Jennifer
Chertow

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(b. 1972) was born in Evanston, IL. She found her passion for art in her youth, at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Chicago. Jennifer has experimented with art on and off for a long time. For several years, she studied painting at the recommendation of her art therapist after an accident that left her with significant hand injuries. While studying, she experimented with gouache, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings of  primarily landscapes. 

 

Jennifer has had a lifelong love of learning, and varied interests, including developing both her artistic practice and other passions. She has an honors AB in history and literature from Harvard College, an MA in social science from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in anthropology from Stanford University. Most recently, she is working on a degree in medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She describes her current art practice as a “crossroads,” where she is throwing herself into her artwork while making decisions about the future of her medical studies. 

 

Jennifer has only recently decided to return to her art making after a long break, and has found a home at Project Onward. Her art practice now is focused on explorations in architecture, still life, and the human figure. She explains that she “finds the community, environment, and artistic vision of Project Onward exciting and forward thinking.” Constantly reinventing and pushing her work forward, she’s excited to participate in a program surrounded by other artists. 

 

Jennifer is inspired by the work of Edvard Munch, Vincent Van Gogh, and Georgia O-Keefe, and these influences are apparent in the fluid, painterly quality of her brushstrokes. Her goal with her work is to bring her paintings into a hopeful, post-pandemic future. She focuses on arriving at fresh perspectives with each piece, with her current body of work portraying themes of renewal and hope.

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"Cranes in Flight" by Jennifer Chertow
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