JENNIFER A. REIS
MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY / FARMERS, KENTUCKY
Jennifer A. Reis, currently Gallery Director and Arts Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator and Faculty at Morehead State University, is both an arts professional as well as a practicing artist with a B.F.A. from the Columbus College of Art and Design, an M.A. in Museum Studies from Syracuse University, and an M.A. in Studio Art with an Art Education emphasis from Morehead State University. As an actively exhibiting and award winning artist, her work has been shown at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Turchin Center for the Arts, National Quilt Museum, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Indianapolis Arts Center, Art St. Louis, Southern Ohio Museum, Appalachian Artisan Center, among others. She is the recipient of the prestigious Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, an award designed to honor high artistic achievement, and has also received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and Americans for the Arts. Promotions regarding her work have been featured in Art in America, ArtForum, FiberArts, Fiber Art Now and the Surface Design Journal magazines, and she was a featured artist in Creative Quilting with Beads, a Lark Crafts publication. As a teaching artist, she conducts workshops and lectures on embellished textiles and professional practice for artists at universities, art centers, and non-profit organizations including the Society for Contemporary Craft, Surface Design Association Conference, John C. Campbell Folk School, Appalachian Center for Craft, Arrowmont School of Art and Crafts, Craft Alliance, Cleveland Institute of Art, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, and the Southwest School of Art. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Surface Design Association, an international organization for education, exhibition, and promotion of textile art. As a Kentucky Arts Council KPAN consultant, she travels the state presenting and coaching artists and artisans on arts business practice, including utilizing online selling platforms like Etsy. She lives, works, and gardens in Farmers, KY, with her husband, three dogs, three cats, and some bees.