Jan Myers BIO

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1 ABOUT THE ARTIST Newbury was born Janice Louise Myers in 1950, in Jan Myers - The fact that she has been living in western Greenville, Pennsylvania. nnsylvania for the last 30 years, though, is accounted for by coincidence, Pe love and marriage. Jan graduated from high school in West Des Moines, Iowa, and earned a BA in Religion and Asian Studies from St. Olaf College in 1972. After graduation she moved to Minneapolis and used her expensive degree to jumpstart a career in waitressing, taking classes toward a BFA in prin tmaking In 1976 she from the University of Minnesota Studio Arts Department. entered a graduate program in the U of M Design Department, and received her MA degree in 1979. It was while pursuing this degree that she w as introduced to Josef Albers’ t h eori es on c olor, and subsequently made the first body of pieced quilts from fabrics hand dyed in grad color and value ed s sequence . Jan is known for her lyrical geometric pieced quilts using shibori fabrics of her creation. All of the dyeing techniques that s he employs in her work are self - taugh t and the result of experimenta tion. She has exhibited and taught nationally and internationally for 35 years, been included in fifteen QUILT Her work is , and in 1993 won QN's NATIONAL exhibits Award . Best of Show Museum & Quilt Study Center International the permanent collections of the in in NYC , the and Design s , the Museum of Art (IQSCM) here at UNL Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY , and the Minnesota Historical Society. Over 300 of Jan’s quilts are included in corporate and private collections throughout the United States. In 1999, her quil t Depth of Field III : A Plane View was selected as one of the 20th n. Century’s 100 Best Quilts. It is now part of the IQSCM collectio Jan is a member of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, sponsoring Fiberart International organization of the exhibition and she served as board , in 1997. member, president, and chair of Fiberart International She served on Surface Design Association from 1999 through the board of directors of the 2005. In 1999 Jan was an artist presenter at the Third International Shibori Symposium in Santiago, Chile. She has spent 30+ years teaching itinerantly, l of Crafts in 1986 that and it was while teaching at Haystack Mountain Schoo she met her future husband, Sam Newbury. her teaching is Currently workshops in places both familiar and sublime. confined to Her occasional studio is in her home: dyeing in the basement and designing and sewing in aerie. her third floo up - walk r QUILTS, COLOR, PATTERN, CHANCE JAN MYERS - NEWBURY: A TOUCH OF KISMET –

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