For more than 25 years, Teresa Jaynes has created installations and artist books based on extensive research in special collections and libraries. She is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, as well as grants from the Independence Foundation, Art Matters, National Endowment for the Arts, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Jaynes has exhibited her work in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Rosenbach Museum & Library, and the Institute of Contemporary Art.

She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. As executive director of Philagrafika from 2000-2011, she organized the international contemporary print festival Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious. She currently teaches at the University of the Arts.

In her current exhibition Common Touch: the Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind, Jaynes incorporates a range of sculpture, print and performance processes to explore the nature and limits of perception. The works are based on her research on materials for the blind in the 19th century, included in the collections at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

#Commontouch is on view at the Library Company April 4 – October 21, 2016.