The above print is "54," video still from Letterpress print stop-motion animation, 2016.
The Wells College String Room Gallery is pleased to present Still, a solo exhibition by Jenna Rodriguez. The exhibition is on display through April 28 and features work created during her three semesters on campus. The public is cordially invited to join the artist for a reception on Thursday, April 14, 4:45 – 6:00 pm. Following the reception, Rodriguez will present the 41st Susan Garretson Swartzburg 60' Memorial Book Arts Lecture in Stratton Hall, Room 209.
Beginning in the summer of 2014 Rodriguez served as the Victor Hammer Fellow at Wells College, where she taught papermaking, printing, and bookbinding. The Victor Hammer Fellowship was established in 1998 to bring emerging book artists to the Wells Book Arts Center for a two-year teaching and production residency. This exhibition marks the beginning of a new commitment by the String Room Gallery to stage solo exhibitions upon the culmination of each Victor Hammer Fellow's residency.
The exhibition Still centers around Rodriguez's artist's book by the same name. This exquisitely-executed hand-bound book commemorates the lives (both real and imagined) of nine of the many local animals she encountered who were killed by moving vehicles. The corresponding interdisciplinary exhibition is comprised of handmade paper, screen prints, embroidery, stop-motion animation, and installation. With wit and empathy, Rodriguez creates larger-than-life characters inspired by each victim, resulting in an immersive, creative, non-fiction narrative.
Jenna Rodriguez is a collector, observer, and artist currently based in Chicago. She recently completed a residency at Columbia College Chicago during which she completed artwork for this exhibition. Last summer she was the recipient of The Wingate Foundation Grant, the Edwards Foundation Grant, and the College Book Arts Association's Project Assistant Grant, which allowed her to attend a papermaking course at Penland School of Craft, build a papermaking studio for Wells College, and continue work on Still. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2013 where she received a MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts. During this time she had a two-year print production fellowship for Journal of Artists Books (JAB) and taught letterpress printing classes at Columbia College and Spudnik Community Print Shop. Jenna received her BFA in 2009 in printmaking and photo media with a certification to teach K-12 art from Old Dominion University in Virginia where she grew up.
The String Room Gallery is a center for the exhibition of contemporary art in the Finger Lakes region of New York. It is located on the Wells College campus in the southwest corner of the first floor of Main Building. Hours are Tuesday - Friday from 11 am to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. For more information about the show at Wells, please see the gallery's website at www.wells.edu/stringroomgallery or contact Professor Katie Waugh at 315.364.3237.