Jenny Kendler is an interdisciplinary artist, environmental activist and wild forager whose work asks us to de-center the human, making space for the radical, transformative otherness found on our biodiverse Earth.
She received her BFA from MICA (2002) and her MFA from SAIC (2006). Her work has been exhibited at museums and biennials including the Smithsonian Institution, Storm King Art Center, MCA Chicago, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, MSU Broad Museum, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, California Academy of Sciences, iMOCA, DePaul Art Museum, Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India), Yeosu International Art Festival biennial (Korea), Chicago Biennial, and the 3rd Terrain Biennial.
Since 2014 Kendler has been the first Artist-in-Residence with environmental non-profit NRDC. She is Co-chair of artist residency ACRE, creator of The OPPfund (awards the MAKER Grant in partnership with Chicago Artists' Coalition), co-creator of The Endangered Species Print Project, art coordinator for Extinction Rebellion, and part of art collective Deep Time Chicago. With an interdisciplinary team she was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for her community project Garden for a Changing Climate. Kendler was also named one of Chicago's Top 50 Artists by Newcity in their biennial list in 2018 and 2020.