Jerri Allyn received an MA in Art and Community from Goddard College, Vermont. She also attended The Feminist Studio Workshop at The Women's Building: A Public Center for Women’s Culture.
Allyn worked within the Feminist Art Movement, which strives to raise issues, invite dialogue and ultimately transform culture. She is best known as a founding member of "The Waitresses" (the performance art group) and "Sisters of Survival", both of which were exhibited internationally.
She creates interactive installations and performance art events for site-oriented spaces that become a part of public life, building connections between various audiences and the art world. Most of her work is in a narrative or storytelling form and deals with communication theory. In allegiance to no particular medium, she uses the most appropriate form, depending on the ideas and intentions of a piece, working extensively in site-oriented public performance and installation art; audio, video and billboards; artists books, graphic multiples and page art.
Her interactive sculptural installation, with soundscapes by Helene Rosenbluth, “A Chair is a Throne is a Freedom Fighter’s Camp Stool,” is about resolving conflicts creatively. This work premiered in New York Public Libraries in 2002 and was sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has created two commissioned works for New American Radio, "American Dining: A Working Woman's Moment" (1989), and "Angels Have Been Sent to Me" (1991).
In 2004, Allyn became the Director of ACT: Artists, Community and Teaching at Otis College of Art & Design, a program for Fine Arts students to concentrate in Art Education.
Field Methods Spring 2011