Jennifer Rudder has worked in the visual arts in Canada for thirty-five years as a writer, curator, administrator, and educator, and her essays and articles have been published in a wide variety of Canadian books, catalogues, anthologies, and periodicals. Rudder began her career in contemporary visual art as director of YYZ Artists’ Outlet, an artist-run centre in Toronto. In the '90s, she was editor of MIX Magazine and executive director of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Further, in the 2000s, she was executive director and curator of Gallery Stratford, a public gallery in Ontario.
Rudder received her master's in visual studies (curatorial) at the University of Toronto in 2010. During this time, she also taught at the OCAD University’s criticism and curatorial practice department for eight years. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to the appreciation, welfare, and advancement of Canadian visual artists as well as a champion of progressive art practices dealing with race, indigeneity, feminism, queer identity, and sexuality. Much of Rudder’s curatorial work is a critical examination of the historical misapplication of scientific theories and technologies that result in harmful effects on vulnerable segments of society.