Visiting Artist Series: Jenny Kendler

Location: Playhouse Theater (MAC 205)

The first lecture of the 2017-18 VAS will feature artist and environmental activist Jenny Kendler.  Kendler will be presenting her work and discussing recent projects including her work with COD students at the COD Prairie.

Jenny Kendler is an interdisciplinary artist, environmental activist, naturalist and wild forager whose work has been exhibited in museums and biennials such as MCA Chicago, Albright-Knox, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, iMOCA, DePaul Art Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the Chciago Biennial and the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. She has been commissioned to create public projects for locations as diverse as Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, Chicago;s Lincoln Park Conservatory, Louisville's Riverwalk, an Arizona desert and a tropical forest in Costa Rica. 

Kendler holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is vice president of artist residency for ACRE, co-founder of artist-website service OtherPeoplesPixels and in 2014 was names the first artist-in-residence with the environmental non-profit NRDC. Alongside an interdisciplinary team, she was recently awarded a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for her community-engagement project: Garden for a Changing Climate

The College of DuPage Visiting Artist Series provides opportunities for the community to engage with leaders in the field of contemporary art, design, and culture.  Through lectures, conversations, and workshops a diverse range of art professionals offer students with new perspectives on contemporary artistic practices.  The series is hosted by the Fine Arts program in collaboration with the Cleve Carney Art Gallery.

This event is free and open to the public.