Jenie Gao

Jenie Gao is a full-time artist, creative director, and entrepreneur. She specializes in social practice and impact projects, using mediums such as murals, public art, printmaking, and storytelling. She consults for organizations on best practices and systems centered on equity.

Prior to founding her business, Jenie worked not only in the arts industry, but also the public school and manufacturing sectors. Through her cross section of experiences, she has become attuned to how the design of organizations—from their hiring practices to programming—determines who has access to creativity, autonomy, leadership, and decision-making. Jenie advocates for fair treatment of labor as a path to equity and diversity in the arts and the greater community that the arts represent. She currently runs a 1,700 square foot production studio in Madison, Wisconsin, and has hosted 22 emerging artists and art students through her apprenticeship program.