2017 Studios Inc Patrons

It gives me pleasure to announce that Beth and Keith Alm are patrons for my 2017 Studio Extension Program at Studios Inc in Kansas City. The Alm’s support will make a significant impact upon current projects and my studio practice.


Grant Award

The Santo Foundation has named Jill Downen one of five top grant recipients for 2016. The international call for entry yielded approximately 800 diversified candidates from 33 states of the United States and nearly 40 different countries.



The Charlotte Street Foundation Individual Artist Award Exhibition

October 23 – December 16, 2015
Jill DownenRashawn Griffin and Misha Kligman
Opening October 23, 2015
H&R Block Artspace
16 East 43rd Street, Kansas City, MO 64111


Residency Award

My studio is now located at The Studios Inc: a residency program in Kansas City that supports mid-career artists with studio spaces and program opportunities within the local and national art communities.


Teaching Appointment

February 22, 2013
I have been appointed Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute. I have relocated to Kansas City and am enjoying the community of colleagues and students. It is an honor to return to the school where I studied painting / printmaking and work with a new generation of artists.


Museum Acquisition

Tendon on Pallet, 2009, Acquired by The Oklahoma City Museum of Art


Guggenheim Fellowship Awarded

April 26, 2010
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has named Jill Downen among its Fellows for 2010.  The 180 fellows were selected from about 3,000 applicants representing artists, scientists, and scholars in the United States and Canada.  “Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.”  (The New York Times Friday April 16, 2010, A5).  Downen’s project will involve research between St. Louis and New York and culminate in the exhibition of a new site-specific installation.  To learn more about the fellowship, visit the foundation’s web site at www.gf.org.