Interdisciplinary artist Jan Gilbert mines memory, loss and transition, pushing boundaries of all sorts by forging objects, installations, rituals and networks.
Jan Gilbert is a native New Orleanian, an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator. Her works mine memory, loss and transition and have been shown widely in galleries, museums, cultural centers and often as public art on city streets across the United States and abroad. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts, Louisiana Division of the Arts, and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, have awarded her individual artist's fellowships. Her projects have received support from the NEA/Rockefeller Initiative for Interdisciplinary Artists; Art Matters, Inc.; The Warhol and Ford Foundations; the Trust for Mutual Understanding; and the National Association of Artist's Organizations. Gilbert is a cofounder of the artist/writer collaborative The VESTIGES Project. Beginning in 2006, the collective spent three years working under the auspices of a roving residency with New Orleans' Contemporary Arts Center, where she more recently served as Interim Visual Arts Director. Throughout her tenure with VESTIGES, she has directed, produced, and participated as a core artist in a wide variety of collaborative public art projects that include video, performance and site interactions. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans (1980) and her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Tulane University (1982). The Arts Council of New Orleans honored her with a Community Arts Award in 2013. She recently guest curated a New Orleans tricentennial exhibition in collaboration with The Historic New Orleans Collection Art of the City: Post Modern to Post Katrina.