Glenna Jennings

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Glenna Jennings

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


Glenna Jennings was born in Alpine, CA, where she navigated a landscape of monster trucks, chaparral and soccer moms that still informs much of her practice. She holds BAs in Photography (Art Center College of Design), English-Journalism (Pepperdine University) and Spanish (Pepperdine University). She received her MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego in 2010. Before joining the faculty at the University of Dayton, Jennings served as the U.S. director of the Geneva-based art collective compactspace, where she curated dozens of shows with emerging and established artists and faculty from Southern California art programs, including CalArts, USC, UCSD, UCLA, Art Center College of Design and Otis.

Jennings work includes photography, writing, video and curating, and she has exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe and Mexico. Her work was recently featured in the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, and resides in a number of public and private collections, including The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Winda Cultural Center in Kielce Poland. 

Faculty Perspective

Much of my work examines notions of place and space through photographic imagery and ficto-critical writings. I am interested in personal narratives that blur the line between fact and fiction, history and memory. Previous projects include Inheritance, a series of images about the 17 guns I inherited from my father, Raskolnikov, a re-reading of Doestoevsky's novel Crime and Punishment from the perspective of a high school cheerleader, and Likely Stories, a documentary collection of images and writings about Jacumba, a small town on the Mexican-American border.

I am currently serving as a Peter McGrath Human Rights fellow, along with several faculty members from the departments of Sociology, Political Science and Literature. My research focuses on the photographic history of Social Welfare programs created by John H. Patterson of the National Cash Register at the turn of the century. Through a series of multi-media works and academic investigations, I aim to interrogate labor and leisure rights from a cultural and historical perspective during the term of my fellowship.

I am fascinated by the history and culture of Dayton, and am currently active in several local organizations that aim to activate and expand the presence of the arts in our city. These include Blue Sky, The Rivers Institute, and the Dayton International Peace Museum. I am currently working with Cityfolk on a series of photographs about various international communities within Dayton.


  • MFA in Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego
  • BA in Photography, Art Center College of Design
  • BA in English-Journalism, Pepperdine University
  • BA in Spanish, Pepperdine University

Selected Exhibitions


J-Town Revisited, The Periscope Project, San Diego


At Table, Blue Sky Gallery, Dayton, OH

Currents, University of Dayton, Ohio, new work by visual arts faculty       


California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport  Beach, CA

Liberty, Fraternite, Egalite, Clifton's Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Wild Bill, Agitprop Gallery, San Diego, CA


Here Not There, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (curated by Lucia Sanroman)

Likely Stories and Other Sides, Marcuse Gallery, La Jolla, CA

MFA Conversations, I-5 Gallery, LA (curated by Marla Koosed)

Who Killed Kurt Cobain, The Experimental Bureau, Frankfurt, Germany


Raskolnikov, Luis de Jesus Seminal Projects, San Diego, CA; UCSD Department of Arts and Humanities; LUI Velasquez, Tijuana, Mexico


Los Angeles County Juried Exhibition (Department of Cultural Affairs), Barnsdall Gallery, LA

Studio Green, New Children's Museum, San Diego

Art Scene Auction/Aids Research Alliance Benefit, Smashbox Studios, LA

Aqua Art Fair, Miami, Fl.


Inheritance, Marcuse Gallery, La Jolla, CA - Luis de Jesus Seminal Projects, San Diego


Narratives of Consumption, compact/space, Berlin, Germany

If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now (curated by Eve Fowler), compact/space LA


Assorted Social Realisms, Winda Cultural Center, Kielce, Poland