About

Contact via Social Media:
@JenniferWester / @ArtConfessional / @CurateYourWeeds@ARTBseries / @earth_to_wester

Jennifer Wester is a multi-disciplinary artist and mother of two young children based in Dallas, Texas. She is a former professional figure skater (TeamUSA 2005-2010) that has worked in and visited many countries, including extended periods in Italy, Switzerland, and Russia. These experiences fostered her earliest interest in communications that could reach across linguistic barriers, such as the visual arts. After a career ending injury in skating, Wester turned her attention to academic goals — graduating in 2015 with an interdisciplinary major merging computer science and fine art studies at Yale University. She began a professional art practice shortly after. And in the spring of 2021, Wester received her Master of Fine Arts degree at Southern Methodist University.


My work is about material and meta-physical states, detours, and recompositions. It is about resilience — built, reflected, and found.

As a former professional ice dancer, I concern myself with the ephemerality of flow and transition while embracing the frequently sharp, sometimes violent and often destructive nature of change — much less ephemeral elements. My approach to art therefore, takes efforts of my life into the fold of my making process to create work that embodies perseverance and revival through each piece’s development. My intention in any given work dictates my medium and the subsequent cannon from which I draw. Similarly, residue and remnant have life in my work so as to physically illustrate time, perseverance, and transformation, while inspiring ideas of agency and journeys that live within each viewer.

~J.Wester


Yale University B.A. | Computing and the Arts | 2016
Southern Methodist University | MFA in Studio Art | 2021


Museums/Collections:

  • Meadows Museum | Master of Fine Arts Collection

Awards/Grants:

  • Jones Fund and Zelle Fund Grant | Spring 2021
  • Jones Fund and Zelle Fund Grant | Fall 2020
  • Doolin Fund Grant | Fall 2020
  • Jones Fund and Zelle Fund Grant | Spring 2020
  • Dallas Office of Arts & Culture ArtsActivate 2020 Project Grant | Dallas, TX
  • Jones Fund and Zelle Fund Grant | Fall 2019
  • Doolin Family Art Material Fund Grant | Fall 2019
  • Dallas Office of Arts & Culture Arts Activate 2019-2020 Residency Grant | Dallas, TX
  • Meadows Award | Southern Methodist University | 2019 – 2021
  • MFA Fellowship | Southern Methodist University | 2019 – 2021
  • Office of Cultural Affairs Cultural Vitaliy Program Grant | Dallas, TX | 2019
  • Glasstire Burning Man Artist Ticket & Stipend | 2017

Upcoming:

  • Solo Shows
    • ReRooting | TBA
  • Paper Arts
    • Dia De Los Muertos | Oct. 30, 2021 | Mesquite Art Center | Mesquite, TX
  • Group Shows
    • Light Year 79: Momentary | Nov. 4, 2021 | Manhattan Bridge Anchorage, Dumbo Brooklyn, NY
  • Installations
    • Art Confessional | Nov. 20, 2021 | Cedars Open Studios: Full City Rooster | Dallas, TX
  • Performance Painting
    • Passport Oak Cliff | Arrington Roofing — Rooftop | Oct. 23-24, 2021 | Dallas, TX

Recent Exhibitions/Installations/Shows:

  • Solo Exhibitions
    • Seeing Time | March 3 – 25, 2020 | Angelina College ACA Gallery | Lufkin, Texas
    • Cutting Loops| Jan. 6 – Feb. 27, 2020 | Mesquite Arts Center | Mesquite, TX
    • Restrutive Engagements #2 | Doolin Gallery | Feb. 19, 2020 | Dallas, TX
    • Breaking Shadows | SOLUNA Festival | May 18, 2018 | Dallas, TX
    • Mater’ium | Umbrella Gallery | March 2016 | Dallas, TX
  • Paper Arts
    • Building Dallas | West Dallas, Summer 2021
    • Popsicles in the Park | June | Dallas, TX
    • Alonso Berruguete Exhibition | Meadows Museum
    • Dallas Public Library Girls Rock the Vote Virtual Book Club
    • Dallas Culture Office Drive Up Arts & Craft Distributions
    • ARTB at Anita Martinez Rec. Center | Residency 2019-2020 | Dallas, Tx
    • ARTB with West Branch Dallas Public Library | Residency 2019-2020 | Dallas, TX
    • Restructive Engagements #2 | Feb. 19 | Doolin Gallery | SMU Campus | Dallas, TX
    • ARTB | Mesquite Arts Center | Feb. 1 | Mesquite, TX
    • ARTB | Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 17, Dec. 22 | Historic | Dallas, Texas
    • Holidays in your hands | ARTB at Noël Marche with Alliance France | Dallas Intl. School | Dallas, TX
    • Cedars in your hands | ARTB at Full City Rooster for Cedars Open Studios 2019 | Nov. | Dallas, TX
    • Cedars in your hands | ARTB with COS | Deep Ellum Creative Market with Decent Collective | Dallas, TX
    • Cedars in your hands | ARTB with COS | Mid-Autumn Moon Festival | Dallas, TX
    • Cedars in your hands | ARTB with Cedars Open Studios at NNO | Oct. 1 | Dallas, TX
    • Dallas in your hands | ARTB with Seniors | Love For Kids | Sept. 25 | West Dallas Multipurpose Center | Dallas, TX
    • Cedars in your hands | Park(ing) Day | Sept. 20, 2019 | Dallas, TX
    • ARTB Kids Create Center | The Other Art Fair | Sept. 19-22, 2019 | Dallas, TX
    • ARTB at Private School Preview | ArborCreek Montessori Booth | Sept. 8 from 2-4p | Greenhill School | Dallas, TX
    • Remembering the Ambassador | Four Corners Brewery | Aug. 21 | Dallas, TX
    • ARTB | Aug. 18 | Back to School Bfast with Historic | Kidd Springs Rec. Center | Dallas, Texas
    • THIS city in your hands | Dallas OCA CVP Project | #DallasInYourHands Spring 2019 | West Dallas, TX | North America
    • Rockin’ Rapsody Downtown Fever | April 19, 2019 | Mesquite, TX | North America
  • Performance Work
  • Sculpture Work
    • The Black Bone China Dinner | @TheBlackAlbumMixtape
    • | Tinsel | Dec. 18-19, 2020 | Tin District | Dallas, TX
    • Chatter & Wit | CHEER! | Nov. 14, 2020 – Jan. 2, 2021 | Joule Hotel | Dallas, TX
    • Restructive Engagements #2 | Feb. 19 | Doolin Gallery | SMU Campus | Dallas, TX
    • Restructive Engagements | Owen Arts Center | Dec. 11, 2019 | SMU | Dallas, TX
    • Chillnaughty | Nov. 16 | Boedecker Space | Cedars Union X SMU | Dallas, TX
    • The Other Art Fair | Saatchi Art | Sept. 19-22, 2019 | Dallas, TX
    • SCULPTURE – a Celebration of Art on Henderson | Sept. 7 – Sept. 30 | Dallas, TX
    • N.E.R. | Burning Man 2019 | Aug. 22-Sept. 2 | BRC | North America
    • Identity | ArtCon Seed | June 1, 2019 | Life in Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX | North America
    • Art on Henderson 2019 Collection | 2323 Henderson Ave. | Dallas, Texas | North America
    • LUCKopalooza | LUCK Dallas | Apr. 14, 2019 | West Dallas, Texas | North America
    • COLOR. | March 2019 | Maddrey PLLC | Bank of America Plaza | Downtown Dallas, TX | North America
    • Yayden Pop | Feb. 23, 2019 | Yayden Art Pop-Up Exhibition | Design District, Dallas, TX | North America
    • LUCK Dallas | Dallas, TX | North America
    • Burning Man 2018| Breaking Shadows V2 | Black Rock City, NV | North America
    • ArtCon 12 | Dallas, TX | North America
    • Local Brew & Press | Dallas, TX | North America
    • Drugstore Cowboy | Dallas, TX | North America
    • Life in Deep Ellum | entitled: Microgallery | Dallas, TX | North America
    • Life in Deep Ellum | entitled: Mater’ium | Dallas, TX | North America
    • Yale Art School Green Gallery| entitled: Play | New Haven, CT | North America
    • Yale Art School Green Gallery | entitled: Studio | New Haven, CT | North America
    • Yale 36 Edgewood Sculpture Building/Gallery | entitled: XYTheta | New Haven, CT | North America
  • Video / Projection Work
  • Painting Work
  • Printmaking Work
  • Drawing Work
    • Atmospheric Sketches | Eataly | May 8-9. 2021 | Dallas, TX
    • Historic Spring Floor Drawing| April 2, 2021 | Dallas, TX
    • SMU MFA Candidate Thesis Show | Pollock Gallery | March 27 – April 10, 2021 | Dallas, TX
    • WHISTLE | Greece | Europe
    • Kinderboekje Rotterdam | Fall 2018 | Rotterdam, Netherlands | Europe
    • Phobias by ArtCon | Dallas, TX | North America
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
    • Blue Plate Dinner | Fundraiser for the Community Arts Center
  • Teaching Engagements
    • ArborCreek Montessori School | Primary and Lower Elementary Art Class | 2018-2021
    • ArborCreek Montessori Academy | Upper Elementary & Middle School Art Class | 2018-2020
    • Adult Painting Night | Anita Martinez Rec. Center | Feb. 27 | Dallas, TX
    • Teaching Assistant | SMU | Printmaking | Fall 2019
    • Lab Tech Assistant | SMU | Photography Lab | Fall 2019
    • Teaching Assistant | SMU | Painting | Spring 2020
    • Teaching Assistant | SMU | Sculpture | Spring 2020

Additional Information:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Wester
https://medium.com/italia-innovation/meet-an-innovator-jenn-wester-5ea4b423850e#.nt96mudzw