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Jillian Blackwell was born in Texas, and her life and artistic career have taken her to many places across the country from San Francisco to Denver to Detroit, where she currently resides. In 2012, Blackwell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, earning a BA in Fine Arts with a Concentration in Ceramics. She practiced as a potter for many years. She was a Work Exchange Participant at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and an Artist-in-Residence at Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology Project. She worked as the Head Ceramics Technician and Facilities Manager at the Art Academy University in San Francisco.
Her practice has transitioned from ceramics to painting in the last few years, as she explores ideas of ephemera and memory, how art reifies life. Though shed of function, her making is still informed by attention to material. With the eye of a potter, she crafts her paintings as objects not portals. Blackwell has also worked in art education, as an art teacher at Montessori Academy of Colorado in Denver, and as an instructor at the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth, WA. She writes and works as an Editorial Coordinator for DARIA (Denver Art Review Inquiry & Analysis) Magazine. Currently, she is an MFA student in Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art.