Jen Pepper's recent work, a glimpse, spark & flash, an installation of sculpture and video, may be viewed at the Llewellyn Gallery in Room 312 of the Engineering Science Building on the Alfred State College campus through Friday April 8. She will return to Alfred State for an artist talk in the gallery on Friday, April 8, at 4 p.m. This talk is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Pepper is a Canadian-born installation artist who has exhibited in solo and group shows in international and national venues since 1990. She has been the recipient of granted awards including NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities), NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts), NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts), Astraea Foundation, and Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts (dedicated to supporting the visual and literary artists of New York State).
She has been an artist-in-residence to Art Colony Galicnik, Macedonia (2006); Foundation Valparaiso, Spain (2003), (which provides month-long residencies to artists of all disciplines); The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, (an international working retreat for visual artists, writers, and composers in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains); Anam Cara Colony, Ireland, (2001), (dedicated to nurturing and providing sanctuary for those who create); Yaddo, (2000), (an artists' community in Saratoga Springs dedicated to nurturing the creative process in a supportive environment); Sculpture Space, (1997), (supports sculptors, both those who come to Utica as residency participants and those who continue after their residencies as working artists); and Millay Colony for the Arts, (1995), (offers one-month residencies to visual artists, composers in Austerlitz).
She holds a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from The University of Connecticut at Storrs; she teaches at Cazenovia College.
"My work explores the intersection between language and the body and the interaction of the two with the physical and emotional environment. Language is as important a part of our world as clouds, forests, and oceans and is as mutable. Words and phrases become concrete building blocks of humankind and our world. Found texts from everyday life, philosophy, and art are made physical and brought into objecthood in my work, exploring language’s impact on each individual. Using fragmented sentences, language is presented elusively in my work to suggest its transformative and buoyant qualities --implying that language is under constant r/evolution; reshaping our world physically and imaginatively." Jen Pepper
The Llewellyn Art gallery focuses on providing students and the larger Alfred community with access to the work of emerging and established artists.
More information on Jen Pepper can be found on her Web site at www.jenpepper.com.