ABOUT

Finding the connection is key. With an unyielding supply of optimism, self-doubt, and "what ifs" rattling around in my head, I hope to engage and relate to the world around me via common themes of the human condition; letting life's triumphs and struggles inspire creative momentum and a renewed sense of direction.

...Have I told you lately that I love you?

My art is all about the process. It's like my meditation, my therapy, my Zen. My primary focus deals with the internal discovery/journey and the exploration of the dualities of life and Self. Combined, repetitive themes of fear and hope, uncertainty and freedom, and growth and decay can be found throughout my work.

BIO

Northwest Indiana native Jen Rosenthal moved to Chicago in 2000 after graduating from the Illinois Institute of Art with a degree in some sort of multimedia/digital-arts/animation discipline. After a short stint working for a "dot.bomb", she transitioned into the extremely lucrative and glamorous gaming industry where she designed slot machines until 2006. Feeling the need to explore her personal practice outside the realm of commercial art, Jen joined the Chicago Art Department (a non-profit "intermedia" arts organization) in early 2005 and began developing her own artistic voice. For 4 years, Jen seesawed between working as a resident artist and CAD's Development Coordinator, organizing exhibitions, gallery events, and fundraising. But as a new decade began, so did a new chapter in Jen's life. Currently working towards a certificate in sustainable urban agriculture, Jen is now exploring her second passion gardening and envisions a future in living art.

EXPERIENCE

Freelance Graphic Artist / Videographer | WWW.JENROSENTHAL.COM | 2006 - Present
Projects include graphic design, logo creation, catalogue layout, CD design and packaging, photography, shooting and editing digital video, and DVD authoring. (recent clients: Elite Casino Products, Aquariclean, 01 Projects, TimeOut Chicago, Lying Delilah, My Were They, Allà)

Resident Artist / Director of Development | CHICAGO ART DEPARTMENT (NPO) | Chicago, IL | 2005 - Present
Responsibilities include coordinating and facilitating monthly exhibitions, special events, programs, classes, and workshops, executing fund-raising campaigns, grant writing, exhibit installation, documentation and promotion, as well as overseeing all aspects of general gallery operations

Conceptual Artist - Top Box Division | WMS GAMING | Chicago, IL | 2001 - 2006
Responsible for designing and branding high-end licensed specialty slot machines. Developed 7 distinct brands and over 50 unique products from concept to completion. Worked collaboratively with Studio Producers and Game Designers, while acting as liaison between mechanical engineering teams and art departments. (notable brands: Clint Eastwood, Men In Black, Top Gun, Hollywood Squares, Monopoly, Powerball)

Media Artist | ALLEN INTERACTIONS, INC | Chicago, IL | 2000 - 2001
Created original graphics, animations, and illustrations for e-learning applications

SOLO EXIBITIONS
Artist Residency | Chicago Art Department | Chicago, IL

2009
CONTROL | Drawings/Mixed Media/Site-specific Installation

2008
RETURNING | Drawings/Mixed Media/Site-specific Installation

GROUP EXIBITIONS
Artist Residency | Chicago Art Department | Chicago, IL

2010
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY| Mixed Media

2009
200 LINCOLNS | Mixed Media
39TH ANNUAL PILSEN EAST ARTIST'S OPEN HOUSE | Selected Mix Media/Drawings
$200 | Drawings

2008
NIGHT OF THE LIVING ARTIST | "The Dead Beats" Video Installation
38TH ANNUAL PILSEN EAST ARTIST'S OPEN HOUSE | Selected Mix Media/Digital Photography
RESIDENT ARTISTS SHOW | Selected Mix Media/Digital Photography
PHOTO PROJECTS | Digital Photography

2007
HEROES | Life-size "Your Head Here" Painted Wood Standup
VIDEO FRAMES | Video Installation
MAKE + SHOW | Selected Oil Collages
37TH ANNUAL PILSEN EAST ARTIST'S OPEN HOUSE | Selected Drawings/Digital Photography
UP, DOWN, & SIDE TO SIDE | Drawings/Site-specific Installation
HOUSE ON FIRE | Found Object Installation

2006
AUDIO/VISUAL DELIGHTS | Curated Show featuring MY WERE THEY (band) | Live Visuals/Selected Photography
36TH ANNUAL PILSEN EAST ARTIST'S OPEN HOUSE | Selected Mix Media
FINAL EXAM | Video Installation/Book/Graphic Art

2005
CAD MEETS SAIC | Video Screening - "Afterglow MK.II" Music Video
35TH ANNUAL PILSEN EAST ARTIST'S OPEN HOUSE | Selected Mix Media
CAD-TV | Video
STREET STUDIES: CHICAGO INTERSECTIONS | Mix Media

GROUP EXIBITIONS

2009
THE LAB | Simone's Bar | Chicago, IL | Selected Drawings/Mixed Media
CMYK SHOW | New Wave Coffee | Chicago, IL | Mixed Media

2007
STRANGE BEAUTY SHOW | Strange Beauty Show Salon | Chicago, IL | Selected Photography
A+ VIDEOS | Hyde Park Art Center | Chicago, IL | Selected Videos

2005
VERSION_05 | Media & Culture Festival | Chicago, IL | Selected Mix Media

AWARDS

2009
Community Arts Assistance Program Grant | Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

EDUCATION

2010
Windy City Harvest - Chicago Botanic Gardens | Chicago, IL | Certificate in Sustainable Urban Agriculture (Expected October)

2000
The Illinois Institute of Art | Chicago, IL | Associate in Applied Science, Multimedia Production