JAN DESCARTESjan@jandescartes.comwww.jandescartes.com

EDUCATIONCUNY Graduate Center, Masters of Liberal Sciences, Women’s, Sexuality, and Gender Studies 2017Carnegie Mellon University, Masters of Fine Arts 2007Syracuse University, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Dual Bachelors of Arts in Illustration and English & Textual Studies 2001

TEACHINGBrooklyn Detention Center Zine Workshop, with Brooklyn Library February 2019Queens Museum, Comics Production/Climate Change July 2018Brooklyn Public Library, Comic Production Workshop Series 2016 – presentSAGE, Comic and Zine Workshop for LGTBQ seniors 2017-2018Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), Comics workshop 2017George Mason University, Mini-Comics Workshop 09/2017Brooklyn Heights Public Library Workshop, Making Mini-Comics Workshop 06/2017Write to Read Day at PS 89, Comics workshop 05/2016Interference Archive, Feminist Zines and Comics Workshop 05/2016Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Soft Sculpture class 2007SUMMIT Program, Portrait Drawing class 2007Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery, Public art project to teach drawing to women in recovery 2005Carnegie Mellon University, Graduate Teaching 2004-2007⚬ Sequential Art⚬ Foundations Drawing⚬ Foundations Painting⚬ Advanced Painting⚬ Mixed Mediums⚬ Printmaking

VOLUNTEERPop Gym, Co-founder, Treasurer 2017-present⚬ Co-founder of 501(c)3, offering free self-defense workshopsInterference Archive, Radical Archive in Gowanus, Staffing Volunteer 2015-presentAmeriCorps Program, Rosie & Harry’s Shelter, After school Arts and Academics tutor for children 2001

CONFERENCES/TALKSComic Memoir and Ethics, Queers and Comics Conference 05/2019Digital Activism: Panel Discussion and Cryptoparty, Interference Archive, Coordinator/Moderator 03/2018Curatorial Talk, Our Comics, Ourselves, at Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University 09/2017Curatorial Talk, Queer Comics and Our Comics, Ourselves, at University of Connecticut at Waterbury 03/2017Liber Mundi, Sketchbook Project, Moderator 09/2016Curatorial Talk, Our Comics, Ourselves at Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at UConn 08/2016Feminist Histories and Comics, Interference Archive, Co-moderator 04/20162015 3rd Annual Students for Critical Animal Studies Conference, Vassar College 11/2015⚬ Pleasure in Domination: The role of Artist/Viewer in Jannis Kounellis’ “Untitled (12 Horses)”CLAGS, Queers and Comics Conference 05/2015⚬ Comic as Memoir Panel Discussion

PUBLICATIONSComics and Critical Librarianship for Academic Libraries, “Feminist Curating and Our Comics, Ourselves” 2019Never Forgets: Traumatic Trace Within Public Space, CUNY Academic Works 2017Our Comics, Ourselves Catalog, Co-editor and contributor 2016

CURATORIALOur Comics, Ourselves, Wasser Strassen Festival, Basel, Switzerland 08/2018Our Comics, Ourselves, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 08/2017 - 10/2017Our Comics, Ourselves, University of Connecticut at Waterbury, Waterbury, CT 01/2017 -03/2017Our Comics, Ourselves, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06/2016 - 08/2016Our Comics, Ourselves Digital Gallery, coordinating ongoing online exhibition 02/2016 - presentOur Comics, Ourselves, Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NY 01-04/2016Transform, SHO Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 03/2010

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS/PUBLICATIONSShout Your Abortion 2018IdaRose Stamps 2017Heartland Comic, Illustrator and co-author 2014 - presentTaylor Hodson Staffing 2013-2014Financial Analysis of Stocks and Commodities Magazine 2008-2009Pittsburgh Magazine 2008Pittsburgh City Paper 2008Beastieland.com webcomic, Illustrator 2008Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2007The Bear Magazine 2004NY Press, Cover of supplemental insert 2003Financial Analysis of Stocks and Commodities Magazine 2001NY Times Book Review 2001NY Times Op-Ed Page 2001Nylon Magazine 2001