Jen Frost Smith

MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.
Photographic and Electronic Media
BFA, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
Trans-Media studies

Artist Statement:

My paintings explore the systems we impose on our creativity processes. I’m impulsive and create impulsively, using my formal facilities to build compositions that play with the tensions of self-critique, humor and the art-making process. Each painting or digital work is meant to interact with the other pieces alongside of them. Installation art is a vehicle to create visual manifestations of internal narratives about the art making process and current societal stressors.

My anxiety pushes me to create and express the energies inside and around me, often manifesting into abstract forms or patterns or child-like whimsical compositions. I want the presence of my gesture to be aggressively present, to butt into a situation and linger.

Solo Exhibitions:

Good Vibes
, Clamp Light Studios & Gallery, San Antonio, TX.
Adorn the Mess,
 Provenance Gallery, San Antonio, TX.
DelugeClamp Light Studios & Gallery, San Antonio, TX.
Thicker Than Wudder, Gravity Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD.
Mourning For Landscape, Ritual For ShelterCo-Lab Project Space, Austin, TX.
I Remember Your Sound, University of Texas, Austin, TX.

Collaborative Projects:
Participatory Artist - 
Pier / PlatformsFreight Gallery & Studios ( Katie Kehoe , Pier / Platforms in the Southwest -
Is Anything Yet?, Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD. (performance in collaboration with Madeleine Cutrona & Thomas Brown)

Group Exhibitions:
Monsters & Likewise, 
Clamp Light Studios & Gallery, San Antonio, TX.
MetaDADA: High Art for the POPulacePlaza de las Armas, San Antonio, TX.
Northwest Vista College Faculty Show, Palmetto Center for the Arts, San Antonio, TX.
Blanco HeatClamp Light Studios and Gallery, San Antonio, TX.
Sweet Peach Collective, K23 Gallery, San Antonio, TX.
The Summer Gif Exhibition
One Night Stand, The Lullwood Group, San Antonio, TX.
#CLAMPLIFE, Freight Gallery & Studios, San Antonio, TX.
50/250, French & Michigan, San Antonio, TX.
MovementMuseum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX.
Crowd SurfingTransmodern Festival, D Center, Baltimore, MD.
Off The Rails, MFA Thesis, Fox 3 Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.
PEM Group Show, Fox 3 Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.
PEM Group Show, Pinkard Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.
No Lone Zone, Creative Research Laboratory, Austin, TX.
Digital Showcase 46Austin Museum of Digital Art, Austin, TX.
ProspectCreative Research Laboratory, Austin, TX.
Just For YouBirdhouse Gallery, Austin, TX.
Art,Music,ThreeScreamer Company, Austin, TX.
Extravaganza #3Fusebox Festival, Austin, TX.
Chirp, A CelebrationPump Project Studios, Austin, TX.
Glee, Creative Research Laboratory, Austin, TX.
Perfectly Good Paper, End of an Ear, Austin, TX.
We Are All Photographers Now, Mussee De L’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Reviews & Mentions:
‘MetaDADA’ Unites San Antonio Artists Bound by Shared Influences

ArtSlut: 10 Things You Have to Do This Weekend

Mourning for Landscape, Ritual for Shelter - Austin Chronicle

The People Make the Place - Patricia Morales


Analecta 34, Official Literary and Arts Journal of the University of Texas at Austin
THREE, Annual Art Book, Screamer Co.