Jen Delos Reyes


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

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 artist led initiative committed to expanding the dialogue around and serving as a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. Since 2007, OE has presented ten conferences in two countries and six cities, hosting over 1,800 presenters and over 7,000 attendees. In addition OE manages a publishing arm, and assembled a national consortium of institutions, colleges, and funders all dedicated to supporting artists engaged in this necessary and critical work.


Courses Taught

ART 101: Signifying Practices- Intro to Artmaking and Critical Thinking ART 190: Introduction to Socially Engaged Art AH 544 Public Engagement in Museums and Exhibitions