Jenny Lynn McNutt Biography

Jenny Lynn McNutt has shown painting, sculpture, and multimedia performances nationally and in Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Milan, Dublin, Eastern Europe, and North and West Africa. In 2013 “Why This World”, new sculptures, paintings and drawings, was shown at Witteveen Visual Art Centre in Amsterdam. “Zoopsia”, a show of paintings, was shown at Art 101, New York City in 2012.

“Precise Breathing”, a multimedia installation about the honeybee, opened in the Dean’s Gallery at Pratt Institute, 2010. In 2009 her sculpture was included at The Reeves-Reed Arboretum in where she had a solo show in 2008. “Nektar”, a large-scale sculpture, was later installed in the Pratt Sculpture Park in Brooklyn. In 2012 numerous sculptures from “Precise Breathing” were a part of “Honey” at the Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, North Carolina.

McNutt has had solo shows in New York with Emily Sorkin, Florence Lynch, and Robert Pardo Galleries. Since 2005 she has also had numerous exhibits and performances in Tunisia, North Africa. At the invitation of the Tunisian Minister of Culture she created a large-scale multimedia performance for the International Day of Culture and the Environment, (2006). This work, “Grupo Cuerpo”, an international call and response, has been performed as well, in France, New Mexico, and New York. In 2011–12 the video of “Grupo Cuerpo” was shown at the Richmond Museum of Art as part of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Filmmakers Showcase. Among her awards are a Fulbright Fellowship to West and Central Africa in 1993-4. For her documentary work in West Africa she won an Eastman Foundation Grant (1995). As well, she shared a two person inaugural show at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

In 2014 she was awarded a residency at the M4gastatelier, Tetterode in Amsterdam preceded by a residency at the Wisselatelier in Amsterdam 2013. A Rothman Opportunity Grant (NYFA) and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fiscal Sponsorship were granted in 2011 and 2010. In summer 2012 she was awarded a residency to the Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain, Other awards include the William Talbot Hillman Foundation, a Pratt Institute Development Grant, and residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Harwood Museum, Yaxche Foundation, Taos, New Mexico and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her documentary “The Dreamtree Project, a walking tour of a sustainable community”, sponsored by The McCune Foundation, premiered at the Taos Solar Film Festival (2006). She was the recipient of the Helen Winternitz Award at Yale School of Art. McNutt teaches at Pratt Institute, the New York Studio School, and Pace University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. 02/14

photo above: Karl Nussbaum