Jill Stoll forages for what the world has too much of as a catalyst for her creative work, such as cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, duct tape, and cat's claw. Jill learned to weave as a student of Lina Dean's at Interlochen Arts Academy her junior year of high school. So powerful was Dean's teaching, it set a course that still informs how she sees the world. Jill has a BFA from the University of North Texas and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Currently, she is engaged in studying the systems of pattern and mathematics from which handmade baskets are made. She is a Lecturer in Design at Tulane University School of Architecture.Statement
Born and raised in Michigan, Jill attended two of the state’s most celebrated cultural institutions, graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy and earning an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has exhibited her work in New York, NY; New Orleans, LA; Atlanta, GA; San Francisco, CA; Santa Monica, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Sheboygan, WI, and Melbourne, Australia. In addition to being an exhibiting artist, Jill has been teaching for over 20 years, having snagged her first real teaching job in 1999 at The Dalton School in New York City. Since then she has taught in places as diverse as West Texas, Rome, and New Orleans in subjects that range from design, drawing, collage, and darkroom/digital photography.