About Jen Lewin

Artist Bio
Art Exhibits
Awards
Press
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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, Colorado 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.

EDUCATION

BA Architecture and Computer Aided Design, University of Colorado , Boulder
MPS: Interactive Design, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

PERMANENT

2015 Minneapolis: Sidewalk Harp

2015 Magical Bridge Playground, Palo Alto: Magical Harp

2013 Session Kitchen, Denver: Ceiling Element

2011 Lenfest Plaza, Philadelphia: Paint Torch by Claes Oldenburg, Light Art by Jen Lewin

2010 Solaris, Vail: The Water Tree by Lawrence Argent, Light Art by Jen Lewin

2009 City Hall, National City: Wood Harp & The Moth

 

EXHIBITS

2016 WAVE, Breckenridge: The Pool

2016 Light City, Baltimore: The Pool

2016 iLight Marina Bay, Singapore: Light Walk

2016 SPECTRA, Aberdeen: The Pool

2016 Winter Lights @ Canary Wharf, London: The Pool

2015 LUNA Fête, New Orleans: The Pool

2015 Istanbul Light Festival: The Pool

2015 CherryArts Festival at Stanley, Aurora: Chandelier Harp

2015 igNIGHT, Fort McMurray: The Pool

2015 Burning Man, Black Rock City: The Pool

2015 Astana Arts Fest, Kazakhstan: Chandelier Harp

2015 Bonnaroo, Manchester: The Pool

2015 Summer in Paradise, West Palm Beach: The Pool

2015 Communikey, Boulder: 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: Super Pool

2014 AHA! Light Up Cleveland, Cleveland: Double Pool

2014 Vivid Light, Sydney: The Pool

2014 iLight Marina Bay, Singapore: The Pool

2014 Luminosity, Lexington: Chandelier Harp

2013 Chalk The Block, El Paso: The Pool

2013 Artsfest, Conway: The Pool and Chandelier Harp

2013 Biennial of the Americas, Denver: 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: Long Harp

2012 Burning Man Honorarium Project, Black Rock City: Arc Harp

2011/12 Light Supply at The Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood: 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 Harp

2009/10 Voodoo Festival, New Orleans: Arc Harp

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, Moths

2007 Ingenuity, Cleveland: Arc Harp

2007 GwangJu Design Biennale, Gwangju: Long Harp

2007 Wired Magazine “NextFest”, Los Angeles: Long Harp

2007 Burning Man, Black Rock City: Arc Harp

2006 The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder: Solo Exhibit

2006 Wired Magazine “NextFest”, New York City: Arc Harp & Long Harp

2006 CU Art Museum, Boulder: Arc Harp & Long Harp

2006 Burning Man, Black Rock City: Arc Harp

2006 Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder: Light Curtain and Butterfly

2004 Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder: Elevator Shaft

2002 Tiche Galla at Lincoln Center, New York City: Ribs

2002 New York University at ITP Gallery, New York City: Butterfly

2001/2 New York University at ITP Gallery, New York City: Ribs

2000 New York University at ITP Gallery, New York City: Dancing Curtains

1998 SIGGRAPH, Orlando: Ceren

2015 CODAVideo Merit Award: The Pool at AHA! Light Up Cleveland

2015 Architizer A+ Award, Popular Choice: Edison Cloud

2014 Black Rock Arts Foundation Grant: Super Pool

2014 Rotational Molding Product Design Competition: 1st Place Professional Division

2013 University of Central Arkansas Artist in Residence

2012 Burning Man Honorarium: The Pool

2012 Burning Man Honorarium: Arc Harp

2008 Burning Man Honorarium: The Pool

2005 Burning Man Honorarium: Arc Harp

1996/7 Presidents Fund For Teaching in Technology Research Grant: “The Ceren Project”

1996 CASI (Colorado Advanced Software Institute) Research Grant

SCULPTURE

Curbed “Jen Lewin’s ‘The Pool’ is Stealing the Show at Luna Fete”

Time Magazine “Dive In”

The Arizona Republic “Scottsdale Waterfront Becomes Artistic Playground”

Huffington Post “An Exclusive First Look At The Other-Worldly Art Of Burning Man 2014”

The Chive “A vivid display of lights is taking over Sydney”

Straits Times “Marina Bay to come aglow with light festival from this Friday”

LA Times Pictures In The News

NBC News “Sustainable Art Glows Bright in Singapore”

BBC News Magazine “Jen Lewin: Artist dazzles with light-and-sound installations”

Smithsonian Magazine “Dive Into Jen Lewin’s Interactive Light Pool”

PSFK “Light Cushion Installation Comes Alive with Human Feet”

The Creators Project “Create Rippling Patterns Of Light With These Interactive Circles”

International Magazine of Space Design | Bob |

The Denver Post “Best of 2013: Denver’s 13 best cultural moments of the year”

Boulder Weekly “Art in a Digital World: How Jen Lewin Uses Technology to Inspire Connectivity

Daily Camera “People power Boulder artist’s interactive exhibit ‘It’s Electric’

Wired.com “SXSW’s Maker Takeover Flashes, Then Fizzles”

WestWord “Jen Lewin: Light In Darkness”

303 Magazine “Jen Lewin: Rave Against The Laser Beam”

Boulder Weekly “Jen Lewin: Art That Moves You”

WestWord “Let There Be Light”

PAFA “Paint Torch Installation”

Philly.com “Paintbrush poised to light up Broad Street”

Sparkfun: Jen Lewin Feature

 

DESIGN

The Feel Good Kitchen, Food and Wine Magazine

TedX- Reinventing the role of restaurants in changing America’s Food Culture, Kimbal Musk

Denver Post Feature: “Jen Lewin designs The Kitchen Denver to savor simplicity”

Green Up Colorado – A film about sustainability and green living, a film by Lisa D. Olken.

 

PUBLICATIONS

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 .

 

Press Contact

Julie Miller
julie@jenlewinstudio.com

2015

“Please Touch The Art”at New Orleans Arts Council LUNA Tech Talk

TEDx Mile High

“Please Touch The Art” with Summer in Paradise, West Palm Beach

2014

“Illuminating Art” at Pilsen Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art of the University of West Bohemia

“Please Touch The Art” at the Czech Science Center

“Tiny Robots and Giant Art” University of Colorado Boulder

“Please Touch The Art” at INST-INT

Pecha Kucha: Cleveland, Ohio

“Interactive Art” at Lighting People’s Cities, Singapore

“Please Touch The Art” at Caffeinated Mornings

Artist Talk with SheSays Boulder at The Studio (Boulder)

2013

“Ninjaneering” at SXSW Interactive

“Light Art” at the Arts Education Leadership Institute

1998

“The Ceren Web Resource: Enabling Students to Become Anthropologists In A Virtual Site,” at SIGGRAPH

1997

“Not Just Another Pretty Face: Image and argument in an archaeological web site” with Computer Assisted Architectural Design Futures