J. Wren Supak is a visual artist and scholar focused on the intersection of art in restorative justice. Wren works in painting and photography. She has exhibited, presented, and collaborated widely, not only, but including Art Basel Miami, Colombia, Hungary, Chicago, and Minnesota.
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. Her exhibitions have covered such subjects as migration narratives contextualized within the broader social-historical context, and artwork made with intergenerational genocide survivors with the group Voice to Vision of the University of Minnesota.
Wren did fieldwork in Colombia during the Spring and Summer of 2018 as a research fellow of the UMN Human Rights Center and Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies. Wren with Voice to Vision performed an 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 was honored to present some of her findings as a presenter at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, at Augsburg University in 2018.
She is the co-director of Voice to Vision, which is a storytelling artist collaborative concerning intergenerational war trauma based in the Art Department and the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Master of Fine Art, Visual Arts, Vermont College of Fine Arts
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.
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, The 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, Artists as Peacemakers, Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Augsburg University, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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
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
Fallout Artists Initiative
2601 2nd Ave North
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55305