Frances Jetter

Political and social subject matter has long been the focus of Frances Jetter’s prints, artist’s books, and drawings. Her images have illustrated articles in publications including the New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, The Nation, the Village Voice and The Progressive. She also illustrated books for the Franklin Library, ads for Audubon, and book jackets for Knopf, Macmillan and others.

Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia. A solo exhibit of her artist’s book on torture, “Cry Uncle,” at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Gallery traveled to Parsons School of Design and later to City College. Her sculpture and prints have been shown at NYU Broadway Windows, The Islip Art Museum, Princeton University, IPCNY, The John Rylands Library in Manchester, UK, The Poet’s House in NY, and The Seoul Museum of Art, Gyeonghuigung Annex, South Korea.

Jetter’s prints are in the permanent collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, Detroit Institute of Arts, The New York Public Library, and Grinnell College Print and Drawing Study Room, Grinnell, Iowa. 24 of her prints recently became part of   “The Frances Jetter Illustration Collection” at the Library of Congress’. Her artist’s books are included in the Library of Congress’ Rare Books and Special Collections, The New York Public Library's Spencer Collection, and in numerous public and private collections.

She is the recipient of a fellowship from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, 2017-2018, two fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, in the category of Printmaking/Drawing/Artist’s Books, in 2003 and 2011, and a grant from the Puffin Foundation in 2010. ‘Cry Uncle” won the Honorary Mention Award at Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, Silver Spring, Maryland in 2010.

She has taught at the School of Visual Arts since 1979.


Selected Exhibitions:

Solo Shows
“Frances Jetter, Works on Paper”, VanDeb Editions, New York, NY, 2013
Frances Jetter and Irving Grunbaum at The Studio on Slough Road, Brewster on Cape Cod, Ma, 2012
“Cry Uncle”, Smilow Gallery, NYU Langone Medical Center, NYC, November 2010,
Traveled to Parsons School of Design, 8th Floor display cases, NYC, April, 2011
and to Cohen Library Archives Gallery, City College of New York, November 2011
“Bronze Bodies,” Broadway Windows, New York Univerity, NY, NY, 2002
Davidson Galleries, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA, 1992, 1983
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, 1991

Group Shows:

New Prints 2017/Summer, IPCNY, New York, 2017
Artist’s Books from the Jack Ginsberg Collection, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, 2017.
Virtual to Physical: thepostdigitalprintmaker, Manhattan Graphics Center, NY, 2017
Op-ed Art: Image in the Service of Ideas, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, N.Y., 2017
New Prints 2016/Winter, IPCNY, New York, 2016
15th Anniversary Exhibition organized by the New York Society of Etchers, International Print Center New York, 2015
“Carrier Pigeon”, Galerie 21, Cologne, Germany, 2015
“Made in New York/Made in Korea” The Korea Society Gallery, New York, N.Y., traveled to The Seoul Museum of Art, Gyeonghuigung Annex, Korea, 2014
“Votes, Violence, Victory”, Mary Davis Holt Gallery, Salem College, Winston Salem, North Carolina, 2014
Love, Loot and All Things Venusian”, Miller White Fine Arts, South Dennis, MA., 2014
“Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” Exhibits: The Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, Massachusetts, January - June 2013, The John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK. - February 6 - July 29, 2013, Center for Book Arts, New York City, in collaboration with Poets House, New York City-July 10 - September 21, 2013
“Network of Mutuality: 50 Years Post-Birmingham, The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, 2013
BLACK.WHITE.REaD, Dadian Gallery, Washington DC, traveled to Mary Davis Holt Gallery, Salem College, Winston Salem, North Carolina 2012-2013
“Carrier Pigeon Artists”, Governor’s Island Art Fair, N.Y., N.Y. 2012
“2012 Printmaking Invitational, Miller Gallery, Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pa., 2012
“Permanent Collection”. Nancy Margolis Gallery, Chelsea, N.Y., 2012
“Frances Jetter and Irving Grunbaum”, The Studio on Slough Road, Brewster on Cape Cod, Ma. 2012
“Rolling Stone and the Art of the Record Review,” Society of Illustrators, NYC 2011
“New World Border,”  La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA, traveled to venues including Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA, The Hive, Phoenix, Az, Raices Cultural Center, NJ, The Roots Factory, Barrio Logan, CA, Swathmore College and Ingram Chapman Gallery, University of New Mexico, 2011, La Casa del Tunel: Art Center, Tijuana BC, Mexico, 2013
‘Visions in Print,” Allegra LaViola Gallery, Lower Eastside, NY, 2011
“Carrier Pigeon Artists”, Sacred Gallery, NYC, 2011
“It’s All Good,” Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2011
“Ink Plots: the Tradition of the Graphic Novel”, Visual Arts Gallery, Chelsea, NYC, October 2010
“Food and Form,” Dadian Gallery, Wesley Theological Seminary. Washington, DC, 2010, traveled to Mary Davis Holt Gallery, Salem Fine Arts Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 2011
“NeoIntegrity: Comics Edition”, Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art, New York, N.Y., 2010
“Dark Visions”, Sacred Gallery, Soho, NYC, 2010
‘New Faculty (3 artists) The Gallery at Castle Hill, Truro Center for the Arts, Cape Cod, Ma. 2010
“The Great Small Works Temporary Toy Theater Museum” (9th International), St. Ann’s Warehouse, DUMBO, Brooklyn, 2010
“Earth, Fragile Planet”, The Society of Illustrators, NYC, 2010
“Lasting Impressions”, Mary Davis Holt Gallery, Salem Fine Arts Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 2010
“The Peaceable Kingdom”, University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, the Philippines, 2010
“It’s a Wonderful 10th”, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2010
“Insight: Contemporary Approaches to Drawing”, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY, 2009
“Dime Bag 3”, Giant Robot NYC, 2009
“It’s a Wonderful Life”, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2009
“Art of Democracy: War & Empire”, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA., 2008
“Art of The Times (Times Four)” Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, Princeton N.J., 2008
“Panorama 3”, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Chelsea, NY, 2008
“The Art of Democracy”, The National Arts Club, NY, NY, 2008
“8th International Toy Theatre Festival”, Great Small Works, St. Ann’s Warehouse, DUMBO, Brooklyn, 2008
“Peace” Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2008
“Artists Against the War”, Society of Illustrators, NY, NY, 2008
“War is Over (Again)”, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2007
“Picturing Health”, The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA, 2007, traveled to Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Ct, 2007, the Center for Disease Control, Atlanta Georgia, 2008, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Michigan, 2008, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile Alabama, 2009, El Paso Museum of Art, Tx, 201, and other museums through 2012
“A Piece Apart”, Aidan Savoy Gallery, New York, NY, 2006
“Private and Published”, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, N.Y., 2006
“The Art of Persuasion”, The New York Society of Etchers, The National Arts Club, New York, N.Y., 2006
Gallery Artists, “New Prints”, Davidson Galleries, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA, 2006
“War is Over”, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2006
“Merry Peace“, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2004
“Another Voice” Political Art from The Progressive Magazine- Maryland Institute College of Art, 2004, Memphis College of Art, 2005
Fever Lines: “20+ Years of INX” (editorial art), an exhibition traveling to museums and galleries throughout North America and Europe including Chung-Cheng Gallery at St. John’s University, Queens, NY, Lowe Gallery of Syracuse University, Parsons School of Design, NY, NY, Triangle Gallery in cooperation with The Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary Canada, Gallery 9 at The New York Times, NY, Museum of Caricature and Cartoon Art, Warsaw, Poland. 2001-2006
“The Winter Print Salon”, The New York Society of Etchers, The Garage, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 2005
“Cut, Bite, and Stroke, Techniques in Printmaking” Firehouse Art Gallery, Nassau Community College, Garden City, N.Y, 2004
“Printmaking Now”, Westchester Gallery, SUNY, Westchester Community College, White Plains, N.Y, 2003
“Body Language” Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, 2002
“Contemporary Relief Prints” Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA, 2002
“ Politics and Conflicts” Show at “House of Docs” Gallery at the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, 2002
“Body Work,” The Work Space, New York. NY, 2001
“A Century of Women Illustrators” San Jose State University Art Galleries, San Jose, CA, 2001
“Eye on America: The 1990’s” The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA. 1999-2000
“La Jeune Gravure Contemporaine et Ses Invités des U.S.A.”, Paris, 1995
“Drawn to Politics,” Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, 1995
“The Women’s Room” at Parson's School of Design, NY, NY, 1994
“The Art of Politics”, San Jose State University Art Galleries, San Jose, CA, 1993
“Artists of the Nation”, an exhibition that traveled to museums and galleries throughout the United States, including
the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery of Columbia University in New York City, the Carpenter Center of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Peace Museum in Chicago, and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. 1990-92
“Images of Labor-The Nineties”, Gallery 1199, NY, NY, 1991
“The Public Eye”, SMU Gallery of Southeastern Massachusetts University, 1987

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University - Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Detroit Institute of Arts - Detroit, Michigan
The New York Public Library Print Collection - Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York City
Grinnell College, Print and Drawing Study Room, Grinnell, Iowa
The Library of Congress, Print Collection
The Library of Congress, Rare Books and Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
The New York Public Library, Spencer Collection, New York City
Miami University Libraries, Special Collections, Oxford, Ohio
Plymouth State University, Lamson Library, Plymouth, New Hampshire
Lafayette College, Special Collections, Skillman Library, Easton, Pennsylvania
Charles E. Young Research Library, Special Collections, UCLA, California
University of Washington Library, Special Collections, Seattle, Washington
Ringling School of Art and Design, Kimbrough Library, Artist Book Collections, Sarasota, Florida
Rhode Island School of Design, Special Collections, Fleet Library, Providence, R.I.
Williams College, Chapin Library, Special Collections, Williamstown, MA.
Stanford University, Art and Architecture Library, Stanford, California
University of Colorado, Norlin Library, Special Collections, Boulder, Colorado
University of Denver, Penrose Library, Special Collections, Denver, Colorado
University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Burlington, Vermont
DePaul University, Richardson Library, Special Collections, Chicago, Illinois
University of Michigan, Special Collections Library
Jack Ginsberg Artist’s Book Collector, Johannesburg, South Africa
Baylor University, Crouch Library, Special Collections, Waco, Texas
Smith College, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Northampton, MA.

The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Fellowship, 2017-2018
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts, 2011
Puffin Foundation, Ltd. Grant, 2010                         
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Printmaking/Drawing/Artist’s Books. 2003
Honorary Mention Award for “Cry Uncle,” Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, Silver Spring, Maryland 2010

Awards and honors also include Society of Newspaper Designers, the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Print Annuals, the Society of Publication Designers, Graphis Annuals, Communication Arts Annuals

Selected Bibliography and Reviews

“Weekend Heller: Trolling the Info for Bleu Migration”, Steven Heller, Print Magazine, October 4th, 2013
“The Art of Controversy” by Victor S, Navasky, Knopf, 2013
PBS Newshour, 13 Cartoons That Rocked Art and Politics, August 5, 2013
“Women and the Art of Controversy” by Liza Donnelly, Forbeswoman, Forbes Magazine Online, June 12, 2013
*Tom Patterson/Special Correspondent, “Salem College exhibition probes increasingly changing culture”, Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 24, 2013 (* Click to view )
“Cry Uncle”, “World War 3 Illustrated”, #43, 2012
On the Issue Magazine, the Art Perspective, Frances Jetter-Printmaking cuts into the hypocrisy of War,” Summer, 2011 (* Click to view)
“Artists Against the War,” Underwood Books, 2010
“The Daily Heller, imprint, Print Magazine, The Torture Among Us,” Steven Heller, November 8th, 2010
Portfolio, “Carrier Pigeon” Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 1, Fall 2010
“All the Art That’s Fit to Print (And Some That Wasn’t Inside the New York Times Op-ed Page)” by Jerelle Krauss, Columbia University Press, 2008 (* Click to view )
*Anthony Stoeckert, “Bold in Timid Times”, Packet, Online for Central Jersey, April 30, 2008 (* Click for review )
“Gratistmos - Frances Jetter by Felipe Hernández Cava, Exit Express- Periodico Mesual de Informacion y Debate Sobre Arte, Madrid, No. 14, October, 2005
“The Design of Dissent” edited by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic, Rockport Publishers, 2005
*Helen A. Harrison,” Cosmic Forces and Other Problems of Everyday Life” (Cut, Bite, and Stroke) The New York Times, March 21, 2004
*Helen A. Harrison, “Works Use the Human Body as Springboard” The New York Times, May 12, 2002 (* Click for review )
The Best of “The Nation”- Selections from the Independent Magazine of Politics & Culture, Edited by Victor Navasky & Katrina vanden Heuvel-Thunder’s Mouth Press/Nation Books, 2000
*Delores Tarzan “Jetter specializes in political art” The Seattle Times, June 17, 1983 (* Click on for review )
Visual #47-1994 Barcelona
Design Monthly #7- Seoul
HOW- Jan/Feb 1988 - U.S.A.
GRAPHIS #198, 1978-1979 #236, 1985 - Zurich
IDEA # 157, 1979 - Tokyo

Teaching: Faculty, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY 1979 - Present

Artist’s Advisory Board: The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA. 2003- Present

Visiting Artist, Lectures: 
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, guest critic for the MFA Printmaking/Book Arts Program and the Arthur Williams Lecture, 2010
Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, the Mary Lou Friedman Chair, Cape Cod, MA. 2010
Smithsonian Resident Associate Program
Rhode Island School of Design
Washington University
Montclair State University
Ringling School of Art and Design
Virginia Commonwealth University
University of Connecticut, Storrs
University of Buffalo
Syracuse University
Nassau Community College
Narae Design Culture, Seoul, Korea
Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop
Manhattan Graphics Center

Education: Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, B.F.A. 1972

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