A native of Northeast Ohio, working in Los Angeles, Jennifer Vanderpool creates artworks across the disciplines of design, sculpture, media, performance, and installations that integrate these mediums with historic popular culture. Her earlier work encompassed distinctions between natural and artificial. In the essay for Wanton, 2011, at Galería Sextante, Bogotá, art historian Dr. Kevin Concannon wrote: “With Jennifer Vanderpool's sculptural installations it can certainly seem that ‘nothing succeeds like excess.’ While her ultra-baroque sensibility offers viewers a surfeit of visual and emotional pleasures, nothing is squandered.” In her current work, Vanderpool recontextualizes abstracted elements of historic material culture to create allegorical images. Art critic Shana Nys Dambrot wrote in the March 1, 2014, Huffington Post: “In Jennifer Vanderpool's world, history has a way of repeating itself. That is to say, the past has a way of making itself known in her life and in her art. That is not only her own past, such as family heritage and personal experience, but also art history, and also sentiment-rich and bygone times in American and global culture. The artifacts of these realms constitute the raw materials of her objects, installations and images.”
Vanderpool has exhibited at the National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow; Stenersenmuseet, Oslo; RACA, Copenhagen; Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden; Nina Menocal Gallery and Zona Maco México Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City; Galería Sextante and Centro Colombo Americano, Bogotá; Faina Gallery in collaboration with the Kroshytskyi Art Museum and ArtPlatz, Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine; Duna Galéria, Budapest, Hungary. In the U.S. she has exhibited at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Riverside Art Museum, Butler Institute of American Art, and other venues in Brooklyn, Houston, Atlanta, Kansas City, Tulsa, Los Angeles and Southern California. She has been awarded exhibition funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and a National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America grant for her community arts work as well as artist grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Kunstrådet: Danish Arts Council, Kulturrådet: Swedish Arts Council, and Malmö Stad.
Her work has been reviewed and discussed in many leading publications including: The New York Times, Huffington Post, LA Weekly, ArtScene, Angeleno, ArtUS, Sculpture, Art Ltd., Art Papers, Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Houston Chronicle, Kansas City Star, and Tulsa World. Internationally her work has been covered in the Mexican newspaper El Universal, Colombian publications El Tiempo and Fotografia Colombiana, Ukrainian newspapers Slava Sevastopolya, and Sevastopolskaya Gazeta, Danish newspaper Politiken, and numerous Swedish newspapers including Dagens Nyheter and Sydsvenskan. She has been interviewed on CNN, Southern California Public Radio, Public Radio Tulsa, Sveriges Radio, Lorry København, and Ukrainian National Television among others.
Vanderpool has been resident artist at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá; HOTHOUSE 2015, a UCLA/Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance residency; Pitzer College, Claremont; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena. She has been a visiting artist speaking at OVERGADEN: Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; University of Lincoln, England, UK; Universiteit van Amsterdam and Artez Institute for the Arts, Netherlands; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano and Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; Indiana University at Bloomington; Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg; other U.S. universities.
Vanderpool has been a Visiting Lecturer at universities in Southern California including UCSB, UCLA, Otis College of Art and Design, University of La Verne, and internationally at Ölands Folkhögskola, Öland, Sweden.
Vanderpool holds an Independent, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the Humanities and MFA from the Regents of the University of California, where she was a UC Regents Fellow. She was an Academic Fellow at Emory University where she earned an MA in Art History. Vanderpool also holds an MA in Community Arts Activism from The Ohio State University and a BA in History from Wittenberg University.