A native of Alaska, as a youth D. Del Reverda-Jennings resided in Chicago, Illinois., and was educated in parochial academy institutions. From that timeline, she has since traveled a creative and an artistic journey influenced by the kaleidoscope of cultural nuances.
Visually Del Reverda-Jennings, is known for a broad range of work inclusive of sculpture, installation, painting and mixed-media, and her interdisciplinary role in the artworld as a journalist, arts editor, published author
Primarily self-taught, D. Del Reverda-Jennings, an award winning interdisciplinary artist utilizes an unlimited palette, media and materials while working from a diverse repertoire, using a multi-dimensional approach in creating striking artworks in series. This lends to her being a prolific art maker influenced by Women’s social issues, belonging, colorism, identity nuances, stereotypical assumptions, indigenous wisdom’s-folklore, Goddess Persona, ritual, myth, magic, ceremony, contemporary culture, nature, and connective ancestral and spiritual memory in the context of the African, Afro-Latin Diasporic cultures and complexities of the divine feminine.
She creates fine art inclusive of complex, organic surface treatments, extremely detailed and textural handworked applications, which result in ethereal works evocative of ancient entities that make her signature sculptural pieces distinct. The resulting pieces are organic, highly charged, extremely detailed incised, often using metalsmithed, chased and repousse’d metal accents or hand-worked metal pieces. These creations are authentic and rooted in the tradition from which the artist evolves. She fashions vibrant, compelling 2-dimensional narrative paintings inspired by real life. These artworks visually reflect and celebrate Del Reverda-Jennings’ concept of the sacred and ‘Divine Feminine.’
Much of this provocative work celebrates Women, depicting females of color who are in a state of self-discovery, empowerment, insight and affirmation, while exploring the complexities of bi-racial/multi ethnic/multiracial-cultural identity, dual or multiple ethnic heritage and referencing from the spiritual and religious histories that have aesthetic traditions based in the African Diaspora.
RANGE OF WORK:
Welded works, relief’s, original castwork, printmaking, metal, carving, fetishes, totems, mixed-media, encaustic works, paint, glass, paper, fiber & textile pieces, clay – ceramic, cement, mixed-media, craft, drawing, illustration, ink, pencil, collage, mosaics, assemblage, constructions, vessels, installation, public art, photographic works, graphic/digital, textural abstract compositional pieces, and commissioned, large-scale decorative~functional “FrameMirror Work” artpieces (D. DelReverda-Jennings own concept and design), inclusive of hand forged, incised, highly charged, worked and reworked (chased and repousse`d) surfaces, deeply variant, tactile compositions of metalwork. Literary work include: Journalism, Editorial, Columnist, Published Poet and Author.
This diversity has also brought facets of her complex textural work to “SEVENTH GODDESS JEWELRY DESIGN” an exclusive artisan “Statement” jewelry line (begun in 2010), which features handwrought precious and semi-precious metals, stones and mixed-media..that speak in bold character and substantial elements, capturing the spirit of the contemporary woman seeking pieces of distinction in wearable artistry.
D. Del Reverda-Jennings, fine artworks are held in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean including the Charles H. Wright Museum, in Detroit, Michigan. Winona Hospital, and the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center in Indianapolis, Indiana and internationally syndicated Home and Garden Television (HGTV).
► FLAVA FRESH 14 !_2017-2018: An Indianapolis based, annual jurored, multiple art exhibition presentation Series. 2017 marks our seventeenth year of a one-of-a-kind venue in Indiana! Consecutive exhibitions Run July 1, 2017 through January 2018. __ IN:
► Dynamic sculptural installations will be presented by D. DEL REVERDA-JENNINGS, in the upcoming Central, Indianapolis Public Library presentation of “MEET THE ARTISTS’ XXIX” Annual Exhibition and Gala which will be held in February running through March 2017. __ IN:
► IMOCA: Featuring exciting work representative of several new series which will be showcased at iMOCA (the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art) in the January 2017 exhibition presentation at their new location. __ IN:
► ART BASEL MIAMI: Artwork (originally created for the Charles H. Wright Museum “VISIONS”exhibition) will be showcased along with 43 other renowned and acclaimed Artists of Color commissioned for the laudable exhibition during an upcoming exhibition at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex with “VISIONS OF OUR 44TH PRESIDENT.” Exhibition runs November 28, 2016 – February 28, 2017. ___ Miami, FL:
► VISIONS OF OUR 44TH PRESIDENT – BOOK: Work is represented in the Collectors Edition of “Visions of Our 44th President” book which chronicles the collective sculptural show created to recognize and celebrate the historical significance of the first African American President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. ___ National:
► My piece for the “VISIONS OF OUR 44TH PRESIDENT” was featured in the “Politico Magazine” ___ National:
► HOME & HEARTH: Group exhibition will display sculptural work in the 2016 annual all women artist’s exhibition presentation of fine art excellence at the INDIANA INTERCHURCH CENTER – IIC GALLERY. The Spirit & Place Festival themed show curated by the renowned Ginger Bievenour, will run November 21st – December 28th, 2016. __ Indianapolis, IN:
► FLAVA FRESH 13 !_2016-2017: An Indianapolis based, annual jurored, multiple art exhibition presentation Series. Consecutive exhibitions Run July 1, 2017 through January 2018. Current and Final Showcase on View -@- The North College Avenue Branch_Indianapolis Public Library (INDYPL). Will remain on View through January 2017. __ IN:
► 2 or 3 – Dimensional Artworks. Price varies depending upon the piece. Price Upon Request. Please Contact for Information:
►“SEVENTH GODDESS JEWELRY DESIGN” Jewelry Line Pieces begin at $40.
► Published Books (Non-Fiction, Poetry) begin at $10 – $40.
Age: 7 – 12 , Adult.
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Creator-Founder-Independent Curator of “FLAVA FRESH ! ” an Indianapolis based, annual juried, multiple art exhibition presentation series. / Founder_ MÉLANGE Group. / Founder of URBANE D’ART , URBANE D’ART KIDS Inc. / BAIA _ Mbr. / Jefferson Award for “Achievement In Arts. / Indiana Arts Commission_ IN. / Arts Council of Indianapolis _ IN. / IMOCA (Indianapolis Museum Of Contemporary Art. / Gallery 924 _ Indianapolis, IN. / Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University_ Indianapolis, IN. / Garfield Park Arts Center _Indianapolis, IN. / Indiana Interchurch Center _IN. / Primary Colours Gallery _Indianapolis, IN. / Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis _IN. / IVY Tech Community College _Indianapolis, IN. / FAIE Afrikan Art Gallery _Chicago, IL. / Museum of Science and Industry _ Chicago, IL. / Indianapolis Public Library (INDYPL) Award, and photographic portrait exhibition presentation of “Women Of A New Tribe.”__2015. / Center For Leadership Development Minority Achievers Award, “Achievement In Arts/Music/Theatre.” / Art Basel Miami__FL._2014, 2016. / Harlem Fine Arts Show Chicago_IL. / “125 Indianapolis Neighborhood Leaders.” / National African American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC)_Mbr._OH. / Creative Women of Color _ Mbr._ OH. / Arts Council of Indianapolis – Creative Renewal Arts Fellow. / African American Visual Artist Guild _ OH. / The former Indianapolis Public Library (IMCPL) and The Indianapolis Public Library (INDYPL)_IN. / The Indiana Arts Commission. / Who’s Who_ 2009 -2016. / I.C. Master Artist Award and Fellowship _Chicago, IL. / Listed in the 2010 -to- 2015 editions of the International Dictionary of Artists__ Global. / A former Chairwoman of the Indiana Black Expo Inc., Cultural Arts Pavilion, “Artists Market,” from the inception of the venue in 2004 through 2008 _and_ the IBE Inc., Classic Saturday Art Fair’s two year run, ’05 -’06. / Artworks have been showcased on the Home and Garden Television’s (HGTV) Internationally syndicated series “That’s Clever!” and on the syndicated “DIY Network.” / 2003 Marguerite Press Literary Award__Indianapolis, IN. / Artworks showcased in “Dreamtime: Universal Archetypes,” a WFYI TV-20 ~ PBS documentary movie.__International. / Artworks have been showcased on a number of regional and national television broadcasts as well as highlighted in numerous print publications. / The Chicago Defender Newspaper. / Indiana Herald Newspaper. / The Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper. / “I Am” Artist Group. / Art In The Garden_3001 New Jersey Street Artist Studio’s. / Hoosier Salon Patron Association _ Former Mbr. / Alaska Metal Arts Guild _ Former Mbr. /
A number of Indiana Arts Commission, Individual Artist Project Grants – Visual , Literary.
2016, honored with the prestigious National Jefferson Award for “Achievement In The Arts.”
Indianapolis Public Library (INDYPL) Award, and photographic portrait exhibition presentation of “Women Of A New Tribe.”__2015. /
Center For Leadership Development Minority Achievers Award_Achievement In Arts/Music/Theatre _ 2014.
Neighbor Power Award_ 2014._ Indianapolis, IN.
125 Indianapolis Neighborhood Leaders Award_2013.
One of Forty-four Contemporary African American Artists, to create an interpretive rendition bust of President Barack Obama for “Visions of Our 44th President” Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Our World. LLC.
Work is represented in the Collectors Edition of “Visions of Our 44th President” book which chronicles the collective sculptural show created to recognize and celebrate the historical significance of the first African American President of the United States of America.
Sculptural work was featured in the “Politico Magazine.”_2016.
Sculptural work was selected and showcased in the Black Art In America, Commemorative Book in Tribute of Oprah Winfrey, “A Time, A Season.”
Indianapolis Marion County Public Library – IMCPL, Indianapolis Public Library – INDYPL__ “Meet The Artists’ “Awards _ 2003 – 2017.
“Glimpses Of The African American Artist”__Best Of Show_2005_INDPLS, IN.
I.C. Master Artist Award and Fellowship _2003_ Chicago, IL.
Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellow_ 2003 _ IN.
Marguerite Press Literary Award _ 2003 _ IN.
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