Jen Lewin is an internationally renowned light and interactive sculptor whose studio is located in Boulder, Colorado. Over the last 15 years, Lewin has honed her highly technical medium to fabricate large-scale interactive sculptures that combine light, sound and motion to encourage community interaction. From responsive sound and light forms that incorporate dance, to woven video curtains that reflect movement, to giant robotic moths that flutter in response to human touch, Lewin’s use of technology as a medium challenges popular conceptions of new media works and their limitations. Focusing on pieces made for public use, she thinks beyond a traditional art exhibition to create an experience that brings vibrancy to neighborhoods, parks and public spaces. At once organic and electronic, Jen Lewin’s playful sculptures leave viewers enchanted and surprised while encouraging delight through their engagement with the work. In this sense, visitors to Jen Lewin’s works become artists themselves.
Her technically complex works have been featured at events including Vivid Sydney, iLight Marina Bay, Signal Fest and Burning Man, art Biennales in Denver, Colorad and Gwangju, South Korea and solo exhibitions in the United States, Portugal and England. Her design and multimedia work has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, The Smithsonian, Wired, The New York Times, BBC News and The Straits Times. Lewin served as Creative Director for the Ceren Project and Ivee Project at The Sundance Laboratory for Advanced Computing in Design, as well as a lead designer for ITN (Saber) in Palo Alto. Lewin attended the University of Colorado where she earned her BA in Computer-Aided Architectural Design and her MPS from New York University in the Graduate Program in Interactive.
BA Architecture and Computer Aided Design, University of Colorado , Boulder
MPS: Interactive Design, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
2015 Burning Man, Black Rock City: The Pool
2015 Astana Arts Fest, Kazakhstan: The Chandelier Harp
2015 Bonnaroo, Manchester: The Pool
2015 Summer in Paradise, West Palm Beach: The Pool
2015 Magical Bridge Playground, Palo Alto: The Magical Harp (Permanent)
2015 Communikey, Boulder: The Chandelier Harp
2015 MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, Montreal: The Pool
2015 Canal Convergence, Scottsdale: The Pool
2014 Solo Exhibit, University of Warwick Arts Centre: The Pool
2014 Signal Festival, Prague: The Pool
2014 Art de Colombo, Lisbon: The Pool
2014 Burning Man Honorarium Artist and Featured Exhibit, Black Rock City: The Super Pool
2014 AHA! Light Up Cleveland, Cleveland: The Double Pool
2014 Vivid Light, Sydney: The Pool
2014 iLight Marina Bay, Singapore: The Pool
2014 Luminosity, Lexington: The Chandelier Harp
2013 Session Kitchen, Denver: The Ceiling Element (Permanent)
2013 Chalk The Block, El Paso: The Pool
2013 Artsfest, Conway: The Pool and The Chandelier Harp
2013 Biennial of the Americas, Denver: The Arc Lamps and The Pool
2013 Escape From Wonderland: The Pool
2013 Electric Daisy Carnival, Orlando, New York City, Chicago & Las Vegas: The Pool
2013 It’s Electric: Solo Exhibition by Jen Lewin, CU Art Museum
2013 SXSW Republic Park, Austin: The Pool
2012 La Napoule Art Foundation, Denver: The Long Harp
2012 Burning Man Honorarium Project, Black Rock City: The Arc Harps
2011/12 Light Supply at The Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood: The Long Harp
2011 Colorado Ocean Coalition, Boulder: The Pool
2011 Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas & Dallas: The Pool
2010 Montreal Balloon Festival, Montreal: The Pool
2010 Electric Daisy Carnival, Dallas & Denver: The Pool
2009 New Orleans Botanical Garden, New Orleans: Arc Harps
2009/10 Voodoo Festival, New Orleans: Arc Harps
2009 City Hall, National City: Wood Harp & The Moth (Permanent)
2009 Tesla Store Opening Exhibit, Boulder: Long Harp & Arc Harp
2009 Burning Man, Black Rock City: The Pool
2008 Burning Man Honorarium Artist and Featured Exhibit, Black Rock City: The Pool
2008 Atlas Center, Boulder: Visiting Artist, The Moths
2007 Ingenuity, Cleveland: Arc Harps
2007 GwangJu Design Biennale, Gwangju: The Long Harp
2007 Wired Magazine “NextFest”, Los Angeles: The Long Harp
2007 Burning Man, Black Rock City: The Arc Harps
2006 The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder: Solo Exhibit
2006 Wired Magazine “NextFest”, New York City: The Arc Harp & The Long Harp
2006 CU Art Museum, Boulder: The Arc Harp & The Long Harp
2006 Burning Man, Black Rock City: Arc Harps
2006 Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder: Light Curtain and The Butterfly
2004 Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder: Elevator Shaft
2002 Tiche Galla at Lincoln Center, New York City: The Ribs
2002 New York University at ITP Gallery, New York City: Butterfly
2001/2 New York University at ITP Gallery, New York City: The Ribs
2000 New York University at ITP Gallery, New York City: Dancing Curtains
1998 SIGGRAPH, Orlando: Ceren
2015 Architizer A+ Award, Popular Choice: “The Edison Cloud”
2014 Black Rock Arts Foundation Honorarium, “The Super Pool”
2014 Rotational Molding Product Design Competition: 1st Place Professional Division
2012 Black Rock Arts Foundation Honorarium, “The Pool”
2012 Black Rock Arts Foundation artist grant: “The Arc Harp”
2008 Black Rock Arts Foundation artists grant: “The Pool”
2005 Black Rock Arts Foundation artists grant: “The Arc Harp”
1996/7 Presidents Fund For Teaching in Technology Research Grant: “The Ceren Project”
1996 CASI (Colorado Advanced Software Institute) Research Grant
Green Up Colorado – A film about sustainability and green living, a film by Lisa D. Olken.
2003 Stephen Cass, “Electronic Realism: The Ribs, Jen Lewin”, IEEE Spectrum
1998 Lewin, J. Mark Ehrhardt, and Mark D. Gross “The Ceren Web Resource: Enabling Students to Become Anthropologists In A Virtual Site,” SIGGRAPH ’98 Educator’s Conference, Orlando Florida .
1998 Gross, M., J. Lewin, E-Yuen Do, K. Kuczun, and A. Warmack “Drawing as an interface to Knowledge Based Design”, final report of a Colorado Advanced Software Institute Undergraduate Research Grant.
1998 Lewin, Jenniffer. ” Ceren Village Illustrations”. Microsoft Encarta 1997. Computer renderings and reconstructions.
1998 Lewin, Jenniffer. “Structure 1 rendering”. National Geographic. May 1998. Computer renderings and reconstruction’s.
1997 Lewin, J. and M.D. Gross, “Resolving Archaeological Site Data With 3D Computer Modeling: The case of Ceren,” J. Automation in Construction, 6(4).
1997 Lewin, Jenniffer, M. Erhardt, and M. D. Gross “Not Just Another Pretty Face: Image and argument in an archaeological web site “, Computer Assisted Architectural Design Futures 97, Academic Publishers, Dordrecht .