Jennifer Stillwell


Office location: Visual Arts Building room A240

Areas of Research & Creative Activity:

Installation, Sculpture, Video, Public Art

Brief Biography:

Jennifer Stillwell studied at the University of Manitoba and graduated with a BFA Honors degree in 1995. In 2000 she received an MFA in Studio Art with highest distinction from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and she has since exhibited across Canada and internationally.

Working with a wide variety of materials, media and circumstances she has created responsive large-scale installations in post-industrial spaces including at the Darling Foundry (Montreal) and at Triple Candie (New York).  Other solo exhibitions include YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto) and a survey show at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg).  Considering ‘place’ and materiality she works to deconstruct and layer meaning with reductive approaches to form.

She recently completed a permanent outdoor public sculpture for the City of Winnipeg. Among many distinctions Jennifer was a semi-finalist for the preeminent Sobey Art Award in both 2002 and 2006.

Selected Professional & Creative Achievements

2014 High Five. Public Art Commission for the City of Winnipeg, Waterfront Drive
2010 Jennifer Stillwell: Survey Exhibition. Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg)
2007 Particle Shifts. Darling Foundry, Quartier Éphémère (main space) (Montreal)
2005 Bounty. Triple Candie (New York)
2002 Bale.  YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto)

Selected Group Exhibitions and Projects:

2014 They Made a Day be a Day Here. Touring exhibition to the Dunlop Art Gallery (Saskatoon), SofA Gallery (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Grande Prairie (Grande Prairie)
2013 Winnipeg Now. Major commission for the museum’s Centennial Exhibition, Winnipeg Art Gallery
2008 Biennale Nationale de Sculpture Contemporaine (Trois-Riveres, Quebec)
2005 Berlin Constructions. Hosted by the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, Loop-Raum Für Aktuelle Kunst (Berlin, Germany)
2004 Soft Passages.  Museum’s 25th anniversary exhibition, Oakville Galleries


ART 221/222 (Sculpture)
ART 370 (Video)
ART 580/581 (Graduate Seminar)