Jennifer grew up in Philadelphia and has been creating art for 15 years. She attended Syracuse University in addition to receiving her MFA from Boston University. She has a strong comprehensive knowledge of the Art Market: Modern and Contemporary Art with diverse and extensive Fine Art experiences such as Operations Manager, Fine Art Consultant, Design Associate, Adjunct Educator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and currently sits on the board as President and founding Exhibition Chair for National Association of Women Artists, Inc. MA chapter.
Jennifer’s use of color and creative texture lends harmoniously to the natural world and her heritage of both Eastern and Western influences. Jennifer derives inspiration for her oil paintings of a wide variety of subjects, which she hopes conveys a sense of motion and evokes a wide range of emotions. Featured works in Massachusetts State Senate [State Senator Will Brownsberger], Kayak, Boston Consulting Group, Boston College Office of Marketing Communications, Morgan Stanley, Acadian Asset, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Collection, Aetna Corp. Collection, and several Private Collections.
Affiliations: National Association of Women Artists, Inc., New York, NY/MA/FL, Boston University Alumni, Arts Administration Student Association [AASA], Rockport Art Association & Museum, SoWa Artists Guild, SoWa Art + Design District and Unbound Visual Arts [UVA]
Press: International Contemporary Artists art book, vol. XII; BigScreen Plaza Manhattan [daily Artblock]; Westport Magazine February 2020; WhereBoston February 2019 ‘Romance|Galleries’ Cover; BostonVoyager 'Thought Provokers Series'; Artscope 'A Woman’s Perspective' by Don Wilkinson; American Art Review [Vol. XXVII No. 5]; Kivo Daily; Artist Talk Magazine, Issue 11; Thrive Global; The Hustler's Digest; Disrupt Magazine.
Selected Exhibitions: 'Art & Activism'at SoWa Art & Design District
[Oct. 27-Nov. 23], 'New Narratives: Reclaiming Asian Identity Through Story'[July-Oct. 30] Curator: Leslie Anne Condon. Partners: Asian Glow Boston, Asian American Resource Workshop, Dorchester Art Project, Pao Arts Center, Network for Arts Administrators of Color, Subcontinental Drift Boston, 'CAFA2020' [July 18-Sept. 5], 'Collectable' at RAA&Museum [July 25-Sept. 7] Juried by Jennifer Liston Munson, a former senior member of the Exhibitions and Design at the MFA and Executive Director of Armenian Museum, ZÜRICH 2.0|SWISSARTEXPO [August 20-24], 'A Changing Landscape: The Female Eye' at Van Der Plas Gallery [Mar 2-8], 'Lust After' at Fountain Street Gallery [Feb. 5-Mar 1, 2020], ARTBOX.PROJECT Miami 2.0 [Dec. 2-8], RED DOT MIAMI rep. Invoke Contemporary [Dec. 4–8], 'Red, Yellow, Blue' at Van Der Plas Gallery, NYC [Nov. 18-24], 'Harvest Moon' at Van Der Plas Gallery, NYC [October 7-15], 'Two View of Chroma' at Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College [June 24-Sept. 29], 'Extremes and In-Betweens' at Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester [Aug.-Sept. 1] 'The Waste Land on Earth?' at Harvard Crossings Gallery [July 31-Aug. 21], 'Fact is Fiction's Inspiration' at Galatea Fine Art, Boston [Curator, July 3-28], 'Faculty Showcase' at Bancroft Gallery, SSAC [May 23-July 14], 'Breaking Point' at The Brush Art Gallery [April 27-June 6],'Order/Chaos' at Dillon Gallery, SSAC [April 11-May 19] National Show juried by Kate Kostopoulos, Director, Chase Young Gallery, 'Peace in Her Time: Visionary Women Against War and Violence' at Honan Art Gallery, Allston [March 8-April 29] Collab: Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program (WGS) at Boston University, and GaIDI/WSRC, 'Balance/Imbalance' at Manning Gallery, SSAC [Feb 15-March 31], 'RESET' solo at Galatea Fine Art [Feb 27–March 31], 'Scratching the Surface' ATRIUM @JJ Moakley, Seaport Deux with Lorrie Berry [Jan-March 31], 'Places & Spaces' at Alternative Art Space, Boston [March 1-31], ‘Transparency’ at Arts Club of Washington, DC [Feb 1-23], ‘ICE' Cocurated at Galatea Fine Art, Boston [Jan 30-Feb 25], ‘REAL TIME' at Piano Craft Gallery, Boston [January 4-27, 2019], ‘Envisioning Miracles’ at JCC West Boca, Boca Raton [Nov 18, 2018 - January 3, 2019], 'Daydreaming' at Coral Springs Museum of Art [Sept 29-Nov 17, 2018], '129' at Chrystie Street Gallery, NYC [Oct 6-18, 2018], 'Natural Force' at Trustman Art Gallery, Boston [April 23-June 4, 2018], 'RADAR II' at Harrison Lobdell Gallery NY [March 17-May 17, 2018], 'Battle of the Sexes Revisited: Sexual Harassment Volley of Today' at Honan-Allston Art Gallery [March 10-April 27, 2018], 'RADAR' @artlery160 gallery Boston [Feb 5-March 14, 2018], 'Courting the Uncontrollable' at Galatea Fine Art Boston [Jan 2018], 'A Parallel Presence' at Wedeman Gallery Newton [Jan 23-Feb 10, 2018], 'With Eyes Open' at Thompson Gallery Weston [Dec 19-Mar 2, 2018], ‘Same, Same but Different’ 2-person Show at Paula Estey Gallery [Sept-Oct 30], ‘Harmony & Clash’ Solo Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge [July 20-Sept 1], 'Women' Charles Fine Arts Gloucester [July 3-30], 'Envisioning New Pathway' Art Gallery at Eissey Campus FL [May-Aug 30], 'Earned: Women in Business and Labor' Scollay Square Gallery, Boston [March 8-April 6], 'Women Artists Coast to Coast, EAST' at Prince Street Gallery NYC [Feb 28-March 25], 'SHELTER' at Harlem School of the Arts NYC [Dec-Jan 3, 2017], 'Botanica' [Poster Child] at Cahoon Museum of American Art [Oct 5-Nov 20], 'Love-Locks' [Muse] at Paula Estey Gallery, Newburyport [June 8-Aug], 'Breaking Ground' at Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College [June 17-Sept 16], 'Continuum' at Fountain Street Fine Art, ‘Les arrêts de la vie’ solo exhibition at the French Cultural Center Boston [Feb 2-26, 2016], 'Strokes of Genius: Women in the Arts, Past and Present’ at Rockport Art Association & Museum, 'A Thousand Winds' Solo Show at Paula Estey Gallery in Newburyport, 'A Current Vision' at Whistler House Museum of Art, 'Introspections' at the Boca Raton Museum Art School Gallery and 'Visual Contrasts' at the Coral Springs Museum of Art.
Okumura has relationships with galleries in Manhattan, Westport, Boston, Charleston, and exhibited in Swiss Art Expo ZÜRICH 2020, upcoming Art Metropole Europe Barcelona, Spain in 2021.