Jen Delos Reyes


MFA, University of Regina, Intermedia
BFA, University of Manitoba


929 West Harrison Street, 106 Jefferson Hall

Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, writer, and radical community arts organizer. Her practice is as much about working with institutions as it is about creating and supporting sustainable artist-led culture. Delos Reyes worked within Portland State University from 2008-2014 to create the first flexible residency Art and Social Practice MFA program in the United States and devised the curriculum that focused on place, engagement, and dialogue.

From 2009-2014 she collaborated with the Portland Art Museum to create a series of programs and integrated systems that allow for artists to rethink what can happen in a museum, and reinvigorate the idea of the museum as a public space.

She is the director and founder of Open Engagement, an international annual conference on socially engaged art that has been active since 2007 and hosted seven conferences in two countries at locations including the Queens Museum in New York, and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg. She is currently working on I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning, a book exploring the artist impetus toward art and everyday life. She is based in Chicago, IL and is the Associate Director of the School of Art and Art History at UIC.

Courses Taught

ART 101: Signifying Practices- Intro to Artmaking and Critical Thinking