DEBRA JENKS

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2022
Got An Art Problem?, with Nayland Blake, Whitney Biennial, 2022, NYC
2021    
Up Against The Wall, curated by Susan Brietsch, Cope House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
The Strange Woman and Seven Diamond Miners, END, an online archive presented by Empirical Nonsense Gallery
2020    
Collective Pause, public installation, curated by Jenn Cacciola, Anthony Santella, Nikki Schiro,  Robert Aitchison, & Frank Sabatté, 60th Street and Central Park West, NY
2019    
Umbra: New Prints for a Dark Age, International Print Center New York, selected by Alison Saar, NYC
2018    
Beyond Black and White, curated by Li Trincere and Henry Brown, Westbeth Gallery, NYC
Sideshow Nation VI: The Greatest Show on Earth, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Onward, organized by Jamie Stern for the Andrew Edlin Gallery, The Outsider Art Fair, NYC
2017    
Sideshow Nation V: Thru the Rabbit Hole, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016    
Faculty Show, Limmerman Gallery, New Jersey City University, NJ
2014    
E32 Gallery at Fountain Art Fair, curated by Linda Griggs, NYC
2013    
RE: Formed, curated by David Terry for The New York Foundation for the Arts, Westbeth Gallery, NYC
Sideshow Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2012
Nurture Art Benefit, selected by Kianga Ellis, Charlotta Kotik, Lawrence Rinder, and Herb Tam, Charles Bank Gallery, NYC
 Mic Check, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011    
Like Bluepints: Make No Small Plans, 4-person show, curated by Linda Griggs, Abrazo Interno Gallery, NYC
2010    
The Back Room Biennial, curated by Lynn del Sol, LZ Project Space, NY  
It’s a Wonderful Tenth, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The Last Book (traveling exhibition), a  collaboration with Louis Camnizter, Central Bibliothek, Zurich, CH
2009    
Kuf-Mold, A-Locatie Gallery and Oud Charlois District, organized by Ivo van den Baar, Suzan Batu and Bill Doherty, Rotterdam, NL
Wish you Were Here, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC
The Last Book, (traveling exhibition) a collaboration with Luis Camnizter, National Library of Argentina, AR
2008    
NurtureArt Benefit, selected by Koan Jeff-Baysa, Lowell Pettit, Amy Rosenblum and Lilly Wei, James Cohen Gallery, NYC
Your Documents Please, (traveling exhibition, 2008-2010) organized by Daniel Georges & Rumi Tusada, The  Museum of Arts & Crafts-ITAMI, Hyogo, Japan; ZAIM, Yokahama, Japan; 2B Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, Galerie Kurt im Hirsch, Berlin; GALÉRIA Z, Bratislava, Slovakiadaj; Galería Ajolote Arte Contemporáne, Guadalajara, Mexico
2007    
Pillow Talk, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, curated by Mery Lynn McCorkle, Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic Form, curated by Raul Villarreal, Perth Amboy Center for the Arts, Perth Amboy, NJ
2005    
Merry Peace, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Beyond Bed, Bath & Kitschen: What’s New in the House that Dada Built, curated by S. K. Duff, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ
2004    
Pierogi A Go-Go: Brooklyn Gravity Racers, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2003    
The Musikshow, curated by Erin Leon and Rachel Koper, Gallery Lombardi, Austin, TX
1997    
Travel-Sized, organized by Godzilla, CCNY Compton-Goethals Gallery, Bronx, NY
1996    
a la Mode, Sause Gallery (a.k.a., Schreider-Romero), Brooklyn, NY
1994    
X-Sighting, curated by Anne Wayson, Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1990    
Words and Pictures, Soho Center for Visual Artists, curated by Bruce Wall, NYC
Societal Images, curated by Bill Arning, White Columns, NYC
Invitational, Stux Gallery, NYC
1989    
Vulgar Realism, curated by Katherine Howe, Hallwalls Center for Contemporary Art, Buffalo, NY
1988    
New York City Works, curated by John L. Moore, One Penn Plaza, NYC
1987    
New Work By Six Artists, curated by Holly Block, The Bronx Museum's satellite gallery at Hostos College, Bronx, NY
1984    
In Western New York, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y. (catalog)
 1981  
 In Western New York, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y. (catalog)
 Objectivity, Hallwalls Center for Contemporary Art, curated by Robin Dodds, Buffalo, NY
 Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Members Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.
1980  
HALLWALLS: Five Years (traveling exhibition), The New Museum, NYC, A Space, Toronto, ON, The Burchfield Center, Buffalo, NY (catalog)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1984     Hallwalls Center for Contemporary Art, curated by Robin Dodds, Buffalo, NY  
1981     Hallwalls Center for Contemporary Art, In the Matrix Room, curated by Roger Denson, Buffalo, NYC

PUBLIC PROJECTS
2010     FIGMENT Mini-golf, (in collaboration with Norma Markley & An Ngoc Pham), Governor’s Island, NYC
2004     Invasion of the Zombie Santas, temporary public piece, Air National Guard base, Colchester, VT
2002     THINK, temporary public piece in collaboration with Norma Markley, Union Square newsstand, NYC

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
Edward Albee Foundation, residency 2019
New York Foundation for the Arts, Van Lier Mentor, 2012
St. Michael’s College, visiting artist, Colchester, VT, 2004
Montalvo Arts Center, residency, Saratoga, CA, 1998
Mensa Education and Research Foundation, Peggy Deanne Memorial Award, 1995
Blue Mountain Center, residency, Blue Mountain, NY, 1993
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, 1991
American Academy in Rome, Rome Prize Alternate, 1991 
Yaddo Foundation, residency, 1990

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Selections from "The Strange Woman and Seven Diamond Miners," Tiny Spoon Lit Mag, June 2019 issue,
"Stubbie," Poets Reading the News, December 2016
Boog City, issue #10, featured artist, August 2016
"Handshake Machine," Maintenant 9, Three Rooms Press, June 2015
Halasz, Piri. "Extravaganza in Williamsburg," Report From the Front (online), February 10, 2015
"I stood today, I can stand tomorrow," Live Mag!, Issue #10, 2013
Gomez, Enrico. "It's All Good," Wagmag, February, 2011, p. 12
"Wonder Bra," A Gathering of the Tribes, issue #12, 2008
Kuf-Mold, Art Route Charlois, exhibition catalog, Rotterdam, NL, 2009, p. 26,
Duff, S.K.  Beyond Bed, Bath & Kitschen: What’s New in the House that Dada Built, exhibition brochure, 2005
McCorkle, Mery Lynn. "STACKED in West Hollywood" (online), Dialogue, July 2004
Duganne, Erina. "The Musikshow," The Austin Chronicle, March 5, 2003
Emke, Ronald and Licata, Elizabeth. "Consider the Alternatives-20 Years of Contemporary Art at Hallwalls," Anthology, Hallwalls Center for Contemporary Art, Buffalo, N.Y., 1996 pp. 189, 253, and 255
Huntington, Richard.  "Order and Energy," The Buffalo News, June 10, 1994, p. 35-G.
Huntington, Richard. "Vulgar Realism at Hallwalls," The Buffalo News, February 16, 1989, p. C-8
George Howell, "Artists Probe Conflict in Cultural Meaning," The Buffalo News, December 12, 1984, p.  B-15
"In Western New York," exhibition catalog, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, 1984
Bannon, Anthony. "Thinking Young at the Western New York Show, The Buffalo News, March 30,1984
Huntington, Richard.  "Art By Three at Hallwalls," Buffalo Courier-Express, May 10, 1981, p. E-4
Bannon, Anthony. "3 Artists Are Inventive in Use of Materials," The Buffalo News, April 26, 1981
Huntington, Richard.  "Art a Bit Against the Grain," Buffalo Courier-Express, January 18, 1981, p. F-3
Bannon, Anthony. "Artists in WNY Exhibition Look at the Big Picture," The Buffalo News, March 30, 1980, p. 52-III
"HALLWALLS: Five Years," exhibition catalog, The New Museum, NY, 1980, p. 17
Ricky, Carrie. "Babes On West Broadway,” The Village Voice, July 9, 1980, p. 62
Zimmer, William. "Where Buffalo Roams," Soho News, July 16, 1980, pg. 24
Preisner, Brenda. "Shows by two young artists in UB's Alamo Gallery" The Buffalo News, June 15, 1979

PUBLICATIONS
"P-Shooters," Maintenant 15, Three Rooms Press, June 2021
Excerpts from "The Strange Woman and Seven Diamond Miners," Tiny Spoon Lit Mag, Issue 2, Summer 2019
"Yippies and Young Lords, Weatherman and Yes Men," The Villager, November 2008
"Where the deer and the dispossessed play," ChelseaNow, October 2008
"From magic portals to enchanting mindscapes: Where vulnerability confronts the sublime," The Villager, June 2008
"Drawing the Invisible," Downtown Express, March 2008
"The East River of Forgetfulness and Remembrance," Live Mag, Issue#5, 2008
"Crossing the borderlines of belief," ChelseaNow, February 2008
"Stealing Home: Appropriation of public space for private life," ChelseaNow, January 2008
"Perfection when we least expect it," ChelseaNow, December, 2008
"Connecting the Dots, Kara Walker’s Reconstructions and Mark Booth’s Maps of the Senses," Chelsea Now, November 2007
"Pulp Friction: Artists explore the underside of American culture," ChelseaNow, December 2007
"Muckrakers and Mudslingers on 27th Street," ChelseaNow, November, 2007
"Chronicles of Longing and Loneliness: Two Underground Photographers Resurface," ChelseaNow, Sept. 2007
"Joe Amrhein at Roebling Hall," as Art Aské, The Brooklyn Rail, May/June 2001
"Elizabeth Cohen & Michael Talley at Sideshow," (as Art Aské), The Brooklyn Rail, July/August 2001
"My Reality - Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation at the Brooklyn Museum," (as Art Aské), The Brooklyn Rail, September/October 2001
"Night of the Sitting Dead," (as I.M. Shur), Pierogi Press, Volume 2, Fall 1998, published by Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

TEACHING
1998-2017            Adjunct Faculty, New Jersey City University
2004                    Visiting Artist, St. Michael's College
2002-2004          Adjunct Faculty, Bloomfield College
2002                    Visiting Artist, Alfred University

CURATING
Make Believe, New Jersey City University Gallery, 2009
Happily Ever After, CANCO Building, sponsored by Pro Arts and Jersey City Department of Cultural Affairs,
September - October 2007
Warm Worlds & Otherwise, Krasdale Corporation, Summer 2004

EDUCATION
MFA, Combined Media, 1996, Hunter College, New York, NY
BFA cum laude, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
Studied Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center,
Royal Academy of Ballet, Dunham technique with Charles and Ella Moore, Limon Technique with Lenore Lattimer, Jose Limon Company, and African dance at Djoniba School of Dance and Drum