Jen Upchurch grew up in Georgia and graduated from GA State University with a degree in theater and journalism. She helped grow the successful student theater group, the GA State Players, that produced and housed musical, drama, avant-garde, and performance theater in Atlanta, GA. Concurrently, she was a company member dancer of Movement Force. In 2000, Ms Upchurch was awarded the highest honor given in theater at GA State University which was the Players Award.
That year, Ms. Upchurch moved to New York. She currently resides in Manhattan. While in New York, Ms. Upchurch has worked at Coney Island USA producing the major event Mermaid Parade (2001-2003), worked as assistant stage manager and house manager for the American Place Theater, and performed and toured with different sideshows and avant-garde dance troupes. Ms. Upchurch has worked on such events in NYC as Figment, Decom, NY Fringe Festival, Howl Festival, and Action Arts League.
In 2007 Ms. Upchurch presented her first NY production "A Fairy Tales Dream...a Rock Dance Production!” The production was a dance that incorporated trapeze, stilts, hula hooping, acrobatics and ballet choreographed to the music of the rock band Fat Free! That same year, Ms Upchurch made her Israeli television premier in a knife throwing act. 2007 also brought Ms Upchurch the opportunity to work with the artist David Best and Temple Crew 2007 at Burning Man in Nevada. When Ms. Upchurch came back from the beautiful desert, she immediately received a grant to teach inner city schools’ art for the Tompkins Scare Park.
In 2008, Ms Upchurch’s sculpture pieces LIPS=Love were accepted into the Circle Arts Organization, a NY Non-Profit Arts Organization and were displayed on Governor's Island, Camp D, and Burning Man 2008. She was also awarded a grant to design and build a mini-golf hole entitled “Gotham City=Superheroes” for Figment.
In 2009, a LIPS=Love Sculpture was displayed at the Action Arts League NYC Inauguration Ball. Finally that same year, Ms Upchurch was awarded two grants. The first was the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Commission from the Greenwall Foundation to build the art piece “Temple of Truth” that was displayed on NY Governor’s Island for the summer, and the second was the HealthCorps Grant to teach inner city schools’ art for Green Halloween. Ms. Upchurch was officially published in 2009 in the book “Coyote Goes Global” which premiered her illustrations.
Currently Ms. Upchurch is Vice President of Circle Arts and Season Long Sculpture Curator for Figment NYC. At this time thanks to Action Arts League Ms. Upchurch was awarded a grant for the Temple of Wonder on display at Governor’s Island.