To enrich the cultural landscape of Lemont by fostering the production and appreciation of the arts.
Jean Dorrance has been teaching art to students in Lemont, Illinois for the last several decades. She began with grades 3-5 and currently teaches middle school children. She has served on the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Teacher’s Advisory Committee. Retirement is around the corner and she hopes to dedicate the majority of her time to painting, sketching and photography. Jean has an undergraduate degree in fine arts with concentrations in ceramics and drawing. Her Master’s degree is in Education. Approximately 3 years ago, Jean took up oil painting primarily under the tutelage of internationally known artist James Swanson. She has also had training with a variety of other nationally and internationally known artists. She continues classes with James Swanson to this day and currently concentrates on landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes. Jean has especially admired the works of the Fauvists and Impressionists. Many other styles and individual artists such as photographer Ansel Adams have made a deep and lasting impression on her approach to her work. Winslow Homer is one of her favorites. Jean says, “The way Homer uses light to express the mood of his paintings is something I would love to be able to do at some point in my life. His techniques are masterful! It is hard to see that in his work from books or online. You really need to take the opportunity, if one presents itself, to see his works in person.” Jean has had artworks shown in Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL; La Grange Art League Gallery, LaGrange, IL; the Gahlberg Gallery, Glen Ellyn, IL; the Hatfield Gallery, Alamosa, CO, and in many private collections.
Icy Beacon, Nubble Light House, Maine
Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
Lilies, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago
Arid Bounty, Arizona
Imminent Chaos, Colorado
Pier 22, Maine