Gilmor became professor of art at Mount Mercy in 1974 and received the prestigious professor emeritus title upon her retirement in May 2012. She holds her B.S. from Iowa State University, an M.A. and M.F.A. from The University Iowa, and has done graduate work at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Highly involved in her field, Gilmor has exhibited nationally and internationally for the past 40 years. She has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Individual Artist's Fellowships, a McKnight Fellowship, an Arts Midwest Fellowship, and residency fellowships in Ireland, Italy, London and The MacDowell Colony. In 2003 she served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Evora, Portugal. In 2010 she completed a yearlong community-based project and major installation, Un(Seen) Work, funded by a national Endowment for the Arts grant to Grinnell College for the exhibition Culturing Community.
Gilmor's work has appeared in several publications across the country. Films about Gilmor's work were produced by Iowa Public Television in 2007 and the McKnight Foundation in 1996. In addition to exhibiting her own artwork, Gilmor has served as curator of exhibits, including the retrospective Priscilla Sage: Fifty Years as a Sculptor at the Brunnier Museum at Iowa State University. She also maintains affiliations with A.I.R. Gallery in New York and Olson Larsen Galleries in Des Moines.
For more information on Gilmor's work, visit www.janegilmor.com.