Jennifer Scanlan

Curatorial and Exhibitions Director

Curatorial and Exhibitions Director Jennifer Scanlan has more than 16 years of curatorial experience with an interdisciplinary practice, focusing on contemporary art and design. Originally from St. Paul, Minn., Jennifer spent the last 16 years in New York. For the past three years, she was an independent curator.

Recent exhibitions included Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Made for You: New Directions in Contemporary Design at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz; Twists and Turns: Sasha Stoyanov at 108 Contemporary, Tulsa; and Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York. 

Prior to working independently, she was associate curator at the Museum of Arts and Design for 12 years. She organized a number of exhibitions, including Playing with Fire: 50 Years of Contemporary Glass and Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design. Jennifer has lectured internationally, including at the 2010 Conference of the International Committee of Design History and Design Studies in Brussels, Belgium; Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute in Taichung, Taiwan; the 2007 Adornment Magazine conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York; and the 2005 Glass Art Society Conference in Adelaide, Australia. She has taught at Courtauld Institute of Art Summer School in London, England, and at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She has a B.A. in art history and Italian from Vassar College and an M.A. in the history of decorative arts, design and culture from the Bard Graduate Center.

Prior to her work as a curator, Jennifer ran a pub on the Italian Riveria, and she continues to enjoy cooking and eating good food and traveling all over the world. Now that she is based in Oklahoma, she is looking forward to roadtripping through the heart of the U.S. 

jscanlan@okcontemp.org