Jennifer Drinkwater

photo by Karla Conrad

A Mississippi native, Jennifer Drinkwater is an assistant professor with a joint appointment between the department of art and visual culture and Iowa State University extension and outreach. She has a B.A. in both studio art and anthropology from Tulane University and earned an M.F.A in painting from East Carolina University. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally in juried and group shows, and she has had solo exhibitions in various venues all over the United States. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings and Studio Visit magazine. Her personal work and teaching often explore how we bring artwork from the studio into the world, and accordingly, how this work can both build and shape community. During the past few years, she has partnered with communities in Iowa and Mississippi in various community art projects, programming and theatre productions. She helped to organize a community-wide steamroll printmaking event in Perry, Iowa, created installations in restored prairies in Nebraska, collaborated on public art projects in vacant sites on Iowa main streets, spearheaded a community knit-bombing project, and painted two murals with middle school children on a juke joint in the Mississippi Delta.

Intertwine installation, 1200 knit/crocheted squares, Ames, Iowa, 2016.
Drones (February 11, 2013: Part I), embroidery floss/cotton, 10.5″ x 7.5″, 2013
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  1. […] Jennifer Drinkwater lives and works in Ames, Iowa where she teaches at Iowa State University and works as a professional artist. Drinkwater move to Iowa after graduate school, having grown up in Mississippi so the rural scene was familiar to her. She enjoys living off the beaten path, in a sense. Drinkwater says in a place like Ames an artist can build their community rather than having to fit into an already established art scene. In addition to teaching, Drinkwater works as an outreach specialist, acting as liaison between the art world and the community. […]

  2. […] Jennifer Drinkwater lives and works in Ames, Iowa where she teaches at Iowa State University and works as a professional artist. Drinkwater move to Iowa after graduate school, having grown up in Mississippi so the rural scene was familiar to her. She enjoys living off the beaten path, in a sense. Drinkwater says in a place like Ames an artist can build their community rather than having to fit into an already established art scene. In addition to teaching, Drinkwater works as an outreach specialist, acting as liaison between the art world and the community. […]