Image above: Kendler's work at the Chicago Biennial at the Elmhurst Art Museum, with Edra Soto's botanical flags on the right.

JENNY KENDLER (American, Born 1980) is an interdisciplinary artist, environmental activist, naturalist & wild forager whose work has been exhibited nationally & internationally over the past decade in more than 60 solo and group exhibitions. Her practice seeks to complicate the space between 'nature' and 'culture,' in order to re-enchant human beings' relationship with the natural world. She asks us to reexamine the idea of nature as something outside ourselves, making space to welcome the radical, transformative otherness of life on our bio-diverse Earth. She is currently the first Artist-in-Residence with Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the largest & most effective environmental nonprofits, and is based in Chicago & elsewhere. Read more...


Dec 12, 2015 – Feb 21, 2016 • Biennial
Elmhurst Art Museum Biennial: Chicago Statements • Chicago

Jan 12 – Mar 20, 2016 • Two-Person Exhibition
Animal Umwelt • with Molly Schafer • iMOCA • Indianapolis, IN

2015–2016 • Interactive Public Commission
Pacific Fund of the Atlantic Foundation • Located within the protected 'Green Zones' in Nosara, Costa Rica

July 2016 • Public Sound Installation
Collaboration with husband Brian Kirkbride • in partnership with Experimental Sound Studio • Lincoln Park Conservatory • Chicago

2016-2017 • Group Project
The Great Poor Farm Experiment VIII • Curated by Lise Haller Baggesen Ross & Yvette Brackman • Little Wolf, WI & Denmark

Additional Upcoming in 2016
Solo show • Bewilder | Be Wilder • San Luis Obispo Museum of Art • CA
Interactive Project • Museum of Contemporary Art • Chicago
Group Show • (Objectify)CulturedAnimal • Belger Crane Yard Gallery • Kansas City, MO
Public Project • Sculpture/Garden • Chicago Parks District


+ Chicago Tribune : Fall Arts Preview by Lori Waxman
+ Inside/Within : Interview: Jenny Kendler's Sensuous Rewilding
+ Chicago Reader : Feature Story & Video Interview
+ KPLR11 : Live TV interview for MDSTL/Pulitzer


Sep 23 – Nov 29, 2015 • Group Show
Rooted in Soil, originally organized by the DePaul Art Museum, toured to the Salina Art Center • Salina, KS

Aug 2015 • New Public Commission
Field of Vision : A Garden for OthersLouisville Commission on Public Art • Louisville, KY
[Field of Vision was a finalist in SxSW Eco's 'Place by Design' (watch video here) and was featured on the front page of Louisville's newspaper, The Courier-Journal]

Aug–Nov 2015 • Interactive Public Project
ReWilding New York : Community Seed StationsThe Albright-Knox Art Gallery • Commissioned by Curator of Public Art, Aaron Ott • Buffalo, NY
[ReWilding was covered in The Buffalo News and featured on the cover of The Public]

Jul–Oct 2015 • Public Project
Milkweed Dispersal Balloons will be performed across Western New York • The Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Commissioned by Curator of Public Art, Aaron Ott • Buffalo, NY

July 7, 2015 • Interactive Public Pop-up
Tell it to the Birds inhabited the Mylayne Pavilion in Millennium Park's Lurie Garden, organized by The Art Institute of Chicago & The Arts Club of Chicago • Chicago

May 2015 • Cover Image
Species Traitor I featured on the cover of Poetry Magazine

Apr 18 - Jun 13, 2015 • Group Show
Gently Fried • Curated by Los Outsiders • Sam Coronado Gallery at MACC • Austin, TX

April 3, 2014 • Closing Lecturer
Shapiro Research Symposium • SAIC

Jan 2015 • Grant
Awarded Arts & Environment contest grant from Theo Westenberger Estate

Jan 29 - Apr 27, 2015 • Group Show
Rooted in Soil • Curated by Laura & Farrah Fatemi • DePaul Art Museum • Chicago
Lori Waxman's review for the Chicago Tribune

Dec 12 - Feb 12, 2014 • Group Exhibit
Rooting (India): The Knowledge Project • Curated by Tricia Van Eck, Deborah Boardman & Akshay Rathore • Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India

Nov & Dec 2014 • Interactive Public Mural
A Place of Light and Wind (For Lost Prairies)The Violet Hour • Chicago

Sept 18-21, 2014 • Solo Show/Interactive Installation
Tell it to the Birds • NRDC Project Space • EXPO Chicago

Mar 22 - Oct 19, 2014 • Collaborative Project
Rare Nature: The Endangered Species Print ProjectPeggy Notebaert Nature Museum • Chicago

Sept 11, 2014 • Panel Discussion
Climate Change/Creative Solutions • Organized by the Human Impacts Institute • Goethe-Institut Chicago

Jul 30 - Aug 1, 2014 • Commissioned Public Art Project
Milkweed Dispersal BalloonsMarfa Dialogues / St. LouisPulitzer Foundation for the Arts • St. Louis, MO

Apr 17 - Jun 6, 2014 • Group Show
The Stench of Rotting Flowers • Curated by Danny Orendorff • Charlotte Street Foundation's la Esquina gallery • Kansas City, MO

Jan 17 - Mar 1, 2014 • Group Show
Ghost Nature • Curated by Caroline Picard • Gallery 400 • Chicago • Ghost Nature featured in Hyperallergic

Jan 16 - Feb 8, 2014 • Group Show
Projections AnimalièresLa Box Gallery at les Écoles Nationale Supérieures D’art • Bourges, France

Nov 2013 • Delighted to be named "Chicago's Best Dressed Artist" in Newcity's Best of Chicago Issue

Oct 4 - Oct 30, 2013 • Solo Show
Invasive SpeciesSalon Series Projects • Chicago

Jul 2013Attempted Transformations, a public art project for Pitchfork & CAC is seen by 50,000 and featured in a full-page image in The Chicago Tribune

May - Jun 2013 • Solo Show
Wild Life Refuge @ THE SUB-MISSION • Chicago

Jan 2013Camouflage I (Disguise for an Endangered Bird) was on the cover of nearly 100,000 Chicago Readers

Dec 2012The Hall of Disappearing named one of Chicago's two best shows of 2012 by Artslant and one of Chicago's five best shows of 2012 by Hyperallergic.

View full artist CV here .