Jill Baker Gower
Jill currently resides and has a studio near Madison, WI. After 11 years of teaching jewelry and metalsmithing full-time, she left her academic teaching position at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey to pursue her dreams and live closer to family. With a formal education culminating in a bachelors degree in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Metals from Arizona State University, her work is a result of years of technical training, experience, knowledge of art history, contemporary art, and craft. She is originally from the Chicago area and has been making jewelry since she was a child.
Jill has exhibited her one-of-a-kind studio jewelry and sculpture nationwide, more of her work can be seen here: www.jillbakergower.com. In 2019 Jill had a solo exhibition of her work at the Metal Museum in Memphis, TN. Her work has been published in Metalsmith magazine, the book CAST, Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America 1920 to the Present, and is in the permanent collections of The Metal Museum, The Enamel Arts Foundation, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Jill is a former resident artist of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. In 2015, Jill was a recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship. She recently served on the Board of Directors for the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) 2016 - 2019.
When she isn't creating jewelry or metalwork or teaching others to create jewelry or metalwork, Jill enjoys riding her Trek road bike all over Wisconsin and loves spending time with her husband, two young boys, dog, and two cats.