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Jil Evans is a painter and printmaker who lives in Minneapolis. Her artwork is informed by a diverse range of interests and experiences, ranging from an on-going study of Italian and Dutch Baroque painting, to a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands to investigate the vegetation and the geological forms of volcanic activity.
“I am interested in what is called the “emergence” of aesthetic experience and creativity. There is a lot of work being done right now by philosophers and evolutionary biologists in the attempt to account for our experience of beauty and ugliness, values, ethics, and even consciousness itself. (As seen in the popular publications by Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins, and a very different view in the philosophical work of Douglas Hedley in “Living Forms of the Imagination”.) As a visual artist who has long been interested in how meaning is made and derived from the process of visual abstraction, I am very excited about the possibility for artists to contribute substantially to this on-going debate.”
Evans has shown nationally and internationally, and has work in several museum and corporate collections. She has received the Jerome Foundation Grant, Arts Midwest/ National Endowment for the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board grants, the Pew Grant to study and paint in Italy, and residencies at the American Academy in Rome and Atlantic Center for the Arts. Evans has a BFA from Calvin College, and received her MA in painting at the University of Iowa, and MFA in painting from Stanford University.
Evans is a founding member of Form+Content Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.