Since the early 1990s, Teresa Jaynes has created installations and artist books based on extensive research in special collections and libraries including: The Rosenbach Museum & Library, Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania, both in Philadelphia; and the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL. Her current solo exhibition Common Touch: the Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind is a sensorial experience where touch, hearing and smell are vital components. Opening April 4 – October 21, 2016, Jaynes incorporates a range of sculpture, print and performance processes to explore the nature, foundations and limits of perception. The works are based on her research on materials for the blind in the 19th century, included in the collections at the Library Company of Philadelphia.
Jaynes received her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, Independence Foundation, Art Matters, NEA, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She has participated in various artist residencies including: MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH; The Ragdale Foundation, Chicago, IL; and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, VA.
Jaynes has exhibited her work in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Rosenbach Museum & Library, and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania.
She has produced three limited edition artist books: A Wag’s Progress, The Last Favour, and The Moon Reader. Jaynes is included in Letting Go: Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World, Philadelphia: Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, 2011.
As the executive director of Philagrafika from 2000-2011, she organized the international contemporary print festival Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious. She currently teaches at the University of the Arts. Her upcoming solo exhibition Common Touch: the Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind at the Library Company of Philadelphia opens April 4 – October 21, 2016.