Jenna Spevack is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, educator and advocate focusing on issues of sustainable ecology and human interaction.
Her current work merges her varied titles through projects and practices that support resilience in the shifting natural and social-political landscapes.
She has a BFA in Printmaking from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Her work has been shown in one-person and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Mixed Greens, NYC, BRIC House Gallery, NYC, Hendershot Gallery, NYC, Sanlun Yishu, Beijing, Mucius Galéria, Budapest, White Columns, NYC, Art in General, NYC, Artists Space, NYC, Monya Rowe Gallery, NYC, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and Panorama City, Zurich, Switzerland among others.
She has received numerous grants, residencies, and fellowships including the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, I-Park residency in Connecticut, Platte Clove residency in Catskill NY, Estonian Artist's Association residency in Tallinn, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Fundacion Valparaiso, and PSCCUNY Research Foundation Awards, among others.
Her work has been recognized in publications such as, The New York Times, WABC News, The Daily News, CUNY Channel, New York Arts, The Times Union, Daily Gazette, Metroland Magazine, Provincetown Magazine, Provincetown Banner, Providence Journal Bulletin, GOOD, Art21, Fast Company, Hyperallergic, Self China, and Art New England, among others.
Jenna is also an Associate Professor of Creative Media at the City University of New York - NYC College of Technology.
Inside the BRIC Biennial - Flavorpill
(Emily Turner : September 23, 2014)
National Geographic - On Assignment
(Tyler Metcalfe : September 5, 2014)
BRIC Biennial - Hyperallergic
(Jillian Steinhauer : August 20, 2014)
Artists Probe Urban Agriculture - Hyperallergic
(Allison Meier : July 1, 2014)
FOODShed : Smack Mellon, DUMBO Brooklyn
(June 7-July 27, 2014)
Grow a Salad Workshop : With Food In Mind
(June 21, 2014 : 11am-1pm)
Digging Deeper : Strange Invitation - Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT
(April 6 - June 16, 2013)
Pulse Miami : Seeding the City
(May 3 - June 2, 2012)
(December 10, 2011 - April 6, 2012)
(September 8 - October 22 2011)
(October 13, 2010)
(On-going from September 2010)
(May 28, 2010)
(August - September, 2010)
(August 19 - September 17, 2009)
( May 7 - May 29, 2009 )
(January 22 - March 7, 2009)
(Dropping Brooklyn - on-going)
(November 15, 2008 | 5-9pm)
(September 18 - December 18, 2008)
( August 5 - August 15, 2008 )
( June 16 - July 31, 2008 )
( July 29 - August 26 2006 )
( October 12 - December 8, 2005 )
"The artists included in
Conduit not only rearrange and explore our relationships to
the natural world; they also invite the viewer to engage
with their role as participant in the making of meaning,
the creation of science and the internal and external
( October 10 - November 14, 2004 )
"Basing their work on their own scientific theories and beliefs, Spevack explores the nature of existence through different narratives while Busby's Creativity Enhancement Shelters function as both sculpture and precincts to promote imagination."
( Issue 5 – March 04 )
"Warp & Weft" is a series that combines digital diagrams with scanned pencil drawings of various objects and animals. The distorted, orange web is a continuous pattern created by charting every move in a group of chess games played by the artist. Chess is sometimes called "the game of life". Each game was recorded and a visual representation of that particular game was created. The variety of outcomes is reflected in the different patterns. Contained, floating or slipping through the weave of the web are bits and pieces of fragmented matter — fluid particles.
( Issue 2: Winter 2004 )
Drawings from the Sticks and Stones series have been published in the most recent issue of At Length magazine. This is a literary magazine devoted to one long poem and one long story or novella each issue.
( December 2003 - February 2004 )
"Jenna Spevack's drawings explore various systems of theory and belief, from scientific thought to religious values. For example, an ongoing series uses three basic objects-sticks, stones and strings-to explore paradigms of physics, from the Theory of Relativity to superstring theory. Her recent drawings introduce floods and explosions to the mix, sending their subjects floating out to sea or hurtling through the air. In some, depictions of animal patterns butterfly wings, turtle shells, zebra skins, etc.) evoke nature in a highly stylized manner. Spevack's delicate drawings examine the interaction between humans and their environment, both harmonious and doomed."