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Jenny Eggleston is a visual artist, poet, and teacher. Her work is often inspired by nature--and its many forms and feminisms--to create mindscapes that are emotive, sensual, sometimes disturbing, and quirky. Jenny often titles her works with poems, moving between the expressions in a separate but co-creative act.

 

Her recent work responds to concrete scenes of shame, silencing, and taboo, with a surreal and unafraid imagination. She is an advocate for reproductive justice, full dismantling of rape culture, and equitable health care for all.

Jenny Eggleston has exhibited throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Her work has been shown at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, and most recently at the Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University. She is the owner of Egg in Nest Art Studio, a private art studio providing instruction in drawing, painting, and art appreciation. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary, and her graduate studies were at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also studied abroad through the University of Georgia. 

 

 

Recent Work

 

 State of the Union

My recent work is in response to the crisis of democracies across the globe, particularly in the United States. While insidious assaults on democratic ideals have been experienced by BIPOC communities since the inception of this country, citizens the country over found themselves in shock and disbelief over the assault on our Nation’s Capitol on January 6, 2021. The subsequent attacks on voting rights, reproductive rights, and attacks on the LGBTQ+ communities have intensified in the last year. State of the Union is a body of work that depicts these ongoing threats to our civil liberties through symbolic imagery that is at once visceral and unrepressed.  The mixed-media works in this show employ taboo imagery of the KKK, funhouse mirrors, and flags while using mud, dirt, and gauze as some of the mediums. The symbols and materials composed are meant to be stark reminders that there cannot be democracy when there is only one dominant narrative and made under the blanket of White Privilege.

 

Solo and Invitational Exhibitions

State of the Union, VAE Raleigh at So & So Books, Raleigh, NC, May-July 2022

COSO 2021 Biennial, VAE Raleigh at The Hub, Raleigh, NC, October 2021

Flora [FEM] Fauna, The Gatewood Gallery, UNCGreensboro, Greensboro, NC, April 2021

Skipping Stones and Wishing Wells (A Sister Act), The Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex, NC, May 2021

Flora fem Fauna, Frankie G. Weems Art Gallery, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC, February 2020

Durham Art Guild 65th Annual Juried Exhibition, DAG's SunTrust Gallery, Durham, NC,  August 2019

(In)Visible Organ, Rubenstein Arts Center, Duke University, Durham, NC, February 2019

The Nasty Woman Art Show and Fundraiser, The Carrack, Durham, NC, January 2017

Solo Show, Mute Music, Drawings and Poems, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC, February 2018

Solo Show, Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex, NC, October 2016

Solo Show, Durham Art Guild, Golden Belt, September 2016

Featured Artist, Frank Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC, July 2016

Furballs and the Quiz-o-matic Cherries, Recent Paintings and Assemblage, Artspsace, Foyer, Raleigh, NC, March – May 2016

Head in the Clouds, Drawing and Paintings, Holly Springs Cultural Center, Holly Springs, NC, October, 2015

Fate and Fortunes, Assemblages and Drawings, Artspace, UpFront Gallery, Raleigh, NC, February 2015

FRANK Graphic: Drawings and Prints, Frank Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC, May-June 2014

Fortune Boxes, Assemblages Inspired by Freaks Shows and the Circus, Halle Culture Arts Center, Apex, NC, April 2014

Solo Exhibition of Recent Drawings, Guest Artist and Speaker, Trinity School Gallery, Trinity School, Durham, NC,  April 2014

Twisted Tongues, Surrealistic Drawings and Poetry, Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC, January 2014

Reconfiguration, Guest Artist and Speaker, Ravenscroft Gallery of Fine Art, Ravenscroft School, Raleigh, NC, September 2014

Twisted Tongues, Surrealistic Drawings and Poetry, 311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC, July-August 2013

A Field of Teacups, Surrealistic Drawings and Poetry, Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex NC, April 2013

Reconfiguration, DeBerry Gallery for Botanical Arts and Illustration, North Carolina Botanical Gardens, Chapel Hill, NC, January 2013

Reconfiguration, Rocky Mount Imperial Arts Centre, Rocky Mount, NC, Sept 2013

Carbon Load, Solo Installation, Artspace UpFront Gallery, Raleigh, NC, July 2011

Earthly Musings, 3 person exhibition, Block Gallery, Raleigh, NC August 2011

Tulips, Artspace Lobby Gallery, Raleigh, NC,  April 2010

The Nature of Being, Gallery Nomads, Flanders Gallery at Green Hill Center, Greensboro NC, 2009

Figuratively Speaking, M. Street Gallery, Raleigh NC, April 2009

 

Recent Juried Exhibitions

Peeling In the Years, Group Exhibition, Peel Gallery, Carrboro, NC, Dec 2021

64th Annual Juried Exhibition, Durham Arts Guild, Durham, NC, July 2018

N.E.W. Never Exhibition Work, Visual Art Exchange, September 2015

N.E.W. Never Exhibited Work, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC, September 2014

Rocky Mount Imperial Arts Centre 2014 Juried Show, Rocky Mount, NC, Summer 2014

Berserk! Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC, April 2014

Durham Art Guild Juried Exhibition, Durham, NC, Winter 2014

ArtSpace Collectors Galla, Artspace Raleigh, NC, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

The White Show, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC, October 2011

Oxidation, Halle Cultural Art Center, Apex ,NC, October 2011

Unfettered, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC, April 2011

For the Love of Art, VAE Juried Exhibition, Auction and Gala, Raleigh, NC,2011

Art on Paper 2010, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

N.E.W. Never Exhibited Work, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC, 2010

The Party, Coordinated Exhibit, United Arts Council, Raleigh, NC, 2010

Upfront Exhibition, Artspace , Raleigh, NC, 2010

New Works Exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh, NC, 2010

Exchange Gallery Exhibition, 2 person show, VAE, Raleigh, NC, 2009          

Eve’s Threads, ArtSPARK POD Installation, SPARKcon,  Raleigh, NC, 2009

Gallery Artists Exhibition, M. Street Gallery, Raleigh, NC, 2008

Unfettered , Visual Artists Exchange  Raleigh, NC, 2008,

Love In the Air, Halle Cultural Art Center, Apex, NC, 2008

N.E.W. Never Exhibited Work, VAE,  Raleigh, NC, 2008

Spark Con’08 Exhibition, Vintage 21 Gallery, Raleigh, NC, 2008

American Drawing Biennial II, Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA

Juried Exhibition, 1708 Main Street Gallery, Richmond, VA.

 

Awards and Reviews

2016 Winter Residency at Penland School of Craft, Penland NC

2015 Winter Residency at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2014 Acquisition Award, Maria V. Howard Gallery, Imperial Arts Centre, Rocky Mount, NC, June 2014

“Honorable Mention” The White Show, VAE, Raleigh NC, 2011

Reviewed by the Independent Weekly as “White Show highlight” http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/two-new-shows-at-visual-art-exchange/Content?oid=2684973

Independent Weekly Magazine “Artist Pick” for Carbon Load Exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh NC, August 2011

http://teachingyourmiddleschooler.blogspot.com/2011/08/exhibit-you-dont-want-to-miss.html

“Merit Award”, For the Love of Art 2011 , VAE Exhibition, Auction and Gala, Raleigh NC

“Merit Award” N.E.W. Exhibit, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC 2010

NC Art Blog Review, The Birds and the Bees Jenny Eggleston at Artspace, May 2010

15-foot wildlife mural commission, Stevens Center in Richmond, VA

“Critics’ Choice,” American Drawing Biennial, Muscarelle Museum of Art,    Williamsburg VA

“People’s Choice” Small Works Exhibition, On the Hill Art Gallery, Yorktown, VA

Book cover and poster design award , “Virginia Endangered Species”, Virginia Wildlife Agency

“Everyone has a Song” painting commission, Western Wake Hospital, Cary NC  2009

 

Education

Bachelor of Arts, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 1986

Graduate Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 1990

Studied Abroad, Cortona, Italy, University of Georgia 1985 under John D. Kehoe