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Jenene Nagy

Rock Creek Helzer Gallery

Jenene Nagy is a visual artist living and working in the Inland Empire, California. Recent solo exhibition venues include PDX CONTEMPORARY ART (Portland), Iris Project (Los Angeles), Art on Paper (NY), University of Wisconsin – Stout, and the Minneapolis College of Art + Design (MCAD). Her work has been recognized with grants and awards from the Foundation of Contemporary Art, the Oregon Arts Commission, Colorado Creative Industries, the Ford Family Foundation and in 2016 a nomination for the United States Artist Fellowship. Her work is held in several permanent collections including the Portland Art Museum and Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. Reviews of Nagy’s work have appeared in Monopol, the Boston Globe, The Oregonian, and Artscape Magazine.

Along with a rigorous studio practice, Nagy is one half of the curatorial team TILT Export:, an independent art initiative with no fixed location, working in partnership with a variety of venues to produce exhibitions. From 2011-12, she was the first Curator-in-Residence for Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon.

  • Jenene Nagy working in her studio

    Jenene Nagy working with paper pulp in her studio.

  • Jenene Nagy artwork of brown handmade paper with a white grid

    palm grid 4, gouache and graphite on artist-made palm frond paper, 11″x10.25″, 2019

  • Jenene Nagy artork of vertical dark gray paper with a triangular texture hanging in a gallery

    banner, graphite and tarnished silver on folded paper, 90″x22″, 2019

  • Jenene Nagy artwork that's square and dark gray with a line pattern

    mass 20, artist-made graphite paint and torn paper mounted on paper, 33″x33″, 2019

The Helzer Gallery Featured Artist Program is a series of virtual programming created to introduce our audience to the work and creative practice of various artists. While nothing can replace the physical act of engaging with artworks in the gallery setting, the short “studio visit” videos produced by our artists can open the door to a different side of the creative process. Our artists also engage with PCC Rock Creek art classes through virtual events. The Helzer Gallery will return to regular gallery programming once we are safely able to open PCC campuses.