what else has jen done?

Solo Exhibitions…

Remarkable Presence, Walter Art Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, 2021
Looking Closer: Useless Maps, Rhetorical Galleries, Phoenix, AZ, 2017
The Visible Edge, The McKinley Club, Phoenix, AZ, 2016
saying no, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ, 2012
the things in between, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ, 2011
White Space, Artlink A.E. England Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, 2010
Fractured Thought, The Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ, 2005
abrupt instabilities, Gallery 11/14, Tempe, AZ, 2005
thinking too much, eye lounge, Phoenix, AZ, 2004
falling to pieces, The Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ, 2004
disordering orderly disorder, The Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ, 2004
what you see when you’re looking, @Central Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, 2004
together in nothing with everything, eye lounge, Phoenix, AZ, 2003
electric bloodflow, eye lounge, Phoenix, AZ, 2002
The ReAcquaintance Room (or how I learned to like my hometown of Lansdale, PA), Ellis Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, 1995

Selected Group Exhibitions…

Trauma-in-Place, Fred Parker Giles Gallery, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, 2023
Saguaro Land: Mapping the Sonoran Desert, Changing Hands Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, 2023
The Emotional Show, Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, 2023
ARX2: Artist + Researcher, Phoenix BioScience Core, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, 2023
What the Desert Already Has, Lost City Museum, Overton, NV, 2023
Art of Water VII, James May Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, 2023
Along the Colorado, Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ, 2023
Your Remarkable Presence, The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, Tucson, AZ, 2023
Modern Desert Markings, Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, 2023
Canal Convergence 2022, Scottsdale Waterfront, Scottsdale, AZ, 2022
Along the Colorado, Diana Berger Gallery, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA, 2022
Along the Colorado, Nevada Humanities, Las Vegas, NV, 2022
Remarkable Presence, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, Scottsdale, AZ, 2022
Chasing Ghosts, Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ, 2022
Remarkable Presence, Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ, 2022
Take a Hike, Visions Gallery, Chandler, AZ, 2021
Canal Convergence, “Magnified, Mundane, Magnificent” augmented reality experience, Scottsdale, AZ, 2020
20/20: 20 Years of Eye Lounge, Grant Street Studios, Phoenix, AZ, 2020
Roadside Attraction, artwork in public around Phoenix, AZ, 2020
Practical Art Anniversary Show, Practical Art, Phoenix, AZ, 2020
Monochrome, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, 2019
Messages in Ink: Women in Print, Scottsdale Public Art Civic Center Public Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, 2019
Drawings at the Edge of Perception, (SCENE) Metrospace, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI, 2019
Myths, Maps & Legends, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ, 2019
Works on Paper 2019, LBIF (Long Beach Island Foundation), Loveladies, NJ, 2019. Curated by Louis Marchesano. 1st Prize.
Get Out the Vote Exhibit, Practical Art, Phoenix, AZ, 2018
10 Artists/2,000 Speculums, ASU Step Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, 2018. Curated by Lauren R. O’Connell.
Drawing Discourse, University of North Carolina, Asheville, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Asheville, NC, 2018
Santo Press: The First Eight Years, Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, Chandler, AZ, 2017
I found the last dodo (Collaborative performance with dancer Eileen Standley), Unexpected Art Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, 2017
Uncertainty Index (collaboration with Casey Farina), nuebox at the Mesa Spark Festival, Mesa, AZ, 2017
Peripheral Visions, Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2017
Reprint!: Printed Matter II, 555 Contemporary, Taos, NM, 2016
PRINTED MATTER……at Offroad Productions Artspace, Santa Fe, NM, 2016
Permanent Collection / Impermanent Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ, 2016
Here & Now 15, Rhetorical Galleries, Phoenix, AZ, 2015
Artel 4, The Clarendon Hotel, Phoenix, AZ, 2015
Santo Press Sampler, Off Madison Avenue Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, 2015
The Intuitionists, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, 2014
Vacancy/No Vacancy, Waterloo Arts, Cleveland, OH, 2014
(pre)Occupation, The Hive, Phoenix, AZ, 2014
Ink: Three Generations of Printmakers, Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ, 2014
A Seat at the Table, WoCA Projects, Fort Worth, TX, 2013
The Art of No, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA, 2013
Sex: A Woman’s Perspective, Frontal Lobe Community Space, Phoenix, AZ, 2013
Drawing from Reference, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ 2012
(sub)urban Projections, Eugene, OR 2011
Big Draw, Little Draw, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO 2011
10 Cameras, Optima Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ 2011
Problem Areas, Jones Studio, Phoenix, AZ 2011
Open for Business, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ 2010
Converging Trajectories: Crossing Borders, Building Bridges, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ 2010
Polvo al Polvo: Recuerdos en el Desierto, Salón Covadonga, Mexico City, Mexico 2010
21 Days, Pravus Gallery, Phoenix, AZ 2010
Disruptive Momentum: Current Work by Leading Phoenicians, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ 2010
Her Work is a Red Herring, The Screening Room, Tucson, AZ, 2009
Paper Narratives, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO, 2009
Durex Inventario Vide O Muro, Durex Arte Contemporanea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2008
Juried All Media Exhibition, Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 2008
Supermasochist, apexart, New York, NY 2008
Circulation, Gallery Kunstler, Rochester, NY 2008
Super Fluid, Paradise Valley Community College, Paradise Valley, AZ 2007
southwestNET: drawing outside the lines, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ 2007
Contemporary Forum Artist Grant Winners, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ 2007
Peripheral, The Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ, 2007
Phoenix: The Land of Somewhere…, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ 2006
I can’t quite place it…, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY, 2006
100% Centennial, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, 2006
Transitional, eye lounge, Phoenix, AZ, 2005
Flood, The Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ, 2005
Chopped, Sota Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2004
Thoughts-An Interactive Performance, eye lounge, Phoenix, AZ, 2004
Young Installation Artists & Sculptors Invitational, Dinnerware Arts, Tucson, AZ, 2004
Celebrating the Visual Arts in Downtown Phoenix, Herberger Theater, Phoenix, AZ, 2004
New Work: Jennifer Urso & David Dauncey, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ, 2003
eye lounge at Art Detour 2003, eye lounge, Phoenix, AZ, 2003
The Asphalt’s Still Squishy at Midnight, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ, 2001
Recent Works 2001: The Third National Juried Art Exhibit, The Salon Studio, Loveland, CO 2001
eye lounge @ The Icehouse, The Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ 2001

Grants and Other…

Walter Foundation Grant, 2021. $1,000
Awesome Without Borders Grant, a program of the Harnisch Foundation, 2021. $1,000
Kickstarter for Remarkable Presence, successfully funded, 2021. $9,100
Opportunity Grant, Arizona Commission on the Arts, 2020. $1,500.
Creative Showcase of Close Distance with Eileen Standley at Arts in Society Conference, Vancouver, BC, 2018
Contracted to create map of Downtown Phoenix by dtphx.org, 2015
Presenter at “Interdisciplinary Arts: Retrospectives and Future Visions”, Ohio University, 2014
Guest Panelist, “Art and Architecture”, Phoenix Art Museum, 2013
Featured artist, h-ngm-n, Issue #14, 2012
City of Phoenix 7th Avenue Streetscape panel, selected artist, 2012
Commissioned to create art project to celebrate Glendale, AZ Centennial, 2010
Big Brain Award Finalist, Phoenix New Times, 2010
Pierogi Brooklyn Gallery Flat Files, 2009-present
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 2009. $10,000.
Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York, NY, 2009
Finalist, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Terrazzo Floor design, 2008
Contemporary Forum Artist’s Materials Grant, Phoenix Art Museum, 2006. $1,500.

Curated Exhibitions…

Comfort Zones: Artists Exploring Limits, Frontal Lobe Gallery at Braggs Pie Factory, Phoenix, AZ, April 2013
First Backyard, Phoenix, AZ, March 2010–July 2010
I Am an American: Video Portraits of Unsafe U.S. Citizens by Cynthia Weber, The Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ, October 2008
Grounded, The Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ, October 2005
Flood, The Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ, March 2005
Sound Art, The Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ, July 2004


School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, studies towards MFA Art Practice, 2011-2012
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, conc: Painting & Sculpture, May 1996
University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Study Abroad, July-December 1994


Arizona State University, Art Department, Marketing for Artists, Fall 2011
Glendale Community College, Art Department, Intro to Photoshop & Intro to InDesign, Fall 2012


Infinitesimal Residency at Ayatana Artists’ Research Program, Ottawa, Canada, 2020
Taliesin Artist Residency Program, Spring Green, WI, Partial Scholarship, Summer 2008
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, Summer Studio Program, Sculpture & Extended Media 2004


City of Phoenix, AZ Public Art Collection
City of Glendale, AZ Public Art Collection

Selected Press…

Double Negative-Influenced Artwork on Display at LCM, Mesa Valley Progress, Vernon Robison, 2023
Rethinking land art at the Barrick, Review, Double Scoop, Brent Holmes, 2023
Artists React to the Legacy of Nevada Land Art in Modern Desert Markings, Review, Southwest Contemporary, Steve Jansen, 2023
Creativity, Sisters, Maps and Water in the West: Meet Jen Urso, The Art Box Podcast, 2023
Creativity, Sisters, Maps and Water in the West: Meet Jen Urso, Clouds in the Sand Podcast, 2023
Passive Resistance: Artists stand back and watch their work grow, EcoArtSpace blog, Olivia Ann Carye Hallstein, 2023
Forget Google Maps: Why Paper Map Sales Are Booming, Wall Street Journal, Kate Morgan, 2023
Artist Jen Urso follows centuries of Scottsdale water use with an interactive map, KJZZ’s The Show, Lauren Gilger, 2022
Jen Urso: Cactus Mapping, PlantPop film series, a film by Peter Fuhrman, 2022
Artist Jen Urso channels pandemic grief into art and discusses the role of emotion in the creative process, KJZZ’s The Show, Steve Goldstein, 2022
Jen Urso, Remarkable Presence, Southwest Contemporary, Vol. 5: Collectivity + Collaboration, 2022
‘Remarkable Presence’: Art exhibit honoring lives lost to COVID-19 opens in Scottsdale, ABC 15, Phoenix, AZ, reporter Jamie Warren, 2021
‘Remarkable Presence’: Artist Memorializes Arizona COVID-19 Deaths With Obituaries-Turned-Art, KJZZ’s The Show, Steve Goldstein, 2021
‘Phoenix Cactus Map’: Artist Redefines The City Through Its Iconic Desert Plants, KJZZ’s The Show, Steve Goldstein, 2021
Jennifer Urso: Full Artist Spotlight, MADE Art Boutique blog, 2021
Meet the Artist: Urso creates for Canal Convergence, yourvalley.net, 2020
Canal Convergence: Annual event has big virtual plans, phoenix,org, 2020
54 artists banded together to create this outdoor art show. Here’s how to see it“, Shaena Montanari, Arizona Republic, July 22, 2020
YabYum Seven: Jen Urso, YabYum Music & Arts, May 24, 2020
Art & Legend at TCA, Grant Vetter, Java Magazine, December 3, 2019
New American Paintings, West Issue #96, 2011
the things in between, book published by Modified Arts, 2011
Jen Urso Exorcises Her Personal Demons, review – Wynter Holden, Phoenix New Times, Jan 28, 2010
Interview, Scott Andrews, Java Magazine and hearsight.com, Jan 2010
SMoCA exhibit redefines concept of drawing, Barbara Yost, Arizona Republic, June 2007
southwestNET: drawing outside the lines, Scott Andrews, Java Magazine, May 2007
Gallery Guide for southwestNET: drawing outside the lines, Cassandra Coblentz, May 2007
Peripheral, book, review by Cassandra Coblentz, Feb 2007
Going Nowhere, review – Wynter Holden, Phoenix New Times, Nov 9, 2006, p. 51
Phoenix: Land of Somewhere, review – Scott Andrews, Java Magazine, Nov 2006, p. 15
Space is the Place, review – Stephen Maine, Artnet Magazine, www.artnet.com, July 2006
Creating a sense of connection, Arizona Republic, December 5, 2003.


Subtle, intimate performance in urban space: Ongoing research and notes from Close Distance” co-authored with Eileen Standley. Choreographic Practices, Volume 11, Number 1, 1 July 2020, pp. 123-147(25)
Patterns of Action zine, February 2017-2018
Contributing Arts Writer, The Arts Beacon, October 2015-October 2016
“Finding Edges”, Trivia: Voices of Feminism “Preoccupation”, issue 14, Spring 2013.
Comfort Zones exhibitions brochure, April 2013.
Contributing Arts Writer, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Oct 2012-August 2013.
the space in between is full, Join & Cast: Field Guide to Phoenix Contemporary Art, 2011.

Other things…

running, bicycling, vegetable gardening, reading, intervening, writing, mapping, creating systems