​Jan Descartes


CUNY Graduate Center
Masters of Liberal Sciences, 2017

Carnegie Mellon University
Masters of Fine Arts, 2007

Syracuse University, School of Visual and Performing Arts
Dual Bachelors of Arts in Illustration and English & Textual Studies, 2001

SAGE, Comic and Zine Workshops,  2018
Brooklyn Public Library, Creating Comics Workshop Series, 2016 – 2018
George Mason University, Mini-Comics Workshop, 2017
Brooklyn Heights Public Library Workshop, Making Mini-Comics Workshop, 06/2017
Write to Read Day at PS 89, Comics workshop, 05/2016
Interference Archive, Feminist Zines and Comics Workshop, 05/2016
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Soft Sculpture class, 2007    
SUMMIT Program, Portrait Drawing class, 2007
Carnegie Mellon University, Graduate Teaching Assistantship, 2004-2007
Sequential Art, Foundations Drawing, Foundations Painting, Advanced Painting, Mixed Mediums, Printmaking

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

Social Justice Tours, Trump Tour map, May 2018
Heartland Comic, Illustrator and co-author, 2014 - present
Taylor Hodson Staffing, design, 2013-2014
Financial Analysis of Stocks and Commodities Magazine, 2008-2009
Pittsburgh Magazine, 2008
Pittsburgh City Paper, 2008
Beastieland.com webcomic, Illustrator, 2008
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 2007
The Bear Magazine, 2004

NY Press, Cover of supplemental insert, 2003    
Spark Lights the Friction, [Trustkill Records] T-shirt design, 2002    
Financial Analysis of Stocks and Commodities Magazine, 2001    
NY Times Book Review, 2001
NY Times Op-Ed Page, 2001
Nylon Magazine, 2001          

No. Not Ever, Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NY, 01/2018
Our Comics, Ourselves, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 08/2017 - 10/2017
Our Comics, Ourselves, University of Connecticut at Waterbury, Waterbury, CT,  01/2017 -03/2017
Our Comics, Ourselves, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 06/2016 - 08/2016
Our Comics, Ourselves Tumblr, coordinating ongoing online exhibition, 02/2016 - present
Our Comics, Ourselves, Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NY, 01-04/2016
Transform, SHO Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 03/2010                                   

Digital Activism & Antifa: Panel Discussion and Cryptoparty, Interference Archive, Moderator, 03/2018
Curatorial Talk, Our Comics, Ourselves, at Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University, 09/2017
Curatorial Talk, Queer Comics and Our Comics, Ourselves, at University of Connecticut at Waterbury, 03/2017
Liber Mundi, Sketchbook Project, Moderator, 09/2016
Curatorial Talk, Our Comics, Ourselves at Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at UConn, 08/2016
Feminist Histories and Comics, Interference Archive, Co-moderator, 04/2016
2015 3rd Annual Students for Critical Animal Studies Conference, Vassar College, 11/2015
     Paper- 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    

Drawing The Times, drawingthetimes.com, 2016
Can’t Hear the Revolution, Kunsthalle Galapagos, DUMBO, NY, 2011
WhereHouse Art Collective, The Oakland, Greenpoint, NY, 2011
Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2011
Temptation, Pop Up Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2011
The Art of the Pittsburgh City Paper, ToonSeum, Pittsburgh, PA, 2010
9x12 Works n Paper, Fort Worth CAC, Fort Worth, TX, 2009    
30 Below, Three Rivers Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, 2007
Vertical Hold, Ellensburg Film Festival, Ellensburg, WA, group screening, 2007          
Random Acts of Video (take 3), Rosendale, NY, group screening, 2007
Findings, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, MFA Thesis show,  2007
8 Hour Drawings, Allegheny College Art Gallery, Meadville, PA, 2007
Ellis Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, 2007
Away From There, UC Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, 2007
Git ‘Er Done, Tai + Lee Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, 2006
Outside Project, Belgrade, Serbia, 2007
Artspace 303, Art in Transit gallery, 2007
Art in Transit, Pittsburgh Port Authority Bus project, Pittsburgh, PA, 2007
Future Tenant, Pittsburgh, PA, 2005
Nassau Bar, New York, NY, 2003    
Society of Illustrators Professional Editorial Show, New York, NY, 2002    

POP Gym, Free Self-defense martial arts program, 2017-present
Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), Comic workshop, 2017
Interference Archive, Radical Archive in Gowanus, Staffing Volunteer,  2013-present
Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery, Public art project to teach drawing to women in recovery, 2005    
AmeriCorps Program, Rosie & Harry’s Shelter, After school Arts and Academics tutor for children, 2001