Artist Statement

Inspired by the rich history of quilt-making and fiber art, Jan Brandt hand-stitches disparate textiles such as donated clothing, pompoms, and muslin into three dimensional hybrid assemblages. An organic process drives this intricate work evoking growth and accumulation. The assemblages may read as biological experiments growing in petri dishes, specimens under glass, or fantastical landscapes of overgrown organisms while referencing feminine artistic techniques and traditions. 

 

Jan Brandt Gallery

Jan Brandt is the artist/owner of Jan Brandt Gallery in Bloomington, IL. Brandt curates rotating artist exhibits in an historic former Coca-Cola Bottling Plant.

Ms. Brandt has exhibited nationally, including shows in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Indianapolis, Oberlin, Ohio and locally in the Bloomington Normal area.  Ms Brandt holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, both from Illinois State University in Normal, IL. She was awarded High Merit in Field of Study by the Fine Arts faculty. Brandt's work has been included in multiple print and on-line publications, including Studio Visit Magazine, ArtSlant, Poets and Artists, Creative Quarterly, IArtistas, StudioSpoken, The Dialogist, and The Buzz. She is the author of Jan Brandt Gallery 2012-2015. Brandt has been interviewed for the podcast StudioBreak, and the NPR affiliate station WGLT for Sound Ideas. Selected awards include: Four time ARTSLANT Showcase Winner, Director's Choice at the Viridian Artists 26th International Juried Exhibition, and Artist of the Month, groundarts.org.

EDUCATION

2011 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Distinction of High Merit in Field of Study awarded by ISU Art Faculty

1985 Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Design, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 

EXHIBITIONS

2017

Lockport, IL, The Illinois State Museum, Toy Box, Interpretation Through Play, Curator: John Lustig. 

(Exhibition will travel to The Illinois State Museum in Springfield, IL in November 2017.)

Venice, Italy, ARTIsms Gallery, Venice Bienalle Project IV, juried, through The Biennial Project,Boston,MA

Chicago, IL, Woman Made Gallery, GrassRoots, Jurors: Deb Flagel and Pamela Callahan

Normal, IL, Joe McCauley Gallery, Heartland Community College, Bio-Lab  Solo Show.   

Bloomington, IL, Ramp-Arts, infinity, Invitational Group Show

Peoria, IL, Dog & Pony, Featured Artist, Grand Opening

2016

Evansville, IN, Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science, 58th Mid-States Art Exhibition, Juror: Irina Toshkova

NY, NY, Viridian Artists, Director’s Choice, Curator: Vernita Nemec

Normal, iL, Transpace Gallery Illinois State University, Art for Change, curators Jason Judd and Sam Comerford

Bloomington, IL, Malkovich Gallery, Malkovich Gallery Grand Revealing Featuring Artists of Inspiration, Curator: Lisa Lofgren

Bloomington, IL, Jan Brandt Gallery, Kindred, Curator Sarah Smelser

West Dundee, IL, swell gallery, Hybridity, New Assemblages by Jan Brandt, Solo Show

Bloomington, IL, McLean County Arts Center, micro<MACRO,Invitational Group Show

Oakbrook, IL, Mayslake Peabody Mansion, Connections, Curated by Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art

Oberlin, Ohio, The Firelands Association for Visual Art, Artist as Quiltmaker XVII, Juried Group Show,

Juror: Mark Newport, Artist in Residence and Chair of Fibers      Department, Cranbrook Academy of Art

Boston, MA, Atlantic Works Gallery, Boston Biennial Project 4, Finalist, Digital and On-line Exhibition

Indianapolis, IN, Meridian Street Gallery, Spring Fever, Featured Artist

Chicago, IL, Zhou B Art Center, FREAK OUT, Group Show Curated by Sergio Gomez and Didi Menendez

Davis, CA, The Pence Gallery,The Consilience of Art and Science  Juried Group Show. Jurors: Shih-Wen Young and Sharon Bladholm

Peoria, IL, The Sheared Edge, Foray, Visiting Artist Solo Show

2015

Bloomington, IL, Jan Brandt Gallery, Trippin’, collaborative project with Jan Brandt, Marlis Duglow Burk, Melanie Scott-Dockery, and Natalie Goken Wetzel

Batavia, IL Water Street Studios Kane County Chronicle Gallery, Hybridity, New Assemblages by Jan Brandt, Solo Show

Bloomington, IL, Jan Brandt Gallery, Spookeh III, Invitational Group Show

Normal,IL University Galleries, Alumni Spectacular, Group Show

San Francisco, CA, Arc Gallery, SEXISM: A TOUCHY SUBJECT, Silicon Valley Women’s Caucus for Art Members 26th Annual Juried Exhibition,

Juror: Catharine Clark

New York, NY, Viridian Artists, Viridian Artists 26th International Juried Exhibition Digital Exhibition

Juror: Lauren Hinkson, Associate Curator, Guggenheim Museum, NY, NY

Chicago, IL ARC GALLERY, You Lookin’ at Me? Group Show.

2014  

Chicago, IL, ARC GALLERY, The “F” Word- Feminism Now, Juried Group Show, Juror: Jeanne Dunning

Bloomington, IL, Jan Brandt Gallery, Spookeh 2, Invitational Group Show

Bloomington, IL, Jan Brandt Gallery, Five Acres, Solo Exhibition

Bloomington, IL,Jan Brandt Gallery, Cats and Dogs, Group Show.

2013

Chicago, IL, The State Street Gallery, Robert Morris University, Palimpsest, Solo Show

Evanston, IL, The Pig and Weasel, Mending, Group Show, Curator:  Diana Gabriel

Bloomington,IL Jan Brandt Gallery, Warp and Weft, Group Invitational Show

Cicero, IL, Morton College, Lost and Found, Traveling Print Exchange Exhibit

Anchorage, AK, 17th Street Gallery, A Funky Space RE-incarnation, Traveling Print Exchange Exhibit

West Burlington, IA, Southeastern Community College Art Gallery, A Funky Space RE-incarnation, Traveling Print Exchange Exhibit

2012

Bloomington, IL, Jan Brandt Gallery, Spookeh, Group Show, Guest Curator: Danielle St. Hilaire.

Bloomington, IL, Monroe Center, Area Artist’s Showcase, Invitational Exhibit.

Dayton, OH, Ohio Gold Gallery, International Print Show Curator: Nick Satinover.

Bloomington, IL, Jan Brandt Gallery, Lost and Found, Traveling Print Exchange Exhibit.

Chicago, IL, Mixed Co., Recent Work by Jan Brandt, Solo Show.

Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Art Library, Sketchbook Project 2012 LE, Group exhibition.

Brooklyn,NY Brooklyn Art Library, Self 4” x 4”, Group Show.

Bloomington, IL, McLean County Arts Center, In Your Neighborhood, Invitational Exhibit. 

Bloomington, IL, Jan Brandt Gallery, A Funky Space Re-incarnation, Traveling Print Exchange Exhibit.

Chicago, IL, ARC Gallery, Re-Invention, Group show. 

 

Sketchbook Project 2012, Traveling exhibit:

Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Art Library

Chicago, IL, Hyde Park Art Center

Portland, OR, The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel

Vancouver, BC, W2 Media Café

Los Angeles, CA, Iam8bit

Oakland, CA, Pop-up Library

Lynn, MA, LynnArts

Portland, ME, SPACE Gallery

Toronto, ON, The Gladstone Hotel

Philadelphia, PA, The Painted Bride

Atlanta, GA, MASS Collective

Winter Park, FL, Full Sail University

Bloomington, IL Jan Brandt Gallery, Simultaneous Contrast, Janett Pulido and Jan Brandt, Two-Person Show

Chicago, IL, Pilsen Vintage, Natural Abstraction, Solo Show

Chicago, IL, REX, Salvage, Solo Show

 

2011

Normal, IL, University Gallery 2, Nesting Instinct, Solo Show

Bloomington, IL, West Locust Alternative Space, Incestuwow, Group Show

Normal, IL, Transpace, Plastastic, Group Show

Normal, IL, University Gallery 1, Illinois State University Student Annual, Juried by Tumelo Mosaka

 

2010  

New York, NY, Ward-Nasse Gallery, November Show, Group exhibit

Bloomington, IL, McLean County Arts Center, All New and Exciting, Invitational Group Show

Normal IL, University Gallery 1, Illinois State University Student Annual, Juried by Jason Lazarus

 

2009  

Normal, IL, Transpace Gallery, BFA Annual

Chicago, IL, Chicago Hilton Hotel, Mind The Gap, Southern Graphics Print   Exchange and Exhibit

Bloomington, IL, McLean County Arts Center, Illinois, Invitational Exhibit.

Normal, IL, Rachel Cooper Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, …Pretty is… Devin Prendergast and Jan Brandt,Two -person Show

Bloomington, IL, McLean County Arts Center, MCAC Annual (Juried University Student Competition)

 

2008  

Normal, IL, Transpace Gallery, BFA Annual

Normal, IL, Illinois State University Gallery 2, The Drawing Show, Curated by Todd Reed

Normal, IL, Illinois State University Gallery 1, Illinois State University Student Annual, Juried by Jeanne Dunning

Normal, IL Illinois State University Gallery 2, The Election Show, Group Show

Bloomington, IL, McLean County Arts Center, MCAC Annual, Juried University Student Competition

Bloomington, IL, McLean County Arts Center….and I am blue, Invitational Exhibit

 

2007

Bloomington, IL, McLean County Arts Center, MCAC Annual, Juried University Student Competition

Bloomington,IL, Graduate House Gallery, Timeline, Group exhibit

Normal, IL, Transpace Gallery, The Collage Show, Group Show

Normal, IL, Illinois State University Galleries, Illinois State University Student Exhibition Juried by Paul Ha   

 

2006  

Normal, IL, Illinois State University Galleries, Illinois State University Student Competition Juried by Judy Ledgerwood

Bloomington, IL, McLean County Arts Center, MCAC Annual, Juried University Student Competition

 

COLLECTIONS

Ford County Courthouse, Paxton, IL

The Alex Calvert Collection, Heyworth, IL

Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY

Southern Graphics Council Archive, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

Anchor Graphics, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Normal Editions Workshop Archives, Normal, IL

AWARDS

2016    

Fine Art Professional Winner, Creative Quarterly Issue 46

2015    

Sixth Round Showcase Winner in Sculpture Category, Art Slant

Director’s Choice,Viridian Artists Group, New York, NY Viridian Artists 26th International Juried Exhibition.  Director: Vernita Nemec Juried by Lauren Hinkson, Assistant Curator, Guggenheim Museum, NY, NY

2013

Eighth Round Showcase Winner in Abstract Category Art Slant 

Sixth Round Showcase Winner in Mixed Media Art Slant

2012  

Artist of the Month, Groundarts.org. Judge: Margaret Coleman

2009

First Place in Painting, Annual MCAC Juried (University Student Division) Show, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL

2008

Second Place in Skilled Crafts, Annual MCAC Juried (University Student Division) Show, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL

2003

Second Place in Skilled Crafts, Annual MCAC Juried (Adult Division) Show, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL

PUBLICATIONS, ON-LINE EXHIBITIONS, INTERVIEWS

2017     

Create! Magazine, Issus V, Print and On-line Issue, July 2017.

Creative Quarterly, The Journal of Art and Design, Issue 46, Fine Art Professional Category, Print Issue, Summer 2017.

National Women’s Caucus for Art website, newsletter, and Facebook page, featured artist, June 2017.

Poets & Artists, The New Feminists, Issue #84,May 2017, Published by Didi Menendez.

Im_printed, Featured Artist,  “Crossfire” February 2017.

Im_printed,  Featured Artist, “Fresh Start Again”, January 2017.

Peripheral Vision Arts, Featured Artist, “Bio-Lab Petri 5”, January 2017.

2016

American Art Collector, Juried Competition of New Work, Alcove Media, Berkeley, CA Jurors: Jan Christensen and Howard Eige

Artgrrrl Interview,Art Blog,  Kelly Velasco, June 2016

 Poets and Artists Issue 73, Freak Out Collectors Edition, magcloud, edited by Didi Menendez

Creative Quarterly, The Journal of Art and Design, No. 42, Spring 2016 Online Edition 

 2015

Dialogist, Quarterly Poetry & Art, Volume III, Issue I

Creative Quarterly, The Journal of Art and Design, No. 41 Winter 2015 Online Edition

Studio Visit Magazine, A Juried Selection of International Visual Artists, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA Winter 2015 Edition, juror: Mary M. Tinti

Jan Brandt Gallery, 2012-2015, Jan Brandt, edited by Reid Sancken, foreword by Kendra Paitz, Photos by Ken Chiu

IARTISTA#18, Interview with Jan Brandt, Didi Menendez, photos by Reid Sancken and Britten Traughber

Creative Quarterly, The Journal of Art and Design, Issue 38

2013

Art Takes Miami, Spring 2013 edition

Studio Visit Magazine, A Juried Selection of International Visual Artists, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA, Spring 2013 edition

2012  

Studio Magazine, August 2012, interview by Amreen Khan

StudioSpoken, artist interview with curator Kelly Worman of groundarts.org

The Buzz, groundarts.org on-line newsletter June 2012

2009  

Studio Visit Magazine A Juried Selection of International Visual Artists, Volume Seven

Women’s and Gender Studies,” Pretty Is….”Illinois State University, Normal, IL

 

PODCASTS AND RADIO INTERVIEWS

2013

WGLT Radio, Host Laura Kennedy, “Auspice” exhibit interview

2012

STUDIOBREAK podcast, Host David Linneweh

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017Juror, Heartland College Student Annual

2016-presentJan Brandt Gallery Clothing, Accessories, and Shoe Designs

2011-present   Owner of Jan Brandt Studio and Gallery  

1979-2004 COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGNER: 

VISITING ARTISTS THROUGH “THE GUEST ROOM” AT JAN BRANDT GALLERY

2017

Whitney Johnson

Cathie Crawford

Justine Kaszynski

EXHIBITS AT JAN BRANDT GALLERY Hosted and Curated (unless otherwise noted) by Jan Brandt

2016

Pop Lore, Andrew LeMay Cox

Cautious Exuberance, Erin Elizabeth and Harry Sidebotham

Flowers, for you, Danny Epstein

Americana; Simulations of the American Flag, Ted Diamond

American Evolution, Ivonne Bess

The Homely Creek, Ann E. Coulter

Formation and Protrusion, Anna Calvert

Kindred, Guest Curator Sarah Smelser

When you Plant Mint, Guest Curator Micah Zavacky

Dependent Variables, Randy Reid

 Solid, Megan Kathol Bersett

 Flat/Not Flat, Daniel Mrva

 New Beauty, Britten Traughber

 Nature, Concrete and Abstract, Phil Smith

SEEN/UNSEEN, Lyle Salmi

Daughters of Onionland, guest curated by Jamie Leigh Pitts

Son of Cheechoo, Reid Sancken

lesser quale, Brandon Siscoe

New Work, Dylan Yvonne Welch

Dirt Magick, Michael Stephen

2015

belonging, M. Ben Cohan

F L O A T, Jeffrey Bess

Trippin’, Jan Brandt, Marlis Duglow Burk, Melanie Scott-Dockery, and Natalie Goken Wetzel

(Re)Vision What is Post Black? Guest Curator Venise Keys

SPOOKEH 3, Group Invitational

#YaMeCanse, Janett Pulido

At My Father’s Knee, Mario Contreras

Dancing With Poison, Erin Hayden

Things Will Be Fine. Melissa Cook

Print Collaboration, Lisa Lofgren and Melanie Scott-Dockery

Sharpen Both Ends, Kris Holmgren

Shiftless Diction, Nicholas Satinover

The Crust Lies Over the Mantle, Claire Hedden and Melissa Oresky

QVC, Reid Sancken and Michael Goldberger

Idiot Tower, Brian Selke, Casey Van Hecke, Neal Vandenbergh

Sense of Place, exhibition juried by Bill Conger, asst. Curator: Reid Sancken

Ken Chiu at Jan Brandt Gallery, Ken Chiu

2014

Roadside Vistas, Lisa Kesler

Five Acres, Jan Brandt

Of Milk and Honey, Lauren Turk

Propagation, Marilee Salvator

The Nature of Things, Doug Johnson, Doug DeWitt, Dan Addington, Danell Dvorak, David Stratton

Atlas, a Print Exchange, Nick Flatley, Mario Contreras, Diana Gabriel, Adam Farcus

be.leave, Nick Africano

Solar Bodies, Dustin Springer

OLIO, Mary Laube

Social Niceties, Megan Stroech

Leaf Forms, Steve Adair

Frontiers, Melissa Wilkinson

Next Stop, New Works on Paper, Stephanie Lebak Adomaitis

Cats and Dogs, Group show

2013

Emerge, David Linneweh

 Malama Pono, Britten Traughber

This Isn’t Meant to Last, Melissa Wagner Lawler

Recent Work by Brittney Hudgens and Alex Carlson

Configuration, LJ Douglas, Erin Furimsky, Grace Sheese, and Sarah Smelser

Auspice, Michael Wille and Benjamin Gardner

Monkey Business, Morgan O. Price

Fat Caps and Sharp Ends, Nicholas Flatley and Stephanie Lebak Adomatis

Warp and Weft, Diana Gabriel, Lauren Turk, Susan Emmerson, Devin Prendergast, Connie Richards-Aigner, Melanie Scott-Dockery, Jared Wittenmyer,

Kim Ewald Alcorn, and Jan Brandt

Orchestrating (excerpts from) the Whole Shebang, Andrew and Patrick Nordyke

2012

The Shooting Gallery, Tim Kowalzcyk

Photography by Daniel Marley, Dan Marley

Odd Man Out, Todd Reed, Rob Fifield, Paul Trapp, and Jeff Robinson

Lost and Found, traveling print exchange, Mary Laube, Diana Gabriel, Devin Prendergast, Mariana Malanconi, Kelly Carter-Allen, Jan Brandt, Lori McAuliffe-Niemtschk, Brenda Rivera, and Brittney Hudgins

A Funky Space RE-incarnation, traveling print exchange, Benjamin Gardner, Mitch Mitchell, Nick Satinover, Julia Goos Pence, Lea Friesen, Eleanor Jensen,

Alyssa Tauber, Mariana Malanconi, Lori McAuliffe-Niemtschk, Jared Wittenmyer, Megan Stroech, Lisa Lofgren, Jason Judd, and Jan Brandt

Simultaneous Contrast, Janett Pulido and Jan Brandt