Jen Bervin

Literature, 2013

Jen Bervin is an interdisciplinary artist and poet whose conceptually driven works weave together art, writing, science and life in a complex yet elegant way. Her work explores the intersection of text and textiles in acts of reading, writing, listening through the lens of traditional craft and cutting edge technology. Bervin's work is the subject of solo exhibitions at the Des Moines Art Center, BRIC, and Granoff Center for the Arts at Brown University, is featured in group exhibitions at MASS MoCA, The Power Plant in Toronto, Harvard Natural History Museum, and the Walker Art Center, and can be found in more than thirty international collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, and The J. Paul Getty Museum. Bervin has published nine books; Silk Poems is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2017. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The Rauschenberg Residency (2016), Asian Cultural Council Fellowship (2016), and a Creative Capital Grant (2013), and is currently a SETI Institute Artist in Residence, a program that facilitates a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas between artists and scientists, and will be a 2018 Artist in Residence at Northwestern University.

Awards and Accomplishments

2017: Jen Bervin is selected as a 2018 Artist in Residence at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University.

2016: Jen Bervin is named a 2016-2017 Fellow in SETI Institute's Artists in Research program. It facilitates a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas between artists and scientists and the shared adoption of new ideas and technologies.

2016: 2016 Asian Cultural Council Fellowship: Jen Bervin was awarded a Mandarin Oriental Arts Fellowship for upcoming work in Suzhou, China. The Asian Cultural Council advances international dialogue, understanding, and respect through cultural exchanges that nurture the talents of individual artists and scholars in Asia and the United States.


Bervin is an Artist in Residence at The Poetry Center at The University of Arizona


Jen Bervin is awarded The Rauschenberg Residency


Jen Bervin is selected as a 2015 Fitt Artist in Residence at Brown University


Jen Bervin will be a Visiting Artist at the Vermont Studio Center from May 17 – 22, 2016.

2015: Jen Bervin is awarded a fellowship in The Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program (LAP) at Montalvo Art Center.


Bervin is selected as a 2014 Bogliasco Foundation Fellow