Thursday, September 22, 2016


I’ve been invited to speak at the next 20x2 Chicago! Thank you, Andrew Huff! Save the date for Saturday, October 22, 6-8pm, at Quenchers.

I’m back from a trip to Greece (photos on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr), just in time for Expo Art Week. But that’s not all that’s happening.


Today is:

  • The autumnal equinox and Chicagohenge (pictured above)! Twice a year, the rising and setting sun lines up perfectly with the city’s east-west street grid. The first day of fall is one of those times.

Quite the day, September 22.

And a reminder: I’ve been invited to speak on a panel at the inaugural Startup Art Fair during Expo Chicago! So honored. The conversation’s this Sunday, 1pm, at MileNorth Hotel. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


I just got invited by the one and only Paul Klein to speak on an artist panel at the stARTup Art Fair! Thank you so much! Everyone, save the date for Sunday early afternoon, September 25, at Chicago’s MileNorth Hotel. [Update: The discussion will be at 1pm in Room 404.]

Speaking of art fairs, I’m back from a brief trip to New York (photos on Instagram) and have a new post on Time Out Chicago: 9 art gallery exhibitions to see in September, including Expo Chicago, which I always look forward to.


Thank you for all the birthday wishes a couple weeks ago!

And be sure to read the previous post featuring a lovely artist studio visit with represented painter Sheila Arora!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Love Letters: An Artist Studio Visit with Sheila Arora

Conducted a studio visit at represented artist / actual ray of sunshine Sheila Arora’s apartment in Chicago’s Loop (look at that view!) and sold a painting to architect (and fellow Columbia University alum) Chyanne Husar! Thank you for your support, Chyanne! And thanks to Sheila for letting us into your home and your mind!

Sheila Arora in her apartment showing us her favorite piece she painted.

More behind-the-scenes photos below. Step into Sheila’s world!

(As announced in this post, Sheila—who was a part of my latest interactive exhibition, LEXICON—has entrusted me with the honor of being her artist agent and representative, and I couldn’t be more pleased.)

Sheila keeps her place downtown “barebones” and “in neutrals,” an amusing contrast to her art, which is as bold, colorful, confident, and imaginative as she is.

The Princeton graduate is nothing if not prolific; most of her pieces in her current collection were created within the past year and a half! It’s incredible how she can sustain so much creative energy; she has a corporate job out in the suburbs, so she only has a few hours every night to paint. And she does.

We shared great conversations on how art can set the tone for your home. What colors do you want to wake up to? What emotions do you want to live with?

Sold! Sheila Arora's painting that Chyanne Husar purchased.

Chyanne ultimately chose a fun and vibrant work on paper that she knew would make her happy.

Sold! Sheila Arora, Untitled, acrylic on paper.

If any galleries would like to showcase Sheila’s work, let me know! You can view Sheila’s portfolio on her site.

Also, in case you didn’t see the edit I made to the previous post, I’ve been featured on Asians Doing Everything! Thank you! (That’s two features in two days, the other being Women of Wednesday, author Olivia Cole’s interview series with women of color!)

And my birthday’s tomorrow! (If you follow me on social media, you might’ve seen my nostalgic look back on a past celebration.) Want to give me a present? Give yourself one and buy art!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


I—and LEXICON—have been featured in Women of Wednesday, author Olivia Cole’s interview series with women of color! “Jenny Lam on Bridging Segregation with Art and the Necessity of Representation.” Thank you so much, Olivia!

Throwback to when I matched a Miami mural. (Wall by Ahol Sniffs Glue.)

[Update: I’m also featured on Asians Doing Everything! Thank you!]

Also, I have a new post on Time Out Chicago: 8 art gallery exhibitions to see in August. Check out my previous post for other stuff to see.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Poetry in Motion

Here they are! Your interpretations and meanings (and even poems!) you wrote on Post-it notes at LEXICON, as well as all the artists’ original statements, which, as you know, were not revealed during the interactive exhibition’s entire run. Some of the statements were created specifically for the show and have never been seen before until now. Take a look; it’s the perfect source for Monday motivation!

Guess who. (Left by graffiti artist Solo RM.)

In other news: I’ve been verified on Twitter! Thank you!

And here’s:

Happy August / Leo season! (Adrienne Glover, one of my LEXICON artists, to me: “You’re the most low-key Leo ever. What’s your rising sign?”)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Princess Warrior

I am so happy to announce that I’ll be representing Sheila Arora—one of my LEXICON artists—as an artist agent! (Yes, artist, independent curator, writer, artist agent, mad scientist… I’m a woman of many graphic t-shirts hats.) Sheila’s paintings are an explosion of creativity and color and I couldn’t be more proud to rep them and their creator.

Sheila Arora, Circle Tribe, acrylic on canvas.

Get excited for an interview with Sheila, spotlights on her work, and more!

Speaking of LEXICON, the page (mentioned in the previous post) comparing your written Post-it notes with the artists’ original statements is forthcoming!

(And a reminder to follow Artists on the Lam on social media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr.)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Sold Love & Oil by Aisha Yousaf and my own sketches, Night Nurse, Scruffy-Looking Nerf Herder, Force, and AKA, to Michael Zhou! (First time I put my own art into a show I curated too. [Even though those of you who came to the exhibition know that I hid my drawings in a corner.]) Thank you, Mike!

LEXICON has come down (I was in the space yesterday staring at empty walls), but it’ll live on online; stay tuned for photos of your Post-it notes, as well as the reveal of the artists’ original statements!

Until then: Here, have a photo by Gerard Rodriguez of me in front of Capacity #2 by Brianna Lynn Hernandez Baurichter, charcoal on paper. (Yes, I wore an Éowyn-slapping-the-Witch-King-of-Angmar-a-la-Batman-with-Robin shirt at last week’s artist talks and demos.)

Thursday, July 7, 2016


Sold Oct on My Head by Arturo Mazon last night! As mentioned in the opening reception follow-up post, LEXICON is Art’s first show ever. Thank you to Xavier Johnson—who’s an artist himself / is wearing his amazing Pusheen hat—for supporting emerging talent!

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the LEXICON artist talks, demos, and workshops (which have been featured in Chicago Artist Resource’s Notable Events of the week—thanks!) yesterday evening! Like the opening, it was a blast, and if you continue playing around with your scratchboards at home, take photos of them! I’d love to see your end results. And thank you to artists Angie Redmond, Lisa Goesling, and Zachary J. Williams for letting us into the world of your creative process!

Angie Redmond, Standing Tall with My Purple Rain, oil.

LEXICON ends this Saturday (sniff). If you haven’t gotten a chance to see—and be a part of—the interactive exhibition yet, go! And if you take photos/videos, share them online with the tag #LEXICONchicago!

Friday, July 1, 2016


LEXICON continues! A couple of the interactive show’s artists will be doing talks and demos this coming Wednesday, July 6, 6pm. Create and take home your own etchings, as taught by Lisa Goesling, and watch Angie Redmond (whose works are in the first photo in the previous post) do a live painting!

Lisa Goesling, Spontaneous Combustion, clay & India ink scratchboard.

Admission is free, and all you need to bring is an x-acto knife for Lisa’s workshop. Invite yourself to the Facebook event page.

Also, LEXICON’s been featured in 18 pages of the July/August issue of ACS Magazine! Thank you, Renee LaVerne Rose!

And! I have a new post on Time Out Chicago: 8 art gallery exhibitions to see this month.

Happy 4th of July weekend!

[Update! Zachary J. Williams, who did this powerful painting, will be answering a few questions at the artist talk as well!]

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Neon Heart Eyes

Thank you thank you thank you. To the guests for attending Friday’s opening reception of LEXICON and to the artists for being in the show. You helped make it a great success! After all, this exhibition is all about the art and audience participation, so it’d be nothing without you!

Photo by Sergio Gomez.

I can say with confidence that LEXICON is the best exhibit I’ve curated so far. Which is saying a lot since I’ve always been proud of each of my projects (and still am proud of them—otherwise, I wouldn’t be referencing I CAN DO THAT years later!). You should always continue to improve and grow and surpass the high bar you’ve previously set for yourself. Together we’ll clear the stratosphere.

It makes me so happy that everyone more than embraced the concept of the show. Visitors told me how wonderful it was because normally they’d be too shy to voice their thoughts about art, but the anonymity of the Post-its (like my Dreams of a City postcards) allowed them to do so. Artists told me how wonderful it was because they could now see what people actually thought of their art, and sometimes it was exactly what they had in mind, sometimes it was completely out there, and other times it made them think about their art in a new way, giving them fresh insight into their own work; one artist told me they might even change their artist statement.

People also praised the diversity of the artwork and artists. You can see for yourself how this applies to more apparent elements like race/ethnicity and gender (as an artist who’s a young woman of color, I always try to ensure that artists who don’t usually get the shine they deserve, well, do) and in the art itself, but people also referred to age and experience. (You know the piece I’ve been using for all promo materials? In the artist announcement, on the Facebook event’s header, on the postcard, etc. LEXICON was artist Arturo Mazon’s first show ever.)

Photo by Sergio Gomez.

The most common descriptor for the show was “fun.” I also got “brilliant” and “compelling” often and had viewers tell me that “everyone is raving” about the interactive theme. People thanked me for inspiring them, thanked me for my passion.

Friends kept remarking on the amazing turnout, saying that the parking lot was filled and they had to park blocks away, and that pretty much everyone wandering around on other floors was asking where my event was (sorry, other floors).

Unexpected and hilarious happenings included participating artist Allen Vandever writing “D-” on a Post-it for his own piece to see if he could skew the results. It worked; his painting got some of the most notes and they were extremely positive (strategy: get people to feel sorry for you).

Photo by Sergio Gomez.

I accomplished my mission. Visitors were actually looking at the art, thinking about it, actively engaging with it. (If you attend enough art openings, you’ll know that this is practically unheard of.)

Scott P. Wheeler, husband of participating artist Emily Thornton Calvo, worded it perfectly on the show’s Facebook page:

“Awesome event. Fantastic works, excellent variety. Wonderful training and exercise in the world of art appreciation. This event helped visitors hone their art appreciation skills. Visitors had the unusual opportunity to explore their own interests and gain a better understanding of the kind of art they enjoy and why. It is not easy to assemble a show like this. Congratulations, Jenny Lam!”

You get it.

Some other comments I’m partial to:
“Jenny is a petite powerhouse!” –Renee LaVerne Rose, guest
“Jenny Lam [is a] creative and fearless curator.” –Peggy Shearn, participating artist
“[Jenny’s a] talented badass.” –Cristy Corso, participating artist
“Both [your dad] and I think that some of the artwork are as good as those at Art Basel, if not better.” –my mom in an email (the only opinion that matters, really)

My parents are the best. Photo by Sergio Gomez.

In addition to all the artists and guests, thanks to:
  • Sergio Gomez, who invited me to guest curate a show at the Zhou B Art Center in the first place. (And for doing things like literally putting my name on the wall.)
  • Michael Zhou for the opportunity as well.
  • Those working behind-the-scenes at Zhou B like Carl Virgo and Ronnie, who’s a lifesaver and does everything from running the freight elevator to turning the air conditioning on for me even when he’s not supposed to. Carl installed almost all the pieces—there are nearly 60, mind you—all within a few hours. (Normally, I’m the one who installs most of the art at the shows I curate. And let it be known: Hanging artwork is the one part of the curatorial process that I despise. Imagine my elation when I found out that one man does pretty much all the hanging for the center’s second floor space.)
  • My dear friend and mentor Robin Rios—whose studio is on the fourth floor of the building—for her support and impeccable timing and for referring to me as the Riker to her Picard.

Photo by Sergio Gomez.

All of the artwork can be viewed here. Most are available for purchase. If you have any questions about any piece, feel free to ask me!

Some photos from the reception are here, courtesy of Sergio Gomez.

If you took photos, email them to me! And/or share them on social media and tag them with #LEXICONchicago. Videos too!

Some of you have been asking me about what will happen with the Post-Its: On the last day of the exhibition’s run, I’ll record (whether via photos or typing everything up verbatim) what they all say, give them to the artists, and share the writings online! (I’m thinking of revealing the artists’ original statements as well!)

The exhibition is on view until July 9. Keep checking back to see how it evolves, and stay tuned for news of additional programming like artist talks and demos!

Saturday, June 18, 2016



First time I get a vinyl. Fancy.

LEXICON opened tonight and I am filled with love. ([Slightly] more coherent posts to come.)

Friday, June 17, 2016


LEXICON got an entire feature article Chicagoist! (Fun fact: I was interviewed at a brewery, where I shouted over the din of a surprise birthday party in between swigs of malty beer.) Thank you, Carrie McGath!

Katsy Johnson, Hot Dog Au Naturel, archival pigment print.

It’s a gorgeous, perfect summer day in Chicago. Come interact with great art! The exhibition opens tonight on the second floor of the Zhou B Art Center from 7-10pm!

(Teaser photo of the show in the previous post!)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Home Stretch

The show looks so good, you guys.


LEXICON opens tomorrow and I can’t wait for you to see it!

Also, I’ve added all of yesterday’s press coverage to the Press page!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Blank Canvas

Potential. The previous show in this 7,000 sq. ft. exhibition space has come down and it’s time for mine to go up! (Well, first I need to decide where almost 60 pieces are gonna’ go.) Come interact with art by over 40 artists on Friday!


Monday, June 13, 2016


LEXICON opens this Friday! Here’s artwork sneak peek #9!

Andrew Ek, Vacuuming, oil on canvas.

People keep asking me if I’m including my own art in the show. I’ve finally decided, and the answer is yes! These old sketches of mine from 8(!) years ago—as well as these Scribble Sunday doodles—will be in the interactive exhibition. (People have also been asking me how everything’s going. This is how I’ve been dealing.)

Lastly, as we reel from the mass shooting at LGBTQ nightclub Pulse in Orlando, here’s how you can help the victims and their families and community.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Standing Tall

LEXICON opens next Friday, June 17! Here’s artwork sneak peek #8!

Angie Redmond, Fresh off the Boat with My Big Ass Afro.

And in case you missed the previous post, I have a new post on Time Out Chicago: 10 art gallery shows to see this month, including—of course—a certain interactive exhibition.

Friday, June 3, 2016


LEXICON’s one of Time Out Chicago’s top 10 gallery exhibitions to see this month [because I wrote the post, muahaha]. The interactive art show opens in two weeks!

Happy National Donut Day (the Stan’s Donuts and Coffee staff cracked up when they noticed my Inigo Montoya / Simpsons mashup t-shirt) and have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 2, 2016


LEXICON’s been featured on Amplified Art Network! Thank you, Sergio Gomez!

Here’s artwork sneak peek #7!

Olivia Shih, Value Building Blocks, wood and Masonite.

And in personal art news: Ming-Na Wen herself retweeted and reposted my Mulan / Game of Thrones mashup doodle. I cannot I can’t I just (And the reason why the true Mother of Dragons was on my mind in the first place was because I commended BD Wong for going off on racists at his Twitter and he favorited my tweet. The past week has been filled with a lot of screaming, basically.)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Modern Life

LEXICON’s been featured on my alma mater’s alumni page! Thank you so much! Always proud to be a Columbia University graduate.

Here’s artwork sneak peek #6!

Zachary J. Williams, Crazy for God, oil paint.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


LEXICON opens 1 month from today! Here’s artwork sneak peek #5:

Alix Anne Shaw, TRYST / TRUST / TRISTE, animated neon poem.

I’ve made slight changes to the show’s official page as well as the Facebook event. Check ‘em out, and if you’re on FB, invite yourself and your friends!

And an art-related throwback to my 5th Grade yearbook / my 10-year-old self’s favorite things:

Janet Jackson, emo lyrics from Janet Jackson, Seinfeld, Disney, dogs, drawing, writing, pizza, food in general. Sounds about right. (Also a year later I’d have an answer to “favorite movie”: the 1999 version of The Mummy.) Also props to my mom for being able to make me wear a dress for the school picture every year; it was embarrassing then but makes for glorious photos now—peep those poofy sleeves.

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