Jeni Reeves


Jeni Reeves Artist
Jeni Reeves Biography


Jeni Reeves is a figurative and landscape painter and children’s book illustrator of 15 titles, and writer living in Iowa. An innate interest in people and nature motivates this artist, whose peripatetic life and previous experience in a range of other disciplines, influences the way she works.

Born in Upstate New York, Jeni Reeves has spent a number of years working abroad. She studied art and sculpture in Italy and, from an early age, painted figuratively for exhibition and commission. In the visual arts, she has worked in the fields of photography, film-making, television, graphic design and illustration both in the States and in England. A move to Kenya inspired her to paint landscape, culminating in the solo exhibition The Colour In Africa at the British Council in Nairobi. Since her return to the States, her work has been shown widely in a number of group and solo exhibitions, exploring a variety of themes. Solo exhibitions of note are: The Planes In Africa the Jadite Galleries in New York City; Statements and Stories the Atrium Gallery, University of Iowa; Facing the Cradle the African American Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa; Heroic Places in 2-D Spaces the Farnham Gallery at Simpson College.  Her children’s books and original illustrations were featured in the interactive exhibition Painted Pages: Four Iowa Children's Book Illustrators in the Phelps Youth Pavillion at the Waterloo Center of the Arts with illustrators Gary Kelley, Bonnie Koloc, and Chaveevah Banks Ferguson.  In 2013, she collaborated on the expansive  Western Africa; Before the Boats exibition at the African American Museum of Iowa, researching, designing, and painting a West African Rainforest.  In 2015 her work is featured in the exhibition Drawing on History: Jeni Reeves' Illustrations for 'Voice of Freedom: A Story About Frederick Douglass at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

Current Events

Jeni Reeves is affiliated with the Wiederspan Gallery, the Gilded Pear Gallery, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids, IA; the Farnham Gallaries at Simpson College in Indianola, IA; the Waterloo Center for the Arts and the Phelps Youth Pavillion in Waterloo, IA; the Campbell-Steele Gallery of Marion, IA; the Chait Gallery in Iowa City, IA; the Jadite Galleries of New York, NY; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL; the Lerner Publishing Group, Minneapolis, MN; the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and McBookwords for public speaking engagements.  More biographical information is available in the children’s book author source, ‘Something About the Author – volume 113’; book reviews in 'Children's Writers & Illustrators Market '08, 20th annual Edition and Books Children Love by Elizabeth Wilson.