January 20th – March 2nd, 2017
Ballad questions how printed objects can be experienced as personal and public sites for copying, writing, and reflection. The pattern found on the cover of a composition book, widely used within educational settings to encourage children to express themselves, is printed as a flag– without a text box for a label or name. The front and back of flag feature the same pattern, yet are inverted in color.
Jennifer Schmidt is a multi-media artist living in Brooklyn, NY, who works with print media, graphic design, and sound to create site-specific installations, video, and performances that question the role of visual iconography and repetitive actions within a given environment.
She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Delaware; and is Chair of the Print and Graphic Arts Department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, MA.
Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York, NY, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY, Diapason Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, International Print Center New York, NY, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, International Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany, Video Pool, Canada, SPACES, Cleveland, OH, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA; and Sonic Fragments, Princeton University, NJ. Recent and upcoming artist residencies include: Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA; Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Iceland; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Residency on Governor’s Island, NY; Nida Art Colony, Lithuania; Gowanus Studio Space Printmaking Residency, NY; Brooklyn Community Access Television, NY; The Banff Centre, Canada; Elsewhere Artist Collaborative, NC; Frans Masereel Centre, Belgium; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, DE; Vermont Studio Center, VT; and The Experimental Television Center, NY. Jennifer Schmidt is a fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists’ Books from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and is a grant recipient from the Puffin Foundation.