I am a contemporary visual artist exploring themes of diversity and connection. I create experiential conversations using multidimensional mixed medias and audience involvement.
You can always find me in the middle of a conversation – it’s been going on for just about forever. It’s about art, but mostly it’s a search for the way to get closer to life, love, people, and the place where I stand. Life’s a complicated puzzle and art seems to be a good way to try and figure some of it out. Ideas surface and it seems like a good way to get closer to life, love, people, and my place to fit in. By applying diversity as a concept and a "material", my work explores how the practice of making connections can create a positive transformation. My objective is to create an expressive experience, with multiple interplays, where a conversation is created between all the parts, including the viewer.
Simmons-Jimenez received a BFA from Newcomb College in New Orleans, began her studio practice in the Dominican Republic and is now based in Miami. She has exhibited extensively in museums, galleries, and media festivals internationally. She has had solo exhibits at the MOMA Santo Domingo, Palm Beach ICA Media Room with curator Michael Rush, Inter-American Development Bank Washington D.C. with curator Susana Leval, ArtCenter South Florida, Frances Wolfson Gallery at Miami-Dade College. Notable institutions exhibiting her work in group exhibits have been at the Chelsea Museum New York, The Mobile Museum of Art, the US Dept. of State Art in Embassies Program, Casa de la Cultura-Valencia (Spain), Musée du Luxembourg, Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Appleton Museum, the Lowe Museum, MOCA N. Miami, the Frost Museum at FIU, the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, the Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale, and others.
She is a recipient of a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge Grant, a Florida Fellowship Grant, a Florida Artists Enhancement Grant, a Miami-Dade Tourism Development Grant, a Miami-Dade Community Grant. In 1992 she was awarded the 1st Prize in Video at the XVIII Biennial in the Dominican Republic, resulting in her designation as a pioneer in video art and gender discourses in the country. She was the first woman to exhibit video installation art in the D.R. She is listed among the creatives that helped forge the South Florida art community in the definitive books ‘Miami Contemporary Artists,’ released by Schiffer Publishing in 2007, and ‘100+ Degrees In The Shade: A Survey of South Florida Art,’ released by [NAME] publications in 2015.
In 2017, she was awarded a Grant from the ArtCenter South Florida and the Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art in Palma de Mallorca to participate as a Visiting Artist. In early 2018 Simmons-Jimenez launched Art & Company Podcast, recorded, edited, and produced bi-weekly by the artist as a document of the South Florida Art Community.
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One of the most visceral and fascinating aspects… the flowers she was pasting up were still fading and losing their color – they were “live” paintings, in the sense that they were also dying. Anne Tschida “Nature in a Studio”
Airy sculptures, woven with wire deftly incorporate biomorphic forms as they are caught in a slow dance with gravity. Elisa Turner “Critic’s Pick” Miami Herald
A visual exploration achieved by way of a dialogue between the formal elements of video… possessed of indisputable brilliance. Jean Louis Jorge, Juror, XVIII Biennial, Dominican Republic
The effect is seductive and velvety, and mysteriously wrought with emotional associations. Dr. Carol Damian “Inside-Outside”
The artist dares again to break through her own creations freely opening up new possibilities for her art. Milagros Bello, Ph.D. “Deconstructing the Modern”