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Selected Exhibitions and Interventions:

Homeward Bound, BRIC Project Space, Brooklyn, NY. Solo show
Drawing As Practice, National Academy of Design, NY
8×5 Houston Billboard Exhibition, with Fortune Society artists, various locations, Houston, TX
For Those Without Choice, Weinberg Newton Gallery, Chicago

Brief Histories Gallery, The Bowery, NY Inheritance
More Art, Columbus Park, Brooklyn Pennants & Poets, with the Fortune Society Writers, with Fred Wilson’s Mind Forged Manacles/

Walking As A Question Conference, remote presentation, Prespa, Greece. Walks to Sites of Detention, Paris/Chicago
PS1/MoMA Pennants & Poets with the Fortune Society Writers. Participatory Public Installation
Art At A Time Like This, “First Responders” Online show

Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY: Monuments Now! Ten Emerging Artist Fellowship Projects
Pierogi Gallery, NYC: First, Second and Third Person, group show
Tufts University Art Galleries, Somerville/Medford, MA, Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice Systm
Free EDC – Skytyping intervention, Elizabeth, NJ: Part of In Plain Sight, a coalition of 80 artists fighting immigrant detention and the culture of incarceration conceived by Cassils and rafa esparza

TuftsPublic Artist 2019/20 Campus-wide collaborative ICE Escape Signs project for Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Site specific ICE Escape Signs installed at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and created for the Tisch Library, Tufts Medford Campus
Aidekman Art Gallery, Tufts Medford Campus: Exhibit of earlier ICE Escape Signs from various locations, on view for the 2019-20 academic year
Pelham Arts Center, Pelham, NY: ‘In/Flux’
Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn (after)Care with No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab

3 Days, 42 Miles: Mobile Speakers Podium Chicago to Gary Walk – in collaboration with Regin Igloria
Ludlow 38 MINI/Goethe-Institut, NYC, ‘Due Process’
Contemporary Art Museum Houston TX ‘Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System’
Fiendish Plots, Lincoln, NE ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’ Two-person show
Paris School of Architecture, Paris, France: Brexit Monument, competition, with V. Mitch McEwen

No Longer Empty group exhibition at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, NYC: ‘Hold These Truths’
7th Sense: Sanctuary – public sign project along 14th street, NYC, launched through Art in Odd Places: ‘Sense’

Arts and Public Life, The Muffler Shop, U Chicago, ‘Mobile Speakers’ Podium for Citizens and Non-Citizens’ Public collaborative installation
Comfort Station, Chicago, IL ‘Mobile Speakers’ Podium for Citizens and Non-Citizens’ Public collaborative installation
Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, IL  Soul Asylum
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL Residual Lives
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY  Agitprop! (2nd wave)

Art in Odd Places: Recall (10th Anniversary Edition)
Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT: Acting on Dreams: The state of immigrant rights, conditions, and advocacy in the U.S
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA   Imaginary Archive Philadelphia: Traces in the Dark
Smack Mellon, DUMBO, New York Respond

Art in Odd Places: Free Lengua, Libertad!
Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, NJ   From There to Here
Gulf Labor, online, 52 Weeks of Gulf Labor
Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY The Wayland Rudd Collection – traveling to First Floor Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe
Les Kurbas Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine Imaginary Archive Ukraine
BRIC House, Brooklyn, NY  Biennial

Van Abbemuseum,  Eindhoven, Holland  Museum of Arte Útil Archive 

Kaplan Institute, Northwestern University (n)IMBY
Queens Museum Panorama, New York Fifteen Islands for Robert Moses with Greg Sholette

Storefront for Art and Architecture Strategies for Public Occupation
BRIC Rotunda Gallery Brooklyn, NY 30: A Brooklyn Salon

QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development Space 37 Queens, NY Babel
BRIC Rotunda Gallery Brooklyn, NY The No Place

Muñoz Waxman Gallery Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe NM Mapping a Green Future
Griffiss International Sculpture Park, Rome, NY Permanent public art commission
Rutgers University NJ Dana Women Artist Series: Rights of Culture, Culture of Rights Solo show

Creative Time at the Park Ave. Armory New York, NY Democracy in America
BRIC Rotunda Gallery Brooklyn, NY Sound Off
White Box NY, NY Sedition!
Tompkins County Public Library Ithaca NY, Hovebibliotek, Copenhagen Unnamable Name
Trinity University Gallery San Antonio TX Eligible Traffic
Rutgers University, Paul Robeson Gallery/NJIT School of Architecture Newark, NJ
Neo-Constructivism: Art, Architecture and Activism

Lower East Side Tenement Museum NY NY Trojan Horse Travel Agency Window Installation
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning Queens, NY Jamaica Flux Public art project
Queens Library Gallery Jamaica, NY TRANS_
The Soap Factory Minneapolis, MN, Host
Aljira Center for Contemporary Art Newark, NJ Emerge 8
Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester Rochester, NY Piece Process IV After Lebanon

Newark Museum Newark, NJ 3+3 – Work from the Residency Launch of Design for the Alien Within web project
Exit Art NY NY Studio Visit

Cooper Union NY NY A Knock At The Door

Schroeder Romero Brooklyn NY Watch What We Say
Gigantic Art Space NY NY Tactical Action

The Carriage House Islip, Long Island Site Specifics
Exit Art NY Biennial: The Reconstruction
Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University CT Good Morning America

Currier Museum of Art NH New York New Work Now
Lower East Side Tenement Museum Web Site NY launch of HardPlace web project

Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY Right 2 Fight
Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University CT Black and Blue: Examining Police Violence
RepoHistory NY “Circulation” mail and web project
Pomona College Montgomery Gallery Claremont, CA Maximum Security Democracy
RepoHistory NY Civil Disturbances Public street sign project.
Exit Art NY NY Public Notice
Barbican Concourse Gallery London Rubies and Rebels: Jewish Female Identity in Contemporary British Art.
Traveled: Hove Museum, Manchester University Gallery, Leeds University Art Gallery and others, UK
Laing Gallery Newcastle, UK Unleashed; Images and Experience of Disability Collaboration with Nancy Willis
SUNY Purchase Visual Arts Gallery NY Death Penalty-Death of Culture
Art for Change Isle of Dogs, London Fight For Rights Billboard project on wheelchair access.
Longwood Arts Gallery Bronx NY Conflict/Resolution
Memorial Arch Brooklyn NY Trophies from the civil (Wars)
Artists Space NY NY Artists Select (selected by May Stevens)
University of Illinois at Chicago, New Works Gallery Chicago IL Past, Tense
“You Gotta Have Park” Festival: Prospect Park, NY Are You Parked? Public art project.
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK Whitechapel Open

Residencies, Awards:

Camargo/EHESS Residency, Cassis, France – collaboration with Dread Scott and Clara Lecadet
Villa Albertine/ANDEA Touring Artist Residency with 5 regional French art schools – collaboration with Dread Scott
BRIClab Residency, Dumbo, Brooklyn
Creatives Rebuild NY Artist Employment Award: grant to continue collaborations with the Fortune Society
Socrates Sculpture Park Fellowship
Visiting Artist at Stony Brook University, Long Island, with Dread Scott
Tufts Public Artist, 2019-2020, Boston and Medford campuses, MA
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space Artist Residency
Camargo/Art Matters/Jerome Foundation Residency, Cassis, France – collaboration with Dread Scott
Grand Canyon National Parks South Rim Artist in Residence – collaboration with Dread Scott
Jean Gimble Lane Artist in Residence, Northwestern University
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship – Interdisciplinary Work
BRIC Media Arts Fellowship
Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM. Residency
The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Grant
Lower East Side Tenement Museum NY NY. Windows Installation Residency
The Newark Museum Newark NJ Residency
Longwood Arts Project Bronx, NY Digital Matrix Award
Aljira Contemporary Art Center Newark NJ. Emerge Program
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council NY NY Workspace Residency
Franklin Furnace Future of the Present Award
The Carriage House, Islip Art Museum Long Island NY. Residency
Lower East Side Tenement Museum NY NY. Digital Artist Residency
Sculpture Space Utica NY. Residency
Art for Change/Signals London. National winner, Women in the Streets Billboard Project, collaboration with Nancy Willis
Artists in East London Schools (Whitechapel Art Gallery program). Residency

Selected Collections:
MoMA Library, New York, NY
Griffiss International Sculpture Garden, Rome, NY
Collection of Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, The International Contemporary Art Foundation, Louisville, KY
Christ’s College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

Selected Bibliography:
Lorch, Danna; Three Boston Exhibitions Confront Migration and Displacement The Art Newspaper, (October 26, 2019)
Hardy, Michael; A Houston Art Exhibit Gazes Unflinchingly at the Cruelty of Mass Incarceration Texas Observer (September 6, 2018)
Vartanian, Hrag; “In the Event of an ICE Raid, Please Follow These Signs” Hyperallergic (March 2, 2018)
Wolgamott, L. Kent; ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’ is a provocative exhibit Lincoln Journal-Star (February 10, 2018)
Sierzputowski, Kate; review of the Mobile Speakers’ Podium for Citizens and Non-Citizens first public installation and activation at Comfort Station, Logan Square, Chicago. Hyperallergic (July 22 2016)
Shea, Anne; ‘Jenny Polak: Exposing/Hiding Citizen/Non-Citizen’  n.paradoxa vol. 34 (July 2014)
Driever, Juliana; “Jenny Polak: Artist Profile”  Bad at Sports website (Nov 27 2013)
Sholette, Gregory; “Dark Matter; Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture” Pluto Books (2010)
Desai, Dipti “Unframing Immigration”, Peabody Journal of Education, 85: 4, 430 — 436 (2010)
Han, Heng-Gil; “Network and Fluid” Book about public art, published in Korea, (2010) p 72
Han, Heng-Gil; Sholette, Gregory; Erdosi, Aniko et al: Jamaica Flux 2007 exhibition catalogue (2008)
Greenwood, Warren: “Conceptual Ithaca” Ithaca Times (March 12 2008)
Genocchio, Benjamin: “From Young Storytellers, a Playful Tone” NY Times Regional Special (August 26 2007)
Bischoff, Dan: “Museum Program Bears Fruit” Newark Star-Ledger (June 9 2006)
Powhida, William: “Exit Art Biennial” Brooklyn Rail (June-July 2003): pp11-12
Harrison, Helen: “Site Specifics 03” NY Times (July 13 2003)
Smith, Roberta: “A Space Reborn, With A Show That”s Never Finished” NY Times (April 4 2003)
Mirapaul, Matt: “Within Walls and Memories: Dimensions of Detention” NY Times (June 10 2002)
Dodson, Sean: “Crime Watch” The Guardian (UK) Web Watch section (June 13 2002)

1993 Whitney Independent Study Program New York
1992 School of Visual Arts New York M.F.A. Fine Arts.
1988 St. Martins School of Art London B.A. (Hons.): Fine Art and Critical Studies.
1980 Cambridge University B.A. (Hons.): Architecture.