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Jennifer Baker is a painter and sculptor who has worked in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia since 1978. She attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) as well as the Art Students League in NY. Baker has shown her work at Art 101 and Pleiades Galleries in New York and Nexus Gallery, F.A.N. Gallery, More Gallery, and The Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. She was selected for a Challenge Exhibit at Fleisher Art Memorial in 1997. Baker received a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant in 2010, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for Works on Paper in 1993, and was a finalist for a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 1997. In 2014, Baker curated an exhibit about the history of Northern Liberties “Northern Liberties: From World’s Workshop to Hipster Mecca and the People in Between” for the Philadelphia History Museum Community History Gallery. She is currently the visual art consultant for “Supper, People on the Move” a multimedia performance piece created by Silvana Cardell that has received a Project Grant from Pew Foundation for Arts and Heritage.


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Four Year Certificate, 1978

Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) Philadelphia, PA, BFA, 1979

Art Students League, New York, NY, studied drawing with Marshall Glasier, summer 1975

School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 1973-1974

Carnegie-Mellon University School of Fine Arts, Pittsburgh, PA, summer 1973

Solo Exhibitions:

Burlington County College Art Gallery, Mt Holly, NJ, "The Developing Form of Sculpture," 2013

Art 101, Brooklyn, NY (two person show) “Jennifer Baker and Fara’h Salehi,” 2011

Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, 2011, “Northern Liberties: A Transformation,” 2011

F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, “Cape Cod Paintings,” 2003

Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, “Challenge Exhibition,” 1997

F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, “American Street,” 1996

Nexus Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia, “Heavenly City,” 1993

Camden County College Gallery, Camden, NJ, 1990

Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY, 1985 and 1987

The More Gallery, Philadelphia, 1983

Race Gallery, Philadelphia, 1979

The Theater Place, Pleasantville, NY, 1978

Selected Group Exhibitions:

ART 101, Brooklyn, NY, “Friends,” “Christmas Show,” 2004, “Art for Obama,” 2008, “Miniatures,” 2010, “Looking Back,” 2013

Brooklyn Oenology Winery, Brooklyn, NY, “Williamsburg Galleries Keep It Local,” 2013

4 Heads Governors Island Art Fair, New York, NY, 2011

Artists House Gallery, Philadelphia, Fellowship of PAFA Annual, 2009 and 2011

William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, “Impressions: Exploring Printmaking in the 21st Century” 2010

Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, “Summer in the City” 2009

POST Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, 2008 and 2009

Gallery Saint Asaph, Bala Cynwyd, PA, 2008

Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, “20 X 12: A Generation of Challenge,” 1998, “Dear Fleisher,” 2004 and 2008

Wall Art Gallery, Fernandina Beach, FL, group show from Art 101, 2006

Liberty Place, Philadelphia, “Art Works/Water Works,” 2000

Borowsky Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, “City Lights,” 1996, “Gritty City,” 1999

F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, group shows, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999

Beaver College, Glenside, PA, “Works on Paper 1998” (Mark Rosenthal, juror)

Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA, Annual Exhibition, 1986 (Patterson Simms, juror); 1988 (Monique Beaudert, juror); and 1998

Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, “The Unbroken Line, 1897-1997,” 1997

Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, “Pleiades Exchange Show,” 1986; “Alternatives,” 1993; “Small Works,” 1993; “I.D.,” 1995; “Nexus is 21,” 1997

City Hall, Philadelphia, “Art in City Hall: Philadelphia Views,” 1996

Rider University Gallery, Lawrenceville, NJ, “Entropic Zones: Buildings and Structures of the Contemporary City,” 1995

Bryn Mawr College Gallery, Bryn Mawr, PA, “Landscape Works by Women Artists: Selections from the Scott Memorial Study Collection,” 1994

Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, “Hard Choices III,” six-museum traveling exhibition of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Visual Arts Fellows, 1993-1994

Viridian Gallery, New York, NY, “Nexus at Viridian,” 1994

Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, “The Figure,” 1980; Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy Annual Exhibition, 1994; Woodmere Annual, 1980 and 1983

Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA “7 Sculptors,” International Sculpture Conference Invitational, 1992; Cheltenham Center for the Arts Annual, 1986 (Dore Ashton juror); 1988 (Lowrey Sims); 1989 (Lisa Phillips); 1994 (Charlotta Kotik)

State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, “Art of the State: Pennsylvania ‘92”

103d Engineers Armory, Philadelphia, “Art at the Armory: Philadelphia Artists,” 1990 and 1992

Community Education Center, Philadelphia, “Art at the Armory Selects,” 1990

Philadelphia Art Alliance, “Four/Sites,” 1990

Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, City of Camden Annual, 1986, 1988, and 1989

Painted Bride Art Center, “BackGrounds: Autobiographical Statements,” 1988

Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, “Art Fighting AIDS,” 1987

56 Thomas Street, New York City, “Summertime,” three-person show, 1987

Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ, Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy Annual, 1986

Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY, 1985 and 1986

Rodger LaPelle Gallery, Philadelphia, sculpture show, 1985 and 1986

Museum of the Philadelphia Civic Center, Cheltenham Art Center Annual, 1980

William Penn Memorial Museum, Harrisburg, PA, Greater Harrisburg Arts Festival, 1980

Suzanne Gross Gallery, Philadelphia, three-person show, 1978

Exhibitions Curated:

Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, Community History Gallery, “Northern Liberties: From Worlds Workshop to Hipster Mecca and the People in Between,” 2014

Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, “Northern Liberties: A Transformation,” 2011

Performance and Readings:

Visual artist for “Supper, People on the Move,” created by Silvana Cardell, premiering in June 2015 at the Crane Arts Building’s Icebox, simulcast at Independence Mall. Funded by a Project Grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

“Now!” performance collaboration with choreographer Silvana Cardell, with five dancers and live drawings by Jennifer Baker. Falls Bridge: New Movement, Improvisation and Performance Festival at Philly PARD, Philadelphia. 2012

Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, “Northern Liberties: A Transformation” organized and participated in readings at opening reception. 2011

First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, Presented “Northern Liberties Project” 2009

First Person Arts Salon, Laurie Beechman Cabaret at the Arts Bank, Philadelphia, Presented “Northern Liberties Project,” 2009

Public Art Projects:

Semi-Finalist SEPTA Art in Transit project for 46th and Market Streets El Station. I created a design for “West Philly Dances,” a 20-by-50-foot frieze of dancing figures to be cut out of plate aluminum, painted, and mounted on a tubular steel grid. Done in collaboration with CuetoKearney Design, 2008

Artist in Residence/Public Art Project: Wallingford-Swarthmore School District Dimensions in Art Program. “The SRS Tree of Liberty,” a 12 ft. x 24 ft. mosaic mural incorporating glass panels from the dismantled Mitchell/Giurgola Liberty Bell Pavilion, made in collaboration with fifth grade students, 2007

Project coordinator and artist assistant to James “Big Man” Maxton for the “Snake Bench” at Swarthmore-Rutledge School, an 18-foot-long sculptural bench designed and constructed with the fifth grade students, 2001

St. Frances Church, Philadelphia, Stations of the Cross, 14 bas relief wood carvings in collaboration with sculptor Eiko Fan. 1980

Greenbriar Inn, Cherry Hill, NJ, 3 bas reliefs for facade and interior of restaurant. 1980

Grants and Awards:

Leeway Foundation, Art and Change Grant, 2010

Finalist, Pew Fellowship in the Arts, works on paper, 1997

Visual Arts Fellowship for works on paper, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 1992

Finalist, Mid Atlantic/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship, works on paper, 1992 and 1994

Pilyna Sitarchuk Memorial Award, Cheltenham Center for the Arts Annual

Painting Exhibition (Charlotta Kotik, juror), Cheltenham, PA, 1994

Barbara Specker Gorson Award, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Annual Painting Exhibition (Lisa Phillips, juror), 1989

First Prize, Prints, City of Camden Annual Exhibition, Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, 1988

Best in Show, City of Camden Annual Exhibition, Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, 1986

Charles Knox Smith Founders Prize, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, 1983

Fred and Naomi Gibson Hazel Prize, Woodmere Art Museum, 1980

Best of Show, Katonah Gallery (Jack Beal, juror), Katonah, NY 1980

Selected Bibliography:

Heidenry, Rachel, “Review: Gentification Tales,” The Architect’s Newspaper, May 9, 2014, link

Gates, Kellie Patrick, “From Industry to Abandonment, Artist's Mecca to Hipster Haven, New Exhibit Tells Tale of Northern Liberties,” PlanPhilly.com, February 24, 2014, link

Jamison, Mikala, “Painting the Town: Artists' views on Northern Liberties' Changes,” Philadelphia City Paper, February 20, 2014, link

Pulcini, Max, “Northern Liberties: From World’s Workshop to Hipster Mecca and the People in Between,” Spirit Newspapers, February 19, 2014, link

Crimmins, Peter, “Northern Liberties' Pre-Piazza Roots on Display at Philadelphia History Museum” Newsworks.org, February 19, 2014, link

Finn, Chelsea, “Northern Liberties’ Transformation Through the Ages,” The Temple News, February 17, 2014, link

Blumgart, Jake, “Jawnts: The Evolution of N. Liberties,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 16, 2014, link

Zweifler, Seth, “Museum Exhibit Looks at Northern Liberties' Transformation,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 16, 2014, link

"Atwater Kent To Take A Look At History Of No Libs, From Industrial Neighborhood To Where You Go For A Craft Beer" Philebrity.com, February 10, 2014, link

Wilson, Jillian, "The Philadelphia History Museum Presents Northern Liberties: From World’s Workshop To Hipster Mecca And The People In Between, Opening On February 20," uwishunu.com, January 31, 2014, link

Fisher, Christine, “From World's Workshop to Hipster Mecca: Northern Liberties Artist Curates Community History Exhibit,” PlanPhilly.com, November 18, 2013, link

Jamison, Mikala, “What’s Your NoLibs Story?” Northeast Times, November 5, 2013, link

Miller, Nancy Bea, “Jennifer” Women in the Act of Painting Blog, January 11, 2013, link

Jackson, Merilyn, “Grace and improvisation at Falls Bridge Dance Festival” The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 17, 2012, link

Donohoe, Victoria, “Northern Liberties, down and up” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 10, 2011, link

Foran, Clare, “Northern Liberties: A Transformation” Philadelphia City Paper, June 14, 2011, link

Nicole Finkbiner, “NoLibs in a Nutshell: Artists Tackle a Neighborhood’s Transformation” Philadelphia Weekly, June 8, 2011, link

“Tree of Liberty Mosaic Takes Shape,” Delaware County Daily Times, May 29, 2007

New American Paintings, Number 15, April 1998, The Open Studios Press

Sozanski, Edward J., “Fleisher Art Memorial,” Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 28, 1997

Sozanski, Edward J., “F.A.N. Gallery,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 21, 1996

Nugent, Jeanne, “Industrial Sights,” Philadelphia Weekly, June 19, 1996

Dickinson, James, “Entropic Zones: Buildings and Structures of the Contemporary City,” Rider University Gallery, 1995

Raynor, Vivien, “Relentless March of Industrial Decay,” The New York Times, March 5, 1995

Hudson, Alexia, “A City in Ruins,” Welcomat, March 1, 1995

Sozanski, Edward J., “A Fluid Technique Imparting a Feeling of Immediacy,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 14, 1993

Rice, Robin, “The Many Faces of Realism,” Philadelphia City Paper, May 21, 1993

Crohn, Jennifer, “Installations of Sound and Action,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 23, 1990

Moran, Kate, “Four/Sites,” New Art Examiner, summer 1990

Donohoe, Victoria, “Painted Bride,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 7, 1988

“At a Manhattan Loft, Art and Law Coexist,” The New York Times, February 15, 1987


Bryn Mawr College, William and Uytendale Scott Memorial Study Collection

Private Collections in New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, and Quebec including: CuetoKEARNEYdesign and Robert Linn Architects


Burlington County College, Pemberton NJ. NEA funded project to design and create a sculpture for the Pemberton Campus sculpture garden with BCC students and students from Pemberton High School, 2013

Guest Artist at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ. Collaboration with choreographer Silvana Cardell to create a multidisciplinary performance piece with students from the Department of Dance and the Department of Art, 2013

Guest Artist at University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Collaboration with Silvana Cardell to create multidisciplinary performance piece with students from the School of Dance and the School of Visual Arts. 2012

Artist in Residence, Swarthmore-Rutledge School, Swarthmore, PA 2007

Greene Street Friends School, Philadelphia, lower school art teacher, 1986-1988

Main Line Center for the Arts, Haverford, PA, sculpture and casting instructor, 1986

Main Line School Night Association, Radnor, PA, sculpture and casting instructor, 1982-1983

Hussian School of Art, Philadelphia, guest instructor in sculpture, 1981

University City Arts League, drawing instructor, 1980