[Tucson, AZ / Santa Fe, NM ::: b. 1981]

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JENNY DAY (b.1981) is a painter who divides her time between Tucson, Arizona and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She earned an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Arizona, a BFA in Painting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. Her national and international exhibition record most recently includes Arte Laguna in Venice, Italy, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Korea, Phoenix Art Museum, Blue Star Contemporary Museum in San Antonio, TX, Elmhurst Museum in Chicago, IL, Crocker Museum in Sacramento, CA, Florida State University Museum in Tallahassee, FL and Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, in New Orleans, LA. Day's work has been supported by an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant in 2018, a Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum in 2017, a Barron Purchase Award in 2016 and through participation at the Ucross Foundation, the Jentel Foundation, Playa Foundation For The Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Art Center, and the Armory Art Center. Jenny Day is an exhibiting artist at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery. 



I walked in the Mohave desert.  Listened to the bees as they hummed and sucked from yellow creosote flowers.  I watched the desert blur by as I drove eighty-miles per hour on I-40.  I couldn’t hear the bees.  The Mohave backdropped a science-fiction film I watched from my couch, the familiar recast as alien.  I dreamt the desert, distorted, California pushed up against Florida, the swamp pouring in.  I pulled up photos on my phone.  Digital, long strings of binary, framed and backlit on the little screen, compiled with other places.


Which Mohave am I remembering?


The paintings acknowledge a distancing.  The built environment as landscape, the landscape as construct, the whole of the construct shattered by a fragmentation.  A scattering of attention.  The ruins of human intentions sunlit and wholly glorious in their decay.  Abandoned or half-abandoned and remembered and recorded and replicated and distorted each step of the way.


The body of work skips like the dream.  Fairbanks, Alaska blurs into California Superfund sites.  Historical buildings I’ve walked through mate with Instagram photos.  Hybridized places emerge, white space mimics the frames of our tiny machines.  Pencil marks left in, masking tape, signal the painting as object, mediated, layers away from representation.


The paintings are created in longing, possibly mourning.  Imagining an innocence of vision that might never have existed, rejecting it, recognizing the impossibility of an unaltered connection to place.  The places are there still.  


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2014 Master of Fine Arts, Painting, University of Arizona

2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting and Printmaking, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

2003 Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz



2018   Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2018  Rosefsky Gallery, Binghampton University, Binghampton, NY

2015  Nearly Somewhere, Process Museum, Tucson, AZ

2015  Nearly Somewhere, Somers Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013   Selected Works, OLLI Public Space, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2013  Teleology / Echopraxia, Works on paper, Lionel Rombach Gallery,

2013  These Trace Remains, Porter Hall Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2010   Copulated Nightmares, Androgynous Daydreams, UAF Gallery, University of Alaska                Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK



2018 Contemporary Forum Artist Award Exhibition, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ   (Curated by Gilbert Vicario, Selig Family Chief Curator, Phoenix Art Museum,   Phoenix, AZ)

2017 21st No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA (Jurors: ​Helen   Toomer , Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair and Professor at Sotheby’s New   York, New York, NY, Gia Hamilton, Director of Joan Mitchell Center, Independent   Curator of Atlanta Biennial 2016, New Orleans, LA, Bettina Stiewe, Co-Founder of   Upstart Modern Art Consulting and  Artist Management Firm, San Francisco,   CA[catalogue])

2017 Contemporary Landscapes, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea

2017 Sense of Place, Elmhurst Museum, Elmhurst, IL ( Jurors: Jenny Gibbs, Executive   Director of the Elmhurst Art Museum, Carrie Secrist, Director of Carrie Secrist Gallery,   and Frank Tumino, Curator of the Elmhurst Artists Guild, Elmhurst, IL)

2017 Manual Digital, Space 151, San Francisco, CA (curated by Beth Waldman,     WaldmanArts, Mill Valley, CA)

2017 Flora and Fauna, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA (curated by Suzanne Gray, Seager   Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA)

2017 Big Names, Small Art, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

2017 32nd Tallahassee International, Florida State University Museum of Fine Art,   Tallahassee, FL (Jurors: Carrie Ann Baade, Associate Professor Painting and      Drawing, Florida State University, J. Chalet Comellas, Assistant Teaching Professor   Contemporary Art, Florida State University and Terri Lindbloom, Professor Sculpture,   Installation, Performance, Experimental drawing, Florida State University, Tallahassee,   FL [catalogue])

2017 Small Things Considered, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2017 Opposing Futures, FAT Village Projects, Fort Lauderdale, FL (curated by Leah Brown   and Peter Symons, Directors of FAT Village Projects, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Elle Schorr,   independent curator)

2017 New Transitions, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL (curated by   Tristyn Bustamante, artist)

2017 Faculty / Student Exhibition, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL (curated by   Liza Niles, Exhibition Coordinator, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL)

2016 20th No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2016 New and Now, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

2016 11th National Exhibition, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA (Juror: Gregory Volk,      Freelance Curator, Art Critic for Art in America, New York, NY [catalogue]) 

2016 Big Names, Small Works, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

2016 Art Auction, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA (catalogue)

2016 Art Of Our Century, Woodbury Art Museum, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT (Juror:   Kent Christensen, artist [catalogue]) 

2016 West, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR (Juror: Leslie Kenneth Price, Humboldt State   University Professor, Painting, Arcata, CA)

2016 Small Things Considered, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2015 Solo Exhibition, Nearly Somewhere, Process Museum, Tucson, AZ

2015 Solo Exhibition, Nearly Somewhere, Somers Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2015 The Land Mark Show, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM