Professor Emerita

BS  Iowa State University
MAT  University of Iowa
MA  University of Iowa
MFA  University of Iowa

Professor of Art Jane Gilmor has been with Mount Mercy since 1974. She holds her Bachelor's degree in textile design and has 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.

Gilmor has been highly involved in her field, exhibiting her art in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Lisbon, Portugal, London, and England. She has also been included in several books, such as The Power of Feminist Art: The Women's Art Movement of the 1970's, as well as Pioneer Feminists by Barbara Love, and Lucy Lippard's OVERLAY. In addition, Gilmor curates exhibitions and writes catalogue essays. In 2008 she co-curated three exhibitions of work by 15 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 at the Brunnier Museum at Iowa State University in Ames. In 2009 she had a solo exhibit at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York.

Gilmor has received two National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist's Fellowships, as well as a McKnight Fellowship and an Arts 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.

Gilmor's unique course "New Genres" is active in creating artworks in abandoned Cedar Rapid's buildings that mirror the history of manufacturing in the Czech Village prior to the Flood of 2008. Gilmor is also involved in the annual Winter Term travel course to Oaxaca, Mexico, where students work on service projects for the local community in addition to studying Mexican art history and culture.