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Jenn Cacciola
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bay Ridge

ARTIST STATEMENT: How does an artist depict someone who's too familiar, or a stranger, someone no longer living, or whom they've never seen? Through its documentary and research-based process, Jenn’s work becomes a home for pain. Pieces become places where people can be with the pain of others. This form creates a way of being with pain that's sometimes easier to do than when in front of the person whose pain it is. Various levels of successful communication within her own relationships inform some of the specific questions in her work: How do you accompany another in their pain? Can pain only inspire dwelling? Can wonder exist in pain? Her work makes the claim that pain is worth listening to and worth being the soundtrack to forests, snow, interiors, faces, etc. She allows pain to have a comfortable place to be around people. Isolation, aging, vulnerability, and the ways in which all of these factors affect our ability to know one another serve as a few recurring themes. Though her earlier work related more directly to portraiture, she currently utilizes a kind of anthropomorphism to answer the question, “What are the criteria of a portrait?” Can a portrait be found in stones and leaves? Can a portrait be present in the way that a piece hangs or sits in a gallery—Quivering and small, brought out from the little studio into a big, unfamiliar space? Unlike in most comparable subjects, permission and patience play key roles in the making and viewing of a portrait. Many of Jenn’s works therefore address viewers individually, sometimes imposing themselves or calling to viewers in a way that physically establishes an almost private relationship between the piece and its visitor. They induce the experience of listening deeply, as she views her artistic position as being a listener. This position directs her adoption of each new medium depending on the voice of each project. For this reason, her work touches on a multitude of mediums and subjects, with an identifying tactility and stillness that is common throughout. Her pieces generally take form in tapestry, sculpture, painting, and installation—sometimes involving audio components. Her current endeavors include large-scale, layered, textured tapestries involving audio interviews. Jenn Cacciola is a NY and CT-based artist and educator originally hailing from Port Chester, NY. She received a Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts from SUNY Purchase School of Art + Design. She has exhibited in various New York venues and has been awarded Artist-in-Residence positions at the Sheen Center For Thought & Culture in Manhattan, NY and Manassas National Battlefield Park in Manassas, VA. Her works can be found in the National Parks Foundation’s public collection and in private collections within the United States and Europe. She has most recently joined the governing body of Openings Artist Collective. She has previously taught PreK-12th grade Art in NYC schools, and worked as an Art Educator with the New-York Historical Society, the NARS Foundation, and Wingspan Arts. She has also assisted in art forensic and conservation projects for collections at the Hispanic Society of America Museum, PepsiCo Sculpture Garden, and TONDO Art Forensics Lab in Budapest, Hungary.

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2015 BS Visual Arts, cum laude, SUNY Purchase College School of Art + Design, Purchase, NY
Minors: Chemistry, Art History

2019 Pressed & Waxed, Group Exhibition, National Association of Women Artists Gallery, NY, NY 
2019 EFA Member Show, Group Exhibition, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY 
2018 East Village Arts Festival, Group Exhibition, Tompkins Square Library, New York, NY
2018 Barabbas’s Garden, Solo Exhibition, The Sheen Center, New York, NY
2018 Dark Nostalgia, Group Exhibition, Con Artist Collective & Gallery, New York, NY
2017 East Village Arts Festival, Group Exhibition, Tompkins Square Library, New York, NY
2017 TRUTH, Group Exhibition, BRIC Arts, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Respect, Group Exhibition, The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, New York, NY
2017 I See What You See, But I See More, Group Exhibition, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
2016 96.8 Miles Brooklyn to Saugerties, Group Exhibition, Emerge Art Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2015 BFA Thesis Show, Group Exhibition, SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY
2015 Leitmotif, Opus 21, Solo Exhibition, SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY
2014 Irving Harper: A Mid-Century Mind At Play, Exhibition Assistant, Rye Arts Center, Rye, NY

2020 Socially Distant Artist Residency, Virtual (social media and online blog) 
2017 Artist-In-Residence, The Sheen Center, New York, NY
2017 Artist-In-Residence, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas, VA

Lectures, Presentations, & Collaborative Projects
2019 Curation of "The Lovely Wild" Group Exhibition, The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, 
New York, NY (Co-curated with Frank Sabatte)
2018 "Barabbas's Garden" Artist Talk, sponsored by the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture and
Crossroads Cultural Center, Sheen Center, New York NY
2018 Art Fears Artist Panel Discussion, sponsored by the Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library,
Brooklyn, NY
2015 In the Instant, Everything: A Photography Exhibition, sponsored by Crossroads
Cultural Center, Crossroads Auditorium, New York, NY
2015 The Light of the Resurrection at the Peripheries of the World: Art of Fr. Ruggeri,
sponsored by Human Adventure Corporation, NY Encounter 2015, Metropolitan Pavilion,
New York, NY
2014 The Rediscovered Face, sponsored by Human Adventure Corporation, NY
Encounter 2014, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY

Teaching Positions
2018-2019 Art Teacher, St. Joseph High School, Brooklyn, NY (Forthcoming, Fall 2018)
2017-2018 Teaching Artist, Wingspan Arts, New York, NY
2016-2018 Art Educator, New-York Historical Society, New York, NY
2017 Family Workshop Teaching Artist, NARS Foundation, New York, NY
2015-2017 K-8 Art Teacher, St. Bernadette’s School, Brooklyn, NY
2015-2016 PreK3-8 Art Teacher, St. Anselm’s Catholic Academy, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Fine Arts Camp Director, Rye YMCA Summer Camp, Rye, NY
2014 Teaching Assistant, SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY (Chemistry and the Arts)

2017 Farewell to the Highlands Featured in Average Art Magazine, February 15th, 2018. Pages 8-9.

National Parks Service, Manassas National Battlefield Park Collection, Manassas, VA
Private Collections in Brooklyn, NY; Manhattan, NY; Westchester, NY; Troy, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Washington,
DC; Milan, Italy; and Budapest, Hungary.

Conservation and Research
2019-2020 Linen-Backer & Restoration Assistant,? Poster Conservation Inc, Stamford, CT - Mounted vintage posters to linen support and assisted in restoration processes.
2014-2016 Conservation Intern, Hispanic Society of America Museum, New York, NY - Performed
art forensic examination services and restoration assistance for painted works in collection.
2014-2016 Conservation Assistant, New York Metropolitan Area - Included work with various
conservators on PepsiCo and Rockefeller Estate sculpture collections.
2015 Conservation Assistant, Jacob Leisler Memorial, New Rochelle, NY - Provided material
analysis assistance and XRF device training to conservator.
2014 Research and Analysis Assistant, TONDO Art Forensics Lab, Budapest, Hungary -
Conducted historical and material research to authenticate clients’ paintings.

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