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Jennifer McCandless

4 Batchelder Road
Windsor, CT 06095, U.S.A.
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Phone: 860-687-6105

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My recent work is figurative, narrative and sometimes satirical. I like to use humor and cartoonish qualities in the work as doorways in to the viewer, to make the work accessible and the content more palatable. Many of the pieces deal with dark personal realities and ultimately I am peering into the human experience through the use of layered symbols and the expressive qualities of the clay itself. I am hoping to do honor to the individuals I sculpt, offering a sympathetic rather than criticizing view of them while using humor and formal elements throughout. Even though these pieces may feel cartoonish I am seeking to show an internal reality within. Having been formally trained in figurative sculpture (and a teacher of figure sculpture), I use elements of proportion and detail in just enough quantity to make the figures believable.

Jennifer McCandless                                                                                                               


Loomis Chaffee School, 4 Batchelder Road, Windsor, CT 06095 (860) 687-6089 

Summers,  108 Northshore Drive, Burlington, VT 04105  (802) 660-2886




   M.F.A. (Sculpture) - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL 1994


   Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Post Graduate Program,1995


   Professional Certification in Art Education–The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, 1995


   B.F.A. (Sculpture) – Otis/Parsons School of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA 1990





Loomis Chaffee School

Art Department Chair, Director of The Mercy Gallery, Art Instructor              2007-Present


Wayne State University, Detroit,                                                                                                                      Adjunct Faculty and sabbatical replacement for Head of Ceramics Dept.

Joe Zajac, Dept of Ceramics and Sculpture                                                   2000- 2007


The Parade Company, Detroit, MI 

Resident Sculptor                                                                                          2000 - 2007


University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Faculty, Arts Department                                                                                1995 – 2000


Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI

Curriculum Development Committee                                                                1996 – 1998


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL                                                

 Foundation and Summer Programs, Arts Instructor & TA, Sculpture            1991 – 1994








   Palmer Fellowship, Honorary Palmer Fellow, 2011-2016


   Nichols Instructorship in Fine Art


   Professional Honorarium Grant, The Loomis Institute , 2008


   Michigan Mud, first place award honorarium, 2007


   Michigan Arts League Honorarium, 2003 and 2004


   Michigan Council for the Arts Year 2000 Creative Artist Grant


   Summer Professional and Artistic Development Grants, University Liggett School,

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999


Skowhegan Fellowship, full fellowship award co-granted by Skowhegan and the School of the

Art  Institute of Chicago, Graduate Program 1995


   Merit Scholarship,The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1991-1993


   First Place Representing Sculpture in Otis/Parsons Artists’ Award Exhibition, 1990,

Los Angeles, CA Lloyd Hamrol, Juror






Selected Exhibitions


       Faculty Exhibition, The Mercy Gallery, 2007-2011


        ArtSpace Exhibitor and Sales, Hartford, 2010


       Contemorary Visions in Ceramics, The Mercy Gallery, 2010


       Why Not, The Housatanec Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT 2008


       Jennifer McCandless, The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI 2008


       Avatar, East Central College Gallery, 2008


       Celebrating Women Artists of the East, The John Sly Ely Museum, New Haven, CT


       Jennifer McCandless, New Work, The Sue and Eugene Jr. Mercy Gallery, 2008


      Wayne State University Faculty Show, Community Arts Gallery, 2002-6


The New Ceramics, Gallery 451, Baltimore, MD 2005


Michigan Council for the Arts Grant Recipient Exhibition, The Padzieski Gallery, MI 2003


Art for the People, The Scarab Club Main Gallery, Detroit, MI 2002-3,


Michigan Annual, Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI 2001.  Z. Sikora, Juror


New Work, Jennifer Barry, Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, MI 2001


…Documenta USA, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Pontiac, MI 1999


Intersections, Stevens/George Gallery, Chicago, IL 1998


Our Town, Exhibition of Michigan Artists, Community House Gallery, Birmingham, MI 1998


First Annual Juried Competition, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL 1998


Arts Faculty Exhibition, University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 1997


Potentiality, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 1996.  Juried exhibition curated by Melanie Feerst


Fifteenth Annual Fresco Show, Skowhegan Fresco Barn, Skowhegan, ME 1995


Drive In Display, collaborative work with Mel Chin & Ashley Thorner, Skowhegan, ME 1995


Works on Paper, National Juried Competition, Center for Visual Arts, Normal, IL 1995


Works on Paper, C.A.G.E. Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 1995


Toy Bomb, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL 1994


MFA Thesis Exhibition,The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 1994


National Juried Competition, Greenview Arts Center, Chicago, IL 1994


American Painting, Women’s Caucus for Art, Houston, TX 1994


New Forms in Contemporary Sculpture, Opus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1990


Annual Juried Exhibition, 1st Place Sculpture, Otis/Parsons, Los Angeles, CA 1990

Lloyd Hamrol, Juror


Playing Games, Rose Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1989


The Art of Humor, Reisse/La Breque Gallery, Venice, CA 1989


The Next Generation, Reisse/La Breque Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1987


Member: National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, Connecticut Women Artists,  International Sculptor Center, New Haven Artist Association,