Jennifer Bastian is a neurodivergent and disabled artist, arts administrator, and mother. All of Bastian's current bodies of work focus on grief, community, self discovery, and ritual. She uses the processes of analog photography, fibers work, publishing & community building to address those themes. Bastian looks to create objects and experiences that resonate with the human yearning for safety and acceptance.
Bastian received her BFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Bastian was a finalist for the Women’s Forward Fund Forward Art Prize in 2022. She was one of two Dane County Emerging Artists for 2017-18 through Arts and Literature Laboratory and Dane Arts, and was the Artist-in-Residence at the Madison Public Library’s Bubbler for the months of August and September, 2017. Bastian co-founded Madison, WI non-profit, all ages arts venue Communication in 2018. She currently serves as Director.