Jena Gilmore is a Richmond-based artist and maker who identifies as non-binary. Historically working as a metalsmith, Jena’s work is shifting to heavily emphasize ethical methods of making (i.e. digital production over physical production). At this transitional period in their artistic practice, Jena’s work toes the line between physical and metaphysical. They aim to reconcile their presence as a white, queer body and contextualize marginalized groups by creating empathetic experiences.
Jena received their BFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts, where they co-founded and served as President of Curation at VCU, an organization dedicated to providing undergraduates with curatorial education and exhibition experience. They currently serve on the steering committee for Iridian Gallery, the only gallery in the American South dedicated to representing the LGBTQ+ community.