J. Wren Supak was born in VA Beach, Virginia. She is well traveled, and has been based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, since 2013. Her paternal side of the family is from St. Louis Park. Wren is an abstract visual artist who works in painting and digital media, depending on the project. She is a noted educator on art and storytelling, speaking on the role of art and justice, for example at the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum. She has exhibited widely, including Art Basel Miami, Budapest, Bogotá, and the US. Master of Fine Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts. After two years of resaerch on the role of art in human rights justice, Wren also earned a Master of Arts of Human Rights from the University of Minnesota. Wren is an arts educator.
To see current work on view as of summer 2019:
Soft time University of Minnesota Physicians Mill City Clinic Gallery (across from the Guthrie Theater.) 901 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Hours: M-F 8-5, Saturday 8-12. Reception: September 12, 2019, 5:30-7:30pm. An exhibition of ten paintings, half of them new. Curated by Donna Bruni Cox.
First We Removed our Shoes, a painting on view since 2017 at the Tychman Shapiro Gallery, second floor installation, in Sabes Jewish Community Center, Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Originially commissioned/organized by the University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center, and curated by the Tychman Shapiro Gallery Art Director, Robyn Awend for a 2017 exhibtion in [RE]Telling, Contemporary Responses to Artist Fritz Hirschberger with comments from Yad Vashem’s, then lead curator.
Body of Water, a digital painting, included in the Hungarian Mini Video Art Festival, and on view at MAMŰ Galéria, Damjanich u. 39, 1071, Budapest, Hungary. Curated by Beata Szechy, Director of Hungarian Multicultural Center, Budapest, Hungary. On view: Summer 2019
Wren is co-director of the University of Minnesota artist collaborative Voice to Vision. V2V produces artwork, workshops and related programming by storytellers about genocide and violent conflict through abstract art, for the reason of education and personal agency. Voice to Vision’s next exhibition is at Concordia University Gallery, St. Paul Minnesota opening October 17, 2019
Wren is represented by: AS|Artist Studios, NYC|Paris
Studio visits welcome and best arranged by appointment:
Fallout Artists Initiative, Studio 18B
2601 2nd Ave North
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55305