Founding Member of CTNSI
Jan Prentice is a founding member of the Natural Science Illustration Program at the Yale Peabody Museum.
Jan has taught art classes for the past then years. She specializing in classes in drawing, oil painting and colored pencil.
More About Jan Prentice
Following a 15-year business career at the Federal Reserve in Washington, DC and AT&T in New Haven, CT, Jan Prentice began the serious study of art. She earned a certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, NY after attending the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts and Paier College of Art. She is a recent recipient of a National Park Service Artist in Residency at Big Cypress Preserve, Ochopee, FL. Her work in in the permanent art collection there. She was awarded an artist's residency in the COM.EN.ART program specializing in natural science art at the Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville, NY. Her artwork was included in the Focus on Nature XII Exhibition at the New York State Museum in Albany and now resides in its permanent collection.
In 2014, Jan was invited to speak at the New Britain Museum of American Art about her work. She exhibits her work widely including the prestigious international exhibition Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Museum of Art, Wausau, WI; The Art of the Animal at the Bennington Center for the Art, Bennington, VT; Salon International (Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas), Paint America Top 100 (Coutts Museum of Art, El Dorado, KS), the Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Art (Bristol, England), the New Britain Museum of American Art, The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History (Boulder, CO), John Slade Ely House, New Haven, Yale Environmental Science Center, Lyme Art Association, University of Connecticut, Fairfield University, and many other regional venues.
Making a Difference
Through the Natural Science Illustration program Jan helps students become acquainted with both the complexity and simplicity of rendering subjects drawn from nature. She especially enjoys working with beginners. She encourages her students to hone their art skills while respecting each individual student's unique requirements.