Jen Simms is a practicing artist living and working in Western Massachusetts. She teaches full-time in the Art Department at Greenfield Community College. Simms studied at the San Francisco Art Institute (Interdisciplinary Studies, BFA, 1997) and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Painting and Installation, MFA, 2004). She has exhibited her work throughout New England, including the DeCordova Museum, the Fitchburg Art Museum and the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Simms has received numerous grants, such as the Blanche E. Colman Award, Visual Arts Sea Grant and the Artists’ Resource Trust Grant. Recent residencies have included the Dune Shack Fellowship in Provincetown, Massachusetts and the Open Studio Residency at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. In addition to her studio practice, Jen Simms is passionate about growing food and baking naturally leavened bread in Gill, Massachusetts.