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Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Post Graduate Program1995

M.F.A. (Sculpture), The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL 1994

B.F.A. (Sculpture) – Parsons School of Art and Design,1990


The Loomis Institute,  Art Department Chair, Director and Curator, The Sue E. and Eugene Mercy Gallery, Director, The Richmond Art Center, Palmer and Nichols Fellow in Visual Art, 2007-present

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Dept. of Ceramics and Sculpture, 2000-2007, Department Chair Sabbatical year long replacement 2003, 2005, Taught beginning through Graduate Studies in Ceramics and Sculpture 1999-2007

The Parade Company, Detroit, MI. Resident Sculptor (kinetic floats) 2000-2007

University Liggett School, FT Faculty, Fine Arts Department 1995-2000

The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI. Curriculum Development 1999-2007

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Foundation and Summer Programs, 1991-1994

Grants, Fellowships, Residencies

Joseph Albers Grant Recipient, 2013-18

Palmer Fellowship, 5 year Fellow, 2012-2017

Named Nichols Fellow in Art, 2010-present

Professional Honorarium Grant, The Loomis Institute, 2008-2016

Michigan Mud, first place award honorarium, 2007

Michigan Arts League Honorarium, 2003 and 2004

Michigan Council for the Arts Year 2000 Creative Artist Grant

Skowhegan Fellowship, full fellowship award co-granted by Skowhegan and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Graduate Program 1995

Parsons Artists’ Award Exhibition, 1990, Los Angeles, CA Lloyd Hamrol, Juror
MASS MoCA, October, 2018

The Millay Colony, NY, full fellowship residency, September, 2018

Vermont Studio Center, full fellowship residency, Johnson, VT 2014 and 2018

Haystack, Maine, 2016

Oaxaca Artist Resident, summer 2015, Mexico

Maya Center for Ceramics, Bali, Indonesia, 2014

Aba House, Accra, Ghana 2013


The Imagined and Invented Figure, Melanie Carr Gallery, CT June-July, 2018

Fehrenheit 2018, The American Museum of Ceramic Art, CA. 2018

Northeast Ceramic Sculpture Invitational, Art Centro Gallery, NY, 2017

Utopia/Dystopia, Main Street Arts, NY, May-June 2017, Curator: John Massier , Director of Hallwalls, NY

Superfine Contemporary Art Fair, NYC, May 2017

Narrative Abstract, Perspectives Gallery, curated by Debbie Hess, Jan. 2017

MixMaster, Mattatuck Museum, curator, Meg White, Gallery NAGA, Boston, Jan. 2017

Leggo My Ego, Freeform Art Space, Santa Fe, MN June 2016

X Contemporary, Art Miami, 2016, Miami, Art Shape Mammoth

Light, Industrial, Ecosystem, Garner Arts, NY 2015

Body Eden, Wayfarers Gallery, Brooklyn , NY. Jan-Feb, 2015

Noreaster, The New Britain Museum of American Art, CT. Jan/Feb, 2015

Jennifer McCandless, Mired In Humanity, The Mercy Gallery, CT June, 2014

Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture, The Meijer Museum of Sculpture, Curator of Sculpture, Joseph Becherer, Sept 2012- Jan. 2013

To Go, National Ceramic Exhibition, curated by Christa Assad, Mendocino Art Center 2011-12 Love, National Sculpture Society, 2011

Craft Triennial, Silvermine Gallery, 2011, Curator, H.Hochner, Director, Museum of Art and Design,NY

Faculty Exhibition, The Mercy Gallery, 2007-2011 Contemporary Visions in Ceramics, The Mercy Gallery, 2010

2008Why Not, The Housatanec Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT 2008

Jennifer McCandless, The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, curator, AaronTimlin 2008

Avatar, East Central College Gallery, MI., 2008

 Celebrating Women Artists of the East, The John Sly Ely Museum, New Haven, CT, 2008

Jennifer McCandless, New Work, The Sue and Eugene Jr. Mercy Gallery, 2008

Wayne State University Faculty Show, Community Arts Gallery, 2002-6

The New Ceramics, Gallery 451, Baltimore, MD, in conjunction with National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts Conference, 2005

Michigan Council for the Arts Grant Recipient Exhibition, The Padzieski Gallery, MI 2003

Art for the People, The Scarab Club Main Gallery, Detroit, MI 2002-3,

Michigan Annual, Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI 2001. Z. Sikora, Juror

New Work, Jennifer McCandless, Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, MI 2001

...Documenta USA, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Pontiac, MI 1999

Intersections, Stevens/George Gallery, Chicago, IL 1998

Our Town, Exhibition of Michigan Artists, Community House Gallery, Birmingham, MI 1998

First Annual Juried Competition, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL 1998

Arts Faculty Exhibition, University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 1997

Potentiality, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 1996. Juried exhibition curated by Melanie Feerst

Fifteenth Annual Fresco Show, Skowhegan Fresco Barn, Skowhegan, ME 1995

Drive In Display, collaborative work with Mel Chin & Ashley Thorner, Skowhegan, ME 1995

Works on Paper, National Juried Competition, Center for Visual Arts, Normal, IL 1995

Works on Paper, C.A.G.E. Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 1995

Toy Bomb, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL 1994

MFA Thesis Exhibition,The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 1994

National Juried Competition, Greenview Arts Center, Chicago, IL 1994

American Painting, Women’s Caucus for Art, Houston, TX 1994

New Forms in Contemporary Sculpture, Opus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1990

Annual Juried Exhibition, 1st Place Sculpture, Otis/Parsons, Los Angeles, CA 1990 Lloyd Hamrol, Juror

Playing Games, Rose Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1989

The Art of Humor, Reisse/La Breque Gallery, Venice, CA 1989The Next Generation, Reisse/La Breque Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1987

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