Jan Marie Sessler has been living and working as an artist in Taos, New Mexico since 1993. She has exhibited widely in the U.S. as well as in Austria, Mexico, Guatemala and most recently Namibia through the Art in Embassies Program. Her work is in permanent collections at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, Taos Historic Museums, the Ross Art Museum / Ohio Wesleyan University and the Dayton Art Institute. In 2008 she was awarded a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York City.
Jan holds a B.A. in International Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and has studied art at the University of New Mexico in Taos, New Mexico, the School of Visual Arts in New York, New York and at l’Institut des Universités américaines in Aix-en-Provence, France.
In 1998 Jan was selected by David Witt, former curator of the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico as part of a group of 14 artists forming “The Next Generation” of Taos artists.
In 2003 Douglas Dreishpoon, Senior Curator of The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, selected her to participate in Contemporary Art / Taos at the Harwood Museum of Art, along with other 16 other artists including Agnes Martin, Ken Price, Larry Bell and Ron Davis. Other exhibitions include Taos Contemporary at the Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2012, New Art / New Mexico at the Ross Art Museum / Ohio Wesleyan University in 2014 and the 3. Annual Literatur Biennale at the Werkstätten und Kulturhaus (WUK) in Vienna, Austria in 2016.
Sessler says of her work – I admire the softening and transforming effects of nature and often see beauty in the unnoticed. Through a primarily intuitive process in my work, I explore the mysteries of space, subtleties of color and touching the unknowable.