Jean Williams Cacicedo was born in Orange, New Jersey in 1948. She received a BFA in sculpture from the Pratt Institute, New York, in 1970.A recipient of an NEA Fellowship Grant in 1976,she was awarded Artist of the Year from the Contemporary Crafts Committee of the Oakland Museum in 1985.Her work has been featured in many books and publications throughout her career, including a cover story in both American Craft and Ornament Magazines and recently featured in the Surface Design Journal , Winter 2011.
Based in Berkeley, Jean has taught as a visiting artist at the California College of Art and Design, Oakland , Penland School of Arts and Crafts, North Carolina, and Spilt Rock Arts Program University of Minnesota, and Shakerag Workshops,Sewanee,Tenneesee.
Cacicedo, a nationally renown fiber artist, was a prime innovator in the Wearable
Art Movement of the 70’s. Known for her “signature” wool coat , Jean has worked both on the body, and off the body, incorporating a special process she developed for wool fabrics. Her pieced and sewn constructions have been exhibited at the Gulbenkian Musuem, Portugal , Art Ginza Space, Tokyo, Japan, and extensively throughout the United States. A 30 year retrospective of her work was exhibited in 2000 at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art. She is a member of the World Shibori Network.
Jean is represented by Julie: Artisans Gallery, NYC, and the Santa Fe Weaving Gallery, Santa Fe , N.M. Her work is in the permanent collections of the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum , San Francisco, California, The Oakland Museum of California, Museum of Art and Design,NYC, and theTassen Museum, Amsterdam.