Jenna Crowder (b. 1985, Edwards, CA) is an interdisciplinary artist working in publication, installation, printmaking, conversation, criticism, and curation as modes of public practice. She is interested in writing as a visual practice and language as a site of collaboration, performance, and situation. Her work has manifested in projects like The Chart, an online arts journal that celebrates slow publishing, regionally-specific critical artistic dialogue, and IRL conversation as a form of publishing; MTV Crits!, a serial project with writer Nadia Prupis which hosts themed music video screenings and participatory pop culture critiques at art institutions, lingerie shops, and bars; and text-based site-specific installation and performance. Jenna has been awarded residencies from Hewnoaks Artist Colony, Ragdale Foundation, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and grants from the Kindling Fund, the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation, the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, and the Maine Arts Commission. Her writing has appeared in Art Papers, Temporary Art Review, BURNAWAY, The Rib, and Liminalities: a journal of performance studies, among other places.

contact: crowder.jenna [at] gmail.com
instagram: @jennacrowder and @thechart.me


CV

last updated 7/2019

Projects & Exhibitions
ongoing
The Chart (2015–present) · Co-Founder + Editor · online arts journal (in collaboration with Ashleigh Burskey 2015–2016), Portland ME/online
MTV Crits! (2016–present) · Co-Creator + Co-Host · series of themed music video screenings + pop culture critiques in collaboration with Nadia Prupis, various locations, Portland ME

2019
The Chart: Visiting Critic Lecture Series, featuring Jacquelyn Gleisner (The Chart's 2019 Critic-in-Residence), Andy Johnson, Jordan Amirkhani, James McAnally, and Leah Triplett Harrington · organizer, Portland, ME

2018
Pickwick A–Z · Center for Maine Craft, Gardiner, ME
THIS DESIRE · Able Baker Contemporary, Portland ME

2017
MTV Crits! for the Waking Windows Festival · Episode 6 at ètaín boutique, Portland ME
MTV Crits! · Episode 5 at The Bearded Lady's Jewel Box, Portland ME
MTV Crits! · Episode 4 at ètaín boutique, Portland ME
Far Away/Home · curated by Nika Knight, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath ME
Pop-Up Artist Conversation · curated by Portland Mural Initiative, South Portland ME

2016
MTV Crits! · Episodes 1–3 at Institute for American Art, Portland ME
SPACE Studios Summer Show Part One · SPACE Gallery Annex, Portland ME
Persephone in the Late Anthropocene, full opera · Lead Visual Artist (installation, costumes, graphic design) · collaborative spoken opera with Megan Grumbling, Denis Nye, Tess Van Horn, and Corey Anderson, SPACE Gallery, Portland ME

2015
The Royal Open · curated by Douglas W. Milliken and Genevieve Johnson, Royal River Park, Falmouth ME
Persephone in the Late Anthropocene, movement one · Lead Visual Artist (installation, costumes, graphic design) · collaborative spoken opera with Megan Grumbling, Denis Nye, Tess Van Horn, and Corey Anderson, The Apohadion, Portland ME

2014
(Mis)fortunes · performance collaboration with Douglas W. Milliken at Sacred & Profane, Battery Steele, Peak's Island ME
citydrift/Portland · Executive Curator (and participant as Saula Wit) · SPACE Gallery Annex, Zero Station, & Open Bench Project, Portland ME
A Rebus of Identical Selves · collaborative performance & installation with Douglas W. Milliken, Artists at Work Storefront, Maine College of Art, Portland ME

2013
citydrift/Detroit · curated by Jennifer Junkermeier, Kunsthalle Detroit, Detroit MI

2012
Public Space: Cairo · Lead Artist · Townhouse Gallery, Cairo Egypt
Reverb + Echo · collaborative two-person show with Keith Lane, Studio Gallery, Washington DC
a pair of scopes · two-person show at Studio Gallery, Washington DC

2011
Off the Wall: Posters & 'Zines · Studio Couture Detroit, Detroit MI

2010
what if we · collaboration with Christina Bechstein & Megan O'Connell, Portland ME, Washington DC, & Detroit MI

2009
i need you, i love you · collaborative exhibition with Claire Houston, Rabelais, Portland ME
Portland Paper Project · Whitney Art Works, Portland ME

2008
Meditations on Community · solo show, Rabelais, Portland ME

2007
33rd Annual Art Auction at MECA · Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland ME
Maine College of Art Thesis Exhibition · Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland ME
The Storyhouse Project · collaboration with The Telling Room & Maine College of Art, multiple venues in Portland, Lewiston, & Scarborough ME

2006
Next Generation V · Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport ME


Publications
"A conversation amongst two artist writers who witnessed the performance together," with Imani Roach, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, Volume 15, Issue 2, May/June 2019
"Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art," Art Papers — 42.04, Winter 2018/2019
"Heavy Water: Erin Johnson at the Jepson Center, Savannah," BURNAWAY, March 2019
"A Conversation Between Jenna Crowder and Carly Glovinski," ed. Olivia Fountain, The Lantern, December 2018
"Language at the Edges of Legality: Aliza Shvarts at Artspace New Haven," Temporary Art Review, June 2018
"The Poetics of Henri Paul Broyard's Interiors," The Rib, March 2018
ENTER RURAL SCENE, ed. Vivian Ewing, Portland: Wash and Fold Press, 2017
"Scholarship, Power, & the Agency of Place: Beth Finch on Marsden Hartley," The Chart, August 2017
"Temp to Perm proves a need for a shared language of public art," The Chart, June 2017
"Essay: In Maine, If There's an Artistic Will, There's a Way," VICE Creators, March 2017.
The Chart Anthology: 2015–2016. Portland: The Chart, 2016
"Ann Hirsch, IRL," The Chart, August 2016
"The Ambling Aesthetics of PLATFORM PROJECTS/WALKS," The Chart, August 2016
"Rewriting An Unrealized History of War: Fortress Brass on Fort Gorges," The Chart, June/July 2016
"Predicting Future Weather: an interview with Anna Wolfe-Pauly & Erin Colleen Johnson," The Chart, June/July 2016
"If You’re Reading This…," The Chart, April/May 2016
"Matthew Barney’s Gold Standard: Sex, Violence, & Fundament," (co-written with Douglas W. Milliken), The Chart, March 2016
"What is our Common Field? notes from Hand in Glove 2015," The Chart, October 2015
"Talking to the Walls: Interviews with Portland Mural Initiative," Dispatch Magazine, September 2015
"The Bedside Table," Dispatch Magazine, September 2015
"Drifting + sharing at The Royal Open," The Chart, August 2015
"Better With Foam: Richard Keen's FOREandAFT at Oxbow Blending & Bottling," Dispatch Magazine, August 2015
"How Many Followers? Alina Gallo at SPACE Gallery," Dispatch Magazine, July 2015


Curation
2018
THIS DESIRE · Able Baker Contemporary, Portland ME

2014
citydrift/Portland · SPACE Gallery, Zero Station, & Open Bench Project, Portland ME


Grants, Residencies, & Honors
2020
Vermont Studio Center, Nonfiction Residency and Fellowship · Johnson, VT (forthcoming May 2020)

2019
Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation Grant for The Chart (2019–20)
Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Project Grant for The Chart

2018
Pace House Residency · Stonington, ME
Maine Arts Commission Project Grant for Artists
Kindling Fund Grant for The Chart · SPACE Gallery as part of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Program
Common Field/Field Grant · Writer-in-Residence program, a collaboration between Artspace New Haven (New Haven, CT) with Franklin Street Works (Stamford, CT), Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT), and The Chart (ME)

2017
Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation Grant for The Chart (2017–18)
Hewnoaks Artist Colony · Lovell ME

2016
Hewnoaks Artist Colony · Lovell ME

2015
Maine Arts Commission Project Grant for Artists for The Chart
Maine Arts Commission Project Grant for Artists for Persephone in the Late Anthropocene (lead applicant: Megan Grumbling)
Puffin Foundation Environmental Issues Grant · Persephone in the Late Anthropocene
Kindling Fund Grant for The Chart · SPACE Gallery as part of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Program

2014
Hewnoaks Artist Colony · Lovell ME

2013
Hewnoaks Artist Colony · Lovell ME
North Branch Projects · Chicago IL

2008
Ragdale Foundation · Lake Forest IL
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts · Deer Isle ME


Selected Bibliography
Benjamin Sutton, Artists and Arts Workers Call on Institutions to Reject Calling Trump’s Border Wall Art, Hyperallergic, February 6, 2018.
Will Fenstermaker, "Follow These 8 Artist-Run Blogs To Keep Up With Art Criticism Today", Artspace, June 28, 2017.
Deirdre Fulton, “Persephone, In the Era of Us: spoken word opera at SPACE is harsh reckoning with climate change”, Portland Phoenix, May 16, 2016.
Nick Schroeder, "Blurring art and life — a conversation with citydrift executive curator Jenna Crowder", Portland Phoenix, August 31, 2014.
Patrick Onofre, “Episode 12: Jenna Crowder”, Staying In Focus Photography Podcast, March 28, 2012.


Panels, Talks, & Workshops
2019
"Field Futures?" · mini-presentations with Eva Aguila, Eepi Chaad, Andreana Donahue, Vashti DuBois, Kristan Kennedy, Aaron Levy, Conrad Meyers and Willis Meyers, Jessica Moss, S. Rodriguez, Ekrem Serdar, Christina Vassallo, Mary Welcome, & Nicholas Wylie, organized by Aurora Tang and Courtney Fink, Common Field Convening, Philadelphia PA

2017
"Strategic Criticism: Toward an Arts Writers' Coalition" · panel discussion + session with James McAnally, Sarrita Hunn, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Eunsong Kim, Jessica Lynne, and Cameron Shaw, Common Field Convening, Los Angeles CA
"MTV Crits! dismantle the patriarchy + have fun doing it" · PechaKucha artist talk, Engine, Biddeford ME

2014
"A Rebus of Identical Selves" · artist talk with Douglas W. Milliken, Maine College of Art, Portland ME

2012
Public Space: Cairo · workshops & panel presentations, Rawabet Theater at Townhouse Gallery, Cairo Egypt

2011
"Designing for an interactive Future" · artist talk with Keith Lane, Maine College of Art, Portland ME
"Why Storytelling Still Matters" · artist talk with Keith Lane, Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Portland ME