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BJ Allen's work focuses on making connections in the complex web of our modern environment and lived experiences. She is drawn to new media and revolutionary thought, and uses technology to mediate what she sees, hears, and feels. Sciences, politics, and emotions often provide the initial inspiration for an artwork.
Allen uses combinations of still and moving images, sound/music, sculpture, text and electronics. She has created several works with innovative use of materials like acrylic and steel. She makes both multi-media installations and stand-alone objects, and often collaborates with visual artists and performers.
Currently residing in Chicago, IL, BJ Allen (b. 1970 Madison, WI) is an artist, educator, curator, and community builder. Her artwork reflects interests such as physics, politics, contemporary philosophy, and exploring internal emotional landscapes. She embraces new technologies and media as well as traditional art forms.
Allen’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States in galleries and festivals, and she is actively creating work and supporting her community. She earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media from Columbia College Chicago in May 2016, and was the recipient of the Follett Graduate Merit Award and the Albert P. Weisman Award. She received her BFA from Western New Mexico University in 2013, where she received a Research & Development Grant for her senior project, “New Mexico Brane Cosmology.” She studied in Santiago, Chile on a full scholarship as part of her BA in Spanish from San Francisco State University in 1997.