About the Artist

Jill PowersJill Powers creates environmental art and mixed media sculpture and installation fiber art with unusual natural materials. Her primary material is Kozo, a tough inner bark, sustainably grown, which she laboriously cooks, opens, casts, pigments, and stitches into abstract sculptures or installation pieces.

Jill currently lectures and teaches widely about unusual natural materials and creative practices, including in her own studio workshops, and at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

She is a member of the Women's Environmental Artist Directory, and is interested in environmental issues and community based art. 

Jill has shown her work internationally, and her work is in private, corporate, and museum collections. Her work won Best of Show in the Millennium Show at the American Museum of Papermaking in Atlanta. Jill has been interviewed about her passion for the natural world and her environmental art. 

Read an interview with Jill and writer Annie Waterman from HandEye Magazine.  Read the article about Jill's recent work in Fiber Art Now

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"As a child I was drawn to to the wildness in the natural world, and became a rapt observer. Approaching the art world through this window led me to experiences with elemental materials and processes, direct from their sources in the earth. The unique qualities, and  deep presence of the material infuses my art and the questions I ask of it."

"As a teacher, I seek to inspire an experimental and investigative journey, learning from the materials and our deep human experiences to honor insights and discoveries that reach to the core of what matters. Somatic contemplative practices help to access our body’s aesthetic intelligence, and build the capacity to sustain genuine artistic engagement."

 

EDUCATION         

M.ED Tyler School of Art -Fibers, Philadelphia, PA 1986

Studies at the following institutions:

Pyramid Atlantic, Prints and Paperworks, Silver Spring, MD 1981-89

Carriage House Paper, New York NY

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Penland School, NC 

Basketry Focus, British Columbia 

Study with the following artists:

Dorothy Gill Barnes

Pat Hickman

Lillian Elliott

Helen Frederick

Lynn Forgash

Elaine Koretsky

 

TEACHING
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1986
Foundation Grad/undergraduate course in art education
Penn State University, State College, PA 2000
Zen Mind/Zen Art: Papermaking and Bookbinding
Pendle Hill,  National Quaker Study and Retreat Center , Retreats
Art and Spirituality Series, Wallingford, PA 1995-1999
Naropa University, Extended Studies - Retreats and workshops  Boulder, CO 2000- 2005
Brushes with the Spirit, Ancient Origins- Elemental Painting, Art of the Earth, Creating Books: Containers for the Sacred, Our Wild Nature- Art and Creation
Naropa University - Visual Arts Faculty    2007 to the present
3D Design w/Ephemeral Media, Eco- Art, Book Arts, Mixed Media, Eco Art 
Numerous workshops and retreats in settings local and national

TEACHING, LECTURES 

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1986

Penn State University, State College, PA 2000

Pendle Hill,  National Quaker Study and Retreat Center , Retreats Wallingford, PA 1995-1999

Naropa University, Extended Studies - Retreats and workshops  Boulder, CO 2000- 2005

Naropa University - Visual Arts Faculty    2007 to the present

Eco Art, 3D Design w/Ephemeral Media, Book Arts, Mixed Media

Numerous workshops, lectures, and retreats in local and national settings

 

PUBLICATIONS, BOOKS, AWARDS

500 Paper Objects, 2013, Lark Books

500 Baskets, 2006 Lark Books

Fiber Art Now magazine, feature article, 2012

Hand Eye Magazine, feature on-line article, 2012 

Fiberarts Magazine, Article on Silkworm Chambers, Spring 2011    

Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic,  by Catherine Nash, published May 2013, selected work included 

International Fiber Biennial, Invitational, Snyderman Gallery, 2012, 2010

American Style magazine, Feature, Winter 2010

The Crafts Report, Insight Feature Artist, Feb 2003

Fiberarts Design Book VII, 2004

Best in Show,  Fiber Celebrated, 2005

Best of Show, Paper in the Millennium, 2000 American Museum of Papermaking, Atlanta, GA

NY Times, Sunday July 15, 1990 Review by Betty Freudenheim of work in Fiber As Art, juried by Lewis Knauss

 

COLLECTIONS

American Museum of Papermaking, Atlanta GA

Sara and David Lieberman Contemporary Craft Collection

Kamm Collection- Contemporary Non ceramic Teapots

Stratus Consulting, Boulder Colorado

 

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Dairy Center for the Arts, Reflections on the Flood, Boulder, CO 2014

Revive and Renew: Contemporary Art and Eastern Papers, The Morgan Conservatory 2014

Contemporary Fiber Art, Helikon Contemporary Gallery, Denver 2014

The Power of Water, Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO 2014

Faculty Exhibition, Naropa University Nalanda Gallery, Boulder, CO 2014

Naropa University, Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, Boulder, CO 2013

Anything But Trivial: Political Paper, Washington Univ, St Louis MO  2013

Natural History Museum, Trees and Insects in a Time of Change CU Boulder, 2013

Washi and Other Ephemera, Durango Art Center, Durango, CO  August 2013

Colorado Fiber Art, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO  June 2013

Terraphilia Artist Residency, Salida, Colorado 2013

The Art and Soul of Paper, Norwich, Kew Gardens, UK 2013

Plants and Insects in a Time of Change, Firehouse Art Center, Longmont CO 2013

Fiber Art Now magazine, feature article, 2012

THe Morgan Conservatory IAPMA Conference, Watermarks Exhibition, Cleveland, OH 2012

Fiber Biennial, Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia 2012 

Hand Eye Magazine, feature on-line article, 2012

FiberArts Magazine- Feature Article: Chambers of Silk, Spring 2011

Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM  2011 

Lincoln Gallery, Naropa University, CO 2011

Fiber Biennial, Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia 2010 

The Paper Runway

     The Robert C Williams American Museum of Papermaking 2010

    Houston Center for Contemporary Craft 2010

    Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago Chile 2010

SOFA Chicago- Sculptural Objects and Functional Art, 2009

      Snyderman Gallery 

Nalanda Gallery, Naropa University, CO 2009

Material Differences, Arkansas Valley Arts, Buena Vista, CO 2009

Contemporary Baskets Exhibition, Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2008

Off the Wall, Translation Gallery, Denver 2007

The Teapot Redefined, Mobelia Gallery, Cambridge MA 2007

Mystery Contained: Contemporary Sculptural Basketry, Craft Alliance Gallery St. Louis, MO 2007

     Curator: Kate Anderson

Beyond the Basket: Contemporary Work in Fiber, Metal & Wood, del Mano Gallery

    Los Angeles, CA 2007

SOFA Chicago, Del Mano Gallery, Mobelia Gallery, 2006

National Paper Juried Exhibition, Canal Warehouse, Chillicothe, Ohio 2006

Basketry International, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, 2006

    Nat'l Basketry Org, Jurors: Jerry Bleem, JoAnn Kelly Catso

Colorado's Small Stitches - Beads and Thread, Tointon Gallery, Greeley, CO 2007

Selected Works, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles,CA 2007

Contemporary Baskets 2006, Del Mano Gallery, June 2006

Plane and Form, Contemporary Handmade Paper, Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, 2006

SOFA Chicago, Del Mano Gallery-Los Angeles, CA October, 2005

All Things Considered III, Biennial, National Basketry Organization

    North Tahoe Arts Gallery, Lake Tahoe, CA 2005

Fiber Directions 2005, Juror: Jason Pollen, Kansas City Art Institute

    Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas 2005

Crafts National 39, Juror: Jean McLaughlin, Penland School of Crafts

    Zoller Gallery, State College, PA 2005

Fiber Celebrated 2005, Juror: Linda Ligon, Interweave Press

    Intermountain Weavers, Durango, CO 2005

The Southwest School of Art and Craft, National Paper Exhibition,

    San Antonio Central Library, San Antonio, TX 2004

Explore Paper, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver CO 2004

Landmarks,The Landmark Center, Minneapolis, MN 2003

Sensory Experiments, Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO 2003

Paper as Art, Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, Denver, CO 2003

Art on and of Handmade Paper, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR 2002

Paper in the Millennium, Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking, Atlanta GA, 2000

LINKS

Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Narional Papermakers Organization- The Friends of Dard Hunter

Naropa University, School of the Arts

Fiber Art Now Magazine