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[Santa Fe, NM ::: b. 1981]


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JENNY DAY is a painter who lives in 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 exhibition record most recently includes the Phoenix Art Museum, Blue Star Art Museum, in San Antonio, TX, Arte Laguna in Venice, Italy, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Korea, and Elmhurst Museum in Chicago, IL. Day's work has been supported by an Elizabeth Greenshields Grant in 2018, 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 represented 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



2021   Solo Exhibition, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

           Dazzle and Degrade, Alabama Contemporary Art Center Museum, Mobile, AL

2020   Letting Go Of Utopia, Mesa Arts Center Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2018   Our Shared Disaster, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

           Lone Star, True But Whatever, Rosefsky Gallery, Binghampton University, Binghampton, NY

2015   Nearly Somewhere, Process Museum, Tucson, AZ

           Nearly Somewhere, Somers Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

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

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

           These Trace Remains, Porter Hall Gallery, Tucson, AZ

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




Jenny Day and Laura Truitt, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

Ceramics Now, Greenwich House Pottery, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY



Jenny Day, Lui Ferreyra, and Ryan Magyar, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO



CLIMATE, Michigan State University, Metrospace, East Lansing, MI

Bemis Art Auction, Bemis Center, Omaha, NE

Small Works Considered, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

Take Nothing For Granted, Pima Community College, Tucson , AZ

On Our Watch, Three-Person Exhibition, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

Instructor Exhibition, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN



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

Arte Laguna Final Exhibition, Venice Arsenale, Venice, Italy (Curated by Igor Zanti, Domenico de Chirico, Caroline Corbetta, Denis Curti, Nicolangelo Gelormini, Emanuele Montibeller, Simone Pallotta, Nadim Samman, Manuel Segade, Ekaterina Scherbakova  and Eva Wittocx)

From Underfoot: Breaking Through Surface and Ground, Blue Star Contemporary, San  Antonio, TX (Curated by Jacqueline McGilvray, Exhibitions Manager, Blue Star Contemporary)

Gallery Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Julia Jump, New Orleans Preservation Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

Odyssey II, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California

Sweet Arts Auction, Center for Contemporary Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

Going Once, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona



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, 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])

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

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)

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

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

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

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])

Small Things Considered, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

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)

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Small Things Considered, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ



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

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

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