Jennifer A. Schultz
2015 Jerome Foundation Fellow through the Textile Center of Minnesota. Visit my website for current exhibit info, www.jenniferaschultz.com.
I want to tell stories – my own, and stories belonging to others. I work in fabric and paper, and in some cases I augment these materials using collage methods, encaustic painting or embellishment. Working with Photoshop software I sometimes create original images that I print on fabric, and include the cloth I design in my projects. I examine some themes documentary-style, spending months on research before I produce a single image. In this way I explore the layers of meaning, narrative and conflict imbued in common objects, common moments.
My work usually takes the form of art quilts - sewn and quilted artistic works in cloth. The Studio Art Quilt Associates Inc., a professional association with an international membership, defines an art quilt as “a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.” I mainly use hand-dyed and vintage textiles, sometimes commercial fabrics, as the foundation for hand-stitched mark-making. I also use found materials: scraps of worn fabric or industrial refuse I pick up while walking and biking the city. I dye fabric using organic materials, food scraps and household ingredients. I build on the layered quilt structure using traditional piecing techniques as well as fabric collage. Machine-stitching serves both practical and expressive goals.
Fabric is personal; it’s tactile, infused with physical presence, sensual. It can be sculpture, drawing and painting at once.
I am mindful of the traditional purpose, history and inherent properties of cloth in all its forms. The viewer’s perception of age in an object, of layers in narrative and in time, are important as well. I’m drawn to what is worn, frayed, deconstructed, abandoned, desecrated, mended, re-used, re-purposed, treasured and ruined. And I want to use the overt or implied narrative in an art object to draw in the viewer; I want them to see that narrative dissolve as they go deeper into perception of the materials themselves. It’s important to do without clever titles or too much didactic support.
Tackling diverse subjects such as alcoholism, the insurance industry, ageing, depression, hunger, forgiveness, religion, and desire, I seek to evoke the resonant human experience through fabric.
University of MN – Art Education and Studio Art Studies, 1987-1995.
Minneapolis College of Art and Design – Fine Art and Illustration Studies, 1993-1995
Fine Art & Professional Activities - Artwork Produced for the following exhibits:
Solo Exhibit, April 4-May 22, 2016, The Sower Gallery, Chaska MN
Brilliant Light, June 3-Aug. 14 2016, Altered Aesthetics at the Southern Theater, Minneapolis MN
Naturally: A Natural Dye Invitational, July 7-Aug. 26, 2016, Textile Center, Minneapolis MN.
Manual Transmission, Aug 5-15, 2016, Red Garage Studio, Minneapolis MN
Parts of a Whole III, Aug. 14 - Oct. 25, 2015. Minnesota Center for Book Arts
You Know Who You Are, Jerome Fiber Artists Exhibition, Sept. 2-Oct. 24, 2015. Textile Center of Minnesota
A Common Thread, Jan. 8 - Feb. 28, 2015
Textile Center of MN, 3000 University Ave SE, Minneapolis 55414
AE Alumni Show, Dec. 11, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis 55454.
AE Alumni Show, Dec. 11, 2014-Jan. 8, 2015. Nomad World Pub/Altered Esthetics,
Can These Bones Live? Musings on Life in the Midst of Death, November 2014. Mercy Seat Lutheran Church, Minneapolis MN.
ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal, February 2014 V5. One image, "What Befell the Reader"
Northeast Art-a-Whirl, May-June, Grace Center Gallery, Minneapolis MN
Knot What It Seams, Altered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis MN, December 5-21.
AE Alumni Show, Altered Esthetics Gallery, Nomad World Pub, Minneapolis MN, November.
X-Voto, Solo Exhibition, Altered Esthetics Gallery, Nomad World Pub, Minneapolis MN, July.
In Our Nature, Group show of small works by artists of SAQA, MN Quilters Annual Conference, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Duluth MN, June.
Altered Esthetics Kickoff Show. Group show at the Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave S, Mpls. 55454, March 5-31.
Northeast Art-a-Whirl! Group Show at Grace Center for Community Life, 1500 6th St NE, Mpls. 55413, May 17-19.
Focal Point, exhibit of SAQA MN artists at the Textile Center of MN, 3 pieces, St. Paul MN, March.
Best Foot Forward, exhibit of small works by SAQA MN members, Minnesota Quilters Annual Conference, Rochester Mayo Civic Center, Rochester MN, June.
Private Instructor: Beginning Sewing, 2012-2014; Students ages 6 to 14 years. Beginning Drawing, 2013; Students ages 10 and up. Sewing Crafts, 2011; Students ages 6 and up. Beginning Quilting for adults, at Crafty Planet of Northeast Minneapolis.
Storyteller/Performer, The Return of True Ghost Stories, October 2012, Black Forest Festsaal Room, Minneapolis MN. True Ghost Stories, October 2011, Black Forest Festsaal Room, Minneapolis MN.
MN Regional Co-Representative, Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), September 2011-2013.
Producer, "The Sauerkraut Supper," documentary video filmed by Jennifer Arave, 2007.
Curator, "Desert Star," group art exhibition, Mercy Seat Lutheran Church, Minneapolis MN, Dec.-Jan. 2007-08.
Producer, "The Rabbi of Capernaum," an original play by Dean J. Seal, Directed by Jon Ferguson. Northeast Community Lutheran Church, Minneapolis MN, Sept. 2008.
Prize Juror, Fiber, Fabric and Mixed Media: Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis MN 2008.
Curator, "Raveling Mercies" group art exhibition, Minneapolis MN, Dec.-Jan. 2008-09.
Curator, "Alive Alive-O" group art exhibition, Minneapolis MN, May-June 2009.
Director, Co-Author "The Good Friday Project," A performance of dance and spoken word with cloth props; with Dean J.Seal, Blake Nellis and Tracy Vacura, Minneapolis MN, April 2010.
SAQA MN Exhibit, Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear MN, Oct.-Nov. 2010. Christian Artists: Using Our Gifts as an Act of Faith, St. Martin's Table, Minneapolis MN, Nov.-Dec. 2010. Juror, 29th Annual Cross View Christian Art Festival, May-June 2011.