After the Jump: Jen Bekman Interview (mp3)

by Grace Bonney

Yesterday, I had the pleasure to interview in person for After the Jump. Jen is a gallerist, entrepreneur and writer and is the founder of the in Manhattan, along with Jen Bekman Projects, which launched the wildly successful and , a fantastic photography competition. I’ve watched Jen with great interest and admiration for almost a decade now. Smart, resourceful and forward-thinking, Jen has done so much for the independent art and design communities that she’s more than earned the incredible accolades she’s received, including being one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology and American Photo’s Innovator of the Year.

Jen and I sat down to talk about the origins of her amazing projects, the challenges they’ve presented and the ways she’s constantly working to make artwork more accessible. In addition to connecting buyers with great, affordable work, Jen has created an incredibly powerful platform for artists as well, giving them access to a wide range of supportive new customers and clients. Hearing her take on affordable art, blogging and the gallery/art world was fascinating and as inspiring as I’d hoped. I hope you’ll enjoy her interview as much as I did. Thanks so much to Jen for joining me! xo, grace

“I see my role as trying to provide as many ways as possible for artists NOT to give up.”

— Jen Bekman on After the Jump

*Jen offered D*S readers a kind discount for the holiday season: Enter code 20XDS at checkout to get $10 off when you spend $50 or more at 20×200.com


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