Jenie Gao is a full-time artist, creative director, and entrepreneur. She specializes in large-scale projects including murals, public installations, curatorial works, and creative direction. She is an interdisciplinary leader with a professional background in the arts industry, public education, and lean manufacturing, and an advocate for equity for artists and creative labor. As a first generation American, she is a spokesperson for the arts as a path to cultural relevance for a diverse citizenry.
Jenie is an arts ambassador who has served as the Vice President of Wisconsin Visual Artists, Chair of the Biennial at Museum of Wisconsin Art, and Public Art Committee member for Madison Arts Commission. She is a founding member of Arts + Literature Laboratory and Dane Arts Mural Arts, where she has served as a fundraiser and systems builder for the financial longevity of these nonprofits. Jenie is a TEDx Madison speaker and outspoken advocate for the value of the arts in our ecosystems. She is a former artist-in-residence at Proyecto’ace in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museo de Arte Moderno in Castro, Chile; Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, Madison Public Library, and Artist Campaign School with Fractured Atlas. As a curator, she has produced exhibits at companies like Promega Corporation and AC Hotel Marriott as a way to build bridges between artists and businesses.
Jenie currently runs a 1,700 square foot production studio and has hosted 20 interns since 2018. Through her interdisciplinary work, Jenie has become a visionary leader who knows how to bring together industries, education systems, and cultural representation to create a more equitable ecosystem for everyone.
CLIENT: Working Draft Beer Company
NEED: To invite people into the process of local making
CLIENT: Mary Burke
NEED: Transform an everyday house into a neighborhood landmark
CLIENT: Katie Bast Realtor
NEED: To take realty from a transactional process to relationships-based
CLIENT: Makeshift Festival, American Players Theatre
NEED: This public art installation debuted at Makeshift Festival 2018 and was a part of American Players Theatre’s 40th anniversary celebration, Art in the Woods.
TITLE: Trophic Cascade
CLIENT: Lodgic Everyday Community
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