Jenny E. Balisle

Jenny E. Balisle earned a B.A. in Art and Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a M.F.A. from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows including the de Young Museum Artist-in-Residence, Art Museum of Los Gatos, Gallery 555 of the Oakland Museum of California, Chicago Cultural Center, Korean Cultural Center, Harvard University, Farmington Museum, Museu Brasileiro Sao Paulo and Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute Art Museum in China. Her work has been featured in such publications as ZYZZYVA journal, Sculptural Pursuits Magazine, The Drum Literary Magazine, and NONPROFIT QUATERLY. She was also commissioned for the original Hearts in San Francisco public art and South San Francisco Utility Box Mural Project. Balisle currently works as an artist, curator, advocate, writer, lecturer, and M.F.A. instructor at the Academy of Art University. Locally, she serves on the Public Art Advisory Committee and as a Richmond Arts & Culture Commissioner.

My art practice investigates diverse relationships and systems within natural and manmade environments. Fascinated by flight or disorientation, I merge together disparate experiences to create new narratives, perspectives, and cultures. The goal is to identify how patterns and symbols of influence impact perception.

Mediums are repurposed by altering function to explore identity, ideology, and equality. As a multi-disciplinary artist, my practice incorporates drawings, sculpture, site-specific installations, objects, video, and audio. Art translates when words become inadequate.

Artworks can be labor intensive to immediate, private or public, and vary in scale from small to large. Inspiration, investigation, sketching, recordings, and writings dictate the final form.




Academy of Art College-San Francisco. Master of Fine Art– Painting.


University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Bachelor of Art, Double major; Communication-

Advertising/Public Relations and Art-Painting. 

Museum Exhibitions


The Nor’Easter: 47th Annual Juried Members Exhibition. New Britain Museum of America Art. New Britain, CT.



Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All. St. Mary’s College Museum of Art. Moraga, CA.

WEST ON THE LEFT EAST ON THE RIGHT. Jinquan Museum. Jiuquan, China.

Blue Marble. San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. San Luis Obispo, CA.

Position Vision Manner. Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute Art Museum. Shanghai, China.

Patterns. Hockaday Museum of Art. Kalispell, MT.



An Odyssey-10 Years of TAM. Torrance Art Museum. Torrance, CA.

28th September Competition. Alexandria Museum of Art. Alexandria, LA.



Patterns. de Young Museum Artist-in-Residence. San Francisco, CA.

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. San Luis Obispo, CA.



Ormond Memorial Art Museum. Ormond Beach, FL.

Triton Museum’s Statewide Painting Competition & Exhibition. Santa Clara, CA.



Green. Attleboro Arts Museum. Attleboro, MA.

Factor XX. Art Museum of Los Gatos. Los Gatos, CA.



47th Annual Juried Competition. Masur Museum of Art. Monroe, LA.

A Book About Death. Museu Brasileiro Sao Paulo (MUBE). Sao Paulo, Brasil.



Paperworks! Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. Novato, CA.

2008 Gateway to Imagination. Farmington Museum. Farmington, NM.

Oakland Museum of California off-site exhibition space (Gallery 555). Oakland, CA.



All-In Juried Art Exhibition. Torrance Art Museum. Torrance, CA.



The Golda Foundation’s First Annual Juried Painting Exhibition, Poetry Competition & Gala

Evening. Fresno Art Museum. Fresno, CA.




Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge Artist-In-Residence. Brooksville, MS.



Patterns. de Young Museum Artist-in-Residence. San Francisco, CA.


Solo Exhibitions


Transit. HANG ART. San Francisco, CA.



Osmosis. L Ross Gallery. Memphis, TN.

Gesture. Hang Art Gallery. San Francisco, CA.



Layers. L Ross Gallery. Memphis, TN.

Jenny E. Balisle. Laredo Center for the Arts. Laredo, TX.



Water Street. Port of Oakland. Oakland, CA.

Surface. Brooks Barrow Gallery. Milwaukee, WI.

New Work. Wexler Gallery. Philadelphia, PA.



Process. L Ross Gallery. Memphis, TN.

Jenny E. Balisle. MAC Gallery. Paducah, KY.



Dark to Light. HANG Gallery. San Francisco, CA.

Essentia, Tactility of the Soul. The Art Gallery at San Francisco State University.



Twelve. HANG Gallery. San Francisco, CA.


Selected Group Exhibitions


The Feminist Opposition. Hera Gallery. Wakefield, RI.

Make Shift. Delmar Loop Gallery. Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design. St. Louis, MO.



USA Ambassador Residence. United States of America Embassy. Beijing, China.

Home. Chimney Art Center. Shanghai, China.

Common Ground: A celebration of our National Parks. David Brower Center. Berkeley, CA.

The Art of Change. Marylyn & Chuck Claus Center for the Arts. Marymount California University. San Pedro, CA.



WEST ON THE LEFT EAST ON THE RIGHT. 188 Contemporary Art Center. Shanghai, China.

Aqua Art Fair. HANG ART. Miami, FL.

New Directions ’15. The Barrett Art Center. Poughkeepsie, NY.

Laws of Attraction. Sculptor Guild. Governors Island, NY.

28th Annual McNeese Works on Paper Exhibition. Albercrombie Gallery. McNeese State University. Lake Charles, LA.

Friends With Karma. Pro Arts Gallery. Oakland, CA.



125th Anniversary Annual Members’ Exhibition. The Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Art Gallery. New York, NY.

Maude Kerns Art Center. Eugene, OR.

ArtPalmBeach. Wexler Gallery. West Palm Beach, FL.



Wexler Gallery. Philadelphia, PA.

Larson Art Gallery. University of Minnesota. St. Paul, MN.

Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition. Blue Line Gallery. Roseville, CA.



The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center. Frederick, MD.

The Last Book. Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky. Hamburg, Germany.

Annual Open Small Works Exhibition. National Association of Women Artists, Inc. New York, New York.



Micro to Macro. JK Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.

Outlandish: Contemporary Depictions of Nature. Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts. Walnut Creek, CA.

The Last Book. Aguilar Branch of the New York Public Library. New York, New York.

Two Compasses: Jenny E. Balisle & Erynn Richardson. Downtown Art Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.

Deconstructed Applications. Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.



Transitions. The Pen and Brush, Inc. New York, NY.

The Last Book. Zentral Bibliothek. Zurich, Switzerland.

New York Affordable Art Fair. New York, NY.

Ink and Clay 36. W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery. Cal Poly University. Pomona, CA



The Artists of ZYZZYVA. Mina Dresden Gallery. San Francisco, CA.

Elemental. Thoreau Center for Sustainability. San Francisco, CA.

The Sketchbook Project. art house gallery’s traveling installation. Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, St Louis and Brooklyn.

ProArts Juried Annual 2009. Juror: Ali Subotnik, Curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Oakland, CA.

In the Abstract. Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. LA International Airport (LAX), Southwest Terminal 1.

The Last Book. The National Library of Argentina. Buenos Aries, Argentina.

Night of 1,000 Drawings. Artists Space. New York, NY.



Balancing Perspectives: East Asian Influences in Contemporary Art. de Young Museum College

Advisory Committee collaboration and exhibition with John F. Kennedy University’s Arts and

Consciousness Department. JFKU’s Arts and Consciousness Gallery. Berkeley, CA.

Monotype Marathon 2008. Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA.

RIC Art Futura 2008. Chicago Cultural Center. Chicago, IL.

On, of, and About Paper. Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Santa Ana, CA. 2008.



RIC ArtFutura 2007. Chicago Cultural Center. Chicago, IL.

The Process of Minimal Change. Revolution Gallery. Dallas, TX.



TarFest 2006. Miracle Mile District. Korean Cultural Center. Los Angeles, CA.

Berkeley Artists Civic Center Exhibition. Berkeley Arts Center. Berkeley, CA.



White Ribbon Exhibition. Cheyney University, Cheyney, PA.

Infinity 2005 Visual Poetry exhibition. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.



New Visions: Introductions 04. PRO ARTS gallery. Oakland, CA.

Errata and Contradiction… 2004 Visual Poetry exhibition. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.


Public Art


South San Francisco Utility Box Mural Project. South San Francisco, CA.

Finalist for Guy Place Mini Park. San Francisco Arts Commission. San Francisco, CA.



Hearts in San Francisco. San Francisco, CA. Public Art Exhibition and Philanthropy Project for SF

General Hospital Foundation.

Selected Awards and Publications


Americans for the Arts Convention. Registration Scholarship. San Francisco, CA.



Merit Award. Harrington Gallery. Firehouse Arts Center. Pleasanton, CA.



NONPROFIT QUARTERLY. Publication. Fall/Winter



Studio Visit Magazine. Volume 17 & 18.



The Drum Literary Magazine.



ZYZZYVA, the last word: west coast writers & artists. Issue 75. Vol. XXV, No 1. Spring.



The Noe Valley Voice. San Francisco, CA.

Nominee. SFMOMA SECA ART Award. San Francisco, CA.



ZYZZYVA, the last word: west coast writers & artists. Issue 81. Winter.

RIC ArtFutura 2007. Honorable Mention. Chicago Cultural Center. Chicago, IL.



The Renascent, Writing Vol. 2. E.R. Morse & J.S.B Morse. Code Publishing.

The Renascent, Painting Vol.1. E.R. Morse & J.S.B Morse. Code Publishing.

Sculptural Pursuits First Annual Art/Literary Competition. Half Page layout in the winter 2005 issue.

ZYZZYVA, the last word: west coast writers & artists. Issue 75. Vol. XXI, No 3. Winter 2005.



The Golda Foundation’s First Annual Juried Painting Exhibition, Poetry Competition & Gala

Evening in Partnership with the Fresno Art Museum. Fresno, CA.

Hearts in San Francisco. Publication.


Selected Bibliography


Gray, Channing. “Providence Art Club wraps up its women’s show with a few gems.” Providence

Journal. April 12th.



Casey Nilsson. “Hera Gallery Hosts ‘The Feminist Opposition”, Rhode Island Monthly, February 28th.                   Opposition/



Pleasant, Amy. “Artists as Activists: Pursuing Social Justice”, The Huffington Post, September 9th.



Weltner, Anna. “Golden Circles”, New Times, January 24th.



Phillips, Renee. “Artists As Teachers: Helping Us Reach Potential”, Professional Artist, June.

Swanhuyser, Hiya. “Wet Paint”, SFWEEKLY, March 1st.

Nelson, Meg. “Is Art Blind?”, Los Gatos Patch, January 7th.

O’Malley, Susan. “Jenny E. Balisle”, Jenny E. Balisle exhibition catalogue.



O’Malley, Susan. “Practice Makes”, Factor XX exhibition catalogue.




New Generations Student Showcase. de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.



2017- 2006

M.F.A. Instructor. Courses: Directed Study, Critical Thinking, Abstract & Interpretation,

and Composition for Abstract Art. Academy of Art University. San Francisco, CA.

Philanthropic Activities

Arts & Culture Commissioner. Richmond, CA.

Public Art Advisory Committee. Richmond, CA.

Students Rising Above. San Francisco, CA.


Membership Affiliations

Royal British Society of Sculptors

National Association of Women Artists


Richmond Art Center


Avenue 12 Gallery

1101 Lake Street at 12th Avenue

San Francisco CA 94118