photo by Paul Esposito 2014

photo by Paul Esposito 2014

Jenn Dierdorf was born in Michigan City, Indiana in 1978. She received her B.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Kansas and her M.F.A. from the University of Connecticut in 2008.  She has been the recipient of several awards including the Hollander Family Foundation award, Daniel MacMorris Scholarship and in 2009 was named a Rema Hort Mann Foundation nominee.  She has been the artist in residence at Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center and the Contemporary Artist Center, Woodside.  Her work has been exhibited widely including Kathleen Cullen Fine Art, NYC, Lancaster Museum of Art, PA, Minnesota National Print Biennial at the University of Minnesota, MN, Art Space in New Haven, CT and Cindy Rucker Gallery in New York City.

From 2008-2013 she was the Executive Director of SOHO20 Gallery where she created and curated Savoir-Faire, an annual performance art series that featured emerging women performance artists. She participates in numerous panels and public roundtables on various topics on contemporary art and is currently an organizing member of the art collective ABC No Rio.  Dierdorf is a member of the Committee for Women in the Arts at the College Art Association, as well as a coordinator for The Feminist Art Project.  Dierdorf maintains a studio in Brooklyn, NY. 


Selected Exhibitions


Upcoming - Solo exhibition at Brethren Gallery, Queens NY 


Swing State, Curated by Rebekah Flake, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA

Half Held By The Night, Solo exhibition, Project Space at Morgan Lehman Gallery, NY NY

To Be the Void: Sublimity and Contemporaneity, International Cultural Center of Krakow, Krakow, Poland, Curated by Jeff Edmonds and Coordinated by Kristi Arnold

Appetite For Destruction, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic NY

Winter : My Secret,  Cindy Rucker Gallery, NYC Curated by Brad Silk

Alumni Biennial 3, Contemporary Art Galleries / CAG, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT. Curated by Jay Lehman


If These Walls… A.I.R. Gallery on Governor’s Island, NYC

Totems + Technology, 292 Gallery NY,NY.  Organized by the Lower East Side Gallery and ABC NoRio, NY NY

Say It With Flowers, Kimberly Klark Gallery, Queens, NY


Winter Show, Kimberly Klark Gallery, Queens, NY

Are We Already Gone?, Curated by Negin Sharifzadeh, Flickerlab Gallery, NY,NY

TEN, Cindy Rucker Gallery, curated by Brad Silk, NY, NY

Smart Painting, curated by John ODonnell, Art Space, New Haven CT


Relational Ground: Defying the Status Quo, SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, NY NY

The Wassaic Project, Exhibition and Festival, Wassaic CT


Ladies and Gentlemen, The Tree – Nomadic Art Initiatives exhibition, curated by Maria Jose Duran-Steinman and Vanessa Gil. NY, NY


ART in Odd Places, NY, NY

Outdoor performance event at Union Square, co-founder of LOUDspeaker!


Minnesota National Print Biennial, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Print exhibition curated by Stephen Goddard, Betsy Carpenter and Ayanah Moor.

Pentameter University of Connecticut MFA exhibition, Benton Museum of Art, Storrs CT

Pentameter, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, NY, NY

Labor Exhibition online group exhibition


M.A.P. multiple applied perceptions, Traveling print portfolio exchange.

Saltgrass Press, Salt Lake UT, Gonzaga University, Washington

50/50, Artwell Gallery, Torrington, CT, Artspace Windham, Willimantic, CT

Fiber National Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster PA

push, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO Solo exhibition.


Awards & Residencies

Artist in Residence - Emerson Landing, Wye Mills, MD, 2016

Artist in Residence - Wassaic Art Project, Wassaic NY, 2015

CSA+D Brooklyn selected artist, Brooklyn, NY, 2014

Artist in Residence - Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Residency, Amherst, VA, 2014

Artist in Residence - Starry Night Retreat, Truth or Consequences, NM, 2013

Artist in Residence  - CAC Woodside Residency, Troy NY, 2012

Artist in Residence - Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson VT, 2009

Nominee, Rema Hort Mann Foundation NY, NY, 2009

Fellowship - University of Connecticut, MFA Scholarship Award, Storrs, CT. 2008-06

Fellowship - Hollander Family Foundation Award, School of Fine Art, University of Kansas Lawrence KS, 2005

Fellowship - Daniel MacMorris Scholarship, School of Fine Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS, 2004


 Print and Online Publications

Les Femmes Folles, Interview with Sally Deskins, May 22, 2015

Painter’s Table, Smart Painting @ Art Space

 It’s Nice That - Art: Jenn Dierdorf creates abstract compositions from recognizable shapes. By Maisie Skidmore 

Revolt Magazine, Vol..2, Pink Ghetto, Interview by Katie Cercone



Art Connects NY, Queens Community House, curated by Bradley Silk, 2012

Govenor Tom Vilsack, curated by Karolyn Sherwood Graham, Des Moines, IA, 2005-06


Lectures and Panel Participation

TFAP @ CAA, “Collective Creativity: Collaboration and Collectives in Feminist Art Practice” Co-Coordinator of panels at Museum of Art and Design, NY, NY 2015

College Art Association, presentor “Women in the Marketplace; The Rise of the Artisan Cooperative” organized by Claudia Sbrissa. Presenting “Trailblazing for Creative Careers” with A.I.R. Co-Director JoAnne McFarland. 2015

Residency Unlimited, Visiting Artist, New York, NY, 2014

Juror, International Encaustic Artists Exhibition, National Association of Women Artists, 2014

Collaboration in Performance Art, moderator, SOHO20 Gallery, NY featuring Caitlin Baucom, Sophia Peer, Jesse Gelaznik, Rachel Blackwell, 2013

Panopoly Performance Lab / Brookyln International Performance Art Festival - Performance Passed performative roundtable with Rachel Winborn, Jill McDermid, Christen Clifford, Sarah Maxfield, Jenn Dierdorf, Martha Wilson and Hrag Vartanian.  Organized by Esther Neff, 2013

Artist Talk on Art, “Chelsea Gallery Dealers Speak Out: Creating the Future”
Moderator: Jenn Dierdorf, Director of Soho20 Chelsea panelists Stefany Benson, Director of Ceres Gallery, Eleanor Flomenhaft, Director of Flomenhaft Gallery, Shazzi Thomas, Director of The Painting Center, 2012



2008 M.F.A., University of Connecticut, Storrs CT

2005 B.F.A. Sculpture, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS

Italy Study abroad, University of Kansas

2001 Herron School of Art, IUPUI, Indianapolis IN