the viewer.

 

I am interested in the idea of emotions and experiences coming together to form layers that make up ones identity - much like our physical anatomy, in which each layer such as bone, flesh and skin overlaps and builds onto the next, creating new forms that bury the old.

 

My inspirations come mainly from nature and everything I see.  I am fascinated by the complex layers or parts of every living thing and how it all works together to create something that is alive, something that thinks, feels, listens and breathes.  I then take this fascination and apply it to everything I see, making everything take on life and this is where my work begins.

 

 

 

Education

2013  Post-Bacc. Certificate in Art Education, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

2011   MFA, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2005  BFA, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

 

Awards

2004    Arizona State University, Dean’s list

2001     University of Washington, Dean’s list

1994     Mesa Community College Student Art Show, Best of 3-D Category

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017      Stages of Life/ People in the Wood, McArt a la Carte, Woodbury, NJ

2016      Pop Up Art Show, Burgundy and Brushes, Swedesboro, NJ

2000     Trying to Breathe, Shoe Building, Seattle, WA

 

Selected Group Exhibition

2016      Fused Underground, Tattooed Mom, Philadelphia, PA

2016      Fused Underground, Tattooed Mom, Philadelphia, PA

2015      Fused Underground, Tattooed Mom, Philadelphia, PA

2015      Fused Underground, Tattooed Mom, Philadelphia, PA

2015      Halloween Show, 2 Church St. Art & Craft Gallery, Mt. Holly, NJ

2015     Art Show, Tattooed Mom’s, Philadelphia, PA

2014     A Night of Art, Film and Cupcakes, Tattooed Mom’s, Philadelphia, PA

2014     SeeMe Takeover, See.Me | Exhibition, NYC, NY

2013     Creative Risings, Art Takes Paris, See.Me | Exhibition, New York, NY

2013     The Story of the Creative, See.Me | Exhibition, New York, NY

2013     Casting 2, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Philadelphia, PA

2013     Casting, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Philadelphia, PA

2012     Metal, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Philadelphia, PA

2012     Spring Fling, WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY

2011     Art from Detritus: Recycling with Imagination, WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY

2010     Art from Detritus: Recycling with Imagination, New York, NY

2010     An ‘Eve’ning, Think Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2007    Opening, Paulina Miller Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2006    Evidence, Paulina Miller Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2005     Melting Point, A Cold War Flash-Forward, The Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ

2005     Visual Murmurs, BFA Sculpture Exhibition, Gallery 100 ASU, Tempe, AZ

2005     ASU Neon, Rezurrection Gallery, Tempe, AZ

2004     Mentorship, The Window Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2004     Beyond Postmodernism, Paulina Miller Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2004     Collective Inferno, Rezurrection Gallery, Tempe, AZ

2004     Metroscapes, Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ

2003     Undergraduate Juried Show, Harry Wood Art Gallery, ASU, Tempe, AZ

2003     Hatch- Emerging Video Artists at Otis College, Egyptian Theater Film Forum, L.A., CA

2000     Art Drill, University of Washington Art School show, Seattle, WA

1999      Bazaar, The Fenix, Seattle, WA, 1999.

 

Bibliography

Selina Schuh Dopp, "First Friday Round-up," Contact Magazine, 2006, 60 – 61.

 

Collections

Donald and Cheri Henney

Julie Salsbery

Jill Anderson Acton

Lance Alder

Benjamin Anderson

Dana Barbieri

Jeremy Nothum

Paul Ramirez III

Julie Reed

Cassidy Row


Teaching

2015/Current    Burgundy and Brushes, Swedesboro, NJ

2015                     Visiting Artist at Nazareth Academy High School, Philadelphia, PA

2014/Current    Art Educator, JRS Studios, Wenonah, NJ

2014/Current    Adjunct Professor, Widener University, Chester, PA

2014                     Instructor, John C Anderson Community Center, Philadelphia, PA

2013/Current    Art Instructor, City of Philadelphia Senior Art Camp, Philadelphia, PA

2013/Current    Haverford School for Boys, Art Substitute, Haverford, PA

2013/2015         Art Instructor, Artist Network University, Online

2012/Current    Moore College of Art & Design, Youth Art Instructor, Philadelphia, PA

2007                    Guest Artist/Teaching at ASU, Tempe, AZ

2005                    Certified Art Instructor, Kidzart, Scottsdale, AZ

2002                    Foundry Teacher’s Assistant, Otis College of Art and Design, L. A., CA

 

 

Private Commissions

2007          Sculpture Commission – Dan Fante, Tempe, AZ

1999           Commissioned Props designer, Theater Schmeater, Seattle, WA

1992           Band/orchestra logo design, Mesa High School, Mesa, AZ

 

Gallery Representation

2004/08    Paulina Miller Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

1999            Representatives of artwork, Portage Bay Goods Seattle, WA

1997/98      Representatives of artwork, Gallery Attendant, East 7th Art Market, Tempe, AZ

 

Other Art Related Employment

2017/Current  Burgundy and Brushes - Manager, Artist, Instructor

2010/11            Autopsy Bears – Prototype Designer of Toy Collection, Tucson, AZ

2007/09          Mama Java’s – Barista, Art Gallery Coordinator, Phoenix, AZ

2005/06          Jerry’s Artarama – Buyer/Merchandiser of Art Supplies, Tempe, AZ

2004/05          Scottsdale Center for the Arts – Gallery Attendant, Scottsdale, AZ

2004/05          Arizona State University – Sculpture Shop Technician, Tempe, AZ

2003/04          Kinko’s – Floater, Customer Service, Cashier, Tempe, AZ

2002/03          Kinko’s – Colour/BW key op, Binding, Laminating, Cashier, Tucson,AZ

2002                 Thompsen’s Associates – Web Design, Clerical work, Art Installation, L.A., CA

2001/02          Otis College of Art and Design - Shop Technician, Los Angeles, CA

1999/01           Kinko’s – Colour/BW Key op, Binding, Graphic Design, Laminating, Seattle, WA

1998/99          Yen Lui Photography Lab - Colour corrections for film, Picture Framer, Seattle, WA

1996/97          Dalzell, Inc. – Performed finishing work on photography, Delivered finished work, Tempe, AZ

1996/97          Sharon Segi – Made wax molds and soldered pieces for jewelry artist, Tempe,  AZ

 

 

 

Jenifer R Stern was born 1974 in Mesa, Arizona. Far from the stereotypical barrenness,

Stern's youthful desert was populated with layers of wonders and creatures, some of whom

only she could see. Early attempts to capture their likeness in drawings gave way to the

more satisfying third dimension of sculpture.

 

Stern's mixed media sculptures raise questions about identity and how we define ourselves

within contemporary culture. Her figurative work is an interpretation of the many facets of

identity, which she addresses with a multi-layered approach to building form. Stern’s

sculptures are a visual experience of how emotions, chance impressions and pivotal

experiences mold and alter us. Recognizable and yet alien, her work traverses

the landscape of her own experiences and observations.

 

Stern received a BFA in Sculpture from Arizona State University in 2005, her MFA in Sculpture

at the Academy of Art University in 2011 and her Art Education Teaching Certificate at Moore College of Art in 2013.  She is currently creating and teaching art and resides in South New Jersey with her son and her father.