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Jennifer attended Saint Louis University (Missouri, USA), the University of Minnesota (Minnesota, USA) and the University of Glasgow. Jennifer served as a curator in the Decorative Arts department of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) for 25 years, specializing in Prairie School architecture and design. Since 2016 she has served as Head of Exhibition Planning and Strategy and has been integral to Mia’s Living Rooms initiative to revitalize the museum’s period rooms.


Major curatorial projects include involvement in the international retrospective Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future (co-hosted in Minneapolis by Mia and the Walker Art Center in 2008-9), and a significant exhibition on Finnish contemporary design, craft, and architecture, Finland: Designed Environments (2014).


 An expert on Prairie School architecture and design, she has overseen the museum’s 1913 Prairie School-style Purcell-Cutts House since 1994, and curated the house’s centennial Mia exhibition, The Progressive Pencil: George Elmslie’s Prairie School Designs (2013). she authored Progressive Design in the Midwest: The Purcell-Cutts House and the Prairie School Collection at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2000).


 








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