About

     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.

Bio

     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 16 exhibitions, 2 of them solos. She recently completed a large commission,is attending the Vermont Studio Center for a month long residency, planning for new commissions, and creating new work.

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EDUCATION

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

1993 BA, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

1989-1991 Bennington College, Bennington, VT

 

SOLO SHOWS

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

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

 

EXHIBITIONS/PERFORMANCES

2018 RCS 1-50 Exhibit, Audrey Love Galley, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL

2018 Hot and Sticky, Curated by Lisa Rockford at Fat Village, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2018 Outside the Box 4 on the grounds of White Space Collection, Curated by Lisa Rockford, West Palm Beach, 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, Pterodactyl, Philadelphia, PA

Curated by Nicole Donnelly

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

2011 The Art Festival at The Hatchatory, PhiladelphiaPA

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

Philadelphia, PA

2010 Unison Sculpture Garden – “Helping Hands”

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 Unison Sculpture Garden – Triage for the Casualties of Environmental Warfare

Performance, New Paltz, NY

2007 Unison Sculpture Garden, New Paltz, NY

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

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

2006 Unison Sculpture Garden Performance, New Paltz, NY

2006 Faculty Show, Sugar Maples, Hunter, NY

2006 Airport Pick-Up Series #3 Welcome Wagon Woman, Performance – Stewart Airport

Newburgh, NY, Material Sponsorship by The Home Depot

2005 All-American – American Cultures, Student Art Gallery, SUNY, New Paltz, NY

Curated by Patti Phillips and Emily Putoff

2005 Airport Pick-Up Series #2 Dame, Performance – Stewart 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

 

COLLECTIONS/COMMISSIONS 

2014 Patricia and Paul Stankard 

Mantua NJ

2017 Simon Rose

NYC, NY

 

AWARDS

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

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY AND ONLINE

2017 BABA Collective, “Jenna Efrein”, Rockingchairsessions.com, Vol 1, 

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

 

RESIDENCIES

2018 Vermont Studio Center, Merit Scholarship Recipient, Summer Residency, Johnson, VT

2015-20 Juried Artist in Residence, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL

 

PANELS/PUBLIC LECTURES/ VISITING ARTIST

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 Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA 

       Talk and Presentation on Glass is Chemistry Too

2006 Visiting Artist, Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY

 

SHOWS CURATED

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, PA

 

 

 

FULL TIME TEACHING 

2014- Lecturer, University of Miami (and Glass Area Technician Sp. ’17-), Miami FL, Introduction and Intermediate Glass Blowing, Introduction to Glass Casting, 3D Design Materials and Techniques, Intermediate Sculpture (Experimental Foundry), Introduction to Sculpture, Intermediate Sculpture 1, Advanced Sculpture I, III, IV, Graduate Sculpture 1, ArtLab (art history class that curates a show for the Lowe Art Museum)

 

ADJUNCT TEACHING 

2010-14 Salem Community College, Salem, NJ- Kiln Forming, Cold Construction, Glass Art, Kiln Casting, Independent Projects in Glass, 2D Design, Drawing, Glass Blowing 1, Glass Blowing 2, Capstone Experience in Glass1: Projects, Independent Study, Glass Survey 1, Kiln Techniques

2012 Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ Glassworking 1 and 2, 

2009 Alfred University, Alfred, NY Beginning Sculpture co-taught with Alicia Eggert, 

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016-17 Board of Directors Artist Rep, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, Fl

2013 Flameworking Assistant to Paul Stankard, Mantua NJ

2013 Advisor to New Curriculum Development, Salem Community College, Salem, NJ

2012-2014 Academic Advisor to Glass Art Program Students, Salem Community College, NJ

2012 Assistant to the Facilities Coordinator, Salem Community College, Salem NJ

2011 Shop Technician Glass Department, (Temp Pos) University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA

2009-2011 Manger/ Curator/ Instructor, Hudson Beach Glass Phila,Philadelphia, PA

2009-2014 Instructor, East Falls Glassworks, Philadelphia, PA

2008 Studio Shop Coordinator, Pilchuck Glass Studio, Stanwood, WA

2005 Internship, Glass Blowing Assistant and Gaffer, Hudson Beach Glass, Beacon, NY

2005 Shop Technician, Beacon Glass, Beacon, NY

2005-2007 Gallery Sales, Hudson Beach Glass, Beacon, NY

2005 Archivist, Franklin Furnace, Brooklyn, NY

1999-2003 Instructor, Stained Glass, The Star Gallery, Middletown, NY

1991 Studio Assistant, Flickenger Glassworks, Brooklyn, NY

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2013 Beginning Flameworking with Loren Stump at The Studio of Corning, Corning, NY

2013 Figure and Portrait Modeling with John Horn, Phila Academy of Fine Arts

2012 Ink wash Drawing with Emily Brown, PAFA

2012 More Fundamentals of Drawing with Jill A Rupinski, PAFA

2012 Intermediate Quickbooks, CCP

2011 Think Big Make Small with Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz, Pilchuck Glass School

2010 Back to Basics with Randy Walker, Pilchuck Glass School

2008 Doing by Doing Performance Workshop, Los Angeles, CA – Rachel Rosenthal; Partial Scholarship Recipient

2007 Conceptual Glass, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC – Che Rhodes; Work Study Recipient

2006 Glory Hole Construction 101, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY – Robert Scavuzzo

2003 Casting Solutions: Working with Color in Glass Casting, The Studio of Corning, Corning, NY – Rene Culler

2002 Kiln-Fired Glass Techniques, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY – Avery Anderson and Brock Craig

 

OTHER LANGUAGE

Spanish