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Jean Apgar

Creating my art in the various media I use is as much a part of me as breathing. My inspiration comes from the ordinary, even insignificant, things that surround us in everyday life.  I earned my B.F.A. and M.A. degrees in painting from Northern Illinois University.  My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in private and corporate collections in the United States, Sweden, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Australia and Great Britain.  My paintings were selected for the American Embassy Residences in Rangoon, Burma and Niger, Africa, under the Art in Embassies program initiated by President John F. Kennedy.   I am listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in America and co-authored the book, “Now What? This Art Business.”  My work is included in the books, “The Best of Silk Painting,” and “The Fine Art of Painting on Silk.”   I am represented by Abel Contemporary Gallery, Stoughton, WI, JR Finally Art, Rockton, IL, 317 Art Collective, Rockford, IL, and am a member of several artists’ organizations including WAOW, Rockford Art Guild, TWSA, NWS and SPIN.nnARTIST’S STATEMENTnnPigment, paper, fabric, glass – born of earth and crafted by hand and heart into images and objects that share a vision or evoke an emotion or response.  The sharing is the essence of the image or object.  Communication. Nothing less.