Jane Ingram Allen is an American sculptor/installation artist and hand papermaker now living in Santa Rosa, CA. She is originally from Alabama and lived in New York State from 1988-2004. In 2004 she received a Fulbright Scholar Award for a six-month research project on hand papermaking in Taiwan. Her Fulbright grant was extended through July 2005 with sponsorship by the Taiwan Council for Cultural Affairs/National Endowment for Culture and Art.
Jane has been an art teacher and professor of art for many years. She was the art instructor at the State University of New York in Morrisville, NY, from 1988 – 2001 and an adjunct art professor at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, 2001-04. Jane is also an art critic and writer for SCULPTURE magazine and other art magazines as well as an independent curator. She has taught art classes and papermaking workshops at many universities, colleges, public schools, museums and art centers. Jane has had solo exhibitions of her paper artworks at galleries and museums in New York and throughout the USA as well as internationally. She has done outdoor environmental installations using handmade paper at many public parks, sculpture gardens and in public buildings, plazas and other public spaces.
She has been an artist-in-residence at several organizations in the US as well as in the Philippines, Japan, Nepal, Brazil, China, Tanzania, Indonesia, Thailand and Turkey. She has spent longer in Taiwan than any other place and is continuing her work with the many papermaking plants of Taiwan. Her work in Taiwan has resulted in the publication of a book titled “Made in Taiwan – an American Papermaking Artist’s Journey Around Taiwan” that contains documentation of her artwork and residencies in 14 different communities making handmade paper art from 135 different plants of Taiwan. She has also completed residency projects in the USA with many organizations including the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia, PA, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, DE, Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, Oregon and Newnan Art Rez, Newnan, GA.
Jane’s artworks are site-specific installations that are inspired by nature and created from materials collected in a particular place and time. Many of her works change over time and are focused on environmental issues. She makes collaborative works and community art projects that involve viewer participation and integrate the process with nature as a partner. For more information, visit her website at www.janeingramallen.com and her Blog at http://janeingramallen.wordpress.com