Jennifer Bowen Allen is a Visual Arts and Heritage Coordinator who is a passionate supporter and contributor to the Northern Arts and Craft sector. Curating Hands of Time is her most recent contribution to the First Nations Arts and Craft sector and an independent curatorial milestone. Jennifer is Dene Nation from the Northwest Territories, and currently lives and works in Whitehorse, Yukon.
In 2010, Jennifer premiered as curator with Sewing our Traditions: Dolls of Canada’s North exhibition produced by Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery. Highlights of this exhibition tour (2010 to 2014) include: Vancouver Olympics, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, Northern Scene, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, Dawson, Yukon, and Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, Iqaluit, Nunavut.
Currently, as visual arts coordinator for the Adäka Cultural Festival, Jennifer recruits and encourages emerging and established First Nations visual artists to participate in the summer festival. Adäka is a cultural festival that showcases, and celebrates the development of Yukon’s First Nations arts and culture. She has also co-curated the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, NT, as well as facilitating festival and community workshops in traditional arts, such as children’s parkas, antler jewelry, and reed baskets.
Jennifer volunteers with the Yukon Government’s Friends of the Yukon Permanent Art Collections (FOYPAC). FOYPAC is a volunteer organization that recruits visual artists to submit works into the collection.
She studied Arts and Cultural Management at Grant MacEwan University in Alberta, Circumpolar Studies at Yukon College and continues to study Museum, Principles and Practices at the University of Victoria.
Video of Sewing our Traditions Dolls of Canada’s North: http://vimeo.com/13895570