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I am an artist, curator, writer, organizer, and educator who creates experiences that are durational and unfold in space. I like to work with good people sharing great ideas, and I’d love to talk with you about collaborating with you or your institution.

jennifer@jebaker.com

pronouns: she/her/hers

My studio research is focused on the cultural, social, and ritualistic practices of bathing, and the figure of the bather as a signifier of desire, objectification, embodiment, and identity. My artwork has been exhibited across the country at venues including Plug Projects (Kansas City), Fort Gondo (St. Louis), Ralph Arnold Gallery (Chicago), Clough-Hanson Gallery (Memphis), and Gallery UNO (Chicago), among others; as well as internationally at Wilcox and Sax Gallery (Banff, Alberta) and at Schiller's Garden House (Jena, Germany) as the recipient of a Cultural Exchange Grant from the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. I have been the recipient of numerous awards and was a finalist for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis’s Great Rivers Biennial in 2015.

As a curator I am currently working on an exciting and ambitious project with Amber Hawk Swanson, an artist I have worked with on various projects since 2016. I thrive on developing relationships with contemporary artists and facilitating environments that help them create the best work they can imagine. My curatorial projects have been realized at UMKC Gallery of Art (Kansas City), H&R Block Artspace (Kansas City), Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis), Granite City Art and Design District (Granite City, IL), COOP Gallery (Nashville), and the Union for Contemporary Art (Omaha) among others.

Writing holds the thinking I do and shows up as essays, prose, artwork, programs, courses, and less categorizable sites. My writing has appeared in various exhibition catalogues as well as other publications including Journal of Artists Books, PIECRUST Magazine, Probing the Skin: Cultural Representations of Our Contact Zone, and a number of zines and self-publications.

Organizing programs to accompany exhibitions and serve the communities and audiences I encounter is some of the most meaningful work I do. Planning academic conferences comes as easily to me as hosting an artists’ summit, organizing a small press expo, or booking a doom metal band to play in an art installation.

I am currently teaching the main graduate seminar for first and second year visual art students at the University of Kansas. I have taught or lectured on studio and curatorial practice at Columbia College Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri in St. Louis, Lindenwood University, Northeastern Illinois University, and the Kansas City Art Institute.