Oregon College of Art and Craft
Department Head, Fibers
Jeanne Medina is an artist working between textile, fashion, and performance. She received her BFA in Fiber and Material Studies and Post-Baccalaureate in Fashion, Body and Garment from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and her MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art where she was awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Award. In 2018 she was awarded the Fountainhead Fellowship in Craft & Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She is currently a visiting assistant professor in Fibers at Oregon College of Art and Craft.
Her most recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at The Alice in Seattle, WA; the Ancestral Offerings exhibition at Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA; the Remnant Accumulation exhibition at Sediment Arts in Richmond, VA; the Discursive exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum in Eugene, OR; University of Oregon Whitebox Gallery in Portland, OR; Form & Concept in Santa Fe, NM; the Fiber Face 4 exhibition in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; and the High Fiber Symposium in Sisters, OR. Her work is in the permanent collection at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Medina considers her textile production as a process of decolonization through which she grapples with identity, ancestral trauma, and the fixed and fluid spaces of the body. She is interested in the language, meaning, and knowledge embodied in textile practices which have been devalued by colonial hierarchies over time.