Mount Mercy professor of art to showcase exhibit in New York

Mount Mercy Professor of Art Jane Gilmor will showcase her newest art exhibit, “The Architecture of Migration: I’ll be Back for the Cat,” at Humanities Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. The exhibit will run November 12 through December 18, 2009. 

Gilmor is a former Fulbright Scholar and National Endowment of the Arts recognized artist whose creative work has been featured across the globe. Her current exhibit explores the questions, “Where are you from? Where have you been? What came with you? What was left behind?” The exhibition of wearable, readable, touchable containers for the self invites members the Mount Mercy and Long Island University communities to participate by describing a remembered place. Early contributions from the websitewww.backforthecat.com, will be part of the exhibition in the form of small metal books of transcribed written or drawn descriptions. Visitors to the gallery may also make contributions there for the length of the exhibition.

Gilmor has been highly involved in her field, exhibiting her art in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Lisbon, Portugal, London, and England. In addition, Gilmor curates exhibitions and writes catalogue essays. In 2008 she co-curated three exhibitions of work by 21 Portuguese artists alongside Dr. Lesley Wright, the director of Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery. She was also curator of the retrospective “Priscilla Sage: Fifty Years as a Sculptor,” which opened Fall 2008 at the Brunnier Museum at Iowa State University in Ames.

Gilmor has received two National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist’s Fellowships, as well as a McKnight Fellowship and an Art’s Midwest Fellowship. She has been awarded residency fellowships in Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. Two films have been made regarding her work, one by Iowa Public Television in 2007, the other by the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis in 1996. 

She holds a M.A.T., M.A., and M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Science degree in textile design from Iowa State University. She has also done graduate study in fine arts at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught at the University of Iowa, as well as Evora University in Portugal, where she was a Fulbright Scholar in 2003.

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