Professor of Art and 3D Area Coordinator
MFA The university of Georgia, Athens, GA
BFA The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY
Jennifer Torres came to USM in 1999 as the department chair, where she served for 6 years. She stepped down in 2005 to go back to teaching and to be able to get back to doing what she loves the most, making art. Today she teaches 3D Design as well as all levels of sculpture and ceramics and is also the 3D Area Coordinator.
A working artist, she exhibits her sculptures and installations nationally. She recently finished a major commission for the new Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Installed at the site are nine stainless steel Garden Boats, that sit atop poles ranging in height from 8’ to 14’ tall, the boats are from 2’ to over 6’ long. The boats have a sleeve bearing system so each can independently catch the wind and turn lazily in the breeze.
At 14 she started drawing and figure studies at the Art Students league in New York City and continued drawing and painting classes until she started college at the Cooper Union also in New York City. While at Cooper she took a year-long leave of absence where she traveled alone to India and Nepal visiting small villages, photographing the people and architecture and writing about her experiences. She completed her BFA undergraduate degree, with an emphasis in sculpture, in 1988. After taking four years off to pursue a career and build skills in fine furniture building she attended the University of Georgia and received an MFA in 1995 with a thesis in sculpture and photography.