Meet our Team
Barbara Rita Jenny is a digital media artist and educator with a bent towards science and math in her work and teaching. She comes to CATA after long stints at Phillips Exeter Academy and Heronfield Academy where she developed hybrid art/math curricula to foster spatial acuity and teach everything from ratios to the coordinate plane, tessellation to the Fibonacci sequence.
Barbara is an arts and community advocate, having served on Portsmouth, NH’s first Blue Ribbon Committee for Arts & Culture, co-founding the Islington Creek Neighborhood Association, and coordinating the Rock Street Park stage project—one of the first community art projects in Portsmouth. In 2009, she established an artists residency program in Nova Scotia to support artists from Maine College of Art (MECA). Her recent most public art initiative--#embracemilitantoptimism—consisted of ‘campaign signs’ placed among pools of municipal election signs across Seacoast New Hampshire. See article.
Barbara Rita is a recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the coveted NH Charitable Foundation’s Artists Advancement Grant. She is also on the roster of New Hampshire State Arts Fellows.
Her recent art work transforms electron micrographs and high-resolution digital microscopy of human brain cells into ornate pattern. By applying complex geometrical equations, Jenny has also morphed macroscopic images of human flesh into kaleidoscopic images and complex pattern. Finished products take various forms, from traditional wall hung prints, to projected images, immersive installations, and large wall relief sculpture.
Barbara works in a backyard studio behind her home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where she lives with her husband, some combination or permutation of her four children and extended family, and rescued dog, Breaker.