Jennifer Dorner was born in Victoria, British Columbia. She received her BFA from the University of Ottawa, and MFA from the University of Western Ontario, successfully defending her thesis on September 11th 2001. The harsh, terrifying reality of that day was in sharp contrast to the calm, amusing, escapist installation in the gallery. The theme of ‘fleeing unrest’ has continued to evolve in Jennifer’s work over the past decade. She spent time in Halifax, Nova Scotia as the Director of Eyelevel Gallery from 2003 – 2005, which is where she began to paint. Now based in Montreal, Quebec, Jennifer is pursuing her artistic career, which is very much separate but influenced by current politics and the rapid decline of the world in general.
Jennifer is the recipient of several grants and awards. In 2004, she was short-listed for the Atlantic region for the RBC National Painting competition. Her work has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, SODEC and the Conseil des arts et des letters du Quebec. Her paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada. She has taught at the University of Western Ontario, Dundas Valley School of Art and has a strong passion for advocating for the arts and has spent a notable amount of time on Parliament Hill.