Education

2010 - 2015, BFA Printmaking, Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD), Grand Rapids, MI

 

Professional Experience

2017- Current, Production Floor Manager, Uncle Goose, Grand Rapids, MI

While I am still head of screening, I also manage the whole of the production process now (screening/finishing/packaging) and communicate with the other managers to ensure everything is accounted for and finished on time. 

2016-Current, Screenprint Facility Manager, Uncle Goose, Grand Rapids, MI

Alongside my usual screenprinting duties, I am also responsible for the maintenance of the screenprinting section and its materials. Basically, I make sure everything is running smoothly. 

2015-Current, Screenprinter, Uncle Goose, Grand Rapids, MI

I work for this company as a screenprinter. They create woodblock toys for children that have alphabet, numerical, and other themed designs printed on them. 

2015, Print Shop Intern, Dinderbeck, Grand Rapids, MI

2014 - 2015, President, Collective Pressure, KCAD's Printmaking Club, Grand Rapids, MI

2014, Teacher's Assistant, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI (Intro to Printmaking [Anthony Mead] Summer 2014)

2013 - 2015, Print Shop Assistant, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

 

Award

2015, Studio Excellence Award for Printmaking, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

 

Solo Exhibition

2018, Mend, Madcap Coffee, Grand Rapids, MI

2018, Temper + Mend, Kresege Gallery at Olivet College, Olivet, MI 

 

Group Exhibition

2018, Elemental, Uptown Gallery, Grand Haven, MI

2018, On the Edge, Gainey Gallery in Van Singel Fine Arts Center, Byron Center, MI

2018, Head -to-Toe & In-Between, Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, MI 

2017, TEN, Uptown Gallery, Grand Haven, MI 

2017, PrintAustin Trade Portfolio, NJ Weaver's Gallery, Flatbed Press and Gallery, Austin, TX

2017, TEN & New Work, Kresge Gallery at Olivet College, Olivet, MI 

2016-2017, Small Works 2016, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY

2016, TEN, Kirk Newman Art School, Kalamazoo, MI 

2016, Kirk Newman Art School Post Baccalaureate Resident Exhibition, Kalamazoo Institute for the Arts (KIA), Kalamazoo, MI

2016, TEN, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC), Kalamazoo, MI 

2015, Free Radical: Duality, 122 S. Division, Grand Rapids, MI

2015, 2015 BFA Excellence Awards Exhibition, Fed Gallery, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

2015, Obsess + Abscess: This is All Something I Have Done Before (BFA Thesis exhibiton during Impact), KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

2015, Sphere, Spiral Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

2014, Free Radical: Pop Obscurus, 307 S. Division, Grand Rapids, MI

2014, Detroit Rock City, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

2014, Thoughts of Home: Our Neighbor's Stories, The Co-Op Project, Craft House, Grand Rapids, MI

2014, Thoughts of Home: Each Other's Stories, The Co-Op Project, Craft House, Grand Rapids, MI

2014, Thoughts of Home: Our Stories, The Co-Op Project, Craft House, Grand Rapids, MI

2014, Impressions, Gallery 104, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

2013, Inspired, Spiral Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

2013, Free Radical: Say Something, Vertigo Records, Grand Rapids, MI

2013, Undergraduate Drawing and Printmaking Work, Gallery 104, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

 

Residency

2015 - 2016, Post-Baccalaureate Residency for Printmaking, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA), Kalamazoo, MI

I was selected via application process to work at the KIA from September 2015 - March 2016. During my time here, I was able to work on building my portfolio through the resources, classes, and professional development opportunities provided by the KIA. 

 

Presentation

2015, ARTbreak: Talk: Demystifying the Print with Vicki VanAmeyden, KIA, Kalamazoo, MI

I joined Vicki VanAmeyden and my fellow printmaking resident, Tamara Hirzel, in brief artist talks about our printmaking work and processes to an open forum of the Kalamazoo public.

2015, Art.Downtown: Big Block Party, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

The third year of Collective Pressure hosting this public printmaking event. As president, I organized and ran the event. This year, we partnered with the DisArt Festival to promote accessibility in the arts. Members of Pulp Fiction also joined us. 

2014, Mobility as Maker, MPAC Conference, Detroit, MI

Collective Pressure held a demo centered around mobility and movement. We constructed several assembly line inspired printmaking stations, the main one being powered by an old bicycle. We screenprinted takeaways and encouraged the public to print with us. 

2014, Live Screenprinting Event, Grand Rapids Urban Downhill Competition, Grand Rapids, MI

2014, Art.Downtown: Big Block Party, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

The second year Collective Pressure has hosted this public printmaking event. This year several other KCAD Student Organizations joined us, such a Pulp Fiction (paper making) and The Painting Collective. As President, I organized and ran the event. 

2014, Screen Printing Process Demo, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

2013, Printmaking Process Demo, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

2013, Art.Downtown: Big Block Party, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

A public event during Avenue for the Arts' event (Art.Downtown.) executed by KCAD printmaking and the Collective Pressure Print Club. Demonstrated screen printing, intaglio printing on a press, and 4 x 8' woodcuts printed with a lawn roller. I organized the intaglio printing demos and printed my own 4 x 8' woodcut. 

 

group Collaboration

2016, Poets in Print, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC)

I was asked by KBAC to illustrate a broadside print for a poem by a featured poet, Hannah Gamble. I created the image, Gamble provided the text, and KBAC used letterpress to print the poem onto my image. 

2015, Art.Downtown. Coaster Guerrilla Advertising

Five of my fellow printmakers and I screen printed 2,000 coasters for Avenue for the Arts for a "guerrilla" marketing campaign for Art.Downtown. as part of our fundraising endeavors to attend SGCI Knoxville.

2015, "Artists Take Over" Bandanas

Collective Pressure, KCAD's printmaking club, printed 300 bandanas for Avenue for the Arts' Art.Downtown. event volunteers.

2014, The Co-Op Project

From June through August, a local gallery, Craft House, selected me via interview process to collaborate with four other artists of varying creative outlets. Within the walls of Craft House, we were given free reign and formed a three part series focusing on the idea of home; examining what it meant to ourselves, to each other, and to our community.

2014, "Artists Take Over" Signs

Collective Pressure was asked to create and edition of 50 prints by Avenue for the Arts of their Artists Take Over slogan. It was used by each venue as signage for the public to identify with during Art.Downtown.

2013, Collection I: Beer City, USA

Collective Pressure issued a publication featuring art and writing from a variety of artists. Using letterpress and screen printing methods, we printed 100 editions to sell to the public. I had two pieces featured as well as assisted in production. 

 

Portfolio

2018, Head-to-Toe & In-Between, Southwest Michigan Printmakers (SWMP), Kalamazoo, MI

2018, PrintAustin Portfolio Exchange, PrintAustin, Austin, TX

2017, PrintAustin Portfolio Exchange, PrintAustin, Austin, TX

2015, In Your Face, Dinderbeck, Grand Rapids, MI

2015, The Sound of Silence, The Postcard Collective, Tucson, AZ

2015, Open Theme, KCAD Lithography, Grand Rapids, MI

2014, Order vs. Chaos, KCAD Intaglio, Grand Rapids, MI

2014, Detroit Rock City, Paper Circle Press, Nelsonville, OH

2013, Delicacies, KCAD Screenprint, Grand Rapids, MI 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Website Publications:

Olivet College, '"Temper + Mend" Exhibit by Jenna Para,' Olivet College, February 16, 2018. DOI.

Zinta Astairs, "Artists Build Their Creative Skills in New KIA Program," Second Wave, October 15, 2015. DOI.

Emma Higgins, "Kendall Exhibition Week: A Fresh Perspective," ArtPrize, May 7, 2015. DOI.

"Making Their Mark: The 2015 Excellence Award Winners," KCAD, May 1, 2015. DOI.

 

Collection

Hartland High School, Hartland, MI

 

Conference

2015, The SGC International Conference, Knoxville, TN

2014, MAPC Conference, Detroit, MI

2013, The SGC International Conference, Milwaukee, WI

 

Memebership

2016-Present, Southwest Michigan Printmakers (SWMP)

2015, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

2015, 2013, SGC International

2014, MAPC

2014 - Present, Dinderbeck

2013 - 2015, Avenue for the Arts

2013 - 2015, Collective Pressure

 

Exhibition Curated

2014, Free Radical: Pop Obscurus, 307 S. Division, Grand Rapids, MI

 

Gallery Affiliation

Light Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI