(American, Born in New York City, 1980)
Jenny Kendler is an interdisciplinary artist, environmental activist, naturalist & wild forager who lives in Chicago and elsewhere. She is currently the first Artist-in-Residence with Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and helps steward non-profit artist residency ACRE, as Vice President of the Board. She is also part of a cross-disciplinary team awarded a major grant from Humanities Without Walls to present her public art and community-engagement project Garden for a Changing Climate in 2018.
Kendler holds a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art (2002, summa cum laude) and a MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2006).
Kendler’s work has been exhibited nationally & internationally at major museums and biennials including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), the Albright-Knox (Buffalo, NY), The Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis), the California Academy of Sciences, iMOCA (Indianapolis), the DePaul Art Museum (Chicago), the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India), the Yeosu International Art Festival biennial (Korea), and at the Chicago Biennial at the Elmhurst Art Museum.
Her work has also been included in exhibitions at Exit Art (NYC), La Box at les Écoles Nationale Supérieures D’art (France), Claremorris Gallery (Ireland), Root Division (San Francisco), Kristi Engle (Los Angeles), Public Pool (Detroit), and in Chicago at Columbia College, Johalla Projects, and Gallery 400 among others. She has been commissioned to create interactive, environmentally-engaged public art projects locations such as Chicago's Millennium Park, The Lincoln Park Conservatory glasshouse, Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, the Louisville Riverwalk and a tropical forest in Nosara, Costa Rica.
Kendler is co-founder of the artist website service OtherPeoplesPixels, and created the The OPPfund, which gives grants to arts, environmental and social justice organizations, and awards the MAKER Grant each year to two socially or environmentally engaged artists in partnership with Chicago Artists' Coalition.
She is also the co-creator of The Endangered Species Print Project, which creates limited-edition art prints to raise funds for critically endangered species, has exhibited at spaces like the Notebaert Nature Museum, and has to date has raised almost $15,000 for conservation of over 20 species.
The Endangered Species Condom Project, for which she created art, was profiled in The New York Times and featured on a billboard in Times Square. Her work has been covered in Orion Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Businessweek, The American Scholar, Juxtapoz, Mashable, onEarth Magazine and she has been interviewed on NPR and by Chicago's ABC7 News, among others. Kendler and her work have appeared on the cover of The Chicago Reader three times, most recently accompanying a 6-page feature article.
Photo credit: Clayton Hauck for The Chicago Reader