Jen DePaolo is an artist and community organizer.
Her studio practice and community projects celebrate identity, connection and sustenance. Jen believes in the power of hand made pottery and a crowded table to draw us together and call forward the best we have to offer. She integrates food and pottery in partnership with Edible Magazine and local growers, chefs and other artists through Gathered, a series of pop-up celebrations of food and art. Together with artist Jane Gordon, she co-founded the What Becomes Project which won an award from the Fulcrum Fund of 516 Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation to promote community engagement through the arts. Jen co-founded Burque Noir with Ebony Booth to promote and celebrate visual and performing artists who are African American. Her ongoing project, Between You & Me is an interactive installation designed to bring people face-to-face to share differences and examine what they hold in common. In addition, she works as the Associate Director of Community Outreach for the Harwood Art Center where she manages grants and art outreach programs.