Jenny Kruger Biography

Jenny Kruger is a painter whose works are best classified as contemporary surrealism. Using India ink washes by hand on birch wood panels, Kruger captures subjects from her immediate surroundings, juxtaposed the unexpected.

Kruger began her artist career painting portraits and figurative works. After earning a B.F.A. in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis, a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship in Barcelona, Spain, and an M.F.A. in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Kruger worked as a freelance illustrator for The New York Times and CNN Money Magazine. When her career as a college Art educator brought her to Nebraska in 2013, Kruger began painting the American Midwestern landscape. Having lived in 15 states and five countries along her journey, Kruger became fascinated with the foreign, unfamiliar sites of the Midwest region. Viewing the land as a source of mystery, power, wealth, and beauty, Kruger aims to seduce her viewers with fantastical, artificial visions from her outsider perspective.

Kruger is currently employed as the Dean of Communication & Fine Arts at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA. In 2019 she completed a Ph.D. in Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. The same year she received a 40 under 40 Awards from Midlands Business Journal and the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College. She lives with her sons in Papillion, Nebraska.