About

ABOUT

J. Wren Supak is a visual artist and scholar based in Bogotá, Colombia researching the intersection of art in conflict, and post-conflict justice as a Human Rights research fellow of the University of Minnesota. Wren is an individual and collaborative artist working in the media of painting and photography. She has exhibited, presented, and collaborated internationally. Her previous research covers diaspora stories through art, abstraction as a language for unspeakable history, and antifascist art and study. She co-created and conserves the Fascism Study Guide; an open source digital collective bibliography. She teaches museum, community, and college education in art history and studio art. Her exhibitions have covered such subjects as migration narratives contextualized within the broader social-historical context, and artwork made with genocide survivors with the group Voice to Vision of the University of Minnesota. In Colombia, Wren with Voice to Vision performed the first art workshop with women and Human Rights Defenders, including those whose sons were subject to murder in the war crime known as False Positives. She believes that public art and theater is a means of reconciliatory performance that enhances understanding between disparate social groups and cites examples of Peace and Reconciliation activities in South Africa and Peru.

She earned her Master of Fine Art, Visual Arts from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a second-year Master of Human Rights Candidate, of the University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs & College of Liberal Arts where she is a Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership scholar.

 

Solo Exhibits:

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.

Group:

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.

 

Presentations/Panel/Visiting Artist:

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

 

Residency:

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

 

Service:

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

INFO

Fallout Artists Initiative
Studio 18B
2601 2nd Ave North
Minneapolis, MN 55305
jwrensupak@gmail.com, or Supak001@umn.edu
+1 720 469 9486 (WhatsApp)