2023 Emerging Female Artist Award Finalist

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Artist Bio

Jaclyn is a contemporary abstract artist living and working between Ann Arbor and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She’s heavily influenced by nature, light, shadow, sculpture and textures. Her work is informed by Informalism, Abstract Minimalist and Neo-Expressionism.

Gordyan has been an artist for nearly 25 years. Working in a variety of mediums including oils, acrylics, ceramics, raku, woven textures, gouache, graphite and photography. Her work has evolved over the years, starting in realism and expanding now to abstract, organic and sculptural. She’s earned a BFA and studied art history, design and learned classic painting techniques. It wasn’t until years later she combined nature and abstract for the first time. It was electric and intuitive all at once for her. She knew she had found her voice and her medium for expression.

Gordyan has shown her work in New York, LA, Chicago and the midwest. She's been named 2023 finalist in the Emerging Female Artists Award along with being featured in publications such as Studio Visit magazine. Her practice is equal parts foraging, creation and reflection. While she works from her own personal experiences, she believes the personal is universal and uses her art as a way to connect us all. She's studied under artist Ty Nathan Clark. Her work is influenced by Leonardo Drew, Louise Bourgeois, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, El Antasui, Andy Goldsworthy, Ibrahim Mahama and more.

As a nature artist, Gordyan's work gives back to its source. Her work supports global reforestation through her partnership with non-profit, OneTreePlanted. Their efforts and tree planting serve to keep our earth's natural diversity intact and support the ecosystems and wildlife within them for generations to come.

Artist cv

Jaclyn Gordyan b.1983 Cleveland, OH


2024 – Pouch Cove Residency  –  James Baird Gallery, Newfoundland and Labrador

2022 – Artist Residency – Shenandoah Valley, VA

2022 – Research Residency – Upper Peninsula, MI

2021 – Artists Residency – Traverse City, MI

2022 – Artist Mentorship – Ty Nathan Clark Mentorship

2016-2018 – Ceramic Art Independent Study – Ann Arbor, MI

2014 – Research Residency – Kirkjubæjarklaustur, South, Iceland

2013 – Research Residency – Paris, France

2011 – Guest Editor at Tallboys Films, NYC

2006 – Research Residency – Zurich, Munich, Paris, Venice, Rome

2006 – Research Residency – Beijing, China

2003-2006 – Columbus College of Art & Design: Columbus, OH

2002-2003 – Miami University: Fine Arts Major, Oxford, OH


2023 – Studio Visit Magazine: Vol 53 & 54 Featured Artist

2023 - Arts to Hearts Studio Visit: Vol 2 Featured Artist, Global

2023 - Emerging Female Artists Finalists' Exhibition, Arts to Hearts Project, Global

2023 – 150 Years of Arts in Detroit: DSWPS, Anton Art Center, Mount Clemens, MI

2022 –  "Biosphere": Collective Exhibition, Arts to Hearts Project  

2022 –  Opening Up: Collective Exhibition,   Northville Art House,  Northville MI

2022 – "Climate Connection": Collective Exhibition, Chelsea NYC

2022 – TreeGlass : Featured artist  in launch edition of publication, NYC

2022 – Creating Reality: Collective Exhibition, Van DerPlas Gallery, NYC

2021 – Select Pieces, La Passione Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2021 – Solo Studio Exhibition (Virtual), Superior Township, MI

2016 – Love By Design: Pulse Nightclub Fundraising Exhibition, Orlando, FL

2013 – Cork ArtSpace– Duo Exhibition, Chicago, IL

2013 – A to Z Typographique– Collective Exhibition, Chicago, IL

2008 – Upshot Gallery– Collective Exhibition, Chicago, IL

2003 – Collective Installation – Oxford, OH

2002 – Collective Exhibition – Hudson, OH

1998-2002– Various collective exhibits featuring: realism, graphite and photography


2023 – Art Biz Talk:   Interview

2023 – Arts to Hearts Project:   Interview

2023 – Canvas Rebel:   Interview

2022 – Art Supply Posse:    Podcast Interview

2022 – Voyage  Magazine:   Interview

2022 – Detroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptors, Detroit, MI

2021 – OneTreePlanted Global Reforestation Partnership

2006 – CCAD Alumni


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