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About the Artist

I grew up in a rural town in Pennsylvania, where sculpture is not often found. In my undergraduate years at The Pennsylvania State University, my body of work focused around mental health, and the human experience of suffering from mental illness. Broadening the scope of my work in my graduate studies at Rochester Institute of Technology, I am now focusing on my history in construction in relationship to my childhood, and the materials found in my life at that time. My graduate thesis is exploring the materiality of industrial versus craft materials. 

My works consist of a wide range of materials, but most common include: steel, various casted metals, clay, textiles, wood, and plater, alongside hot glue and other youthful craft materials. 

Artis Statement


Artist Statement
2023

Growing up with a construction background, building projects have a direct answer or solution. Historically, Jenna’s art has been driven by an anticipated outcome. Her current work is composed of 3-dimensional sculptures that have ties to both traditional construction materials and youthful craft materials. By using experimentation of various processes, Jenna Deal is exploring the idea of infinite imagination that childhood brings; the way that possibilities are endless and that no answer is wrong until taught otherwise. By putting these two juxtaposing material categories together in a body of work, Jenna is questioning the dynamics and relationships throughout everyday life. 


 

Contact the Artist

dealljenna@gmail.com


Artist CV

Education

2022-now             Master of Fine Art in Studio Art (candidate), Concentration in Sculpture, Rochester Institute of

                                Technology, Rochester, New York (expected May 2024)

2018-2022             Bachelor of Fine Art in Art, Concentration in Sculpture, The Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer         

                                Honors College, University Park, Pennsylvania

 

Professional Experience

2023                        Instructor of Record for Introduction to Sculpture, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

 

2023- now             Student Organization Founder and President - Sculpture Club, Rochester Institute Of Technology,

                                 Rochester, NY

 

2023                         Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Sculpture, Taught by Christina Leung, Rochester Institute of                                        Technology, Rochester, NY

2022-now               Studio Technician and Monitor, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

 

2022                         Teaching Assistant for Foundry: Metal Casting and Mold MakingTaught by Kelly Wilton, Rochester

                                  Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

2022                         Teaching Assistant for Foundry: Metal Casting and Mold MakingTaught by Cristin Millett, The

                                  Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

2020                         College of Arts and Architecture Mentor, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

 

2020                         Viral Imaginations: COVID-19 Gallery and Team Manager, The Pennsylvania State University, University

                                   Park, PA

2019                           Centered Earth Clay and Arts Studio Gallery Manager and InstructorMuncy, PA

 

2018-2019                  Ceramics Club President, The School of Visual Arts, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park,                                      PA

 

2015 - 2022               JMDeal Construction: Maintenance and Managing, Deal College Rentals, Bloomsburg, PA



Awards and scholarships

2022                           Student Marshall - The School of Visual Arts, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

2021                           Brian Betzler Memorial Award for Exemplary Artistic Achievement, The Pennsylvania State University,                                     University Park, PA

2018-2022                 Provost’s Award, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

2018-2022                  Dean’s List, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

 

Exhibition History 

2023                           Art Amplifies Hope, Group Exhibition for the Willow Domestic Violence Center, Rochester, NY

2022                           Public Display, Things We Take for Granted and other various works, 4-month installation, The Danville

                                    Business Alliance, Danville, PA

2022                            Insight, Honors Thesis Solo Exhibition, Patterson Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University, University

                                     Park, PA

2022                             A Shift Within, Patterson Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

 

2021                             Black, White, and Gray, Patterson Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park,

                                     PA

2021                             Scholarship Award Exhibition, Zoller Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University, University

                                     Park, PA

2020-2022                  Viral Imaginations: COVID-19 Virtual Gallery Exhibition, The Pennsylvania State University,

                                      University Park, PA

2020-2021                   Things We Take For Granted, Riverside Laundromat Year-Long Outdoor Public Display, Danville, PA

2019                              Donor Event for the School of Visual Arts, The House of the President, The Pennsylvania State

                                      University, University Park, PA

2018                              High School Art Competition, Haas Gallery at Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA

 

 

Workshops

2019                                Peter’s Valley School of Craft, Clay Monoprinting Workshop with Czashka Ross, Layton, New Jersey

 

2019                                Centered Earth Clay and Arts Studio, Ceramics workshop with Jen Allen, Muncy, Pennsylvania

2018                                Bloomsburg University, 2 Stained Glass Classes, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

 

Bibliography

2022                               Thought Art Magazine, 3-time featured artist in Issue No. 5

2021                                “Shelter-in-Art”: A Creative Memorialization of the Pandemic, Unraveling the Anthropocene: Race, Environment, and Pandemic, Podcast, https://sites.psu.edu/liberalartscollective/unraveling-the-anthropocene-podcast/episode-17-shelter-in-art-a-creative-memorialization-of-the-pandemic/

2020                                The Daily Item, “Local Artist Creates Sculpture to Promote Togetherness,”

https://www.dailyitem.com/the_danville_news/news/loca

-artist-creates-sculpture-to-promote-togetherness/article_3b2e6c50-cd1b-11ea-b3ad-0387c0fd5c63.html

Artist CV


Artist Statement
2023

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