rebecca jenness

Artist in Rhode Island

Rebecca E. Jenness is a Rhode Island artist, her work and identity reference change in the unpredictable stage of Urban-Scapes. Her work explores nature in urban places by using memory, color and interpretation of realism and abstraction. Acrylic paints, inks, and enamels are used on canvas, wood panels, and paper in layering color, connecting memory of urban appeal and grit. Artist’s handmade book currently in progress is titled The Urban Spirit.

After a family relocation from the West Coast, Rebecca attended the Museum of Fine Arts, and graduated Vesper George School of Art, Boston, MA, with a BFA from Southeastern Mass University. Rebecca’s painting residency was at The Cape Cod School of Art. She taught 2001-2017 at the Rhode Island School of Design, CE/PC, and Visual Arts at The Gordon School, RI 1999-2016, and community art programs to present.

Her work is in public and private collections including the Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, and she has exhibited internationally. Rebecca’s quick drawing techniques have been published in the book, Paint Lab by Deborah Forman.


Exhibits - Selected / Full on Request

2022 Art in Ukraine, Co-op Gallery 213, Gp Ptg, Binghamton, NY

2022 Open Studio, Mad Dog Studios, Pawtucket, RI

2021 Recycle, Collage Society, Online Exhibit Gp, Hudson, OH

2020 Urban Wildlife, AS220 PS Gallery, One Person, Ptg,*Zan Berry, Soundscape, Prov., RI

2018 Reframed, Turks Gallery, One Person, Ptg, Prov., RI

2018 Streets, Ward-Nasse Gallery, Gp Ptg, NJ

2017 Below Asphalt,Ward-Nasse Gallery Gp, Collage, NY

2016 Exits, Ward-Nasse Gallery Gp Ptg, NY

2001-2016 Woods Gerry Gallery, RISD, CE/FD Faculty

2016 Blue Skies, RI Hospital, One Person, Ptg, RI

2015 Open Studio, Providence, RI

2014 Architectural, University of Rhode Island Gp Ptg, RI

2013 Sky Tree, Newport Art Museum, Gp Ptg, RI

2012 Layers, Butler Institute American Art, Gp Collage, OH

2011 Chabot Art Gallery, Gp Ptg, RI

2010 Urban-Scapes, City Hall, One Person, Ptg, Providence, RI

2008 Open Studio, Providence, RI

2004/2006 Providence Art Club, Gp, Ptg

2001 Garden, Museum of Art, RISD, Gp.



Affiliations / Community Art Projects

Co-op Gallery 213, Binghamton, NY

Mad Dog Studios, Pawtucket, RI

National Collage Society, Hudson, Ohio

2011-18 Capital Hill Clinic Art, RI

2012-17 Youth Art, RI

1999-2005 Hasbro Children’s Hospital

1999-2001 Telephone Pole Sculpture Project, RI

* Zan Berry AS220 Soundscape