About

Born: Washington D.C., 1972
Currently lives and works in New York, NY

Represented by: Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York

Jen Mazza (born 1972, Washington D.C.) is a New York based artist who makes paintings and teaches at Parsons School of Design and the Pratt Institute. Her collaborative teaching integrates reading, artmaking and research across a range of disciplines, often focused on close visual analysis and problem-solving.  She and her co-teacher, artist Dylan Gauthier have recently contributed a chapter to a forthcoming book “Teaching Artistic Research” (De Gruyter, ed. Ruth Mateus-Berr and Richard Jochum PhD MFA). And in another collaboration of word and image, selected paintings appear alongside poems by Sampson Starkweather in his newest chapbook “A Week in Late Capitalism / Ancient Capitalistic Proverbs” just released by Blush.  Most recently Mazza’s work was on view in hernow shutteredsolo exhibition “Attending to Particulars” at Tibor de Nagy Gallery.

Mazza’s work engages with pre-existing images to develop, as Walter Benjamin writes in The Arcades Project, “the art of citing without quotation marks.” By allowing things to speak for themselves through the medium of paint, Mazza attempts to gently undermine or tilt habitual structures of seeing and meaning making, drawing out what is overlooked in our relationship to images and objects.

Significant awards include residencies at Yaddo (2005), the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2004, 2005, 2006), Blue Mountain Center (2006), and the Jentel Foundation (2004, 2008). Mazza was also granted a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship to attend the Millay Colony in 2004 and returned again to the Colony in 2013. In 2001 and 2008, the artist received Individual Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, and in 2008 she was selected to be Artist in Residence at the Newark Museum. Her painting was the subject of an exhibition at the Jersey City Museum (2010), and her work is in the permanent collection of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

Mazza received her B.A. in Visual Art and Spanish Literature from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia (1994), and an M.F.A. in Visual Art from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (2001). Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Art News, Art 21 and Hyperallergic. She is represented by Tibor de Nagy in New York.

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Education

1999-2001 Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Awards

2013 Millay Colony for the Arts, Residency

2008 Newark Museum, Artist in Residency

New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship

Artist Alliance Inc. Lower East Side Rotating Studio Program, Studio Award

The Jentel Foundation, Residency

2007 PS122, Project Space Award 2006-2007

2006 Blue Mountain Center, Residency

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 2004/2005/2006, Geraldine R. Dodge Residency

2005 Yaddo, Geraldine R. Dodge Residency

2004 The Jentel Foundation, Residency

Millay Colony for the Arts, Residency

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Creative Fellowship

Creative Capital, Strategic Planning Seminar Fellow

2002 Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Emerge 2003 Artist Fellowship

New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship

Solo Exhibitions

2019 C.G.Boerner, No Subjects Where None Intended, NY

2018 The James Gallery at the Graduate Center, CUNY, Disobedience is not careless, New York, NY

2015 Tibor de Nagy Gallery, \ /\/\/\/\/\ /\\\\\\\\\///////////\ A Painting is a Machine, New York, NY

2014 Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Graft, New York, NY

2012 Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, The Words, New York, NY

2011 Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, The Hothouse, Newark, NJ

2010 Jersey City Museum, Self Deceit, 1 x 1 series, Jersey City, NJ

John Davis Gallery, Carriage House, The Object Removed, Hudson, NY

2008 Mariboe Art Gallery, Peddie School, Delie, Hightstown, N.J

Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Of Like Minds, Jen Mazza & Jenna Bischel, Demarest, NJ

2007 John Davis Gallery, New Paintings, Hudson, NY

Tomasulo Gallery, Scarlet Intent, Union County College, Cranford, NJ

2006 John Davis Gallery, Carriage House, Paintings, Hudson, NY

2002 PS122, Auricle, New York, NY

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Ouroboros, Somerville, NJ

2001 Rutgers University, Dactyls, M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, New Brunswick, NJ

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Jane Lombard Gallery, Sites of Knowledge, NY

Knockdown Art Center, Unseen Hand, Brooklyn, NY

Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Correspondences, NY

2016 Barbara Walters Gallery, Sarah Lawrence College, Flat Screen, Split Screen, Smoke Screen,

Rockefeller Bros. Fund, Residency Unlimited Artists, NY

2013 Frosch & Portman, Take Note, New York, NY

The Hole, Summer Reading, New York, NY

All F@*#ing Summer, Gavlak Gallery, FLA

Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, Line by Line, New York, NY

2012 Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, Flowers for you, New York, NY
2011 Galerie Edgar Frei /Project Madonna-Fust, Komposition des Zufalls, Bern, Switzerland

York College Art Gallery, The B-Sides, Jamaica, NY

Gallery Aferro, Personal Effects, Newark, NJ

New Jersey City University, Flesh Art, Jersey City, NJ

2010 CultureFix, Windows of Perception, curated by Savannah Spirit, NYC

2009 Cuchifritos Gallery, Feedback – Working Space ’09, curated by Thomas Lax, NYC

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, New Jersey Fellowship Exhibition, Summit, NJ

Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Hysteria, Past yet Present, Newark, NJ

NJIT, Theater Town, Newark, NJ

Lex Leonard Gallery, Girls and Weakness, curated by Asha Ganpat, Jersey City, NJ

Spruill Center for the Arts, Go Figure, Contemporary Interpretations of Figurative Art, GA

2008 Jersey City Museum, The Feminine Mystique, Jersey City, NJ

Rahway Arts Guild, Body Parts, Rahway, NJ

Canco Lofts, Trading Places, curated by Hugo Bastidas, Jersey City, NJ

2007 Flowers Gallery, Small is Beautiful, New York, NY

PS122, 2006- 2007 Project Studio Artists Exhibition, New York, NY

Allen Gallery, Paved Paradise, New York, NY

General Electric, Material Witness, curated by Paddy Johnson, Fairfield Connecticut

Sideshow Gallery, The War is Over Again, Brooklyn, NY

2006 Gallery Aferro, Substance, Newark, NJ

PS122, Bearings: The Female Figure, curated by Allen Frame, New York, NY

Anthony Giordano Gallery Dowling College, Between Body and Object, Oakdale NY

Visual Arts Gallery, New Jersey City University, Knots, Jersey City, NJ

Rahway Arts Guild, A Separate Reality, curated by Samantha Mae Dorfman, NJ

John Davis Gallery, Gallery Artists, Hudson, NY

2005 New National Newark Building, 744 Redux, curator: Chakaia Booker, Newark, NJ

The Center for Visual Arts, Brookdale College, Primary / Secondary: Contemporary Drawings, curated by Aaron Williams, Lincroft, NJ

2004 Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Emerge 2003, curated by Dominique Nahas, NJ

Gallery Aferro, XX XY, Newark, NJ

Beth Allison Gallery, Schadenfreude, Kansas City, MO

Millay Colony for the Arts, Impromptu, Austerlitz, NY

57 Beach Street, The Very Rich Hours, New York, NY

Rutgers University: The Stedman Art Gallery, 2001-2002 Fellowship Exhibition, Camden, NJ

2003 Graphite Gallery, Odds on Favorites, curated by Sandra Desando, Jersey City, NJ

Raritan Valley Community College, Five Artists, Somerville, NJ

2002 Victory Hall, Merge, Jersey City, NJ

Drew University, Kaboom!, curated by Jim Jeffers, Madison, NJ

2000 Anne Reid Art Gallery, Becoming an Artist, Princeton Day School, Princeton NJ

Rutgers University, Trapeze Artists, New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, Paper Trail, New Brunswick NJ

1999 Rutgers University, 28IF, New Brunswick, NJ

Selected Bibliography

Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, “The Feminine Mystique”, Jersey City Museum, exhibition catalog. 2007.

Ralph Bellantoni, “Hand to Mouth”, The Courier News, January 18,2007, Section E, P 6.

Dan Bischoff, “Where the real becomes the fantastic”, The New Jersey Star Ledger, November 14, 2010.

Dan Bischoff, “Framing realism into fragments: Rising Newark artist Jennifer Mazza depicts sex and violence… irony and humor,” The New Jersey Star Ledger, April 24, 2008, Today Section, p 55.

Dan Bischoff, “Fragments and details,” The New Jersey Star Ledger, January 19, 2007, Arts Section, p 45.

Dan Bischoff, “Many faces, Many forms,” The New Jersey Star Ledger, September 29, 2007.

Brendan Carroll, “Njcu Professor’s Hothouse Exhibition Opens in Newark”, The Jersey Journal, November 12, 2010.

Jill Conner, “The very rich hours”, review, Contemporary, no. 65, October, 2004. P 77.

Benjamin Genocchio, “Knots, in Practice and Theory,” review, The New York Times, March 19, 2006

Benjamin Genocchio,”Works from new talents seeking a boldface name”, review, The New York Times, March 5, 2009.

Helen A. Harrison, “With luck, iconoclasts find their mediums: Between Body and Object,” review, The New York Times, February 19, 2006.

Brian Loughlin, “(K)nots”, New Jersey City University, exhibition catalog, 2006.

Dominique Nahas, “Timeless / Timeliness: Aljira Emerge 2003”, exhibition catalog, 2004, pp vii, 10.

Ali Pechman, “Kathy Butterly and Jen Mazza”, review, Art News, May 2014, p 97

Zachary Sachs, “Sites of Knowledge,” review, June 30, 2017

Roberta Smith, “Upstairs and Behind Doors, Creative Passion”, The New York Times, April 3, 2014

John Yau, “Summer Carousing and Revelry”, review, Hyperallergic, July 3, 2016