We Are Nowhere And It's Now, 2010, Headlands Center for the Arts


Jennilie Brewster's visual art has been shown in galleries and museums around the country, where she often collaborated with communities on installations made from their discarded objects and ephemera. ​Her Newspaper Series was the inspiration and backdrop projection for the multi-media theater piece 64, which she co-produced for the 2012 Spring Artist Lodge at HERE Arts Center in New York.


Jennilie's writing on landscape, art, trauma, race and class has appeared in Catapult, The Rumpus and Armchair/Shotgun. In 2015 Ashley C. Ford selected Jennilie as one of Matter's Emerging Writers. She has received fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Ucross Foundation, the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Puffin Foundation, among others. She is the Vermont Studio Center's 2016 Swann Fellow, given to a writer who is also a painter. 


In 2019 New York State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright recognized Jennilie as a "Woman of Distinction" for her work with OPEN DOORS. Based in a long-term care facility on Roosevelt Island, OPEN DOORS emerged to support the creativity and leadership of people who have been harmed by gun violence and inspire action for safer, more just communities. 


Jennilie holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts (2002), an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School at Bard College (2007) and a Foundations Certificate from the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (2015). Jennilie lives in New York with her husband Rob Battles.