Jasa McKenzie is a curator and artist based in Southern California and Minneapolis, MN.

She obtained her master's degree in Curatorial Practice from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has worked in a wide variety of non-profit art spaces and museums. In her practice, she is driven by issues of identity, equality, and social justice. She upholds an art and artist-driven outlook on curating. Her drive is to give artists a voice, especially emerging and under-represented artists, women artists, and those practicing outside of major art centers. The vast majority of her art historical research focuses on a wide range of contemporary art such as digital and internet art, performing arts, and contemporary feminist art. She applies an interdisciplinary approach to curating, with a particular interest in blending music and sound art into hybrid visual projects. She is the recipient of the first-place proposal to the 2017 Apexart Franchise Exhibition Program. She is the co-host of 'SOTA: State of the Arts podcast.

Hailing from South Dakota, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and German from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she worked and cultivated her art practice.



Master of Arts, Curatorial Practice
School Of Visual Arts
New York, NY (2016- 2018)

Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art
Augsburg College
German Minor, Honors Program, Cum Laude
Minneapolis, MN (2010- 2014)

Massey University, College of Creative Arts
Study abroad
Wellington, New Zealand (2013)

Curatorial Experience

Desert X
Curatorial Assistant
Palm Springs, CA (Present)

Berlin Biennale 10
Curatorial Internship
Berlin, Germany (2017)

Altered Esthetics
Curatorial Assistant
Minneapolis, MN (2016)

The Soap Factory
Gallery Assistant and Installation Intern
Minneapolis, MN, (2015)

Augsburg College
Assistant to the Art Gallery Director
Minneapolis, MN, (2011- 2014)

Museum Experience

The Rubin Museum of Art
Visitor Engagement and Admissions Associate
New York, NY (2017- 2018)

The Whitney Museum of American Art
Member Services Assistant
New York, NY (2016- 2017)

Minneapolis Institute of Art
Visitor and Member Services Representative & Sales Associate
Minneapolis, MN (2015- 2016)


Semi-Finalist, Fulbright US Student Grant (2018)
Finalist, Apexart Franchise Exhibition Program (2017)

Guest Lecture

Augsburg University (2017)


Words 86, The Geriatric Drag Show, I Built a Cage (November 2017)
Daily Serving, Review: The Intersectional Self (March 2017)
Daily Serving, Review: Red in View (February 2017)
ArtSpeak, Preview: Marisa Merz (January 2017)
Visual Opinion, Expression/Repression (December 2016)


Tribeca Art + Culture Night
Artist-Curator Tour Guide (2017)

Independent Curators International
Annual Gala and Fundraiser (2017)

The Soap Factory
Installation Crew (2014- 2015)
The Haunted Basement (2014, 2015)

The Walker Art Center
Visitor Services (2015)

PEASE Academy
Artist Mentor (2014)


Jasa McKenzie is a visual artist, exhibiting her work regionally and nationally. She focuses on oil painting, digital photo manipulation, and collage. Her work addresses themes of morbidity and decay, the body, and the power of the female form in the face of stereotypes.



'SOTA: State of the Arts

'SOTA is a bi-weekly podcast which explores contemporary art of the Twin Cities and beyond. Co-hosted by art historian, Sarah Kuenzler, the hosts review exhibitons and art world events, interview artists, and discuss current news in the realm of art.


The New Heroin(e)

The New Heroine is a curatorially-slanted blog all about contemporary art and those who live it. The articles focus on a curatorial point of view. The essays cover reviews of exhibitions, interviews with artists, and general thoughts about the state of the art world today.

The Intersectional Self at the 8th Floor
The Intersectional Self at 8th Floor Gallery answers the call for the need of transgender and non-white cultural perspectives and representations by assembling myriad identities to center the conversation around feminism and gender.

Red in View at the Whitney Museum of American Art
Red in View by MPA aims to explore the potential colonization of the Red Planet, Mars. In a time when plans are underway for Mars One, an international project to build a colony on Mars, the artist prompts us to reflect on the endeavor as a resource for our own planet and to examine the human drive to colonize.

Marisa Merz
Through the ideals of Arte Povera, she rejected the postwar wealth of Italy, opting to use “poor” materials and promoted returning to simple objects and messages which make the everyday meaningful.

Filthy Dreams- Sewing Queer Desire From The Pages Of Vintage Erotica
Parsons- “My-O-My” by Jade Yumang, curated by Jasa McKenzie
Art & Education- MA Curatorial Practice year-end exhibitions
Art Haps- SVA MA Curatorial Practice Major Year-End Exhibitions