Jenifer K. Wofford

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Jenifer K Wofford is an American contemporary artist and art educator based in San Francisco, California, United States. Known for her contributions to Filipino-American visual art,[1][2] Wofford's work often addresses hybridity, authenticity and global culture, frequently from an ironic, humorous perspective.[3] Wofford collaborates with artists Reanne Estrada and Eliza Barrios as the artist group Mail Order Brides/M.O.B. She is also the curator of Galleon Trade, an international art exchange between California, Mexico and the Philippines.[4]


Wofford was born in San Francisco, and raised in Hong Kong, Dubai, and Kuala Lumpur. Her family returned to California when she was a teenager. With the exception of 2 years in the Czech Republic, Wofford has lived and worked in San Francisco and Oakland for most of her professional life.[5]

While receiving her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, Wofford studied with Carlos Villa, whose "Worlds In Collision" project was of significant influence on her development as an artist and educator.[6] While completing her MFA at UC Berkeley, Wofford worked with Catherine Ceniza Choy, whose book "Empire of Care" influenced the creation of Wofford's Filipina nurse- related art projects.[7]


Wofford's art, performance and curatorial projects have been presented in the United States, the Philippines, Malaysia, Turkey and Hong Kong. She has also been awarded artist-in-residence stays in France, the Philippines, Italy, Denmark and Norway.[8] Wofford was awarded a 2017 Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Significant projects include:


Wofford specializes in Global Perspectives in Contemporary Art at University of California, Berkeley[14] and Filipino American Arts at the University of San Francisco.[15] She has also led numerous studio courses and/or advised graduate students at UC Berkeley, University of San Francisco, California College of the Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, Diablo Valley College and Vermont College of Fine Arts since 2007.[16]

Her career as an educator began in work with youth programs at Southern Exposure in 1994. In 1999, Wofford established the art program at Leadership High School, and was the school's art teacher from 1999-2002 and 2003-2004. Wofford was also Program Director for Out of Site (now Youth Art Exchange) and Lead Arts Teacher at City Arts and Technology High School from 2004-2005.


  1. ^ "Jennifer Wofford | University of San Francisco". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  2. ^ "Asian Art Museum". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  3. ^ "statement". WoffleHouse. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  4. ^ Ruiz, Cheeko (2007-08-19). "Modern-Day Galleon Trade Sets Sail | Starweek Magazine, Other STAR Sections, The Philippine Star". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  5. ^ "Drawing Across Difference". Hyphen Magazine. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  6. ^ "State of the State: Contemporary Filipino/American Art in the Bay Area". YouTube. 2015-05-22. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  7. ^ "Jenifer K. Wofford". Center for Art and Thought. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  8. ^ "Jenifer K Wofford's Artist-In-Residence studio at KINOKINO, Sandes Norway". Planting Rice. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  9. ^ Mary Eisenhart (2008-09-18). "'Galleon Trade: Bay Area Now 5 Edition'". SFGate. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  10. ^ Catherine Ceniza Choy. "The New Face of Immigration: Flor de Manila y San Francisco by Jenifer K. Wofford". Center for Art and Thought. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  11. ^ "The Corporate Vampires of San Francisco". 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  12. ^ Han, Sarah (2014-10-03). "What Was It Like to Live through the '89 Quake? - The Bold Italic - San Francisco". The Bold Italic. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  13. ^ "Interview with artist Jenifer K Wofford". Planting Rice. 2015-07-10. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  14. ^ "Jenifer Wofford, Lecturer, Fall 2015 : Practice of Art". 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  15. ^ "Filipino American Arts (CD) | University of San Francisco". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  16. ^ "Jenifer K Wofford : CV" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-10-05.