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Jennifer Levine is a self-taught/outsider artist whose current body of work is inspired by her own journey as a single mother raising a teenage daughter. Her work makes manifest our ever evolving vulnerabilities and strengths as women experiencing respectively – menopause and adolescence— as well as how and where we stand as individuals, with each other and in community.
Most of her work contains images of women with their arms outstretched, in nature or in a Surreal circus. The women find home with magical elephants who escort them on their journeys – they celebrate opening the heart and the freedom that comes from self acceptance.
Having discovered painting at the age of 40, she founded “The Peace Garden Song and Mural Project” – a mural arts residency program in New Jersey (peacegardenproject.com) To date, she has worked with over 1000 New Jersey school children. She is currently a teaching artist with Morris Arts and the New Jersey State council on the arts.
Solo Exhibitions: Firehouse Gallery, Valley Arts District, Orange, January-February 2013; She Gallery, Boonton, NJ, fall 2012; The Strength of Women, Summit Medical Group, Berkeley Heights, NJ, April-August 2011; Exhibition at Chilton Children’s Hospital, Main Reception Area Pompton Lakes, NJ, March 2011; Exhibition at Johnson & Johnson Corporate Headquarters, New Brunswick, NJ, fall 2013, Creativity Caravan, Sept 2017.
Selected Group Exhibitions: JESNA Group Show, New York, New York, fall 2011; MAM Affordable Art Fair, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, June 2011; The Missing Piece, Iron Works Gallery, Valley Arts District, Orange, NJ, summer 2011; 100 Artists/100 Dreams, La Leona Arts, Kingston, NY, 2011-2013; She Quality: A Show Celebrating Women’s History Month, SHE GALLERY, Boonton, NJ, spring 2011; The Narrative Show, Outsider Art Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ; Offerings: Votives, Retablos and Milagros, Outsider Studio Collective, Livingston Manor, NY.
Artwork Displays, Montclair, NJ: Amanti Vino; Montclair International Film Festival Office Storefront; Salon Organic; Terra Tea Salon; Next Cleaners; and Studio Kids Montclair.
Art Awards: Food Pantry Beauty selected as artwork for cover of Montclair Townscape Journal, May 2010; Selected as performance artist at Bard College Summerscape, Annandale on Hudson, summer 2010; Puffin Foundation grant recipient for puppet play, The Miracle on Monroe Street, spring 2009; Selected artist for NY International Fringe Festival, August, 2009; Selected artist for Sandglass Theater Summer Training Intensive, Putney VT, summer 2006. Best in Show, JCC Galean Gallery – 2012, Montclair Banner Show, 2017, Best in Show – Studio Montclair Banner Exhibit – 2018.