Jen P. Harris is an American artist who investigates information, networks and cycles in works that present mythic tableaux of the present age. Her intricately layered ink paintings transform ancient motifs, contemporary symbols and geometric forms into vivid scenes of complexity and profusion.
Harris was born in Blacksburg, Virginia in 1977. She received a BA (1999) in Studio Art from Yale University and an MFA (2008) from Queens College of the City University of New York. Her work has been exhibited nationally at venues including Daniel Cooney Fine Art (NYC); John Davis Gallery (Hudson, NY); Rockland Center for the Arts (Nyack, NY), Artplace (Los Angeles); Baltimore Museum of Art; and Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (Wilmington). She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowship (2012), Ora Schneider Residency Grant (2012), Puffin Foundation Grant (2011), and Astraea Visual Arts Fund Grant (2011). She attended Women’s Studio Workshop (Rosendale, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), International School of Art (Umbria, Italy), and the Yale Summer Program of Music and Art (Norfolk, CT). Her work was selected to be included in the Pierogi Flat Files (Brooklyn, NY), The Drawing Center Viewing Program (NYC), and The Boston Drawing Project. She currently lives in Iowa City, IA.