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All the things I’ve done in this world (a selection)

2020-23    MFA,  Portland State University Art + Social Practice Program, Portland, OR
2006-08    BA cum laude, Interdisciplinary Performance Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
2002-04    Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

2018          JVxSQ: Ten Days in Times Square, civic exploration project. New York, NY
2015-on    Jennifer Vanilla, living character and musical project. New York, NY

2022-on   Hi-Vizibility Crosswalk Spectacular (with Mo Geiger and Dr. MLK School Safety Patrol), King School Museum of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
2022        Tour Here Now (with Luz Blumenfeld), guided tours of a single city block. Center for Urban Planning and Architecture, Portland State University, OR
2022        Elevator Sequence. Portland State University College of the Arts, Portland, OR
2021-on   Crosswalk Fantasy Committee (with Nicole Galpern). Queens, NY 
2017-18    JVL@b (Jennifer Vanilla: Live at the Bar) monthly performance series, The Windjammer, Queens, NY
2016-18    L.A.R.P. Castle, theater coven with Elsa Brown, Cassandra Jenkins, and Sam Regal, New York, NY
2016         In Search of Self-Loss, a dance play (with actors Cassandra Jenkins, Ethan Bassford, Sam Regal, and Mike Kolb). Otion Front Studio, Brooklyn, NY 
2009-19   Member, Ava Luna, experimental pop band, New York, NY

2022-on   Music for Crosswalks, audio compilation. New York, NY and Portland, OR
2022-on   Art & Social Practice Radio. KPSU College Radio, Portland State University, Portland, OR
2016         Stand Up Comedy by Non-Stand Up Comedians. The Windjammer, Queens, NY
2014-15    Master Cactus Audio Cassette Magazine, New York, NY

2022-on  Program Coordinator, Portland State University Art + Social Practice MFA Program, Portland, OR
2022-23  Co-editor, Social Forms of Art Journal. Portland State University, Portland, OR
2021-23   Committee Member, Assembly Co-Authored Social Practice Conference (with ’21-’24 MFA cohort). Portland State University, Portland, OR
2021         Copyeditor, Social Forms of Art Journal,  Portland State University, Portland, OR

2022       Invocation of the Crosswalk. Poetry Project New Year’s Day Marathon, St. Mark’s Church, New York, NY
2022       Jennifer Vanilla opening for Kikagaku Moyo. Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY
2021        Jennifer and its Angels, opening for !!! (Chk Chk Chk). Elsewhere Space, Brooklyn, NY 
2021        SOCIAL SOUVENIR HOTLINE with JENNY V, The Lot Radio Times Sq. Transmissions, Times Square, NYC
2020       Host and Performer for Yaeji & Friends, Club Quarantine. World Wide Web
2019        Headliner at Ad-Verse Performance Festival, March, Athens, GA
2018        Dynasty Handbag’s Weirdo Night, Zebulon, Los Angeles, CA
2018        Jennifer Vanilla Fantasy Factory, Spring Performance Festival, MOMA PS1, Queens, NY
2018        Host, RVNG Intl Presents: New Rave TV, Northside Festival, Brooklyn, NY
2016        BOOKLUB 10 group show, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

2023      Art + Social Practice MFA Graduate Exhibition, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Portland, OR (forthcoming)
2022      T4T Art Collective Group Show. MK Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR
2017-21  The Jennifer Vanilla Hour, TV program, Queens Public Television, Queens, NY
2019       CBS Eyewitness, Evening Television News, New York, NY
2019      JVxSQ: Jennifer en Times Square, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA
2018      One Hour With a Chair, Serial Box Projects, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
2015      The Ridgewood Eye (co-created with Marie Demple), STROBEVISION, Flux Factory, Queens, NY
2014      Home Music Videos, Big Law Gallery, Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY

Jennifer Vanilla:
2022      Castle in the Sky (with Brian Abelson), Sinderlyn Records, Brooklyn, NY
2019      J.E.N.N.I.F.E.R. EP (with Brian Abelson), Beats in Space Records, Brooklyn, NY
2017      This is Jennifer, Planet Jennifer Records, Inc., Jenniferia, JV

Ava Luna (with Carlos Hernandez, Felicia Douglass, Ethan Bassford, Julian Fader, Nathan Tompkins, Anna Li Sian):
2018      Moon 2, Western Vinyl; Histoire de Melody Nelson, Turntable Kitchen Records
2015      Infinite House, Western Vinyl
2014      Electric Balloon, Western Vinyl
2012      Ice Level, Infinite Best Recordings
2010     Services EP, Cooling Pie Records

2022     Pitchfork, 7.0 for Castle in the Sky
2022     BBC 6, Maryanne Hobbes’ Hit Reset feature
2022     Deutschland Funk, German Public Radio interview
2019      NPR Music: All Songs Considered, Jennifer Vanilla “Space Time Motion”
2019      #15 of Paste Magazine’s The 23 Best Music Videos of 2019
2018      Cassette of the Month, This is Jennifer, Rough Trade Records, Brooklyn, NY

2022     Precipice Fund Grant, supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts, Portland, OR
2021      Lane Martin Art Practice Endowed Scholarship, Portland State University, Portland, OR
2018      Artist in Residence, Times Square, New York, NY
2018      Queens Council on the Arts SU-CASA Teaching Grant, Queens, NY
2017      Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2016      Artist in Residence, Otion Front Studio, Brooklyn, NY

Written by:
2022      Going the Extra Mile: Stories from Celene’s Thrift, Social Souvenir Press. 
2022      Social Forms of Art Journal, “Be in the Play That You’re In” Becca Kauffman with Jibz Cameron
2022      Social Forms of Art Journal, “Small Things Become Huge” Becca Kauffman with Avalon Kalin
2022      Social Forms of Art Journal, “Anyone Can Do This” Becca Kauffman with Crosswalk Collective LA
2022      Social Forms of Art Journal, “The Unexpected Host” Becca Kauffman with Fernando Perez
2021       Social Forms of Art Journal, “Going the Extra Mile: Luis Insists on Hardcover,” Becca Kauffman with Luis Orlando Beltran
2020      Social Forms of Art Journal, “Have a Nice Day,” Becca Kauffman with James Blount
2020      Social Forms of Art Journal, “Jennifer Vanilla Goes to Therapy,” Becca Kauffman with Adolfo Profumo 

Written about:

2022     QNS, “Community celebrates new traffic safety measures in Ridgewood,” Elijah Hamilton
2022     Ridgewood Times, “Ridgewood residents call for safety signals at dangerous intersection,” Julia Moro
2022     The Brooklyn Rail, “The Joy of Artificial Flavoring,” Kamikaze Jones
2022     Pitchfork, “Album Review: Castle in the Sky,” Max Freedman
2022     BBC 6, Mary Ann Hobbes “Hit Reset,” radio feature
2022     Deutschland Funk, radio interview, Christoff Reimann
2022     Interlocutor Magazine, “Jennifer Vanilla’s Castle in the Sky”
2022     Polyester Zine, “Glad Rags: Jennifer Vanilla on the Importance of Personalizing Your Style”
2020     Love Injection, “I Can, I Will, I Must Jennifer,” Barbie Bertisch.
2019      Vogue, “Meet Jennifer Vanilla, the New York–Based Performance Artist…” Sophie Kemp.
2019      Flaunt, “Jennifer Vanilla Q+A,” Larry Armstrong-Kizzee.
2019      Ink Magazine, Cover Story, “Touching Down on Planet Jennifer,” Kristina Dickey.
2019      Just Magazine, “Our November Guest: NY Performance Artist Jennifer Vanilla.”
2018      Ravelin Magazine, “Becca Kauffman on Being Jennifer Vanilla,” Jillian Billard.
2018      The Cut, “The Performance Artist Playing Her Own Muse,” Sarah Spellings.
2018      Queens Newsweekly, “Ridgewood-based Performer Jennifer Vanilla Hosts…” Ryan Kelley.
2017      Ridgewood Times, "Jennifer Vanilla Brings Performance Art Experience to the Windjammer,” Anthony Giudice.