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Jennifer Levonian

b. 1977, West Virginia; lives and works Philadelphia, PA

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Jennifer Levonian creates cut-paper animations that explore the ambivalence of everyday life by focusing on things which go unnoticed and transforming them into bizarre and uncanny events. Her work has been screened and exhibited nationally, including at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Sarah Lawrence College, New York; Exit Art, New York; and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Colombus, OH; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Sante Fe Art Institute, New Mexico. Levonian has been a resident at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Millay Colony for the Arts. The artist received her BA from The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. In 2009, she was awarded the Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

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Jennifer Levonian at Locust Projects

Jennifer Levonian and Eva Wylie
Locust Projects
Miami, FL
Feb 13–Mar 30, 2019

Feb 13, 2019

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Jennifer Levonian: The Lost Islands of Philadelphia

The premiere of Jennifer Levonian’s new animation

Temple Contemporary
Philadelphia, PA
Oct 18, 2018

Oct 18, 2018

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Festival for the People

Organized by Philadelphia Contemporary


Jennifer Levonian’s Xylophone screens on the Cherry Street Pier


Jayson Musson's contribution to Pledges of Allegiance flies on the Race Street Pier


Philadelphia, PA
Oct 13–27, 2018

Oct 13, 2018

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Jennifer Levonian at Seattle Art Fair

Aug 2–5, 2018


Jennifer Levonian's animation, Xylophone, is included in the fair's on-site program curated by Nato Thompson. 


Presented by Adams and Ollman, Portland

Aug 02, 2018

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Jennifer Levonian at Flatpack Festival

The Poetry Winner
Edge of Frame
Flatpack Festival
Birmingham, England
April 20, 2018

Apr 17, 2018

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Jennifer Levonian: Shake Out Your Cloth

Telfair Museums, Jepson Center
Sep 30–Nov 20, 2016

Sep 30, 2016

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Strange Bedfellows

Jennifer Levonian's animation, Rebellious Bird, is featured in the group exhibition Strange Bedfellows, curated by Blair Murphy. Presented by Washington Project for the Arts


VisArts at Rockville
155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850
October 17-November 23, 2014

Oct 15, 2014

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Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

Jennifer Levonian received the second place prize in the National Portrait Gallery’s annual Outwin Boochever Portrait competition

Nov 01, 2013


Jennifer Levonian at Arts Exchange

The Bank and Trust is composed of the work of more than 20 artists whose work responds to the present state of the U.S. economy, as well as issues of trust, security, and value in today's society. Jennifer Levonian will screen The Figure in the Carpet (2006), the artist's first animation which centers around a woman and her band of chorus girls who pull off a bank heist by mesmerizing the bank staff with a Busby Berkley-style dance number. The exhibition is on view through June 4.

Arts Exchange Gallery
31 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY

Mar 18, 2011

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Jennifer Levonian at 601 Art Space

Jennifer Levonian's Holy Donuts!,2008 will be screened as part of Plastic Summer, curated by Stamatina Gregory and Erin Sickler.

"In the annual abdication of work, school, life, and ethics (at least for some), beaches and boats, summer houses and amusement parks become the projection for a fantasy of escape and absence of responsibility. As constructed as a screensaver, as ubiquitous as a discounted package holiday, this idea of summer can seem infinitely plastic and artificial. With a nod to playfulness and a wink at the surreal, the nine videos in Plastic Summer both embrace and interrogate the visual language of summer."

Works by Elia Alba, Kim Collmer, Eteam, Jillian McDonald, Tea Makipaa, Tom Pnini, Jaye Rhee, and Carrie Schneider will also be on view.

August 26, 7-10pm
601 W. 26th Street, Suite 1755
New York, NY 10001

Aug 25, 2010

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Jennifer Levonian at Pacific Design Center

"Breathless," organized by Paul Young, features recent video works by two contemporary East Coast artists. Jennifer Levonian and Sari Carel both use animation practices to explore personal, formal and social tensions found in everyday experiences. Exhibition runs May 20 to June 17 at the Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA.

May 26, 2010

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Jennifer Levonian in "Body of Work" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

"Body of Work: New Perspectives on Figure Painting" is part of the National Museum of Women in the Art's biennial exhibition series Women to Watch, featuring emerging artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. Each exhibition focuses on a specific medium or theme. "Body of Work" will be on view at NWMA from July 2 to September 12.

May 26, 2010

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Jennifer Levonian at the Sante Fe Art Institute

This year, as part of the 2010 Visiting Artist Lecture Series, "Elemental: Earth Air, Fire, Water - Art and Environment," the Santa Fe Art Institute has invited artists who focus on environmental awareness to exhibit and lecture. By presenting artists' sensitivity to the plight of the planet - in works of art ranging from ancient and indigenous objects to contemporary forms and multimedia visions, the exhibition and related lectures will provide a deeper understanding and connection to our natural world. Exhibition runs June 4 to August 27, and a lecture with Levonian will be held on August 23.

May 26, 2010

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Jennifer Levonian and Anthony Campuzano in the Inquirer

Edith Newhall reviews Jennifer Levonian and Anthony Campuzano at Fleisher/Ollman, and Levonian at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Read the review here.

May 20, 2010

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In Dialogue: Jennifer Levonian, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Jennifer Levonian and Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, will discuss the artist's work, including "Take Your Picture with a Puma," the stop-motion animation made using watercolor and collage, currently on view as part of the Live Cinema/Histories in Motion exhibition series.

Sunday, May 16, 2:00 PM in the Van Pelt Auditorium. Free after Museum admission.

Event made possible with support from The Pennsylvania State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

May 12, 2010

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Jennifer Levonian in Live Cinema at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is screening Jennifer Levonian's animation "Take Your Picture with a Puma" as part of its Live Cinema/Histories In Motion exhibition series. Also on view are many of the watercolor and collage drawings Levonian used to create the video. The exhibition runs from April 30 to May 31.

Apr 30, 2010

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Jennifer Levonian in Iceland

Gallery artist Jennifer Levonian will be featured at the 700IS Reindeerland Experimental Film Festival, Iceland. The festival runs from March 20 to 27, 2010. Levonian will be screening "You, Starbucks" - a stop-motion animation using collage and watercolor.

Mar 09, 2010

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Jennifer Levonian and Fleisher/Ollman at ARCO Madrid

Gallery artist, Jennifer Levonian will be featured in ARCO Madrid's Cinema Loop curated by Paul Young and Carolina Grau. ARCO Madrid 29 International Contemporary Art Fair runs from February 17 through February 21.

Take Your Picture With a Puma, Jennifer Levonian's newest low-tech animation, made from watercolor, drawing, and collage, follows an American tourist on her quest for authentic experiences in Mexico, aided only by a Lonely Planet guidebook. In her search for offbeat locations, she inevitably travels the well-trodden path of other like-minded tourists. Surrounded by cruise ships, open air markets, cat fights, and teenagers making out, the tourist-protagonist finds an unlikely friendship in a Mexican bakery.

Feb 04, 2010

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Jennifer Levonian at the Wexner

Three animations by gallery artist, Jennifer Levonian, will be on view at Wexner Center for the Arts (Ohio) from January 1 through January 28.

Wexner will be continuously screening You, Starbucks (2006); Holy Donuts (2008); and Levonian's newest piece, Take Your Picture with a Puma (2009).

For more information: www.wexarts.org

Dec 10, 2009

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