Jennifer Baker

Contact Information

jlpbaker@gmail.com

Phone: 215-805-7467

http://www.jenniferbaker.us/

Gallery

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Northern Liberties Paintings and Monprints

Archived Works

Centralia Paintings

Scenes from Everyday Life, Paintings

Sculpture and Installations

Artist's Biography

Jennifer Baker is a painter and sculptor working in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia since 1978. She attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) as well as the Art Students League in New York. Baker has exhibited at Art 101 and Pleiades Galleries in New York and Projects Gallery, Nexus Gallery, F.A.N. Gallery, the Crane Arts Building and The Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. She was selected for a Challenge Exhibit at Fleisher Art Memorial in 1997. Baker received a Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity Grant in 2018, a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant in 2010, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship for Works on Paper in 1993, and was a finalist for a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 1997. In 2014, Baker curated an exhibit about the history of Northern Liberties “From World’s Workshop to Hipster Mecca and the People in Between” for the Philadelphia History Museum. She is the visual art consultant for “Supper, People on the Move” a multimedia performance piece by Silvana Cardell funded by the Pew Foundation for Arts & Heritage. Baker created “Portraits of People on the Move” a companion exhibit of stories and photographs of Philadelphia-area immigrants.  After opening in Philadelphia, “Supper” and “Portraits” have toured throughout the country as well as in the Dominican Republic. In 2019, Baker had her first solo museum exhibition at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto, PA “Third Street: Paintings and Monoprints by Jennifer Baker.”

Artist's Statement

Many of my paintings and monoprints are about the life, death and rebirth of a city neighborhood as I experienced it during four decades as an artist living and working in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Throughout this period I painted the fires and the wrecking balls, the dumpers and the downtrodden residents, and then the construction, buildings and new streetscape that eventually emerged. The images constitute a visual diary of drawn out, convulsive change – a neighborhood going to nowhere and back.

At first, in the 1970s, I saw the decline of Northern Liberties as an opportunity: emptying factories, workshops and rowhouses provided cheap living and work space. Other artists saw the same chance and we began moving in. In the 1980s and 90s, fires and demolition eliminated those now abandoned factories, and crack houses proliferated. By the 21st century, the cleared landscape invited new buildings and new residents. Now, most of the artists are gone, replaced by people buying up the new townhouses sprouting everywhere. Throughout this period, as the old buildings and memories disappeared, churches remained stalwarts of the streetscape, serving as visual anchors, even as their parishioners died or moved away. Their presence reminds me of past residents who once came from all over the world to call Northern Liberties home.

My Northern Liberties paintings and monoprints, from the abandoned buildings and fires of the 80s and 90s to the current period of unrestrained development – when the creation of profit has usurped the creation of hats and gloves, and finally, art – are my observations and impressions of what has happened along the way.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2019
Third Street: Paintings and Monoprints by Jennifer Baker, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA

2017 - 2019
Portraits of People on the Move
Drexel University URBN Center Black Box Theater (2019)
The Dance Complex, Cambridge, MA (2018)
Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, GA (2018)
Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center, Asheville, NC (2017)
Tour funded by New England Foundation for the Arts

2018
Portraits of People on the Move, EDANCO Festival Internacional De Danza Contemporánea, Palacio De Bellas Artes, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Companion exhibit to the performance of Supper, People on the Move
Tour funded by USArtists International

2017
Jennifer Baker: Northern Liberties, InLiquid @ the Crane Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Work in Progress, Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA

Portraits of People on the Move, The Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, PA

2016
Portraits of People on the Move, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, New York, NY
Accompanying the performance of Supper, People on the Move for the La MaMa Moves Dance Festival

2015
Portraits of People on the Move, Grey Space, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA
Accompanying the performance of Supper, People on the Move funded by a Project Grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

2013
The Developing Form of Sculpture, Burlington County College Art Gallery, Mt Holly, NJ

2011
Northern Liberties: A Transformation, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003
Cape Cod Paintings, F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1997
Challenge Exhibition, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

1996
American Street, F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1993
Heavenly City, Nexus Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia, PA

1990
Camden County College Gallery, Camden, NJ

1985 and 1987
Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

1983
The More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1979
Race Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1978
The Theatre Place, Pleasantville, NY

Two-person
2017
Jennifer Baker and Fara’h Salehi, Art 101, Brooklyn, NY

2015
Jennifer Baker and Michael Crawford, Atwater Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY

2011
Jennifer Baker and Fara’h Salehi, Art 101, Brooklyn, NY

Three-person
1987
Summertime, 56 Thomas Street, New York, NY

1978
Suzanne Gross Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2020
Women in Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA

2019
Fellowship of PAFA Annual Exhibit, HOTBED Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Tradition and Innovation: Recent Work by Alumni and Faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA

2017
A Starling in Shadow, Cerulean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Bill Scott

2016
Art of the State, Pennsylvania 2016, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Fellowship Annual 2016, PAFA Alumni Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Looking Back, ART 101, Brooklyn, NY

Williamsburg Galleries Keep It Local, Brooklyn Oenology Winery, Brooklyn, NY

2011
4 Heads Governors Island Art Fair, New York, NY

Fellowship of PAFA Annual, Artists House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Miniatures, ART 101, Brooklyn, NY

Impressions: Exploring Printmaking in the 21st Century, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Fellowship of PAFA Annual, Artists House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Summer in the City, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Art for Obama, ART 101, Brooklyn, NY

Dear Fleisher, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Gallery Saint Asaph, Bala Cynwyd, PA

2006
Group Show from Art 101, Wall Art Gallery, Fernandina Beach, FL
Group show from Art 101

2004
Christmas Show, ART 101, Brooklyn, NY

Dear Fleisher, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Friends, ART 101, Brooklyn, NY

2000
Art Works/Water Works, Liberty Place, Philadelphia, PA

1999
F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Gritty City, Borowsky Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

1998
20 X 12: A Generation of Challenge, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Works on Paper 1998, Beaver College, Glenside, PA
Juror: Mark Rosenthal

Annual Exhibition, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA

F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1997
The Unbroken Line, 1897-1997, Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Nexus is 21, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

1996
F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Views, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

City Lights, Borowsky Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

1995
I.D., Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

Entropic Zones: Buildings and Structures of the Contemporary City, Rider University Gallery, Lawrenceville, NJ

1994
Landscape Works by Women Artists: Selections from the Scott Memorial Study Collection, Bryn Mawr College Gallery, Bryn Mawr, PA

Nexus at Viridian, Viridian Gallery, New York, NY

Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy Annual Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Cheltenham Center for the Arts Annual, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
Juror: Charlotta Kotik

1993 - 1994
Hard Choices III
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art Traveling Exhibition, Johnstown Art Museum
Blair Art Museum, Hollidaysburg
Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh
Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia
Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes Barre
Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg

1993
Alternatives, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

Small Works, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

1992
7 Sculptors: International Sculpture Conference Invitational, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

Art of the State: Pennsylvania ‘92, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Art at the Armory: Philadelphia Artists, 103d Engineers Armory, Philadelphia, PA

1990
Art at the Armory: Philadelphia Artists, 103d Engineers Armory, Philadelphia, PA

Art at the Armory Selects, Community Education Center, Philadelphia, PA

Four/Sites, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

1989
Cheltenham Center for the Arts Annual, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
Juror: Lisa Phillips

City of Camden Annual, Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ

1988
Annual Exhibition, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Juror: Monique Beaudert

Cheltenham Center for the Arts Annual, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
Juror: Monique Beaudert

BackGrounds: Autobiographical Statements, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

City of Camden Annual, Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ

1987
Art Fighting AIDS, Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, PA

1986
Annual Exhibition, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Juror: Patterson Simms

City of Camden Annual, Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ

Pleiades Exchange Show, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

Cheltenham Center for the Arts Annual, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
Juror: Dore Ashton

Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy Annual, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ

Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

1985 and 1986
Sculpture Show, Rodger LaPelle Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1985
Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

Sculpture Show, Rodger LaPelle Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1985 and 1986

1983
Woodmere Annual, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

1980
Cheltenham Art Center Annual, Museum of the Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA

Greater Harrisburg Arts Festival, William Penn Memorial Museum, Harrisburg, PA

The Figure, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Woodmere Annual, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Exhibitions Curated
2014
Northern Liberties: From Worlds Workshop to Hipster Mecca and the People in Between, Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, Community History Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Northern Liberties: A Transformation, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia

Artist's Bibliography

Partial list
2019
"Third Street: Paintings and Monoprints by Jennifer Baker," Exhibition catalog, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art
With essays by V. Scott Diamond, Vanessa Houser, and Stephan Salisbury

Rowan, Tommy, "The RoundUp: NoLibs Focus of Art Exhibit," The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 24, 2019

Urban, Kelly, "Museum Exhibit Spotlights Artist's Paintings, Monoprints," The Tribune Democrat, July 27, 2019

2016
Seibert, Brian, "Review: Waging Battle with Scarcity and Borders at La MaMA Dance Festival," The New York Times, May 15, 2016

"Gender, Environment, Politics & Culture to Take the Stage in 2016 LA MAMA MOVES Dance Festival," BroadwayWorld.com, March 30, 2016

"Portraits of People on the Move: Personal Stories of Immigration at La MaMa," LaMaMaBlogspot.com, May, 2016

Barone, Joshua, "ArtsBeat, Dance," The New York Times, March 27, 2016

2015
Merritt, Carolyn, “Human MovementthINKingDance, July 14, 2015

Jackson, Merylin, “Telling, and Dancing, the Immigrant Story,” June 24, 2015

Gregory King, “Supper, People on the Move: A Topic Tackled With Great Success,” The Dance Journal, June 27, 2015

2014
Heidenry, Rachel, “Review: Gentification Tales,” The Architect’s Newspaper, May 9, 2014

Gates, Kellie Patrick, “From Industry to Abandonment, Artist's Mecca to Hipster Haven, New Exhibit Tells Tale of Northern Liberties,” PlanPhilly.com, February 24, 2014

Jamison, Mikala, “Painting the Town: Artists' views on Northern Liberties' Changes,” Philadelphia City Paper, February 20, 2014 citypaper.net

Pulcini, Max, “Northern Liberties: From World’s Workshop to Hipster Mecca and the People in Between,” Spirit Newspapers, February 19, 2014

Crimmins, Peter, “Northern Liberties' Pre-Piazza Roots on Display at Philadelphia History Museum” Newsworks.org, February 19, 2014

Finn, Chelsea, “Northern Liberties’ Transformation Through the Ages,” The Temple News, February 17, 2014

Blumgart, Jake, “Jawnts: The Evolution of N. Liberties,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 16, 2014

Zweifler, Seth, “Museum Exhibit Looks at Northern Liberties' Transformation,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 16, 2014

“Atwater Kent To Take A Look At History Of No Libs, From Industrial Neighborhood To Where You Go For A Craft Beer” Philebrity.com, February 10, 2014

Wilson, Jillian, “The Philadelphia History Museum Presents Northern Liberties: From World’s Workshop To Hipster Mecca And The People In Between, Opening On February 20,” uwishunu.com, January 31, 2014

2013
Fisher, Christine, “From World's Workshop to Hipster Mecca: Northern Liberties Artist Curates Community History Exhibit,” PlanPhilly.com, November 18, 2013

Jamison, Mikala, “What’s Your NoLibs Story?” Northeast Times, November 5, 2013 bsmphilly.com

Miller, Nancy Bea, “Jennifer,” Women in the Act of Painting Blog, January 11, 2013

2012
Jackson, Merilyn, “Grace and improvisation at Falls Bridge Dance Festival,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 17, 2012

2011
Donohoe, Victoria, “Northern Liberties, down and up,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 10, 2011

Foran, Clare, “Northern Liberties: A Transformation,” Philadelphia City Paper, June 14, 2011

Nicole Finkbiner, “NoLibs in a Nutshell: Artists Tackle a Neighborhood’s Transformation,” Philadelphia Weekly, June 8, 2011

2007
“Tree of Liberty Mosaic Takes Shape,” Delaware County Daily Times, May 29, 2007

1998
New American Paintings, Number 15, April 1998, The Open Studios Press

1997
Sozanski, Edward J., “Fleisher Art Memorial,” Philadelphia Inquirer, November 28, 1997

1996
Sozanski, Edward J., “F.A.N. Gallery,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 21, 1996

Nugent, Jeanne, “Industrial Sights,” Philadelphia Weekly, June 19, 1996

1995
Dickinson, James, “Entropic Zones: Buildings and Structures of the Contemporary City,” Rider University Gallery, 1995

Raynor, Vivien, “Relentless March of Industrial Decay,” The New York Times, March 5, 1995

Hudson, Alexia, “A City in Ruins,” Welcomat, March 1, 1995

1993
Sozanski, Edward J., “A Fluid Technique Imparting a Feeling of Immediacy,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 14, 1993

Rice, Robin, “The Many Faces of Realism,” Philadelphia City Paper, May 21, 1993

1990
Crohn, Jennifer, “Installations of Sound and Action,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 23, 1990

Moran, Kate, “Four/Sites,” New Art Examiner, Summer 1990

1988
Donohoe, Victoria, “Painted Bride,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 7, 1988

1987
“At a Manhattan Loft, Art and Law Coexist,” The New York Times, February 15, 1987

Professional Experience

2019 - 2020
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Teacher, handprinted monotype workshops

2019
St. Francis University, Loretto, PA
Teacher, handprinted monotype workshops

2013
Burlington County College, Pemberton, NJ
NEA funded project to design and create a sculpture for the Pemberton Campus sculpture garden, with BCC students and students from two area high schools,

Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ
Guest Artist, collaboration with choreographer Silvana Cardell to create a multidisciplinary performance piece with students from the School of Dance and the School of Visual Arts

2012
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Guest Artist, collaboration with choreographer Silvana Cardell to work on multidisciplinary performance piece with students from the School of Dance and the School of Visual Arts

2007
Swarthmore-Rutledge School, Swarthmore, PA
Artist in Residence

1986 - 1988
Greene Street Friends School, Philadelphia, PA
Art Instructor

1986
Main Line Center for the Arts, Haverford, PA
Sculpture and Casting Instructor

1982 - 1983
Main Line School Night Association, Radnor, PA
Sculpture and Casting Instructor

1981
Hussian School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Guest Instructor in Sculpture

1980
University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA
Drawing Instructor

Awards and Honors

2018
Window of Opportunity Grant, Leeway Foundation

2010
Art and Change Grant, Leeway Foundation

1997
Finalist, Works on Paper, Pew Fellowship in the Arts

1994
Finalist, Works on Paper, Mid Atlantic/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship

Pilyna Sitarchuk Memorial Award Cheltenham Center for the Arts Annual, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
Juror: Charlotta Kotik

1992
Visual Arts Fellowship for works on paper, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Finalist, Works on Paper, Mid Atlantic/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship

1989
Barbara Specker Gorson Award Cheltenham Center for the Arts Annual, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
Juror: Lisa Phillips

1988
First Prize, Prints, City of Camden Annual, Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ

1986
Best in Show, City of Camden Annual, Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ

1983
Charles Knox Smith Founders Prize, Woodmere Annual, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

1980
Fred and Naomi Gibson Hazel Prize, Woodmere Annual, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Best of Show, Katonah Gallery, Katonah, NY
Juror: Jack Beal

Other

2008, 2009
POST Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

Performance and Readings

2019
Northern Liberties StorySlam
Organized event and presented slideshow of Northern Liberties paintings

Visual artist for Supper, People on the Move created by Silvana Cardell
See "Selected Exhibitions" for complete information of venues

2012
Now!, Falls Bridge: New Movement, Improvisation and Performance Festival at Philly PARD, Philadelphia, PA
Performance collaboration with choreographer Silvana Cardell, with five dancers and live drawings by Jennifer Baker.

2011
"Readings," Northern Liberties: A Transformation, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009
"Northern Liberties Project," First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

“Northern Liberties Project,” First Person Arts Salon, Laurie Beechman Cabaret at the Arts Bank, Philadelphia, PA

Public Art Projects

2008
Semi-Finalist SEPTA Art in Transit project, 46th and Market Streets El Station. I created a design called West Philly Dances, 20-by-50-foot frieze of dancing figures to be cut out of plate aluminum, painted, and mounted on a tubular steel grid. Done in collaboration with CuetoKearney Design.

2007
The SRS Tree of Liberty, Artist in Residence/Public Art Project: Wallingford-Swarthmore School District Dimensions in Art Program

2001
Snake Bench, Project coordinator and artist assistant to James “Big Man” Maxton, Swarthmore-Rutledge School

1979
Stations of the Cross: 14 bas relief wood carvings in collaboration with sculptor Eiko Fan, St. Francis Church, Philadelphia, PA

1980
Three bas relief panels for facade and interior, Greenbriar Inn, Cherry Hill, NJ

Collections

Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Altoona, PA

Bryn Mawr College, William and Uytendale Scott Memorial Study Collection

CuetoKEARNEYdesign, Swarthmore, PA

Robert Linn Architects, Media, PA

Private Collections in New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, and Quebec

Education

1979
Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
BFA

1978
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Four Year Certification

1975
Art Students League, New York, NY
Studied drawing with Marshall Glasier, Summer session

1973 - 1974
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

1973
Carnegie-Mellon University School of Fine Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
Summer Session