Directory profile: Jeannine Kitzhaber
While commuting for my job as an art instructor, I began a visual journal of my travels as a way to make sense of my busy workday and to chronicle the ever-changing landscape. As a result, I began to notice systems and patterns found within landscapes via maps. I am interested in these systems and what they reveal about how we live and connect to land.
My painting and drawing method involves a layering of mixed media processes that are both two and three-dimensional. I am interested in mechanical vs. direct art processes that address the idea of experiencing land through a variety of vantage points such as GPS devices, computer screens, paper maps and car windshields. I consider my mixed media works a visual journal of what I see, think and feel during my travels. I begin all work with a concept and a direction I want to pursue, but rely on instinct to drive the work.
I live in the Twin Cities with my husband and daughter and create art out of studio 370 in the Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis. I earned a BFA in 1995 and an MFA in 2000, both in Painting and Drawing from the University of MN, where I also studied Art History and English. I have attended workshops in silkscreen, lithography, mono-printing and digital drawing. Recently, I completed a three-week residency on Japan culture and aesthetics through the Freeman Foundation in Honolulu, Hawaii. I teach Painting, Design and Senior Exhibition classes for the University of WI-River Falls.
As an artist, I was awarded a 2013-14 fiscal year grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board, to create 12 new works about maps and travel. I have exhibited my work in regional, national and international exhibits and have work in numerous private and public collections.