Megan Jenkinson is a Senior Lecturer at the Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. As an artist she works primarily with the medium of photography and has exhibited her work over a twenty-five year period, both nationally and internationally, at major art events such as the Esslingen Photo Triennale, 1989, the Sydney Biennale, 1990, and the Sharjah Biennale in 1999, and in significant exhibitions such as Photography Now, 1989 at the Victoria and Albert Museum (to commemorate the first 150 years of Photography).
She went to Antarctica as an Antarctic Artists Fellow in December 2005 and her experiences there have resulted in an extensive body of work that will be exhibited during the Photography Festival in 2008 at Two Rooms. She is currently preparing work for an installation at the Christchurch Art Gallery featuring the fossils collected by Scott’s Polar Party on their fated return journey from the Pole in 1912.
Jenkinson’s earlier project, The Virtues, 1996, went to eight public venues in New Zealand, and its accompanying book Under The Aegis: The Virtues, 1997. This series was awarded a major prize in 1999 by an international jury at the Sharjah Biennale.
Public collections that hold her work include: the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; the Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; the Dunedin Public Art Gallery; and the Auckland Art Gallery; and the Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru. International collections include: The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; and the National Gallery, Canberra.
Jenkinson, Megan. Under the Aegis: The Virtues. Ed. by Peter Shand with essays by: Marina Warner, Elizabeth Eastmond, Dougal Blyth and Tom Stevenson, Marcus Wilson, Denys L. Drysdall and Laurence Simmons (Auckland, Fortuna Press, 1977). Jenkinson, Megan. Per Genus et Differentiam. Essay by Priscilla Pitts – (with the Jensen Gallery, 1995).
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