Jova Lynne

Jova Lynne

Jova Lynne is a multi-disciplinary artist  born and raised in New York City, of Jamaican and Colombian heritage. Lynne is interested in the parallels between fictional, historical and personal archives in identity development. Lynne seeks to subvert anthropological practice in utilizing lens, sculpture and performative practices. She is interested in the cognitive dissonance one experiences when navigating material, text and media-based archive specifically as it relates to Black culture. Lynne completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art in May 2017. Since then Lynne has been based out of Detroit, MI, and has exhibited widely including institutions such as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Detroit Institute of Art  and Redbull Arts. Lynne is a grantee from various foundations which has supported her work in media and social practice based projects in Kingston, Jamaica and Berlin, Germany in addition to her work in the United States.

Masters of Fine Arts, Photography, Cranbrook Academy of Art, May 2017
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Bachelor of Arts, Film/Video, Hampshire College, May 2010
Amherst, MA

Solo Exhibitions
2022 Soon Come, Simone DeSousa Gallery, Video, Photography, Sculpture
Detroit, MI
2021 Hopes Garden, Red Bull Arts Detroit , Video, Photography, Sculpture
Detroit, MI
2020 The Tourist, Neon Heater, Video Installation
Findlay, OH
2019 A Cathartic Exercise in Rage, Vox Populi, Solo Exhibition, Video, Photography and Sculpture
Philadelphia, PA
2018 Soft Thrones, University of Toledo Art Museum, Solo Exhibition, Video and Sculpture
Toledo, OH
2018 Paradise Travel Company, Pops Packing, Solo Exhibition, Performative Installation
Detroit, MI
2015 CONVERGE, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Performance
San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions
2023 State of the Art II, Currier Museum of Art
Keen, New Hampshire
2022 State of the Art II, MOCA Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL
2022 State of the Art II, Art Museum of South Texas
Corpus Christi, TX
2022 Friction, SOIL
Seattle, WA
2022 Untitled, Blanc Gallery
Chicago, IL
2021 Queering Cream City, SAVE ART SPACE
Milwaukee, WI
2021 With Eyes Open, Cranbrook Art Museum
Bloomfield Hills, MI
2021 Unraveled. Restructured. Revealed, Trout Museum of Art
Appleton, WI
2020 State of the Art II, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Bentonville, AR
2019 Breaching the Margins, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Sculpture
Grand Rapids, MI
2019 BEACON, Torrance Art Museum, Video
Torrance, CA
2019 MIND BODY, Petcoke Gallery, Video,
Detroit, MI
2019 To Bring You My Love, The Neon Heater, Video and Photography
Findlay, OH
2018 Tourists Coconut, Stroboskop Art Space, Video
Warsaw, Poland
2018 Provisions, Caribbeing House, Sculpture
Brooklyn, NY
2018 A Welcoming, Brooklyn Museum, Sculpture
Brooklyn, NY
2018 Remedios The Beauty, G-CAAD Gallery, Video
St.Louis, MO
2018 Sugar Sugar, Public Pool, Video and Sculpture
Detroit, MI
2017 SIDEWALK Performing Arts Festival, Collaborative Performance
Detroit, MI
2017 BEACON, Beacon Sacramento, Video Projection
Sacramento, CA
2017 Graduate Degree Show, Cranbrook Museum of Art, Photo Installation
Bloomfield Hills, MI
2017 Walking With Serpents, Forum Gallery, Sculptural Installation
Bloomfield Hills, MI
2017 Stick it to the WALL, Forum Gallery, Photography
Bloomfield Hills, MI
2016 CONTEXT, Rocks Box Contemporary Art, Sculpture
Pontiac, MI
2016 FOUR WOMEN, Studio 14, Sculpture
Bloomfield Hills, MI
2015 B.U.F.U, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Video Installation
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Workshops and Residencies
2022 Anderson Ranch Arts Center Artist Fellow
Snowmass Village, CO
2020 Halcyon Arts Lab Fellow
Washington, DC
2020 Mass MoCA, Artist-in-Residence
North Adams, MA
2020 Vermont Studio Center, Artist-in-Residence
Johnson, VT
2019 ACRE, Artist-in-Residence
Wisconsin, USA
2019 The Pennsylvania State University School of Visual Arts, Artist-in-Residence
University Park, PA
2017 Ox-Bow School of Arts and Artist Residency, Fall Artist-in-Residence
Saugatuck, MI
2016 SO((U))L HQ, Artist-in-Residence
Kingston, Jamaica
2016 Talking Dolls, Artist-in-Residence
Detroit, MI
2015 Advanced Mold Making II, The Crucible
Oakland, CA
2014 Adobe, Media Professionals Development Training
San Francisco, CA

Fair Presentations
2021 Printed Matter Art Book Fair
2021 New Art Dealers Alliance, Miami Art Week, Simone Desousa Gallery, Photography
2020 New Art Dealers Alliance Presents, Simone Desousa Gallery, Photography and Video Installation
International Presentation

Selected Presentations
2021 University of Illinois, Photograph as Archive
Ann Arbor, MI
2020 University of Michigan, Unlearning Failure in Photographic and Performance Practice
Ann Arbor, MI
2020 Six Feet Apart, Lens Based Performance with Jova Lynne
Johnson, VT
2019 Wayne State University, Enduring Archives with Jova Lynne
Detroit, M
2019 Cranbrook Academy of Art, Enduring the body-Enduring Performance with Jova Lynne
Detroit, MI
2019 Conversations with the Curator
Detroit, MI
2018 New Art Dealers Alliance, In Conversation with Tyree Guyton
Miami, FL
2018 Sculpture X, Notions of Disruption
Toledo, OH
2018 Wayne State University, Performing Identities
Detroit, MI
2018 Sculpture Center, Navigating the Art World
Cleveland, OH
2018 College of Creative Studies, TALK: JOVA LYNNE
Detroit, MI
2016 Detroit Institute of Arts, In Conversation with Jova Lynne and Njia Kai
Detroit, MI
2013-16 Allied Media Conference, The Black Survival Mixtape, Artivism as Power
Detroit, MI
2015 Market Street Prototyping Festival, Intersections Between Art and Activism
San Francisco, CA
2014 Institute for the Future, Open Cities Festival, Youth Cities for the Future
San Francisco, CA
2013 Next is Now, Video Art and Cultural Exploration
San Francisco, CA

Selected Grants and Awards
2019 Knight Foundation, Knight Arts Challenge, Grant Recipient
Detroit, MI
2017 Global Arts Fund, Astraea Foundation, Grant Recipient
New York, NY
2016 Detroit Narrative Agency, Grant Recipient
Detroit, MI
2016 American Association of University Women, Grant Recipient
Washington D.C
2015 Cranbrook Academy of Art Merit Scholarship
Bloomfield Hills, MI
2013 Center for Cultural Innovation, Next Generation Art Professionals, Grant Recipient
San Francisco, CA
2011 The New York Foundation, Grant Recipient
New York, NY

2020 Jova Lynne’s Majestic Portraits, October 2020
Published by The Detroit News
2020 Highlighting Detroit’s Invisible Artists: Art Workers, August 2020
Published by HyperAllergic
2020 Hour Detroit, A weekend with Artist Jova Lynne, February 2020
Published by HOUR DETROIT Editors
2019 ArtForum, Top 6 Artists to Watch November 2019
Published by ArtForum Editors
2019 New York Times Magazine, Tyree Guyton Turned a Detroit Street Into a Museum,
Why is he taking it down?, Published by M.H Miller
2019 Contemporary& Magazine, How to Give Space, Published by Olivia Gilmore
2018 HyperAllergic, Booking a Trip to the Elusive Land Called Paradise, published by Sarah Rose Sharp
2018 Document Journal, The Class and Racial Complexities of Leisure, Published by Megan Wray
2017 Refigural, Featured Artist, Issue 12.
2016 BLAC Detroit, Renaissance Before Revival, published by Taylor Renee Aldridge
2015 Mask Magazine, Premiering SUCKA FREE – Queer Visibility in Music by Anjum Aska

Memberships and Collectives
2017 BULK SPACE, Co-Founder
2016 Black Artists Meet-Up–Detroit, Co-Founder/Facilitator
2016 POST M.O.V.E Cranbrook 2015 Diversity Club-Facilitator
2015 Black Survival Mixtape, Collaborator
2014 WOAH Collective, Co-Founder – Video and Film

Selected Collections
Wedge Collection
Progressive Art Collection
Detroit Institute of Arts
Cranbrook Art Museum
Private Collections*

Selected Curated Exhibitions
2020 Forethought
DarkRoom Detroit, Detroit, MI
2020 ArtWORK
Art Mile, Detroit, MI
2020 With or Without You: America
Shylo Arts, Detroit, MI
2020 Distant Future
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2019 Crossing Night: Regional Identities x Global Context
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
2019 Useless Utility
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
2018 Process
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
2018 2+2=8: Thirty Years Heidelberg
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
Studio 14, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2015 Emergent (Eco)nomy
Yerba buena Center for the Arts , San Francisco, CA
2014 Visions of An Abolitionist Future
Yerba buena Center for the Arts , San Francisco, CA

Selected Professional Experience
2019-Present Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Susanne Feld Hillberry Senior Curator
Detroit, MI
2017-2019 Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Ford Foundation Curatorial Fellow
Detroit, MI
2017-18 Allied Media Projects, People In Arts and Education, Program Coordinator
Detroit, MI
2015-16 Cranbrook Academy of Art, Department Assistant, Visiting Artist/Public Programs
Bloomfield Hills, MI
2015-16 Detroit Future Schools, Teaching Artist
Detroit, MI
2012-15 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Youth Arts and Education Manager
San Francisco, CA
2012-13 Oakland Leaf, Teaching Artist
Oakland, CA

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