Reference Points Book Series

Art and Social Practice Reference Points was a book series edited by Jen Delos Reyes between 2012–2014 and was produced in conjunction with current MFA students that cover three areas related to socially engaged art: people, thematic volumes, and workbooks. Working in conjunction with faculty students select individuals or groups that are influential for socially engaged artists, themes that capture currents in contemporary social art practice, and methods for creative application.

Releases in the series edited by Jen Delos Reyes:

Center for Urban Pedagogy with Molly Sherman
Harrell Fletcher with Adam Moser
John Malpede with Dillon De Give
Temporary Services with Carmen Papalia
The Art and Social Practice workbook, edited by Erin Charpentier and Travis Neel

This series was designed by Nicole Lavelle and Sarah Deann Baugh and published by Publication Studio.

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Talking About Museums in Public

Talking About Museums in Public was organized by Jen Delos Reyes and brought together a group of Portland artists to encourage public conversation and thinking about the role of museums in people’s lives in the 21st century.

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A History of Engagement:
The Portland Art Museum 1909–2014

Researched and Written by Sarah Lampen
Edited by Jen Delos Reyes
Illustrated by Olivia Serrill
This book traces a strand of the Portland Art Museum’s history of engagement with a focus on the work conducted by the Education Department. This timeline focuses on strategies that move outside of standard practice, reach beyond the museum to build relationships, foster community participation, and make clear that a museum can be a center of not only cultural engagement, but civic, social, and community activity.

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An Illustrated Treasury of Quotes on Art/Life

An Illustrated Treasury of Quotes on Art/Life looks at how the daily acts of living as explored by a selection of artists working today connects their life values, philosophies, and approaches to larger political issues including labor, economics, food production, and education and continues the legacy of artists who have sought to fuse art and life.

The booklet features quote interpretations from Belin Liu, Corbin LaMont, Ariana Jacob, Kate Bing-Burt, Justin Flood, David Horvitz, Lori Gordon, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Jason Sturgill, Kerri-Lynn Reeves, Will Bryant, Sarah Baugh, Crystal Baxley and Nicole Lavelle.

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Discotopia: Searching for Paradise on the Dance Floor

An essay written for the Utopia exhibition at CS18 in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2011. The essay looks to disco as a utopian model.

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A Wikipedia Reader

A project by ASDF that I contributed to.This was commissioned by the Art Libraries Society of New York for the Contemporary Artists Books Conference at Printed Matter’s 2009 NY Art Book Fair. It was organized through David Senior at the Museum of Modern Art Library.

Contributions by:
Paul Branca, Dexter Sinister, Barbara Ess, Fillip, Rob Giampietro, Marc Handelman, Zach Houston, Adam Katz and Julia S/rman, Brian Kennon/ 2nd Cannons Publications, Chosil Kil, Alex Klein, Marisa Olson, Paul Pieroni, Laurel Ptak, Eileen Quinlan, Michael Smoler, Jamie Stewart, Oraib Toukan, Lia Trinka-Browner, Jen Delos Reyes, Rafael Rozendaal, Ryan Waller, Amy Yao.


Some People, Places and Things that Have Taught Me About Community, Collaboration, and Pedagogy.

An incomplete list of people, places, and things that have taught me about community, collaboration and pedagogy (in no particular order) that I made for Paul Butler’s Reverse Pedagogy.


Share Document: Writings on Design, “Ten Lessons Graphic Designers Learn That Every Artist Should Understand."

Published by Ampersand Gallery and Fine Books, Portland, OR. 2013.

“Ten Lessons Graphic Designers Learn That Every Artist Should Understand”, was written as a commission for Design Week Portland. The essay looks at how design education fosters traits that socially engaged artists could benefit from.

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Open Engagement: An Anthology

Delos Reyes, Jen, Editor. Published by Publication Studio.

Open Engagement: Art and Social Practice 2007–2011 is a collection of essays, lecture transcriptions, interviews, photographs, and project documentation focused on socially engaged art that has emerged from the Open Engagement conference directed and founded by Jen Delos Reyes. Open Engagement explores the questions surrounding why artists have now, more than ever, turned towards ideas of community and social connections for creating their work. This book is a document of a selection of three years of conference materials that includes internationally known artists, curators, and scholars such as: Mark Dion, Amy Franceschini, Julie Ault, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Fritz Haeg, Pablo Helguera, Nils Norman, and others.

This book wraps language around the burgeoning field, a critical text for those hoping to explore this subject. Each year this publication will be updated to include materials from the most recent conference.

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Social Practice Art: A History

Delos Reyes, Jen, Editor. Portland State University.

Box set of zines co-written and produced by the 2012 History of Art and Social Practice class at PSU.


Because We Are Your Friends: Legacies of Institutional Critique in Art and Social Practice

BOMB Online
Essay that looks at how a history of institutional critique has translated in socially engaged art within museum culture.

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A Case for a Contemporary Collection of Canadian Folk Music

Delos Reyes, Jen. Manitoba Folkways Project.

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Private Lives

Art Criticism and Other Short Stories, edited by Helen Reed. 


God Only Knows What I’d Be Without You

YA5 Volume 1, Issue 2, June 2011


We Need To Know Where We Have Been: To Know Where We Are Going.

Delos Reyes, Jen, Editor. Portland State University.

A collaboratively written text on the history of art and social practice. This book features the contributions of over 20 undergraduate students enrolled in the History of Art and Social Practice class at Portland State University in the Winter of 2009, graduate students from the Art and Social Practice MFA concentration, Portland based artists, and interviews and contributions by influential social practice artists including Ted Purves, Helena Keefe, and Paul Butler.

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“Let Knowledge Serve the City: A Social Education”

Part of Condensations of the Social at Smack Mellon.

Essay written on the value of public learning and learning in public. Essay was dispersed through the neighborhood of the gallery on a series of flags that marked sites of public learning connected to the exhibition. Excerpts from the essay appeared as flags marking sites of learning identified by PSU students.

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“Never Going Back Again: Remaking Rumours.”

Delos Reyes, Jen. Among Friends, Haverford College.


“The Quirky Ones.”

Delos Reyes, Jen. MFA Graduate Exhibition catalogue essay, Disjecta.


“Preaching to the Choir.”

Delos Reyes, Jen. Artcity 2008 catalogue.


“We Are Here For You.”

Delos Reyes, Jen. Decentre: Concerning Artist Run Culture. YYZ Books.


“Group Work: The Factory, Warhol and Social Engagement.”

Delos Reyes, Jen. MacKenzie Art Gallery.