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May 1 Artist Talk with Jennifer Mack-Watkins

Updated: Apr 28, 2023

Don't miss our Artist Talk with Jennifer Mack-Watkins on May 1

Jennifer Mack-Watkins is a contemporary visual artist whose primary studio practice entails silkscreen, Japanese woodblock and other forms of printmaking techniques. Her work investigates the societal constructs that can leave women feeling isolated and she explores definitions of femininity based on widely-held notions of beauty and cultural norms. Her artistic aesthetic draws from a confluence of reference points, most of which include her Mokuhanga printmaking techniques and her culturally rich southern roots. In 2015 Jennifer was selected to participate in the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory artist-in-residence program in Yamanashi, Japan and was a Joan Mitchell Foundation 2015 Emerging Artist nominee. In the summer of 2021, Jennifer's work was featured in The New York Times, Vogue, Art and Object, Pressing Matters and Essence. She is also the recipient of "The Elizabeth Catlett Printmaking Award" presented by Hampton University Museum.

In You Gotta Meet Mr. Pierce!, her first illustrated book published by Kokila Random House, she created illustrations using the Mokuhanga printmaking technique in addition to mixed media collage. While illustrating this book she combines personal memories of growing up in her mother's salon along with film, photographs and archival research on Elijah Pierce's life to imagine his shop.

Institutional acquisitions include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library, Library of Congress,Hood Museum of Art, Zimmerli Museum, Agnes Scott College, The Getty Library, Newark Public Library, and Clark Atlanta University. Her work is also held in the permanent collections of ABC Studios and many other private art collections. Jennifer has presented her work in the Rush Arts Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition and Print Portfolio that was exhibited in New York City, and at Miami SCOPE and PRIZM art fairs.

Jennifer is a native of Charleston, South Carolina and currently lives and works in both New Jersey and Georgia. Jennifer holds a bachelor of arts in BA in studio arts from Morris Brown College, a MAT from Tufts University, and a MFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute.

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Photo credit: Elizabeth Brooks; Print: Black Boy Hope II, Color Lithograph, 2021

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