Jennifer Monson (b. 1961) is a New York and Illinois-based artist and is the artistic director of iLAND-interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance. Monson uses choreographic practice as a means to discover connections between environmental, philosophical and aesthetic approaches to knowledge and understandings of our surroundings. As Artistic Director of iLAND she creates large-scale dance projects informed and inspired by phenomena of the natural and the built environment. Her recent projects include Live Dancing Archive Vol. II at New York Live Arts, New York, NY (2014); Live Dancing Archive Vol. I at The Kitchen, New York, NY (2013); SIP (sustained immersive process)/watershed at LMCC’s Studios in the Arts Center at Governors Island and the shoreline, New York, NY (2010); The Mahomet Aquifer Project, East Central, Illinois (2009); iMAP/Ridgewood Reservoir, Highland Park, Queens, NY (2007); BIRD BRAIN (2000-2011). Her current project, in tow, will premiere at Danspace Project, New York, NY in Fall 2016. Monson is a recipient of the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Residency (2015); Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (2015); Doris Duke Impact Artist Award (2014). Monson holds a B.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College (1983) and is currently a professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign Dance Department. She is also currently a Marsh Professor at Large at the University of Vermont.
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