Painter Jenny Morgan hits the front page in New York City

Painter Jenny Morgan, a Salt Lake native with a Denver history, is now based in New York City, but her ties to the region, where she attended the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, are strong. Morgan came up through the gallery ranks here, from the co-ops to her current berth as a gallery artist at Plus Gallery, all the while developing her signature style of manipulated, hyper-real portraiture, which she later honed as a grad student at New York's School of Visual Arts. And she continues to make strides in the art world, not only as a painter, but as an illustrator.

Morgan recently announced a commission by the New York Times Magazine for a cover story portrait of WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange; it is her fourth commission by a major magazine (she's previously done portraits of Courtney Love, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lauren Santo Domingo for New York Magazine).

Congrats to Morgan. We always like to see a local star trekking across the universe.

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