Jean Brennan

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Adjunct Professor - CCE GR Communications/Package Des 212.647.7573 p Manhattan Campus, Manhattan 7

Current Course Listing (7)

21/SP-DES-634-01 Sustainability and Design

21/SP-DES-659-01 Special Projects

20/FA-DES-730A-03 Graduate Studio: Transformation Design a

20/FA-DES-730B-04 Graduate Studio: Transformation Design B

20/FA-DES-760B-05 Graduate Seminar B

20/FA-DES-794A-01 MFA Thesis I Resource A

21/SP-DES-795A-01 MFA Thesis II Resource A

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M.F.A. Interdisciplinary Arts, Sierra Nevada College; M.S. Communications Design, Pratt Institute; B.A. Literature and Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz


Jean Brennan is an interdisciplinary artist who seeks site-specific opportunities for experiential learning and making. Her mediums are sculpture, installation and performance in a response to place—what we know about it, what lives there, and the built or natural features of site. In her research and practice, she develops artistic means and public experiences to engage herself and others in dialogue about our relationship to the natural world, interspecies dependency, and models of resiliency in the face of climate change.

As an educator, Jean explores horizontal and cooperative structures within the classroom dynamic. Through site based explorations, she encourages creative wilding outside of the studio. Her intent is to empower students to discover and embody their own methodologies and to consider the impact of their making as a generative action that lives in the world.

Selection of exhibitions include New Museum (NYC), Trouw, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Tahoe Gallery (Incline Village, NV), Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (New York), Skylight Gallery (NYC); performances include St. Marks Church (NYC), Sagehen Creek UC Berkeley Field Station, Tahoe National Forest, and BAU (Beacon Artists Union); additional teaching appointments include Hunter College, School of Visual Arts, and coordinator of GradComD initiative, Public Project (2011-14); selected professional practice includes creative and art direction at Nickelodeon, Razorfish, Lee Hunt Associates; grants include New York Foundation of the Arts, Pratt Faculty Development Fund; publications include 'Transform-action: Adventures in the Realm of Transformation Design' and design thesis 'Haptic Space.'