Jean Rasenberger’s On These Grounds, (72 min, 2015) is an essay film about a prison in Northern Ireland -- what led to its construction, what occurred there, and what happened to it in the aftermath of a war that came to define a nation. Its history is told by surviving Irish Republican ex-inmates who are tasked with remembering a war that some say succeeded and others see as otherwise. Screening On These Grounds in 2016 is in recognition of the Easter Uprising of 1916 in Ireland.
Jean Rasenberger has screened her work in exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, the Hammer Museum, the Renaissance Society, and the Long Beach Museum, and screen her videos at film festivals such as the Atlanta Film & Video Festival and the AFI Film & Video Festival. She has curated video exhibitions including the internationally traveled "Into The Lapse.” Her performance work has been shown at LACE Angeles and the Rosamund Felsen Gallery. She has given lectures on video, photography and her work at the Society for Photographic Education, Los Angeles, and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen. She has been awarded several awards including a NEA Regional Fellowship, a Brody Arts Fund, and several ACCD Faculty Grants. Rasenberger was awarded a Great Teacher Award from Art Center College where she has taught since 1994. She is honored to be teaching at Mass College of Art this year.