"They each have a different perspective. They each in their own way... And I can say this just based on how I've heard them talk about this and from what I think you'll see in this wonderful video about this project that we have made, each of our five artists is so profoundly connected to the land of Wyoming as their raison d'etre for doing what they do. I think so much of their vision and their work is embedded in the fact that they are connected with Wyoming." - Lisa Fleishman
Jennifer Rife is right at home on the high prairie of Cheyenne, Wyoming, hailing from rural southeastern Colorado and living most of her life in the American West. A lifetime of exploring places on road trips across the continent has enhanced her love of wide-open spaces and vast skies. The human-made structures and objects she has seen along the way provide endless references for her ephemeral installations. (View her work at artinthemiddleofnowhere.com)
She earned her BFA in the History of Art with a studio concentration in clay at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, graduating with Highest Distinction in 1986. Jennifer has exhibited her work throughout the United States; has had her work featured in books and articles; and has won a Wyoming Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship. An avid visitor of museums and land art sites, she finds ideas in a variety of art forms but is most inspired by work in situ(on site) that transcends time and place.
Jennifer is one of five Wyoming artists selected for Women To Watch. The 2024 exhibit is the National Museum of Women in the Art's biennial exhibition series that features underrepresented and emerging women artists who create in any medium including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, print, drawing, photography, film, digital, installation, and sound.
Wyoming will participate for the first time in NMWA’s Women to Watchexhibition, held in Washington, DC in 2024 and Rife is one of the five awesome artists chosen from across Wyoming to be invited to submit their work. BUT, only one will be chosen to be on exhibit in a collection at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C!