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BOLT Residency

Jenny Kendler

Jenny Kendler, "The Hall of Disappearing" (installation view), 2012
Jenny Kendler, "The Hall of Disappearing" (installation view), 2012

Jenny Kendler is a multimedia artist, naturalist, wild forager & social entrepreneur who currently lives in Chicago and Los Angeles. Her practice seeks to complicate the space between Nature and Culture, in order to re-enchant human beings' relationship with the natural world.

Through her intimate and visceral sculptures and drawings, Kendler asks us to re-examine the idea of "nature" as something outside ourselves, making space to welcome the radical, transformative otherness of our bio-diverse Earth.

Kendler has exhibited nationally & internationally at venues including Exit Art, New York; La Box, France; The Yeosu Art Festival, Korea; Claremorris Gallery, Ireland; Root Division, San Francisco; Kristi Engle, Los Angeles; and in Chicago at Columbia College and Gallery 400 among others.

Select solo exhibitions include Johalla Projects (2010), ADA Gallery (2011), Chicago Artists Coalition (2012), THE SUB-MISSION (2013), and The Salon Series (2013). Her work has been covered in Orion Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Businessweek, The American Scholar, and on Chicago’s ABC7 News.

Kendler holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2002, summa cum laude) and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2006). She is co-founder of the artist website service OtherPeoplesPixels and co-founder of The Endangered Species Print Project, which has raised over $11,000 for conservation. She sits on the executive boards of threewalls and ACRE, where she serves as vice-president. 

Learn more about Jenny Kendler's solo BOLT exhibition,The Hall of Disappearing.

Resident year: 
2011-2012