Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media

Jemison Faust

Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media
Region: Newport, RI
MacDowell fellowships: 1992

Jemison Faust, a Rhode Island-based mixed media artist, earned her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she has been a member of the Bromfield Gallery since 1990. Her awards include a Fellowship in Painting from the RI State Council on the Arts, a fellowship from MacDowell, and three 1st Place awards for painting and mixed media at the Newport Art Museum Annual Members’ Exhibition.

Her work is inspired by her 30-year day job as a personal organizer and the issues raised by each person’s unique relationship to their “stuff.” In the neglected accumulation of discarded items is revealed the story of a person’s life. From detritus such as To Do lists, twist ties, a solitary earring, and a damaged toy, she creates either a portrait of a particular person or a portrait of some aspect of their life that evokes the larger issues we all confront. Residue is recycled into content.



Jemison Faust worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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