Jennifer Sparks                                                                     

Providence, RI 02906      jsparks@risd.edu      www.jennyrachelsparks.com

Education

Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program 2015

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence RI

Bachelor of Fine Arts Sculpture, Honors.  2015

Brown University, Providence RI

Bachelor of Arts Geological Sciences. 2015

Professor William Carey and Clara Harkness Poland Memorial Scholarship

RISD Foundation Year Award. School year 2011-2012

 Pierre-Alexis and Sophie Dumas Scholarship

Brown University Scholarship to a student in the Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program.

School years 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013

Brown University Undergraduate Teaching and Research Assistantship

Brown University funding to complete a Geological Science research project over the summer of 2012

 

Skills

3D-  Metals– design, fabrication, casting, mold making,  MIG and oxy-acetylene welding

Ceramics– hand building, wheel throwing, wood firing, mold-making

2D–  drawing, painting, product design, stop-motion animation.

Software– Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Dragonframe, Final Cut Pro.

Volunteer and Work Experience

The Steel Yard, Providence, RI      January 2015- present

Client Relations Manager- Manage client relations, contract negotiations, administrate the production of  the Steel Yard’s functional public art projects.

Art Production Manager Assistant- Assist in the creation of the Steel Yard’s public projects.

Administrative Intern-  Aid Steel Yard staff in administrative tasks.

National Science Foundation, Socorro NM     Summer 2014

“Artist in Ecology” Research Experience for Undergraduates

Create artwork on-site and relating to the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. Engage with scientists in their field work and ecological research.

Foundation Studies Division, RISD, Providence RI     Fall 2011- Spring 2013

Teacher’s Assistant, Spatial Dynamics, 2D Design, Drawing Marathon

Aid the professor in demonstrations, preparations, discussions and critiques. Help students individually.

Continuing Education Division, RISD, Providence RI   Summer 2012

Teacher’s Assistant, Foundation’s Design

Aid the professor in set up, communication of assignments, aid students, participate in critiques, assist professor with grading, work documentation.

Sculpture Department, RISD Providence, RI Summer 2012-present

Studio Assistant

Clean sculpture foundry/woodshop, help with basic repairs of tools and equipment.

Shop Monitor-

Ensure proper work habits in the wood and metal shops, repair tools, be a resource for students.

Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program, Providence RI     Fall 2010- present

Co-Coordinator for the Annual Dual Degree Exhibit-

Make curatorial decisions, coordinate with others, organize logistics, install.

Peer Advisor- 

Serve as an advising resource for younger students in the dual degree program, aid with orientation; meet with advisees throughout the year.

Brown/RISD Catholic Community, Providence RI     Spring 2011-present

Fellowship Coordinator-

Organize events for the community to encourage unity and a feeling of welcome. Delegate tasks and communicate with several different parties.

WWOOF Mexico, Valle de Bravo, Estado de Mexico and Autlán, Jalisco     Summer 2013

Volunteer on Organic Farms-

Volunteer for organic farms by whatever work needed, often including gardening, composting, carpentry, animal care.

Exhibitions

Valley Arts District Open Studios: Neighborhood- wide open studio event in Providence RI, 2016 & 2017

Creative Mile: Public Sculptures for the old I-195 land, Providence RI    2015

FULL: The 5th Annual Dual Degree Show     2013

Basket l Case: The Brown/RISD Dual Degree Annual Show     2012

Art in Context, Jewelry District, Providence RI      Fall 2011

Anisotropy: The Brown/RISD Dual Degree Annual Show    2011

References

available upon request