RISE: Jenny Morgan Self-Portraits

Sangre de Cristo White Gallery (Pueblo, CO)

October 8, 2016 – January 15, 2017

  • Guest Curated by Ivar Zeile, Owner/Director of the plus + gallery in Denver
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The Sangre de Cristo Art Center is proud to present works by rising star, Jenny Morgan. Morgan’s deeply personal work pushes the boundaries of figurative art by exploring innovative methods of modifying her nearly photographic, meticulous paintings. Her haunting self-portraits are perfectly realized only to be obliterated; their surfaces sanded and stripped away to reveal physical and spiritual torment. By disturbing the surface of the canvas, she achieves a striking intensity and psychological depth in her work, breaking through the ideals of traditional portraiture and the preciousness of realism. Her self-portraits examine the complexity of individual perception, providing the viewer a visual and conceptual window into the exposed personae of the self.

Guest curator Ivar Zeile has selected paintings from collectors based in Colorado whom agreed to contribute their “Jennys” to this celebratory exhibition. Zeile has worked closely with the collectors and the artist for many years as the artist’s representative through Plus Gallery. This show is a true collaboration between the artist, curator, collectors, and Sangre de Cristo Arts Center. Says Zeile about Morgan, “From Van Gogh over a century ago, to Cindy Sherman today, self-portraiture holds a singular place in art, whether as a working tool, fascination or ‘mirror’ of individual and collective reality that stimulates both artists and collectors alike. A very distinct and continually evolving case in point is that of Jenny Morgan, a young contemporary painter who since emerging through Denver Colorado’s gallery circuit in 2002 has developed her own particular attachment to the self to build a formidable career with a unique trajectory unlike any other in art today. “Rise - Jenny Morgan Self Portraits in Colorado Collections from 2009 and 2016” is the first exhibition to capture this extraordinary development, a snapshot into one of the most exciting art practices of our times, shaping historic antecedents in a manner that is highly nuanced and thoroughly compelling.”

Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, White Gallery
210 N Santa Fe Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81003
11 AM - 5 PM
Admission $8 Adults, $6 Children, Military and Seniors 65+
Online ticketing: https://www.sdc-arts.org/membertickets/tickets



Born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1982, Jenny Morgan was the Valedictorian of her class, graduating from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Colorado with a BFA in 2003. Jenny then went on to finish her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2008. She has been featured with numerous solo exhibitions in NYC with Driscoll Babcock Galleries and Like the Spice Gallery, in London, UK with Beers Contemporary, and in Denver, Colorado with Plus Gallery, where her career was launched. Morgan has participated in numerous international group exhibitions.

Jenny was named the 2006 Top Representational Artist by the Rocky Mountain News, Top of the Rockies and was a finalist for the Outwin Boochever 2006 Portraiture Competition at the National Gallery in Washington D.C. She has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Art LTD (cover feature), The Village Voice, Playboy, Modern Painters, Hi Fructose (cover feature), The L Magazine, Poets and Artists, Maker, Working Class, Juxtapose (cover feature), Milk Maid, Whitewall, The Denver Post, The Rocky Mountain News, New American Paintings, Denver’s independent newspaper, Westword. as well as a wide ranging number of online-only blogs and art-related sites. Plus Gallery has published a variety of monographs and books documenting her work.


Ivar Zeile is the owner and director of Plus Gallery, one of Denver’s most reputable programs of contemporary art exhibitions and artist representation. Operating independently since 2001, the gallery artists have received major acclaim on both local and national levels, and the gallery itself was named "Art Space of the Year" in 2009 by the Denver Post. Zeile served as a member of the Denver Mayor's Commission for Cultural Affairs from 2006 through 2011, and in the last decade has served as a board member for a variety of art-related groups including PlatteForum, the Denver Art Museum's DAM Contemporaries, RedLine and the Invisible Museum. In 2009 Zeile was appointed the Creative Director for the Denver Theatre District and has since been curating motion-based art programs as well as billboard projects that engage the general public on a daily basis. In 2011, Zeile initiated Denver Digerati as an ongoing platform for supporting digital animation and motion-based artworks through public display on the Denver Transit District’s collection of outdoor LED screens.


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