Jennifer Chenoweth is available for public speaking for events and conferences. See CV for examples.
Jennifer also coaches and mentors artists and young adults, for barter or pay.
Robert Whitehurst provides custom fabrication services to artists, and builds projects for commercial and residential spaces.
Both are available to be contracted for project design, event installations, and social engagement activations.
All of our service work is collaborative, with shared ideas, flexible processes, and open communication.
XYZ Atlas: Austin, Bryan and College Station, Congress Avenue. 2013-2019
XYZ Atlas is an interactive public art project where people’s emotional experiences are documented and mapped.
XYZ Atlas: Hedonic Map of Austin began in 2013 with a survey asking people to locate where they had emotional experiences that create the meaning in their lives, such as “where have you faced your own mortality?”
People answered with a location, and often a story. To the question “Where were you struck by love?”, my favorite answer was, “Where didn’t I fall in love? Zilker Park in downtown Austin, on a quilt in the middle of the park. With snacks. Snacks help love happen.” For the question “Where did you feel utter disgust?” The respondent explained: “It was where I watched a man strike his child.”
With participants' answers, we created an emotional topographic map of Austin. We assigned the answers X and Y latitude and longitude points on a map. We gave the location a Z point “up” if it was a positive experience, and “down” if it was negative. We color coded it to Plutchik’s emotion chart. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping tools, we created a map of our collective “highs” and “lows.”
Through invitations and commissions, we moved the project all around for over 4 years. We created field maps, scale models and paper surveys. We created a digital platform to more efficiently collect the data. We made big mobile “You are Here” sculptures to get people’s attention to the project.
XYZ Atlas is a tool that could affect emotional health and well-being of a person and a community. XYX Atlas demonstrates that our experiences drive our emotions, our emotions drive our behavior, and our behavior drives our health.
We took the XYZ Atlas to 120 events that reached well over 600,000 people in real life, and over 7 million in the media. With grant funding from the Mid America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas A&M University hosted XYZ in Bryan and College Station, Texas. With support from Southwest Airlines and the Project for Public Spaces Heart of the Community grant, the Downtown Austin Alliance commissioned the project for Congress Avenue. The project culminated in a collaboration with the Design Institute for Health at Dell Medical, a TEDMED talk released in 2018, a presentation for Niantic and the Knight Foundation's Augmenting Cities Conference, and a talk at the SEGD (Society of Experiential Graphic Design) conference in 2019.
So many amazing people collaborated on this project. It was a great adventure, thank you.
Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania: Sacred Space; Come Over, Come Eat, Come Play. 2017-2018
Come Over, Come Eat, Come Play was a community art project that included pop up events around the Borough of Wilkinsburg in 2017 and 2018: food events, domino games, dance parties, workshops, and park programs. The events built connections within the community and to engage residents about what is beautiful in Wilkinsburg: diversity, creativity, historic architecture, and a small community rebuilding trust. Jennifer Chenoweth documented the historical architecture in Wilkinsburg through drawings, photos, and events. Custom domino tables were fabricated with etched drawings on the surface that stayed in the community.
On Saturday October 13, 2018, the project culminated in a free Sacred Space Tour of 25 churches, mosques, and historic buildings, each hosting artists, musicians, and performing artists. In October 2019, community members organized to have a 2nd tour.
This event was presented by the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation, the Wilkinsburg Arts Council, the Office of Public Art, Neighborhood Allies, in partnership with Preservation Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, Wilkinsburg Historical Society, Pittsburgh Urban Christian School, and the Rotary Club of Wilkinsburg/Rotary Square.
East Austin Studio Tour. 2003-2017
In November 2003, 28 artists opened their homes and studios for the first East Austin Studio Tour produced by Big Medium. The orange house on the corner of east 2nd Street at Waller with its backyard art studio became an annual pilgrimage for thousands of visitors. Every year, a new group of guest artists created art installations in every part of the house and yard, while the home-cooked posole and hospitality of Jennifer Chenoweth’s house remained a staple. November 2017 was the last year for Fisterra Studio to participate in EAST in this space, but the annual event had a deep effect on Austin’s sense of community and connectedness. In 2018, Big Medium hosted a retrospective at Canopy of some of the 64 guest artists that had been featured at Fisterra.
Aaron Weiss, Amy Scofield, Andrea Nelson, Andrea Pramuk, Annie Simpson, Autumn Ewalt, Beth Consetta Rubel, Brian McKinney, Bridget Quinn, Brooke Davis, C. Andrew Boyd, Calder Kamin, Carla Hughes, Carlotta Vann, Christina Coleman, Dana Younger, David Lovas, Dawn Okoro, Dharmesh Patel, Elise Sibley Chandler, Emma Hadzi-Antich, Erik Tragus, Felice House, Gabel Karsten, Glen Vigus, Gretchen Phillips, Holly Fisher, Jade Walker, Janine Hughes, Jason Webb, Jay Roff-Garcia, Jeff Stockton, Jennifer Chenoweth, Jennifer Hill, Jenny Sathngam, Johnny Walker, Judith Simonds, Katelena Hernandez Cowles, Katie Rose Pipkin, Kayci Wheatley, Kelly Behrends, Kristen Saska Juen, L. Renee Nunez, Lauren Klotzman, Lee Webster, Lisa Choinacky, Monique Capanelli, Norman Hera, Philip Rogers, Richard Mansfield, Rob Pettingill, Robby Lee, Sebastian Miles, Shibiya Sabu, Stella Alesi, Tammie Rubin, The Afro Gypsy, The Theorists, Theresa Noyes, Todd Campbell, Valerie Chaussonnet, Virginia Fleck, Wells Mason, and Will Heron.
It was a ball, y'all. And I miss it too. Thank you so very much.
Drawing Lines. 2014-2016
Lynn Osgood, GO collaborative, Project Lead; Jennifer Chenoweth, Artist Liaison and Implementation Lead; Public City, Project Producer
Creative placemaking project for ArtPlace America, done in collaboration with the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division. The project created a series of 10 district specific public artworks across the City of Austin, and one final culminating exhibit that brought all 10 projects together. Drawing Lines was an artist-driven, community-based creative placemaking project, commissioned in response to Austin’s historic political transformation.
The project explored how art itself, as a process, could be part of the conversation about Austin’s new geographic districts and to educate these new leaders about the unique culture of each district.
Exploring these citizen-driven yet prescribed boundaries of place, Drawing Lines embedded artists in each of the ten newly drawn districts to co-create a place-specific public project with the residents of the new districts. Ultimately, the ten district projects came together in one citywide exhibition in a pop-up gallery space on Congress Avenue, that reflected on the new 10-1 political structure, and the dynamic cultural life of each of the districts, and thus the city itself.
Generous Art. 2010-2016
Founded a nonprofit online art gallery to strengthen community and support visual artists.
Produced over 50 pop-up art events to show and sell art. Sales split 50% to artist (to match typical gallery take), the buyer chose a nonprofit to receive 30%. Free professional development program for artists.
Exhibit hosts included Gensler, Page/, Camp Lucy, The W Hotel, Capital Factory, Google, Blackbaud, Texas Conference for Women, SXSW Eco, Penn Field and Center 61. Donated over $25,000 to nonprofits. Merged with Big Medium in 2017.