Jennifer Hicks is a Hudson Valley-based abstract painter and performance artist born in Lawrenceville, NJ in 1959. She has taught both dance and painting in a wide range of institutions and was a guest artist at Naropa University in their Contemporary Performance MFA Program for many years. To date, Ms. Hicks has created over 40 pieces of original theater.
Ms. Hicks won the prestigious Traveling Scholars Fellowship from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University 1996 and participated as a guest artist at Artisterium VI in Tbilisi, GA. She has exhibited and performed widely in such prominent settings as The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, The Bromfield Gallery Boston, CRASHarts Boston, CAVE NYC, Boulder Fringe Festival, New Orleans Fringe Festival, Artisterium Tblisi, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Oberon, and a 19?? collaboration with Liars & Believers, a Cambridge based theatre company. For ten years, she performed with Mobius, the longest running performance art collective in the country.
Jennifer received her MFA from Naropa University in Contemporary Performance (2006), her BFA from Tufts University (1996), and her Degree in Fine Arts from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (year?). Walter Pashko, Bill Flynn, David Kelly, Skip Milson, Mags Harries and Marilyn Arsem were among her most influential teachers at Fine Arts. Jennifer studied with Erika Berlandalso Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, pioneers of the innovative Body-Mind Centering® approach to movement; Emilie Conrad, visionary founder of Continuum Movement; Roy Hart Vocal training with Jonathan Hart and Ethie Friend; and Acting/Physical Theater with Steve Wangh. Ms. Hicks is also a proud alumna of Franklin Furnace, a nonprofit organization that annually awards grants to early career artists, thus enabling them to prepare major performance art works in New York.
Ms. Hicks is a certified Shintaido Martial Art Instructor, certified Trance Dance International Facilitator and a Yoga Instructor registered with the National Yoga Alliance. She has been performing and teaching for over 40 years, with a focus on the Japanese dance form called Butoh in combination with devised new theater. She has studied with masters such as Koichi Tamano, Akira Kasai, and Maureen Fleming. She has taught movement at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, Green Street Studio and the Omega Institute etc.
Jennifer Hicks’ paintings were most recently displayed at Cross Contemporary Art in Saugerties NY. Her latest project is the establishment of 11 Jane St, an art studio, workshop, gallery and performance space in Saugerties, NY.