Jen Hernandez is an artist and educator in the Pacific Northwest. Enamored with color, light, line, and sparkly things, Jen takes every opportunity to explore visual and fiber arts to create playful, vibrant images and soft sculpture, inspired by nature and fantasy. As a visual culturalist, Jen examines how real communities are shaped by the visual images surrounding them, most notably the (lacking) presence of people of color in fantasy imagery. In her collaborative projects, as well as in her individual work, Jen intentionally includes diversity and empowerment as subjects of celebration alongside forest, floral, space and creature motifs.
Jen is also a community educator, with over 17 years experience in education in schools and community organizations for learners of all ages, and in multiple subjects including arts, science, writing, and visual cultures. Jen’s educational work emphasizes shared experience for individual skill development and community connectivity, prioritizing the generative nature of creativity to engage and empower all learners.
She has worked with community organizations such as the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in California, The Eugene Science Center (formerly The Science Factory), Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, The Corvallis Arts Center, and Linn-Benton Community College. She is also an approved educator in 2020-2021 for Paisely Distance Learning, and Visions in Education.