Jennie C. Jones

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Jennie C. Jones
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Alma materSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago; Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

Jennie C. Jones (born 1968 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an African-American artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been described, by Ken Johnson, as evoking minimalism, and paying tribute to the cross-pollination of different genres of music, especially jazz.[1] As an artist, she connects most of her work between art and sound. In 2012, Jones was the recipient of the Joyce Alexander Wien Prize, one of the biggest awards given to an individual artist in the United States. The prize honors one African-American artist who has proven their commitment to innovation and creativity, with an award of 50,000 dollars.[2] In December 2015 a 10-year survey of Jones's work, titled Compilation[3], opened at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Texas.[4]


Jennie C. Jones received her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in 1991. She then graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, earning her MFA in 1996. In the summer of 1996, Jones was a participant at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.[2]


Jones is a visual and sonic artist whose paintings, sculptures, and works on paper incorporate ideas around minimalism, abstraction, Jazz, and Black history. Valerie Cassel Oliver noted in her “Outside The Lines,” catalogue essay, that “working in painting as well as sound, she has mined the politics, culture and aesthetic innovations of the mid-20th century and has emerged with sharp criticisms and astute queries that are now embedded in the work. Jones’s work challenges us to understand the frameworks of modernism, which embraced black musical forms but excluded black visual art from its canon".[5] During Absorb / Diffuse, her fall exhibition at The Kitchen in New York City, Jones presented a piece titled From The Low, which is a sound piece that has multiple music samples, ranging from jazz to modern electronica. From The Low presents her political statement: that African-American artists and musicians are absent from modernism.[6] The samples used in this sound piece have been "given a new context, perhaps to be classified in a category of black minimalism".[7]

The audio pieces are constructed using traditional sound editing methodologies and often have their origin in historic recordings. With the amalgamation of industrial acoustic materials, often used in recording studios and listening rooms, Jones's art focuses on building a bridge between two-dimensional works, architecture, and sound. Jennie has stated that "conceptualism allows these different media to occupy the same space.”[8] Jones is a critic in the Sculpture Department at Yale University.[9]


Jones's work has been exhibited from all over the world.[10] One of her first notable New York City group shows was "Freestyle" at the Studio Museum in Harlem, a show that included artists such as Sanford Biggers, Mark Bradford, Julie Mehretu, and Rashid Johnson.[11]

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Jennie C. Jones: Compilation, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX 2015-2016[12]
  • Tone, Sikkema Jenkins Co., New York City, NY 2014[13]
  • Higher Resonance, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC 2013[14]
  • Jennie C. Jones: Counterpoint, Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA 2011 [15]
  • Absorb/Diffuse, The Kitchen, New York City, NY, 2011[16]
  • Song Containers & Objects, Lawrimore Projects, Seattle, WA 2010[17]
  • Electric, Sikkema, Jenkins & Co., New York, NY 2010
  • The Walkman Compositions, Smack Mellon Gallery, New York City, NY 2009
  • RED, BIRD, BLUE, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA 2009
  • Jones: Recomposing, Arratia Beer Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2007
  • Simply Because You’re Near Me, Artists Space, Project Room, New York, NY 2006
  • Harlem/Haarlem, Begane Grond Kunstcentrum, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2000

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

  • Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA 2014-2015
  • Outside the Lines: Black in the Abstract, Part 2, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX 2014
  • Roughneck Constructivists Curated by Kara Walker at the ICA in Philadelphia, PA 2014
  • SILENCE a survey exhibition curated by Toby Kamps, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX 2012
  • With Hidden Noise a group Exhibition Curated by Stephen Vitiello, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO 2011
  • 30 Seconds off an Inch, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY 2010
  • This-Has-Been, On Stellar Rays, Gallery 133, New York, NY 2009
  • (Dis)Concert, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA 2008
  • Black Light, White Noise: Sound & Light in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX 2007
  • Pa*per*ing, Deutsch Bank, New York City, NY 2006
  • Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970, Houston Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX 2005
  • Freestyle, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA 2001
  • Freestyle, The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York City, NY 2001
  • Current/Undercurrent, Brooklyn Museum, 1997[18]

Fellowships and residencies[edit]

  • Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva FL 2014
  • The Lower East Side Printshop – Special Editions Resident, 2011
  • Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center – Italy, March 2008
  • American Academy in Rome, Italy, Visiting Artist - April 2008
  • Liguria Study Center for the Arts & Humanities Fellow – Genova, Italy, 2004
  • Cité Internationale des Arts- Paris, France, 2002–03
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency World Trade Center, 1999[18]
  • Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1996)[19]


  • Robert Rauschenberg Award, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, 2016[20]
  • Joan Mitchell Award Grantee, 2013
  • The Joyce Alexander Wein Prize, 2012
  • Art Matters Grant, 2012[21]
  • William H. Johnson Prize, 2008
  • Creative Capital Grantee, 2008
  • Pollock-Krasner Grant Recipient, 2000[18]


  • The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  • The Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, New Jersey
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City, NY
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA
  • The Americas Collection, Deutsche Bank
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges, New York City, NY[18]
  • Museum of Modern Art, Department of Prints & Drawings, New York City, NY


  1. ^ Johnson, Ken (July 30, 2010). "ART IN REVIEW Jennie C. Jones: 'Electric'". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Studio Museum announces 2012 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize awarded to Jennie C. Jones". Art Daily. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Jennie C. Jones: Compilation | Contemporary Arts Museum Houston". Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  4. ^ "Jennie C. Jones Biography". Sikkema Jenkins Co. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  5. ^ Cassel Oliver, Valerie (2014). Outside the Lines. Houston, Texas: Houston: Contemporary Arts Museum. p. 145. ISBN 9781933619460. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Jennie C. Jones | Artspace". Artspace. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  7. ^ "BOMB Magazine — Jennie C. Jones by Stephen Vitiello". Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  8. ^ Kennedy, Randy. "$50,000 Art Prize for Brooklyn Painter and Sculptor". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Yale University School of Art: Jennie Jones". Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  10. ^ Gwinn, Liz. "Communications Manager" (PDF). The Studio Museum. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  11. ^ Thompson, Donna (2001). "FREESTYLE: Review by Donna Thompson". Art Women. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Jennie C. Jones: Compilation | Contemporary Arts Museum Houston". Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  13. ^ Briscoe, Scott. "Jennie C. Jones Exhibition Page". Sikkema Jenkins Co. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Higher Resonance Exhibition". The Hirshhorn. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  15. ^ Morales, Julio César. "Interview with Jennie C. Jones". Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  16. ^ The Studio Museum in Harlem. "Absorb/Diffuse – Jennie C. Jones at The Kitchen". Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Jennie C. Jones". Lawrimore Project. Archived from the original on 2014-11-21. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  18. ^ a b c d "Jennie C. Jones – Exhibitions" (PDF). Sikkema Jenkins Gallery. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  19. ^ "SikkemaJenkins&Co:Artists:Jennie C. Jones". Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  20. ^ "Jennie C. Jones :: Foundation for Contemporary Arts". Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  21. ^ "Grantee List". Art Matters Foundation. Archived from the original on 2015-03-06. Retrieved 23 February 2015.

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