|Born||(1974-05-09) May 9, 1974|
|Known for||Sculpture 27|
(m. 2001; div. 2010)
William (Bill) Magnuson
Jen Lewin is an interactive artist and engineer with a studio based in New York City who specializes in large scale installations in public spaces, usually combining elements such as light, sound and complex engineering. Her interactive light installation The Pool debuted in 2008 and has been exhibited across the globe, in cities such as Singapore, Sydney, Denver, Montréal and Prague, and in events such as South By Southwest and Burning Man.
Life and career
Lewin grew up in Maui and obtained her BA in Architecture and Computer Aided Design from the University of Colorado Boulder, later obtaining her M.P.S. degree in Interactive Design from Tisch School of the Arts.
Lewin married Kimbal Musk in 2001, brother of Elon Musk. They had two children together. They divorced in 2010. Lewin married William (Bill) Magnuson in 2012, and currently lives with Bill and their two children in New York City. In 2015 Lewin purchased a 4-story condo in Manhattan for 7 million dollars.
Her most known work, The Pool, featured on Wired, consists of over 200 LED-lit platforms that change colours ...according to pressure and speed changes elicited by viewers' interactions with the system. Termed an "interactive light sculpture", where human interaction is necessary for its display, this installation has toured several countries. Specializing in works that involve technology and human interaction, she often includes musical elements into her creations. For instance, other projects or hers include laser harps, where people elicit music via interrupting the laser arrangements.
According to the Boulder Weekly, Google commissioned Lewin to "create an Android app for tracking feedback between her innovations and the groups of people interacting with them". Lewin, along with her Pool installation, was featured by the BBC News in May 2013.
Jen Lewin was co-founder of The Kitchen restaurants in Boulder, along with Hugo Matheson and then husband, Kimbal Musk. She designed its three original locations. Lewin is also the original designer behind the Learning Gardens  created for Kimbal Musk and his foundation The Kitchen Community, now called Big Green.
Lewin also co-founded The Studio Boulder with business partner William Goodrich.
- 2017 Coral Springs Florida, Art Walk: Ascent by Jen Lewin
- 2010 Solaris, Vail: The Water Tree by Lawrence Argent, Light Art by Jen Lewin
- Takanawa Gateway Fest, Tokyo
- Oklahoma Contemporary
- Hong Kong Arts Centre
- Redwood City: Magical Harp and Light Pools
- Walnut Creek: Light Pool
- MSP Signature Work (Minneapolis Saint Paul Terminal 1.)
- Light Wall, Iolani School, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Aushans Harp, Aurora, Colorado
- Euclid, Norwalk, CT, Brookfeild Place
- Norwalk Cloud, Norwalk, CT, Brookfeild Plac
- Vivid Sydney
- Jeju Pool, South Korea
- Promenade, Denver
- Georgetown Glow, Georgetown DC: Aqueous
- Visual Arts Week, Mexico City: The Pool
- Enchanted Forest of Light, Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles: Aqueous
- BLINK Cincinnati: The Pool
- Worlds Fair Nano, Brooklyn: Aqueous
- Jing An Kerry Centre, Shanghai: The Pool
- Buring Man Black Rock City Honoraria, Black Rock City: Aqueous
- Light Festival Jerusalem: The Pool
- Chattanooga: The Pool
- Light City, Baltimore: Reflect
- Hong Kong Arts Festival:Hong Kong
- Arrow Arts Challenge, Denver, Colorado
- Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, Colorado
- Midtown Crossing at Turner Park, Omaha, Nebraska
- WAVE: Light + Sound + Art, Breckenridge, Colorado
- NYCxDESIGN at the Design Pavilion, New York City
- B-Light Festival, Manama
- Mother of the Nation Festival, Abu Dhabi
- Light City, Baltimore
- i Light Marina Bay, Singapore
- SPECTRA, Aberdeen
- Winter Lights at Canary Wharf, London
- Luna Fete, New Orleans
- Istanbul Light Festival, Istanbul
- igNIGHT, Fort McMurray
- Burning Man
- Cherry Creek Arts Festival at Stanley
- Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
- Bonnaroo Music Festival
- Summer in Paradise, West Palm Beach, Florida
- Montreal en Lumiere, Montreal, Quebec
- Canal Convergence, Scottsdale, Arizona
- University of Warwick Arts Centre
- Signal Festival, Prague
- Art de Colombo, Lisbon
- Burning Man, Honorarium Artist
- AHA! Light Up Cleveland
- Vivid Sydney
- i Light Marina Bay, Singapore
- Luminosity, Lexington
- Chalk The Block, El Paso
- Conway Artsfest
- Denver Art Biennale
- Escape From Wonderland
- Electric Daisy Carnival, Orlando, NYC, Chicago & Vegas
- University of Colorado Boulder Art Museum, Boulder, Colorado: Its Electric
- South by Southwest Republic Park
- 2020 Black Rock City Honoraria: Cosmos
- 2017 CODAaward: Merit Award Public Spaces: Sidewalk Harp
- 2017 Burning Man Arts Black Rock City Honoraria Grant: Aqueous
- 2017 Pre-qualified Public Artist: San Francisco Arts Commission
- 2017 Pre-qualified Public Artist: Houston Arts Alliance
- 2016 CODAvideo Award: Experience: Sidewalk Harp
- 2016 CODAawards Top 100: Sidewalk Harp
- 2016 Pre-qualified Artist, San Antonio Arts Commission
- 2016 CODAvideo Award: Experience: Sidewalk Harp
- 2016 Prequalified Public Artist: Outdoor Public Art, City of Palo Alto
- 2015 Architizer A+, Popular Choice "Edison Cloud"
- 2014 Black Rock Arts Foundation Honorarium, Super Pool
- 2014 Rotational Molding Product Design Competition: 1st Place Professional Division "Learning Gardens"
- 2013 University of Central Arkansas - Artist in Residence
- 2012 Black Rock Arts Foundation Honorarium, The Arc Harps
- 2008 Burning Man artists grant: The Pool
- 2005 Burning Man Honorarium: "Light Harp"
- 1996 Presidents Fund for Teaching Technology Research Grant
- 1996 Colorado Advanced Software Institute Research Grant
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