Out of 8.7 million animal species, we're the only ones who actively record our own image and the images and information of others. So why do we undervalue the arts, and how can we change this?
Audio Interview for Museum of Wisconsin Art
March 17, 2018
Curator Graeme Reid visited my studio in Madison. We discussed my upcoming show and the importance of creativity as a survival tool.
How We Gather: Mural by Jenie Gao
January - March 2018
This mural commission for Working Draft Beer Company celebrates the importance of process, sustainability, and the spaces we share. Watch the making of the mural here.
October 29, 2016 at The Overture Center for the Arts
I had the honor of presenting at TEDx Madison on the theme, Think Deeper.
My talk focuses on the Power and Purpose of Creativity, as an integral and vital part to our survival and wellbeing.
Art as Action: Politics and the Creative Impulse
September 22, 2017 at Ripon College
I participated in a panel discussion on Art and Politics at Ripon College. Honored to be a part of this presentation and discussion alongside artists Tylonn J. Sawyer and Brandon Bauer. Thank you to Rafael Salas, curator and professor at Ripon College, for inviting us. Thank you to the full house that showed up to our talk instead of going to the homecoming parade.
Promega Summer Art Showcase: Intertwined, Artists' Symposium
June 13, 2017 at The Overture Center for the Arts
I had the opportunity to guest curate an exhibit at Promega this summer.
The show features artists Rina Yoon, Kristen Bartel, Nirmal Raja, and Yeonhee Cheong. Rina Yoon and Yeonhee Cheong presented about their artwork at the Artists' Symposium at the opening reception.
Ignite Madison: Unique Jobs
May 17, 2016 at High Noon Saloon
Major thanks to Ignite Madison for selecting me to be a part of this wonderful event.
Ignite Madison is a monthly speakers' event, where 10 people give presentations on the month's theme. Each presenter gets 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, for a total of 5 minutes per speaker!
Perhaps the best thing about Ignite is that they regularly fill the hosting venue, High Noon Saloon, which holds an audience of 200. The hosts organize the event voluntarily, paying only $150 to the venue, and donating the rest of the proceeds to a partner nonprofit for each event. They regularly raise $1500-$1800 at each event from ticket sales. This May, their partner was Literacy Network.
The purpose of this body of art is to explore how power works. It is to challenge the notion of power as a great force and reveal how it builds in small ways. It is to show how our understanding of power will determine whether our relationship with it will turn for the better or worse. Each artwork in this show illustrates a different relationship between subjects and the sum that their parts create.
I gave a talk at DreamBank in Madison entitled, "Mastering the Art of Change." This is a clip from the full talk, a story from my time working at a manufacturing company about the role of education in the workplace.
Major gratitude to everyone who made it out to this talk. Thanks to you, we hit record attendance numbers at DreamBank!