Jenni Ward

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Jenni Ward is a sculptor, art instructor and owner of Earth Art Studio in Aptos CA. In 2005, she opened Earth Art Studio; a sculpture studio offering clay and mixed media sculpture classes and workshops for children, teens and adults. Throughout her teaching career she has worked extensively with many youth and senior art programs. She is also the creative engine behind the humanitarian group; HOPE Art which brings art to the youth of Haiti. In addition to teaching, she has been creating, showing and selling her own sculptures since graduating from University of Hartford-Hartford Art School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1998. She exhibits her sculptures locally and nationally.

"My work focuses on how organic forms interact and engage with the space they encompass. I create abstract arrangements reflecting the biological world of seeds, pollens, bones, shells and entomology.

My pieces explore the tensions of opposing forces with results that evoke contrary feelings of unshackled captivity, organized randomness and the density of negative space. At times I work in multiples; the forms are often configured in simple geometric compositions to counter their organic nature. Using clay as my primary medium, I develop these pieces with commonalities of shape, color, texture and movement. The results are a series of work that strive to achieve a sense of beauty in their asymmetrical balance.” Jenni Ward

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EDUCATION
- BFA in Ceramics, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, 1995-1998
- Waves of Clay workshop with Steven DeStaebler, Mendocino Art Center, 1998
- Ceramic Art History and visiting artist lecture with Mary Barringer, Hartford Art School, 1997
- Down Draft Salt Kiln Building workshop with Steve Godfrey, Hartford Art School, 1996

SOLO & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
- “earth and space”, Felix Kulpa Gallery, Santa Cruz CA, 2011
- “Balance: Form & Light”, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey CA, 2010
- “Art at the Vineyard”, Hunter Hill Winery, Soquel CA, 2009
- “ Annual Spring Exhibit”, earth art studio, Aptos CA, 2007 - present
- “down to earth”, The Hide Gallery, Santa Cruz CA, 2006
- “Annual Santa Cruz County Open Studios” & preview exhibit at SCAL, 2000 & 2006 – present
- “BFA Senior Exhibition”, Taub Hall Gallery, Hartford Art School, West Hartford CT, 1998

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
- “Experience Clay”, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz CA, 2011
- “Workhouse Clay National 2011”, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton VA, 2011
- “Art of Clay”, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona CA, 2011
- “Sculpture IS: 2011”, PVAC & Sierra Azul Nursery, Watsonville CA, 2011
- “Clay”, Davenport Gallery, Davenport CA, 2010
- “Sculpture IS: 2010”, PVAC & Sierra Azul Nursery, Watsonville CA, 2010
- “Alumni Exhibit”, Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School, West Hartford CT, 2009
- “Sculpture in the Garden”, NewGarden Nursery, Santa Cruz CA, 2009 - Present
- “Sculpture Is: 2009”, PVAC & Sierra Azul Nursery, Watsonville CA, 2009
- “Sculpture Is: In the Gallery”, PVAC, Watsonville CA, 2009
- “Double Exposure - Photography & Clay”, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz CA, 2008-2009
- “The Unbreakables”, Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos CA, 2008
- “Sculpture Within: Garden & Community”, PVAC & Sierra Azul Nursery, Watsonville CA, 2008
- “Clay at the Cow”, Dead Cow Gallery, Tannery Arts Center, Santa Cruz CA, 2008
- “Arts on Fire XII”, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA, 2008, honorable mention
- “All Fired Up”, City of Santa Clara, Santa Clara CA, Oct 2007- Feb 2008, merit award
- “Sculpture Is: Back in the Garden”, PVAC & Sierra Azul Nursery, Watsonville CA, 2007
- “Outdoor Sculpture Project”, Art Reach, San Rafael CA, 2007& 2008
- “Summer Show”, Claudia Chapline Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Stinson Beach CA, 2007
- “Sculpture in the Park”, Carmel Art Festival, Devondorf Park, Carmel CA 2007, 2 nd place
- “Alumni Small Works Show”, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, West Hartford CT, 2006
- “Art at the Beach”, Capitola CA, 2006
- “All Fired Up”, Wildwood Farm Sculpture Garden, Kenwood CA, 2006
- “Breaking New Ground”, Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond CA, 2006
- Wildwood Farm Sculpture Garden, Kenwood CA, 2005
- “Clay (re) Emerge”, Red Ink Studios, San Francisco CA, 2005
- “Annual Membership Show”, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz CA, 2002 - present
- “Women Artists in Santa Cruz”, Louden Nelson Community Center, Santa Cruz CA, 2001
- “12” x 12” x 12””, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, West Hartford CT, 1999

COMMISIONS & INSTALLATIONS
- “Keith Haring Inspired Mural”, Group Sculpture Project for Happy Valley Arts Alive, 2010
- “Dragon” & “Egyptian Artist”, Group Sculpture Project for Happy Valley Arts Alive, 2009
- “Beneath the Sea”, Group Sculpture Project for Happy Valley Arts Alive, 2008
- “Rising Totems”, Group Sculpture Project for Happy Valley Arts Alive, 2007
- “Under the Sea”, Group 3-D mural for YWCA, Watsonville CA, 2007
- Custom murals for Barnes Family, 2007
- Custom murals for Violich Family, 2007
- “Aboriginal Dreams”, Group 3-D mural project for Happy Valley Arts Alive, 2006
- Aboriginal designed section of mandala mural, Bonny Doon Elementary, 2005
- “Mandala”, 3-D ceramic group project, Happy Valley Arts Alive, 2005
- Custom tiles for Klucharits Family, Manasquan NJ, 2005

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
- Earth Art Studio, Owner of sculpture studio, exhibit and event coordinator and instructor of classes, 2005 - Present
- Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County Spectra & Artistically Talented Program, Instructor of “Create with Clay” and “Mixed up Sculpting”, 2001 - Present
- Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History - “Nested Clay” workshop at Experience Clay event, 2011

BIBLIOGRAPHY
- Shanna McCord, “Local Women bring Art to Haiti”, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Jan 2011
- Tom Palmer, Alcove Books, “American Art Collector”, 2010
- Suki Wesseling, “Open Studios: for kids of all ages”, Growing Up in Santa Cruz, Oct 2010
- Tina Baine, “DIY: Create Ceramics for the Garden”, Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 2010
- Sara Monte, “What’s New at Wildwood”, Wine Country Homescapes, Summer 2006

OTHER ACTIVITIES
- Artist, Instructor & Founding Member of HOPE Art, Humanitarian group bringing art to the
- youth of Haiti, 2010 - Present
- Volunteer for “Lighting Up the Sky”, Bottle Bug Project, 2010
- Santa Cruz County Fair Judge of children’s artwork, 2002 and 2004 - Present
- “Creativity Tent for Kids” Artist at Cabrillo Music Festival, 2005-2008
- Volunteer instructor for the Ageless Art Program 2001-2006, “Volunteer of the Year” 2004
- Santa Cruz Art League, member since 2002
- Pajaro Valley Arts Council, member since 2007
- Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California, member since 2007
- International Sculpture Center, member since 2007

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