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Lives in
Taos, New Mexico and Denver, Colorado

Works in
Taos, New Mexico and Denver, Colorado


exhibition/performance, digital, photography, traditional, modern, surrealism, landscape, realism, pop, conceptual, performance, video-art, installation, mixed-media, sculpture, figurative, abstract, non profit museum



Favorite Quote

Having gone through all you wrote I am uniquely qualified to say that with this project you have managed to make a silk purse from a sow's ear.- Richard Tobin, Ph.D


"Jina Brenneman is an original, in the best sense of the word. She has remarkable vision, a vibrant imagination and an uncanny ability to turn unusual ideas into brilliant finished products. During her tenure as visual curator at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, the exhibitions that she has overseen have never failed to amaze, mesmerize and succeed on all levels." 

Scott Smith
Life editor/writer
The Pueblo Chieftain
"For the past few years, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center has been synonymous with beautiful, thought-provoking and surprising exhibits. But 'Southern Colorado's Beautiful Mind,' three stories of eye- and-mind-boggling exhibits opening today, sets a new standard for Pueblo's arts center."— Mark Arnest/The Gazette/2005-02/11
"Here's a lead I've written about five times before: 'The new shows at Pueblo's  Sangre de Christo Arts Center are amazing and wonderful and not to be missed.' Might as well write the same opener here, because, once again, curator Jina Brenneman and her staff have achieved miracles."— John Hazlehurst/csindy/2004-11
"Thanks to the indefatigable Jina Brenneman, the museums fine arts curator, we've come to expect that any contemporary art show at the Sangre will be not just good, but superb. Over the last couple of years, the feisty arts center has hosted exhibitions better than anything in the Rocky Mountain region- better than Santa Fe, better than Colorado Springs, better than Denver."-John Hazlehurst/csindy/2004-06
"Brenneman has a genius for imaginative programming that challenges audiences without ever losing sight of the center's public mission."-Mark Arnest/Gazette

"Jina has an exemplary resume and importantly she is an individual who is reputed to be imaginative and have remarkable vision and bravado in developing exhibitions." Mary Puller, Director of Exhibtions, Durango Arts Center 
"With curator Jina Brenneman leading the way, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center has assembled several exhibitions in the past couple of years that have been ambitious and imaginative enough to lure visitors from as far away as Denver"— Kyle MacMillan/Denver Post/2003-5-30
" Sangre de Cristo Arts Center brings a masterpiece to Pueblo with a stroke of curatorial genius. This latest show at the SDC is also another fine example of how Jina Brenneman has reinvented the art of how to be a world-class small-museum curator"— Noel Black/csindy/2003-01-16
"This tour de force show, created by the center's visual-arts curator, JinaBrenneman, with help from numerous collectors, is sure to be the talk of Pueblo this summer."—Susan Froyd/ WestwordIssues/2005-06-09
"I'm delighted to report on must-see-art— this time the visual kind, at the Sangre de CristoArtCenter in Pueblo where Jina Brenneman and her fearless forces have assembled five new exhibitions."—David Sckolnik Artspeak-5-25-02


Experience / Professional


Currently producing a documentary on Agnes Martin


Harwood Museum of Art

University of New Mexico

238 Ledoux Street

TaosNM 87571



Legacy Preservation

295 Bonita

Santa Fe, NM
Bonhams & Butterfield 
Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California

Gallery Director
University of Southern Colorado              

 Curator of Visual Arts
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, Colorado

 Director of Fine Arts

Colorado State Fair

Executive Director/Founder

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts


 Ceramics instructor/English as a Second Language Instructor

Colorado Mountain College

Glenwood Springs/Basalt Colorado




Other Experience


Four Corners Commision Jury, 2014

SMU/UNM lecture series, 2013

 Legacy Preservation, 2012

A Conversation with Tony Magar,2011

Lecture Laura Rathe Fine Art, HoustonTx, 2011

 Colorado Council on the Arts
Art in Public Places Panel, 2007

Denver Art Dealers Association
Curator, 2006

 Denver Art Dealers Association

Emerging Arts Leaders

Speaker, 2006

State of Chihuahua, Mexico

Artist exchange, 2005

St. Mary Corwin Hospital
Consultant, 2005

Colorado State University Art Department
ArtDepartment Program Review, 2004

Site Council
Pueblo School for Arts and Sciences,

Downtown Art Project
Board Member, 2000–2005

Palmer Lake Art Group
Program Director, 1998–1999

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts
Board Member, 1996–1998

Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts
Artist volunteer, 1993–1996



Bachelor  of Arts, English, 1986 Fresno Pacific University. Minor in Spanish
Secondary Education Certification, ESL certification 1986, Fresno Pacific University
Additional Education
Universitat de Barcelona, Art History and Spanish Literature, 1984,Barcelona, Spain
Universitat  Autonoma, Art History and Spanish Literature, 1984, Barcelona, Spain
Saltillo Language Institute, Spanish, 1983, Saltillo , Mexico
Urban Life Center, Museum studies internship/ESL internship, 1982



Jury Experience


Jury Distinguished Artist Awards, 2014

Four Corners Jury/Lecture, 2014

SMU/UNM lecture series, 2013

After Dark, National Call for entries, 2012

Adams State College, Durango CO, 2012
Colorado State Fair , 2011

Sacred Places – Taos Center for the Arts, 2010

M.F.A. no J.O.B – National invitational, 2010

Denver Art Dealers Association
Curator, 2007
Southeastern Watercolor Society, 2007
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, 2006
University of Laramie, Laramie WY, 2005
Pikes Peak Watercolor Society Gallery Walk, 2005
Pueblo Community College, 2005
Southern Colorado Watercolor Society, 2005
Fremont Center for the Arts Annual Open, 2005
Arkansas Valley Art Center 21st Annual Open, 2005
The Cutting Edge-Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 2004
Celebrating the Goddess, Joan Hanley Gallery, 2004
Body Packing, 2003

Southern Colorado Watercolor Society, 2003
Artreach International Competition, 2003
Pueblo Community College Student Show, 2003
Downtown Art Project, 2000-2002
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, 2002
Clayfest, 2002
Governor's Choice School District #60, 2002
Business of Art Center, 2000
Lewis Palmer School District, 1997-1999

Agnes Martin: Before the Grid, 2011-2012

Mandelman-Ribak, 2010- received the highest award in its category,
Book Design. The book documents the "Mandelman and Ribak in Taos" exhibit
and the collection of 136 artworks recently donated to the museum by the
Mandelman-Ribak Foundation.

Dennis Hopper: From LA to Taos, 2009


Video interviews

America’s Greatest Undiscovered Photographer: John Suhay 2011

Rebecca Salsbury James: A Love Story 2010

The New Neighbor: Dennis Hopper in Taos 2010

Documentary “ Beck”, 2012



Southwest Art History Conference, 2012

Agnes Martin: Before the Grid


Endorsements and Essays

Gene Kloss: Catalog Raisonne

Howard Cook: Catalog Raisonne


Related Work Experience

Ceramic Art Instructor and Curatorial Assistant
Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs, CO, 1997
Ceramic Arts Instructor, Glenwood Springs , CO, 1991–1996
English as a Second Language Instructor
Colorado Mountain College, 1991–1996
English Literature, English as a Second Language
Urban Life Center, Chicago, Ill. 1984

Recent Exhibits

jina brenneman participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2015 agnes martin: before the grid
documentary film
Sep, 2014 Lowbrow Insurgence: The Rise of Post-Pop Art
University of New Mexico Harwood Museum of Art
Sep, 2014 El Tatuaje: The Tattoo in Underground Culture
University of New Mexico Harwood Museum of Art
Sep, 2014 Nuevo Lowbrow: Pop Culture in the West
University of New Mexico Harwood Museum of Art
Sep, 2014 ¡Òrale! The Kings and Queens of Cool
University of New Mexico Harwood Museum of Art
Sep, 2014 Pinstripe Madera: Pinstriping as Minimalism
University of New Mexico Harwood Museum of Art
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