"Mimicking the tourist town she hails from, Jenks “creates her own visual brand of theater of the absurd as “incidents” or interventions in the public domain . . . amusing scenarios and tableaux that engage and entertain.”  S.K. Duff


Debra Jenks was born in Niagara Falls, NY, and lives and works in New York City. She received a BFA from SUNY Buffalo, and an MFA from CUNY Hunter College.

Her exhibitions include Stux Gallery (NYC), White Columns (NYC), The New Museum (NYC), Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY), Hallwalls Center for Contemporary Arts (Buffalo, NY), Ruth Bachnor Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Gallery Lombardi (Austin Texas), Kuf-Mold (Rotterdam, the Netherlands.) She is a recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, The Blue Mountain Center, Villa Montalvo, and The New York Foundation for the Arts.  Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Downtown Express, ChelseaNow, The Villager, Pierogi Press, LiVE Mag!, and CLWN WR. She teaches at New Jersey City University.