J. Wren Supak is a visual & collaborative artist, and scholar focused on the role of art in social and post-conflict justice.
Media: photography & moving image, drawing & painting.
Classes taught: museum education, painting, photography, art history, community and collaborative art, art & human rights.
Education: Master of Human Rights Candidate, University of Minnesota, 2019. Master of Fine Art, Visual Art Vermont College of Fine Arts, January 2016. Undergraduate art history and studio art.
Summer 2018, Currently based in Bogotá, Colombia to learn about the role of art in social and post-conflict justice as a Research Fellow of the National University of Colombia, Restrepo Center for Civil Reconstruction and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs & College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Master of Human Rights Program. (Hubert H Humphrey Public Leadership fellowship and Human Rights Program, Humphrey School and College of Liberal Arts University of Minnesota fellowship assistance.)
2018, May-June, B-Side Wall show, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN
2018, March-May AFTERIMAGE, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN
2017, March-May Matyó, Migration Stories through Pattern, timed with Women’s History Month. Ridgedale Library, Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, MN
2015-2016, Foreigner! Main Gallery, VCFA, Montpelier, VT. Public thesis exhibition.
2018 June, Voice to Vision collaborative art covering several countries, Quarter Gallery, University of Minnesota
2018, May, Hinckley Fire Exhibit, Hinckley Museum, Hinckley Minnesota
2018, March, Voice to Vision La Teatro Candelaria, Exhibition, Bogotá, Colombia
2017, summer, Summertime exhibition, Fallout Artists Initiative, Minneapolis, MN
2017, Member Show, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, Twin Cities Metro, MN
2017, April [Re]Telling, The Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota, with the Tychman Shapiro Gallery Curator, Robyn Awend, invitational. Opening remarks, Yehudit Shendar, Senior Art Curator of Yad Vashem. (My piece First We Removed Our Shoes on indefinite display)
2017, Jan. Heliacal Rising, “Underpinnings,” Minnetonka MN, Curator, Jim Clark
2016, Nov. Working title: Death, Genesis Gallery, Chicago, Il.
2016, Oct., Two Worlds, AZ Gallery, St. Paul, MN
2016 Sept. Underpinnings, In-sight Photo Project, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT
2016 Sept., The Hungarian, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN
2016, summer, Public Performance Art Project, participant, Utopian Podium, Public Art St. Paul, MN
2016, March, Grandma’s Couch, Jax Artist Showcase, The Show Gallery, St. Paul, MN
2015, winter, 5th Annual Lowertown Art Show, AZ Gallery, St. Paul, MN. Judges Choice Award
2015, winter, Hungarian Project, JAX Building, St. Paul, MN
2015, summer, Underpinnings, Jokai Klub, Budapest, Hungary. (TV and written press)
2015, summer, Memory Work, Student Show, The Ark, VCFA, Montpelier, VT.
2015, spring, Fundraiser, Walker Art Center, Tour Guide Program, Minneapolis, MN.
2015, winter, Untitled, The Ark, VCFA, Montpelier, VT.
2014, winter, Subjectification/Objectification, Art Basel Miami | SCOPE Art | Miami Beach, FL
2014, spring, Fundraiser, Walker Art Center, Tour Guide Program, Minneapolis, MN.
2014, spring, Untitled, The Ark, VCFA, Montpelier, VT.
2014, summer, Untitled, The Ark, VCFA, Montpelier, VT,
2014, fall, Portraits, Royal Grounds, Minneapolis, MN.
2013, spring, Blue Woman, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO.
2012 fall, Local Artists Showcasing the Great Outdoors, REI Gallery, Denver, CO.
2018, Panelist, Art & Social Justice Conference, Bogota, Colombia
2018, Art Workshops with Mothers of Soacha, Bogota, Colombia
2017 monthly, J20 Teach-in, Fascism Study Guide international digital collaborative, with the Institute of Impossible Subjects. Curator, Dalida Mariá Benfield, Ph.D.
2016 Sept., Panelist, Third International Conference on the Local Action in Response to Migration by the University of Minnesota, Center for Human Rights. Aesthetic Decisions Concerning (non) Representation of Trauma (on Academia.edu)
2016, Guest Artist and Lecturer, California College of Arts, Berkeley, CA
2016, Thesis defenses: visual, Foreigners! about xenophobia as a tool for genocidal rhetoric and practice. A written thesis, Allegories of Trauma
2013, Presenter, for the University of Colorado, Front Range Art History Symposium, Wassily Kandinsky and the Spiritual in Abstract Photography, research paper.
2013, Presenter, University of Colorado, Wassily Kandinsky and the Spiritual in Abstract Photography
2015, International Artist in Residence, Hungarian Multicultural Center, Budapest, Hungary.
2011, Art Historical Research Fellow (Research: Georgia O’Keeffe early abstract paintings, pre-dating her flower series) at the American Modernism Research Center, Santa Fe, NM
2018, Guest Juror, Art show Gallery 410, Mankato, Minnesota
2017, Panel Juror, Hopkins Center for the Arts
2016, Artist Assistant summer education, Public Art St. Paul, Western Sculpture Park
2015, Membership Chair for the Women’s Caucus for Art, MN Chapter
2013-current (inactive), Museum Educator, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2014-2016, Co-chair for peer Continuing Education, Walker Art Center Education Committee.
2014-2017, Arts & Education Grant Reader, Metropolitan Regional Arts Education and Arts Programming. St Paul, MN
Fallout Artists Initiative
2601 2nd Ave North
Minneapolis, MN 55305
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Supak001@umn.edu
+1 720 469 9486