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I am interested in a certain vibrancy through color and movement, concentrating on line and pattern as conduits for trains of thought. Exploring intuition through varying winds of linear forms, I reflect on phenomenons of time, growth, and notions of beauty through abstractions that often hint at figuration. 

My spaces are rhythmic and precise but lines converse in a reactionary game where relationships are tested through accumulations of modulating color. In that way, my process is that of searching, often looking to early modern and visionary abstractionists, slowly building relationships until the painting’s individual personality is found.


Jenny Kemp received her BS in Art from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and an MFA in Painting from the University at Albany. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, most recently in a solo exhibitions at Gold/Scopophilia* in Montclair, NJ and the Mandeville Gallery at Union College in Schenectady, NY. Featured publications include 100 Painters of Tomorrow published by Thames & Hudson, New American Paintings, The Huffington Post, Seattle’s City Arts, New York Times, Chronogram, and The New England Review. She is a recipient of the 2015 NYFA fellowship in painting. She also sits on the board of Collar Works, a non-profit art space dedicated to the support of emerging artists in Troy, NY through which she is involved in launching the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency by Collar Works in Graneville, NY. 

MFA – Painting, University at Albany, SUNY 2012

BS – Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison 2002


Spin, Span, Spun Gold/Scopophilia* Montclair, NJ. 2020

Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY. 2020

Steady Curve Gold / Scopophilia*, Montclair, NJ. 2019

Slow Grow Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, NY. 2018

Painting Parallels, GRIDSPACE, Brooklyn, NY 2015

Recent Work and New Paintings on Paper Fulton Street Gallery, Troy, NY. 2012



5-50 Gallery, Long Island City, NY

The Roaring Twenties, Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, NY


Under Time of Lampshades, Transmitter Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Abstraction, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Kent, CT

Pulse: Color & Form in a Visual Rhythm Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

Gold / Scopophilia* Art on Paper, Pier 36, NYC


Flow: Works by Alumni Artists from Mohawk Hudson Regional Exhibitions 2009-2017, University at Albany Art Museum

Three Square, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA (curated by Phil & Sue Knoll) 

FENCE + ECHO, Far x Wide, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Jes Cannon)

In Bloom, 3rd Eye Gallery, Hoosick Falls, NY (curated by Simeon Youngmann)

Crazy Beautiful III Kenise Barnes Gallery, Larchmont, NY

When We Were Young: Rethinking Abstraction from the University at Albany Art Collections (1967-present), University at Albany Art Museum, Albany, NY

Surface 4: Eun Young Choi, Crystal Gregory, Jenny Kemp, Gail LeBoff, Frank Webster, Curated by Renée Riccardo, ARENA at Brooklyn Dermatology, Brooklyn, NY

The Whitney Houston Biennial: Greatest Love of All, curated by Christine Finely, 325 West Broadway, NYC

Reality is Wrong, Dreams are Real, David&Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Phil and Sue Knoll)

Squared, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA (curated by Phil & Sue Knoll)

Something Else, The Painting Center, New York, NY (curated by Dee Shapiro and Miriam Brumer)

Living Color, Art Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY (2 person)

Howdy Doody, Collar Works, Troy, NY

Remains to be Seen, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA (curated by Phil & Sue Knoll)

Double Vision, Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville, NY (2 person)

2015 Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY

Valentine’s Day Cardiovascular Show, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Snowbird, Kenise Barnes Gallery, Larchmont, NY

Variations in Paint (invitational), The Painting Center, New York, NY

100 Painters of Tomorrow: New York Exhibition, One Art Space, New York, NY

Mohawk Hudson Regional, Albany Institute of History and Art (juror: Stephen Westfall)

Tracery, PS209 Gallery, Stone Ridge, NY

Jenny Kemp and Jeff Mickey, Todd Art Gallery at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN (2 person)

Perceptions, Opalka Gallery at Sage College, Albany, NY

Modern Artists, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

Second Nature, Albany International Airport, Albany, NY

Works by Jenny Kemp and Richard Harrington, Gallery 105, curated by MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA.

An Early Spring, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY


FISSURE GalleryEll online exhibition, curated by Amanda Kates

In Orbit Little Gallery at Sage College, Albany, NY

Works on Paper Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

MFA National Competition First Street Gallery, NYC. Juror: John Yau

BioLogical Salem Art Works Carry House Gallery, Salem, NY

MFA Thesis Exhibition University Art Museum, Albany, NY

Back to School Fulton Street Gallery, Troy, NY

Chain Letter Samson Projects, Boston, MA

SUNY Best of Show New York State Museum, Albany, NY

Members Only Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY

Fountain Art Fair Pier 66, New York, NY

Nathan Meltz with Jenny Kemp and Doug Holst Thaddeus Kwiat Projects, Saugerties, NY


Evergreen Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle, WA

Loose/Tight – Organic Abstractions Saturated in Color Davey Jones Gallery, Albany, NY

Tomorrow’s Masters Today Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY

Organic Structures by Color Theory Collective Fremont Abbey, Seattle, WA

Recent Small Paintings Oasis Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

PULP 4 Gallery 110, Seattle, WA

Under the Skin Gallery 110, Seattle, WA

Line Dance Gallery 110, Seattle, WA

ARTview 2008 DAR Constitutional Hall, Washington, DCJuror: Stephanie Moore

Paperworks b.j. spoke gallery, Huntington, NY Juror: Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

PULP 3 Gallery 110 Seattle, WA

Adjunct Professor University at Albany, Albany, NY Water-based Media Painting & MFA Graduate student professor. Fall 2020

Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art (Painting & Drawing) Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT Fall 2019

Visiting Professor Union College, Schenectady, NY 2018-2019. Intro to Oil Painting & Drawing I

Adjunct Instructor University at Albany, SUNY. Spring 2019. Introduction to Animation

Adjunct Instructor University at Albany, SUNY. Fall 2017 & Fall 2018. MA Graduate Seminar

Adjunct Instructor University at Albany, SUNY. Fall 2017. Beginning Painting

Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art (Painting & Drawing) Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 2014-2015

Adjunct Instructor Sage College of Albany, Albany, NY Fall 2012-2013. Mixed Media Drawing & 2-D Design.

Lecturer Siena College, Loudonville, NY. 2012-2014. Graphic Design & Basic Design.

Instructor of Record Two-Dimensional Design and Drawing I. University at Albany, SUNY. 2010-2012


Chronogram Cover Feature, September 2019

New American Paintings Northeast Edition, #140 2019

Ursus Americanus “Misrule” by Adam Tedesco. Chapbook cover image. 2019

University of Chicago Press “The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs” Cover image. 2019-2020

The Times Union “Vibrant Slow Grow Exhibit at Union College” by Amy Griffin. October 2018

The Daily Gazette “Curves, Lines Create Sense of Movement” by Indiana Nash. October 2018

The New England Review Cover Image July 2018

Studio Visit Magazine Winter 2016-17 Edition

The Times Union “Kemp and Garrison Shine at Troy’s Art Center of the Capital Region” March 2016

Design Milk “The Biology-Inspired Art of Jenny Kemp” August 2015

Saratoga Spotlight “Nature and MTV” May 2015

The Times Union “Mohawk Hudson Regional Highlights 3 Artists” by Amy Griffin April 2015

Wall Street International “Snowbird” March 2015

The Huffington Post “10 Painters Who Are Changing Their Medium in the 21st Century” by Katherine Brooks. October 2014. 

100 Painters of Tomorrow, Beers.Lambert Gallery. Published by Thames & Hudson. 2014  

The Times Union “Meet Visual Artist Jenny Kemp” by Amy Griffin. January 2014. 

The Times Union “On Exhibit: ‘Second Nature’ at Albany Airport Gallery” by Amy Griffin. December 2013. 

The New York Times Image chosen for gallery listings section (Westchester), Sunday, March 31, 2013

Apogee Poetry Magazine 7 pages. Spring 2012

City Arts Seattle “Sprouting” by Sarah Dillon. pp. Back page. November 2008

LUXE All Regional editions – “Gallery Feature” Winter 2008 


Painting Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts, 2015

Emerging Artist Award The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY May 2015

Purchase Award Dr. Arthur N Collins ’48, University at Albany Alumni Found. for the UAlbany Museum, Mohawk Hudson Regional, Sept 2014

Board Chair Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY. 2015-2018
Board Member Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY. 2012 – present

Capstone Committee Siena College, Loudonville, NY. Spring 2013

Guest Juror Athens Cultural Center Member’s Show, Athens, NY. April 2013

Graduate Student Organization Personal Research Grant SUNY Albany June, 2011

Board Member and Artist Member Gallery 110, Seattle, WA. February 2008 – August 2009


Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY July 2019

Contemporary Artist Center Woodside, Troy, NY. June-July 2011


Artist Lecture Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs. NY

Cameron Visiting Artist Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT May 2018

Gouache Painting Workshop Google NYC, April 2016

Artist Talk Art Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY February 2016

Artist Talk Sage College of Albany, Albany, NY April 2015

Artist Talk University at Albany, Albany, NY. April 2014

Artist Talk with Berkshire Hills Internship Program Interns, Gallery 105, North Adams. June 2013

Visiting Artist St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. February 2013

Artist Talk Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. November 2012

Informal Language Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY January-March 2017

Cascadia Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY May 2013

Percolate! Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY. July 2012 Co-curated with Jake Winiski

Pursuant Pharaohs Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY. September, 2011  Co-curated with Georgia Wohnsen

The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY

The Schick Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY

University at Albany, Albany, NY

Union College, Schenectady, NY

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