Jen Gordon

Artist | Activist | Administrator       

 

Professional info

 

I have been civically engaged in advocacy for over 17 years in order to ensure that the inherent value of the arts in our culture is recognized and given the support and resources necessary to sustain and grow it within the community. It is my desire to make the creative process more accessible to both artists and the public and I feel it is important to instigate participatory collaborative projects that engage individuals in community development.

My current objectives include:

  • making artwork that speaks to my interest in the interconnected nature of the human condition

  • working with grassroots activators to develop community driven projects and events that address social issues and create dialogue about the necessity of cultural diversity and equity  

  • creating a production facility to houses multiple media labs with access to high end production equipment, artist studio space, and an immersion program that offers an authentic, hands on experiences in creation

Education

 

Humboldt State University

 

Bachelor of Arts, 2006 

Studio Art & Art History

Certificate in Museum & Gallery Practices

Relevant Work Experience

Asheville Area Arts Council

Exhibitions Manager

Project Manager of The Refinery Creator Space

• Budget development and implementation

• Organizational branding

• Community relations

• Fund development through fundraisers, grants, sponsorships, and donors

• Exhibition organization and installation

• Create and implement community programming 

Arts 2 People

Executive Director, 2011

Festival Director, 2010-2012

Treasurer, 2009-2011

• Board development

• Budget development and implementation

• Organizational branding

• Community relations

• Fund development through fundraisers, grants, sponsorships, and donors

• Exhibition organization and installation

• Create and implement community programming

(Artist Resource Center (ARC) 2011)

• Coordinate and facilitate large scale outdoor cultural events

(LAAFF Festival Director, 2010 - 2012, Goombay! Festival 2012)

 

City of Tampa Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs

Intern, 2008-2009

• Database Design (FileMaker Pro)

• Collection Management and Conservation

• Public Art Administration and Installation 

 

Sutton Studios & Gallery

Artist’s Assistant & Gallery Manager, 2006-2008

• Office management

• Bookkeeping and accounting

• Budget administration

• Sales, inventory management, order fulfillment, and customer service

• Event coordination and planning

• PR and marketing, client development

• Exhibition design and installation

 

Morris Graves Museum

Gallery Assistant, 2005-2006

• Collection management

• Collection photography

• Database management

• Exhibition design

• Gallery maintenance

• Preparatory work

• Fine art handling

 

1st Street Gallery

Gallery Assistant, 2004-2006 

• Exhibition design 

• Gallery maintenance

• Intern supervision 

• Preparatory work, installation, and fine art handling 

• Public relations, marketing, and publication design

• Fundraising

• Art sales

 

Reese Bullen Gallery

Assistant Gallery Director, 2003-2006

• Collection and loan management

• Database maintenance (File Maker Pro) 

• Gallery operations 

• Preparatory work

• Gallery management

• Cultural program development

• Public relations, marketing, and fundraising

• Exhibition publication design 

• Intern supervision and training

• Event coordination and planning

 

Student Access Gallery

Program Director, 2003-2006

• Gallery management (for 3 gallery spaces)

• Applicant evaluation 

• Exhibition scheduling and design

• Cultural program development 

• Facilitate artist and staff meetings 

• Public relations, marketing, and fundraising

• Exhibition publication design

• Budget development and administration 

• Staff management

Skills

 

WELDING

LOST WAX METAL CASTING

SLIP CAST MOLDS

PAINTING

SCULPTURE

PHOTOGRAPHY

ALTERNATIVE PROCESSES

PAPERMAKING

PRINTMAKING

SEWING

Contact info

E-mail: jengordonart@gmail.com

 

Tel: 510.856.8587

           Affiliations

 

  2014-2016 Asheville Area Arts Council

                    Exhibition Manager & Curator

Creative Designer & Project Manager:

The Refinery Creator Space

    2009-2012 Arts 2 People 

                     Executive Director

                     LAAFF Festival Director

                     Goombay! Festival Director

                     Treasurer & Bookkeeper

 

2009-2012 City of Asheville

Public Art and Cultural Commission

                     Vice Chair

                     Urban Trail Sub-Committee

                     Acquisitions Sub-Committee

                   Downtown Commission Special Events Sub-committee

                     Downtown Master Plan Arts and Culture Committee

 

2006 Art and Clubs Coordinator

Sustainable Living Arts and Music Festival

                     Event planning (for 5500 attendees)

                     Budget development and administration

                     Set up booths for participating clubs

                     Plan art and club stage event schedule

                  Manage scheduled events and MC art and club stage

 

2005-2006  HSU Student Council Representative

                     Student representative, search committee for the Dean for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

                     Student representative for the Public Art committee Student representative for the Instructionally Related Activities Fund

                    Student representative for the Board of Finance

 

2005-2006 Student Representative

CSU Summer Arts Advisory Board

                     

2004-2006 Vice President

Association of Student Sculptors

                 Organize and produce annual Sculpture Walk Exhibition

             Raise and manage funds for the growth of the organization

 

2003-2006 Student Representative

1st Street Gallery Advisory Board 

                     Select exhibition schedules

                   Advise on strategic planning

Assist with budget management

                Research and seek external funding through fund-raising

 Grant writing

                     Facilitate community outreach and engagement

               Maintain the gallery as a learning laboratory for Humboldt State University

 

2003-2006 President

Humboldt Art History Association

 Organize fundraisers to supplement the University Library budget

                     Arrange Museum field trips for Art History students

    Facilitate film nights, guest artist talks, seminars, and workshops

2010 - present

2010 - present

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