Jenny Ustick

Jenny Roesel Ustick , MFA

Assoc Professor

Associate Professor

Aronoff Center


DAAP School of Art - 0016

Professional Summary

Jenny Roesel Ustick is Associate Professor and Foundations Coordinator in the School of Art. She is one of the most prominent muralists in the region, having worked with nonprofits and independently, including murals around the U.S., and projects stemming from residencies in Argentina and Italy. Ustick has an extensive exhibition record ranging from local to international, showing solo and collaborative studio work. She presents regularly about her teaching and art practice at national conferences including CAA, FATE, and SECAC. She has published essays in curated and peer-reviewed publications, has been reviewed in American Quarterly, and interviewed by Yale University Radio. Other mentions include publications such as Hyperallergic, Juxtapoz, the Huffington Post, and Forbes. 



Master of Fine Arts: University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2005

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Art Academy of Cincinnati Cincinnati,OH, 2000

Research and Practice Interests

Murals, Street Art, Public Art, and Community Art
Drawing, Painting, Fibers, and Multimedia Studio Work
Small- and Large-Scale Collaboration
Intersectional Feminism, Social HIstory, and Representation  

Positions and Work Experience

2012 -To Present Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati,OH

2011 -2012 Annualized Adjunct Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati,OH

2014 -To Present Adjunct Professor, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati,OH

2013 -To Present Adjunct Professor, University of Cincinnati Clermont College, Batavia, OH

2008 -2011 Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

2006 -2008 Adjunct Instructor, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Ky

2005 -2007 Adjunct Instructor, Miami University Hamilton, Hamilton, OH

2003 -2005 Graduate Assistant, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati,OH


Peer Reviewed Publications

Jennifer Ustick (2022. ) Public Art, Representation, and Questions of Revisiting the Past.Cubic Journal, , 5 (5 ) ,94-109

More Information

Other Publications

Jennifer Ustick (2014. ) “Neither Created Nor Destroyed.” .The Cincinnati Anthology, pp. 213-228 Belt Magazine & Rust Belt Chic Press

(2015. ) Governors Island Art Fair Catalogue, New York, NY

(2014. ) Book of Poems and Drawings for Peace and Justice, Cincinnati, OH

(2011. ) International Drawing Annual 6, juried catalogue, Cincinnati, OH

(02-2011. ) The U-Turn Folios, (includes a photograph by Denise Burge and Jenny Ustick of Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running),

(2008. ) S.O.S. Art 2007 Exhibition Catalogue, Cincinnati, OH

(2007. ) Secret Artworks EXPOSED, exhibition catalogue of The Best of Secrets 2006, Cincinnati, OH

(2007. ) S.O.S. Art 2006 Exhibition Catalogue, Cincinnati, OH

(2006. ) S.O.S. Art 2005 Exhibition Catalogue, Cincinnati, OH

(2005. ) 2005 Book of Poems and Drawings for Peace and Justice, Cincinnati, OH

Additional Publications


Jennifer Ustick (2014. ) Neither Created Nor Destroyed .(pp. 213-228).Shaker Heights, OH , Belt Magazine & Rust Belt Chic Press (Author)



(10-2014. ) “The Gazr in U: Casting Romantic Transmissions” .Montreal, Canada.

With Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running (03-2014. ) “Shavasana Project for a Harmonist Farm...” .Evansville, IN.

(11-2013. ) “Harmony in the New World” .Charleston, SC.

(06-2013. ) “Bodies Shaping the Land, Land Shaping Bodies” .Newark, DE.

Keynote Speaker (with Bombshells of Cincinnati) (11-2012. ) “Bombshells of Cincinnati” .Covington, KY,.

(05-2012. ) Visiting Artist Lecturer, .Cincinnati, OH.

Guest Artist (with Bombshells of Cincinnati) (08-2011. ) “Bombshells of Cincinnati” .Contemporary Arts Center; Cincinnati, OH.

(12-2011. ) Visiting Artist Lecturer .Oxford, OH.


(12-2015. ) Between the Discursive and the Immersive: A Symposium on Research in 21st Century Art Museums .Copenhagen, Denmark.

(2015. ) SculptureX Symposium 2015 .Detroit, MI.

Honors and Awards

-2014 President’s Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award, University of Cincinnati

2013 -2015 UC Forward Fellowship To develop and teach Using Expressive Arts with Young Adult Cancer Patients and Survivors in January 2014, University of Cincinnati

-2008 Most Wanted Faculty Award Student Support Services Annual Achievement Ceremony, Northern Kentucky University

-2007 Best In Show Award The Dozens: Multiply, Juried Exhibition, Rawls Museum Arts, Courtland, VA (film, The Dozens collaborative)

-2007 Juror’s Award The Dozens: Multiply, Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE (film, The Dozens collaborative)

-2004 Isabel Meta Wolfstein Traveling Fellowship Independent research and travel in Austria, The Czech Republic, Germany, and Poland

-2004 Presenter to the Ohio Board of Regents Represented the School of Art, DAAP, University of Cincinnati


2015 -2016

2014 -2015


2014 -2015



2013 -2014

2013 -2014

2013 -2015

2013 -2015



2012 -2014







2008 -2010

Professional Affiliation

2013 -To Present: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Cancer & Blood Diseases Institute, Member Adolescent & Young Adult Advisory Committee

2013 -To Present: Foundations in Art: Theory and Practice (FATE), Member

2013 -To Present: Society for Utopian Studies (SUS), Member,

2013 -To Present: Spring In Our Steps, Board of Directors

2004 -To Present: College Art Association (CAA), Member

Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Member

2004 -To Present: College Art Association, Member

Courses Taught

2011-12; 2014-15


Other Information,

Papers, Presentations, and Lectures

  • “Shavasana Project for a Harmonist Farm…,” lecture (with Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running), University of Southern Indiana, Center for Communal Studies, Evansville, IN, March 2014
  • “Harmony in the New World,” presenter, Society for Utopian Studies Annual Conference, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, November 2013
  • “Bodies Shaping the Land, Land Shaping Bodies,” presenter, Earth Perfect? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden Symposium & Exhibitions, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, June 2013
  • “Bombshells of Cincinnati,” Ohio Art Educators Association Conference, Keynote Speaker (with Bombshells of Cincinnati), Covington, KY, November 2012
  • Visiting Artist Lecturer, Fibers Special Studio, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, May 2012
  • “Bombshells of Cincinnati,” One Night/One Craft, Guest Artist (with Bombshells of Cincinnati) Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, August 2011
  • Visiting Artist Lecturer, Current Arts Forum, Miami University at Oxford, OH, December 2011

Public Collections

  • University of Cincinnati, College of Allied Health Sciences, Cincinnati, OH