Artist Statement

     Jenna Efrein is interested in the social, philosophical, and moral metrics of value as it relates to the environment, and community. The emerging works are objects, installation, and viewer activated spaces. The reclamation and transformation of materials are her means of communication. Her work is meant to symbolize the transition in thinking between that which dominates today and that of the future. What was considered waste becomes valuable again.
     Jenna creates bridges with individuals to expose communal vulnerabilities as a means for seeing the repercussions of past actions and future possibilities. It is her method of building a unified community, supportive of itself its proximate neighbors.
     Indefatigably hopefully, she aspires to activate people to behave more conscientiously toward each other and their environs. She chooses to believe in the possibility to find common ground and give voice the voiceless.


     Currently, Jenna is a full-time Lecturer in the Art and Art History Department at University of Miami in the glass and sculpture studios. She is a resident at Bakehouse Art Complex. She moved to Miami in 2014  from Philadelphia and since then has participated in 14 exhibitions, 2 of them solos. Presently, she is working on a large commission, planning for up-coming shows, and creating new work.



2009 MFA, NYSCC at Alfred University – Sculpture/Dimensional Studies, Alfred, NY

1993 BA, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

1989-1991 Bennington College, Bennington, VT



2017 We are HERE, University of Miami Gallery, Miami, Fl

2016 Verdant Plunderland, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Projects Space, Miami, FL



2017 The Gallery at South Pointe, Curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Miami, Fl

2017 Aqua, & Gallery, Lemon City , Fl

2017 The Season, & Gallery, Lemon City Fl

2017 Nature of the Edge of Urban, Curated by Kathryn Mikesell and Ombretta Agro Andruff, Wynwood,Fl

2017 8th All Media Juried Biennial, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL

2016 UM Faculty Exhibition, University of Miami Gallery, Miami, FL 

2016 Re:Produce BaCA, Curated by Lisa Rockford, Pompano Beach FL

2016 B16, Wiregrass Museum of Art 2016 Biennial Exhibition, Dothan AL

2016 Intersectionality, MOCA NOMI, Miami, FL

2016 Glass Fashion Show, Corning Museum of Glass (as part of the GAS Conference), Corning NY

2016 Newly Acquired, Curated by Mindy Solomon, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL

2015 Bastions, Adjunct and Lecturer Exhibition, University of Miami Galley Wynwood, Miami, FL

2013 Yoko Ono Fan Club, University of Buffalo Gallery of Visual Studies, Buffalo, NY

2012 Make it, Break it, Rebuild it, an Artist collaborative pop up show, Philadelphia, PA

2012 Paper Fortress: Paper as Fiber, Curated by Nicole Donnelly, Pterodactyl, Philadelphia, PA

2011 Mailin it in, The Nicole Villeneuve Gallery, Chicago, Ill

2011 The Art Festival at The Hatchatory, Philadelphia, PA

2010 Moore College of Art Children’s Cancer Fund Raiser Dupree Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010 Helping Hands, Unison Sculpture Garden, New Paltz, NY

2009 L’ho provato sulla mia pelle, MFA Exhibition Fosdick Nelson Gallery Alfred University, Alfred, NY   

2008 Wayfinding, Studio 345 Showspace  Rochester, NY

2008 Triage for the Casualties of Environmental Warfare, Unison Sculpture Garden 

Performance, New Paltz, NY

2007 Pond Nymph, Unison Sculpture Garden , New Paltz, NY

2006 Kimonos Ellenville Invites, Curated by Beth Wilson, Ellenville, NY

2006 Transparent Boudoir, Catskill Art Society Studio Tour, Installation and Performance, Loch Sheldrake, NY

2006 Welcome Wagon Woman, (Performance), Unison Sculpture Garden,New Paltz, NY

2006 Faculty Show, Sugar Maples, Hunter, NY

2006 Airport Pick-Up Series #3 Welcome Wagon Woman (Performance) Stewart International Airport, Material Sponsorship by The Home Depot Newburgh, NY 

2005 All-American – American Cultures, Student Art Gallery, Curated by Patti Phillips and Emily Putoff SUNY, New Paltz, NY

2005 Airport Pick-Up Series #2  Dame (Performance), Stewart International Airport

Newburgh, NY

2004 Faculty Show, Catskill Art Society, Hurleyville, NY

2003 Airport Pick-Up Series #1 Chauffeur (Performance), Albany International Airport

Albany, NY

2000 Group Show, Harold Harris Art Gallery, Ellenville, NY



2014 Patricia and Paul Stankard , Mantua NJ

2017 Simon Rose, NYC, NY



2016 Judges Choice Award, Re-Produce at Baily Contemporary Arts



2015- Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL



2015 Moderator, History and Art of Illuminated Glass Sculpture, International Flameworking Conference, Salem Community College, Salem, NJ

2014 Moderator, Celebrating Innovation through Collaboration, International Flameworking Conference, Salem Community College, Salem, NJ

2013 Moderator, Orbs, Spheres, and Marbles, International Flameworking Conference, Salem Community College, Salem, NJ

2010 Demonstration for Live Auction Event, Goggleworks, Redding PA

2010 Demonstration as a Pre-auction event for National Liberty Museum at East Falls Glassworks, Philadelphia, PA

2010 Talk and Presentation on “Glass is Chemistry Too”, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA 

2006 Visiting Artist, Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY


2017 Baba Collective, Rocking Chair Sessions Sound Cloud Interview, Volume 1 Jenna Efrein

2017 Kate Stein, Environmental Reporter for WRLN, “Gators, Glass and Gymnastics: How One Artist Recreates the Everglades and it’s Challenges”, WLRN, 3/20/2017

2016 George Fishman, “ Wynwood’s true artistic pioneer turns 30”, Miami Herald, Visual Arts, 10/30/2016

2016 Phillip Valys “Foxy Messages abound in Pompano Beach recycled-art show”, South Florida.com, Fri Sept. 30th

2014 Jon Rees, “School Profile: A Year in Review with Educators”  GASNEWS, Winter 2014, Volume 25, Issue 4

2012 Laura Donefer, Stephen Wild, and Suzy Lamont Toledo Glass Fashion Madness 

  Blurb 2012



2011 The Secret Life of Sand, at The Hatchatory, Philadelphia, PA

2010 The Body Adorned, Artist Invitational, Hudson Beach Glass Phila, PA

2010 Goofy Goblet Show, Hudson Beach Glass Phila

2009 All My Clothes, Alicia Eggert, Hudson Beach Glass Phila, PA

2009 Goofy Goblet Show, Hudson Beach Glass Phila


2009-2/11 Rotating Light Exhibition, Hudson Beach Glass Phila