Jennie Lea Knight was born in Washington, D.C., where she received her art training. She began her studies in design and music at the King-Smith School of Creative Arts and in 1951 graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Arts, where she studied painting with Ken Noland. Four years at American University followed, studying with Robert Gates and William Calfee.
During the early 1950s Knight became increasingly interested in three-dimensional media, and by 1964 was concentrating entirely on sculpture. During the summers of 1964 and 1965 Knight worked in the bronze foundry of the Penland School, where she cast and finished her own pieces using the lost-wax method. The following year she worked in the Fonderia Battaglia in Milan, devoting further study to casting techniques. Her work has been acquired by the Phillips Collection, the National Institute of Economic Research, as well as numerous private collectors.
National Museum of American Art (CD-ROM) (New York and Washington D.C.: MacMillan Digital in cooperation with the National Museum of American Art, 1996)