Jen Shepard is originally from East Texas and currently lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at Tyler and also achieved a second masters degree in design at Pratt Institute. Recent exhibitions include Verblist at E. Tay Gallery in New York City, Ortega 100 at Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn, Goodbye Times Bitch, a solo exhibition at Brooklyn Wayfarer's TOBY project space, Do It Yourself at Livestream Public in Bushwick, and Here/Not Here an online solo exhibition with Spotte Art. Shepard has also been awarded residencies at both The School of Visual Arts and most recently at The Wassaic Project, where she received a partial fellowship. Shepard has also taught foundations art courses at both Pratt Institute and Borough of Manhattan Community College and is an occasional curator. Recent curatorial projects include Xistential: An Exhibition About Chance as Archaeology at Loft 594 in Bushwick and two exhibitions entitled, Brave New World and Etch-a-Scratch as part of Drawings Along Myrtle at Pratt Institute, which featured various exhibitions in non-traditional spaces along Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn.