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Celebrating 100 days of making art!

by Jill Austen on 04/10/15

The 365 Series has already been an amazing journey. In those early days of January the number 100 seemed unimaginable and the commitment often seemed unrealistic, but here we are.

1. I want to thank the numerous people who have offered support in so many ways. Truly you help keep me inspired.

2. I anticipated that the 365 Series would be a wide-ranging artistic experiment, but even I am surprised by what shows up on the paper some days!

3. I work faster now, meaning, I make artistic decisions and solve artistic puzzles more quickly and confidently.

4. I have learned to really trust the process, and give up the need to completely control the outcome. Each piece has a story, and I need to allow that story to come through. I am just the facilitator.

5. Research, study and observation is a much bigger component to art making than most people realize.

6. Art makes me happy! Cheers to the next 265 days!

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Jill Austen Bio

residencies, performances and exhibits throughout the US, Mexico and the Caribbean. Teaching opportunities have taken her to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the College of the Bahamas in Nassau.Her poetry was first published in Leaf Garden Press in 2009, and her first collection, In Search of Orion, is nearing completion. Jill has been a featured poet at OPEN Expressions in Harlem, the Ipswich Roadpoets Café, in Ipswich, MA and a guest of the Poets Network & Exchange, NY. She is interested in the connection between the mundane and the metaphysical, in the small moments that illuminate life’s larger truths. Her inner gypsy is happy to call New York City home. 

‘Cerchio Tagliato dei Suoni’ at the Guggenheim Museum - BY STEVE SMITH
Salvatore Sciarrino’s soundscape “Cerchio Tagliato dei Suoni” (“Cutting the Circle of Sounds”), a piece for 104 flutists, had its United States premiere at the Guggenheim on November 19, 2012
POETRY in the MOM EGG REVIEW, Dec. 2105 http://www.themomegg.com/themomegg/
Click on the link to read Jill's recently published poem, "Giverny, France"

POETRY in Blue Door Quarterly, Fall 2015 
"One Hundred Midsummers Between Us", published in the poetry and art journal of Blue Door Gallery in Yonkers, NY

FESTIVAL OF AFRO-CARIBBEAN COMPOSERS held in Nassau, Bahamas, Feb 20-25 featured "Waltz of the Flamingoes", for flute and piano which Jill recorded with acclaimed Bahamian composer Audrey Dean-Wright in December 2012.
Jill Austen lives a multidisciplinary life, embracing creativity through music, art and poetry. To this end she has created Austen Academy, offering a series of integrated arts workshops which explore individuality and the creative process. Jill holds degrees in music from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the University of Minnesota, where she also studied visual arts and art history. She is a juried associate member of the Pastel Society of America. As both flutist and visual artist she has enjoyed