Jenny Pollak is a full time practicing artist focusing her arts practice in photography, sculpture and video installation.
She has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions as well as artist residencies, including a year long residency at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney; a two year residency at the Electron Microscope Unit at Sydney University; and two six week residencies as the invited artist of BigCi, Bilpin, NSW, and Lynchpin, Hobart – a privately funded scholarship program at the University of Tasmania, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies.
In 2009 she received an Australia Council New Work Grant to create several new bodies of work, and in 2011 she won the Facade Project (a National Public Art Award at the Visual Art Centre, La Trobe University, Bendigo) for her photographic work 'Threshold'. In 2012 her work 'A Brief History of Time' received the People's Choice award in the exhibition Lovelace at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
In 2017 she was a finalist in the Bowness Photography Prize (honourable mention).
1983 Studio Camnitzer, Valdottavo, Italy
1977–1979 Hornsby, Randwick and East Sydney Technical Colleges, Sydney
1976 Byam Shaw School of Painting and Drawing, London
2017 Bowness Photography Prize (finalist), Monash Gallery of Art
2017 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize (finalist)
2017 Thinkers and dreamers, Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney
2016 Bourne, Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney
2013 Connextion points (finalist), Willoughby Art Prize, Sydney
2011/12/13 Lovelace (finalist), Powerhouse Museum Sydney
2012 Coral: Art Science Life, Macleay Museum, Sydney
2012 Paper Now (finalist) Incinerator Art Space, Sydney
2011 Hazelhurst Art Award, (finalist), Sydney.
2004/11/12 Waterhouse Art Prize (finalist), South Australian Museum
2008 Dobell Prize for drawing (finalist), NSW Art Gallery
2008 Downstream, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW
2000–07 Women of the World, representing Australia in an international touring exhibition
1997 Sculpture by the sea (finalist), Sydney
1989 Cultural Centre, Santo Domingo, Mexico City.
1986 Studio Camnitzer 10th Anniversary Show, New York
SOLO AND TWO PERSON SHOWS
2016 Slot Window Gallery, Redfern, Sydney
2015 Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney
2011 Depot II Gallery, Sydney
2010 Palm House, Botanic Gardens, Sydney
2010 Red Box Gallery, Sydney
2008 Macleay Museum, Sydney
2007 Sara Roney Gallery, Sydney
2005 Manning Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2004 Noosa Regional Gallery QLD
2002 Amelie Wallace Gallery, New York
2001 Ewart Gallery, Sydney
2000 Customs House, Sydney
2012 winner of the People’s Choice Award, Love Lace – Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
2011 winner of the Facade Project, national public art award – VAC, La Trobe University
2005 1st prize for sculpture – Hunters Hill Art Prize, Sydney
2003 1st prize for sculpture – Walkom Manning Art Prize, NSW
1997 1st prize for sculpture – Hunters Hill Art Prize, Sydney
1993/94/96 1st prize for sculpture – Fairfield City Festival of the Arts, Sydney
1993 1st prize for printmaking – Mosman Art Prize
RESIDENCIES AND GRANTS
2017 artist in residence – Lynchpin, Hobart, TAS
2016 artist in residence – BigCi, Bilpin, NSW
2009 new work grant – Australia Council
2009 artist in residence – Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
2005–2006 artist in residence – Electron Microscope Unit, Sydney University
2002 skills and arts development grant – Australia Council
2011 New World Order, Terra Australis – ceramic sculpture, National Museum, Canberra.