Bio

Jenna Fincher was born and raised in South Louisiana. In May 2012, she earned her BFA in studio art with a minor in art history from Nicholls State University, where she focused on figure drawing. Fincher earned her MFA in studio art from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA in May 2015. While there she created artwork through experiments with media and traditional and technological processes. She currently teaches art at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, MS.

CV

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EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Louisiana Technical University, Ruston, LA

Graduated May 2015

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a minor in Art History, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA

Graduated May 2012 Magna Cum Laude

SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2019

New Ideal Form, Solo, Corinth Artist Guild Gallery, Corinth, MS (date TBA)

Submerge/Emerge, Solo, Mississippi University for Women Galleries (Hudson Gallery), Columbus, MS

2017

Of This Place, Two Person, Hinds Community College Art Gallery, Raymond, MS

2016

Submerge/Emerge, Solo, Anderson Art Gallery, Booneville, MS

2015

Literal/Figural, Solo, Jackson Parish Museum, Jonesboro, LA

Inland, Two Person, Gallery 202, Ruston, LA

2014

Two, Two Person, F. Jay Visual Arts Center, Ruston, LA

2012

Breathe, Solo, Ameen Gallery, Thibodaux, LA

SELECTED INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2019

MSC/NMWA Artist Showcase, Hattiesburg Cultural Art Center, Hattiesburg, MS 

*Received Judge’s Favorite Award

2016

Showcase, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC 

2015

Throughlines, F. Jay Visual Arts Center, Ruston, LA. Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition 

2014

Art Battle, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA. Invited by Evie Stewart *Project Coordinator

Quadracorn, The Wall Gallery, Ruston, LA. Curated by Jenna Fincher and Marguerite Hogue

Sculpture Exhibit, F. Jay Visual Arts Center, Ruston, LA. Curated by Kyle Triplett

Book Arts Exhibit, F. Jay Visual Arts Center, Ruston, LA. Curated by Frank Hamrick

Connections, Upstairs Gallery, Monroe, LA. Curated by Joey Slaughter

13 Ways of Doing Something, Enterprise Center, Ruston, LA. Invited by Hannah Bustamante

Initiative 6, Purple Penguin, Houma, LA. Invited by Heather Dupre

2013

Southern Patterns, The Big Room, Monroe, LA. Curated by Joey Slaughter

All Souls, Downstairs Gallery, Monroe LA. Curated by Julie Pearson

Open House Exhibit, F. Jay Visual Arts Center, Ruston, LA. Invited by Nick Bustamante

The Big Room Group Show, Upstairs Gallery, Monroe, LA. Curated by Ricky Sikes

Garden of Earthly Delights, Downstairs Gallery, Monroe, LA. Curated by Julie Pearson

Cabinet of Curiosities, Downstairs Gallery, Monroe, LA. Curated by Julie Pearson

Come and See, Enterprise Center, Ruston, LA. Invited by Hannah Bustamante

SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2015

Questioning Beauty, Cade Art Gallery, Arnold, Maryland. Juried by David Gariff

Four Corners, Enterprise Center, Ruston, LA. Juried by Ben Hickey

Functional Art, Jackson Parish Museum, Jonesboro, LA. Juried by Leah Beth Johnston

Louisiana Tech Student Show, F. Jay Visual Arts Center, Ruston, LA. Juried by Richard McCabe

2014

Conclusion, PAIR Art Gallery, Ruston, LA. Juried by Nicole Duet

*Received Best in Show Award

Dixie Lobby Exhibit, The Dixie, Ruston, LA. Juried by Jessica Slaughter

Tenement, Frame of Mind Gallery, Ruston, LA. Juried by Chris King

Diversions, Room 221, Press Street Gallery, New Orleans, LA. Juried by Friedrich Kerksieck and Luba Zygarewicz

The Art of Music, Pair Art Gallery, Ruston, LA. Juried by Mary Catherine Davis

Art From the GUTS, Enterprise Center, Ruston, LA. Juried by Leigh Ann Chambers

Moderate-Neither Too Much, Nor Too Little, The Dixie, Ruston, LA. Juried by Marguerite Hogue

Louisiana Tech Student Show, F. Jay Visual Arts Center, Ruston, LA. Juried by Will Bryant

2013

Louisiana Tech Student Show, F. Jay Visual Arts Center, Ruston, LA. Juried by Kristen Nunez

AWARDS and ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Birthday Present selected to be a part of the Mississippi University for Women Galleries Permanent Art Collection, Mississippi University for Women, 2019

When the Levee Breaks selected to be a part of the Mississippi University for Women Galleries Permanent Art Collection, Mississippi University for Women, 2019

Judge’s Favorite Award, Mississippi State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts 2019 Artist’s Showcase, Hattiesburg Cultural Center, 2019

Teacher Outstanding Performance Award, Northeast Mississippi Community College, 2017

Who’s Who Among Students, Louisiana Tech University, 2015

Nominated for the Dedalus Foundation 2015 MFA Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture, 2015

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Louisiana Tech University, 3-dimensional design, 2014-2015

Best in Show, Conclusion, 2014

Image of artwork selected for postcard, Art From the Guts, 2014

Graduate Assistantship, Louisiana Tech University, Building Monitor and Office Assistant, 2012-2014

Magna Cum Laude, awarded for graduating with higher honors with a GPA of 3.82, 2012

President’s List, awarded for achieving a 3.5 GPA or higher each semester, 2008-2012

First Place, Drawing Category, Student Show, Nicholls State University, 2012

Art History Award for Outstanding Research, Nicholls State University, 2012

First Place Advanced Level Art History Research Paper, Nicholls State University, 2012

First Place Intermediate Level Art History Research Paper, Nicholls State University, 2012

Honorable Mention, Drawing, Abstraction, Nicholls Kappa Pi Student Show, 2011

First Place Advanced Level Art History Research Paper, Nicholls State University, 2011

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2019

Instructor, Northeast Mississippi Community College. Courses Taught:

Figure Drawing, Drawing 2, Design 2, Art Appreciation

2018

Instructor, Northeast Mississippi Community College. Courses Taught:

Drawing 1 & 2, 3D Design, Design 1 & 2, Art Appreciation, Freshman Orientation

2017

Instructor, Northeast Mississippi Community College. Courses Taught:

Figure Drawing, Drawing 1 & 2, 3D Design, Design 1 & 2, Art Appreciation 

2016

Instructor, Northeast Mississippi Community College. Courses Taught:

Drawing 1 & 2, Design 1 & 2, Art Appreciation

2015

Instructor, Northeast Mississippi Community College. Courses Taught:

Drawing 1, Design 1, Art Appreciation 

Teacher of Record, Louisiana Tech University. Course Taught:

Three-Dimensional Design

2014

Teaching Assistant, Louisiana Tech University. Courses:

Three-Dimensional Design

RELATED EXPERIENCE, VOLUNTEER WORK, AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

Guest Juror, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS; 2018.

Judge the 2018 Student Show.

Presidential Showcase Creator & Coordinator, Booneville, MS; 2016-Present

Started and maintain a rotating exhibition of student work for Northeast Mississippi Community College’s art department within the college President’s house. 

Screen Printing Demonstration, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Booneville, MS; 2017 & 2019

Collaborated with Master Grafix T-shirt Screen-printing company of Tupelo, MS to bring a hands-on screen printing demonstration to NEMCC students.  

Bindings in Paper Workshop, Penland, NC; 2016

Attended a 2 week summer workshop on historical and modern book binding styles and how to create books using various sewing styles, end band types, paper decoration techniques, and soft and hard case construction. 

Artist Alliance Graduate Advisor, Louisiana Tech University; 2014-15

Advised undergraduate executive council members on events and happenings within the collaborative arts group.

Workshop Instructor, Laser Cutter, Louisiana Tech University; 2014

Taught a workshop for undergraduates, graduates, and professors on how to use a laser cutter. Attendees learned general function and use of the laser cutter, how to etch and cut into several materials, and how to experiment with various etching paths and depths. 

Party 318 Volunteer Assistant, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA; 2013-15

Assisted the patrons of an event intended to raise awareness of the arts within the community.

Off the Wall Silent Art Auction, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA; 2013-15

Donated artwork to raise funds for the Masur Museum of Art.

Gallery Assistant, Louisiana Tech University; 2012-2015

Packed and unpacked art, installed artwork, prepared walls, and arranged lighting for the Elizabeth Bethea and Mary Moffit Galleries. 

Building Monitor, Louisiana Tech University; 2012-2015

Maintained art buildings and assisted undergraduates with their artwork.

Project Coordinator, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA; 2014

Lead a team of artists in an art battle against other teams of artists to raise money for the Masur Museum of Art. 

Guest Critic, Conceptual Theory, Louisiana Tech University; 2014

Critiqued undergraduate and graduate artwork.

Volunteer Teaching Assistant, Louisiana Tech University; 2014

Assisted the instructor and helped students develop 3-dimensional design skills.

PAIR Art Gallery Volunteer, Ruston, LA; 2014

Assisted the gallery curators with preparing the gallery for exhibitions.

Technology Lab Volunteer Monitor, Louisiana Tech University; 2013-14

Monitored and assisted students and faculty using technology in the lab.

ACDC, Enterprise Center, Ruston, LA; 2014

Gave a short lecture and had a discussion about artwork with local fifth graders.

ACDC, Enterprise Center, Ruston, LA; 2013

Gave a short lecture and assisted local fifth graders with a relief printmaking workshop.

Professional Practices Workshop, Masur Museum of Art; 2013

Attended a workshop about professional practices for studio artists.

Piney Hills Advocacy Center Mural, Ruston, LA; 2013

Painted a mural for the enjoyment of children at Piney Hills.

Study Abroad, Europe; 2009 and 2012

Gained cultural insight and a greater depth and understanding of the history of art. Studied artwork and architecture in France, England, & Ireland in 2009, and in France & Spain in 2012. 

Nicholls State University Art High School Day, Thibodaux, LA; 2009-12

Assisted with art history, ceramics, and sculpture workshops for high school art students.

K-12 Student Teacher, Nicholls State University; 2008-2011

Developed lesson plans for K-12 classrooms and instructed art history lessons. Conducted a workshop for eighth grade students. 
 

AFFILIATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS 

Mississippi State Committee/National Museum of Women in the Arts, national organization honoring women in the arts, 2019

NEMCC Cultural Arts Committee, organization aimed at making the culture aware of the arts and humanities, 2016-present

Who’s Who Among Students, National Organization Honoring Exceptional Students, 2015-present

Omicron Delta Kappa, The National Leadership Honor Society, 2014-2015

Kappa Pi, International Honorary Art Fraternity, 2012-2015

Alpha Lambda Delta, National Honor Society for First-Year Students

Artist Alliance, *Graduate Advisor, collaborative arts group in Ruston, LA

Nicholls Art Club, organization aimed at making the local culture aware of the arts, and providing an outlet for student artists at Nicholls State University

SKILLS

Microsoft & Apple Office

Apple and PC Experience

Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop Basics

Gallery Preparation and Installation: wall prep, packing and unpacking artwork, lighting, and proper installation 

Plaster and Wax Casting/Mold Making

General Woodworking: band, chop, table, and radial arm saws, router, dremel, power sanders, and drill press. Wood shop maintenance 

Handmade Book Binding: Link, Long, Long & Link, Case, Japanese, Accordion, and Pamphlet

Ceramic: slip casting

Basic Drawing, Sculpture, and Painting Processes