Curatorial and Exhibitions Director Jennifer Scanlan has more than 18 years of curatorial experience with an interdisciplinary practice, focusing on contemporary art and design. She moved to Oklahoma in 2016, excited by the opportunity to be a part of Oklahoma Contemporary’s move to its new campus. Before her move, Jennifer spent 16 years as a curator in New York City, as an independent curator and as an associate curator at the Museum of Arts and Design.
At Oklahoma Contemporary, she has organized a number of exhibitions, including: Melvin Edwards: In Oklahoma and Jeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me. She has been privileged to travel all over the state to meet Oklahoma artists, and has curated several exhibitions based on these trips, including two editions of ArtNow, Oklahoma Contemporary’s annual survey of the great art being made in Oklahoma.
As an independent curator in New York, Jennifer developed exhibitions for a number of institutions, including Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Made for You: New Directions in Contemporary Design at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz; Twists and Turns: Sasha Stoyanov at 108 Contemporary, Tulsa; and Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York.
Prior to working independently, she was associate curator at the Museum of Arts and Design for 12 years, where her exhibitions included Playing with Fire: 50 Years of Contemporary Glass and Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design. She has taught at Courtauld Institute of Art Summer School in London, England, and at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She has a B.A. in art history and Italian from Vassar College and an M.A. in the history of decorative arts, design and culture from the Bard Graduate Center.
Before moving to New York, Jennifer ran a pub on the Italian Riveria, and she continues to enjoy cooking and eating good food and traveling all over the world. Now that she is based in Oklahoma, she has been taking road trips through the heart of the United States.
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