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Meet a TriCities Artist: Jim Jenkins, Geneva

Photo: Tim Sullivan

Jim Jenkins – Geneva 

For the last eight years, Geneva resident Jim Jenkins has worked out of Water Street Studios creating sculptures in the genres of fine and functional art.

“My art is a collection of mostly puzzles that interest me,” Jenkins said. “I put together all kinds of different materials. I’m usually after one very exciting piece that fits in the puzzle and I use all kinds of methods and means. Usually there’s language and lettering and electronics and kinetic energy and all sorts of things that go into making the piece up.”

Jenkins has created many functional art pieces, such as the “A Unique Cycle” bike rack at the corner of State and Fourth Street in Geneva. Other examples of Jenkins art can be viewed in public spaces, like the glass art piece “Evolution of Information” at the New Lenox Public Library.

Currently, Jenkins is the artist-in-residence at Fermilab. “Dark Matters,” a collaboration between Jenkins and Fermilab’s Gallery Chamber Series, will kick off the 2018 season as a musical celebration of science. The show will feature a multi-media installation created by Jenkins set to the “Quartet for the End of Time.”