Profile: Jina Valentine (1979-)

Jina Valentine is a contemporary American visual artist whose work is informed by the techniques and strategies of American folk artists. She uses a variety of media to weave histories—including drawing, papermaking, found-object collage, and radical archiving.


Valentine received an MFA from Stanford University after studying at University of Pennsylvania and California College of Art. She received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and also studied in France at the Lacoste School.


Jina Valentine is based in Chicago, where she is an Assistant Professor of Printmedia at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Art at UNC Chapel Hill. She has exhibited at venues including The Drawing Center, The Studio Museum in Harlem,  the CUE Foundation, the Elizabeth Foundation, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Fleisher-Ollman Gallery, Marlborough Gallery, Ogilvy Gallery, and 21C Museum Hotel (Durham).

She has participated in residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Women’s Studio Workshop, Sculpture Space, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and the Cité internationale des arts in Paris.

In 2011, she published Ticket to the Unknown, a translation the works of Swiss outsider artist Aloise Corbaz. The book was published as part of Steffani Jemison’s Future Plan and Program, a project to publish literary works by visual artists of color.

She has received a Joan Mitchell MFA Grant, a San Francisco Arts Commission Fellowship, and a Creative Capital Emerging Fields Award. Her art has also been featured on the cover of Southern Cultures, Summer 2015.

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