Jill Sebastian

Year inducted: 2016

Jill Sebastian attended three undergraduate colleges, then integrated sculpture and film studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for an MFA. In 1985, she received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Sebastian's early solo exhibition at Bertha Urdang Gallery in New York City blended unraveled narratives with cinematic ideas made physical in text-clad sculpture. Subtle questions of place, perception, and movement continue to permeate her installations, drawings, and interdisciplinary collaborations shown in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other U.S. cities. In 2005, in collaboration with Wild Space Dance Company, she installed Art of the Ordinary in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s newly opened Santiago Calatrava-designed building.

Sebastian's public works include a playable musical fence in New Orleans; literary portals for the Midwest Airline Convention Center, and a streetscape for Madison, Wisconsin. Her most recent commission for the New South Campus Union at UW—Madison integrated environmental questions into the fabric of a building meant to last 100 years. After twenty-seven years, Jill Sebastian is retiring as a professor of sculpture at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.

Works by Jill Sebastian

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