Jennifer Parker

Associate Professor

Sculpture, Interactive Art, New Media, and Kinetic Art

Jennifer Parker

Department Chair, Founding Director of OpenLab
Research Interests: 

Parker maintains a multifaceted art practice at the intersection of art and science. The conceptual framework of her research includes a literal, formal, and idiomatic approach to materials and a political, private, and metaphorically abstract attitude toward expression as it relates to information and creativity. This research approach animates a space of possibility by asking the viewer to pay attention to the overlooked details, juxtapositions and interdependencies of our physical and sensory experience in the world around us. To pull information out of pie charts and graphs, to look at, feel and explore ideas as new and innovative forms of expression.  

For Parker, being an artist means being an activist, thinker, historian, and teacher who creates deployable art platforms for creating sound, and digital media with organic materials and traditional sculpture fabrication techniques to ask questions and to tell stories.


Jennifer Parker 





Advisory Board

Bay Area Arts and Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions 

(2014 - Present)

Office location: Digital Arts Research Center 239
Office Hours: 
Tuesdays 2-4pm and by appointment
Mailing Address: 

Art Department

Baskin Visual Arts

UC Santa Cruz

1156 High Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Education and Training: 
M.F.A. Rutgers University
B.A. College of Creative Studies, University of California Santa Barbara
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Selected Publications: 

Jennifer Parker is a practicing artist living in Oakland, CA. Her work has been exhibited, performed and presented nationally in places such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts SF Camerawork, The LAB, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, Bay Area Science Festival @ AT & T Park, and Southern Exposure in San Francisco, CA; Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA; ISEA12 in Albuquerque, New Mexico; ZER01, Biennial and Tech Museum in San Jose; Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga; Maker Fair in San Mateo, CA; Kantor Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; CAF in Santa Barbara, CA; the Bessie Schöenberg Theater in New York; the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington. Internationally, Parker has shown at the de Baile in Amsterdam, Holland; The War Memorial Museum in Seoul, Korea; the World Trade Center in Osaka, Japan; the Iskra History Museum in Kazanlak, Bulgaria; Califia Galerie and Školská 28 Galerie in the Czech Republic; and the Sala de exposiciones Parque García Sanabria in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. She is the recipient of several grants, awards, and fellowships including Artworks NEA, Art Matters, the New Forms Regional Grant administered by the Inter-Arts Program of the NEA, The New Jersey State Council of the Arts and the Kate Neal Kinely Memorial Fellowship Award

Teaching Interests: 

Interactive Art & Design, Performance, the Body, Sound, Kinetic Art, Video, Systems Thinking

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