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Elizabeth Jabar

Asst. Dean & Director of Public Engagement, Program Chair of Printmaking

Dept. : Academic Affairs, Artists at Work, Printmaking, Public Engagement


Elizabeth A. Jabar is a feminist printmaker who explores a range of personal-political issues in her work including cultural identity, representation, equity and maternal ethics. Her practice is located in the studio, the classroom and the community where she co-creates collaborative and participatory projects with students, colleagues and community members. Her hybrid works on paper and cloth display a highly personal visual language that incorporates motifs from popular culture, folk art, religious traditions and textiles. Elizabeth’s printed objects and environments embody printmakings’ democratic tradition of resistance and collective power and reflect her commitment to art as a tool for social change.

Her most recent social practice project Future Bridges is generously funded by a grant from the Warhol Foundation Kindling Fund. Future Bridges is a socially engaged art project creating open spaces and platforms for community building, public action and social change, and includes a mobile tent and a series of community actions within the City of Portland. The project is part of her ongoing collaborative endeavor Future Mothers. Using printmaking as a platform Future Mothers construct densely layered objects and environments for practicing maternal ethics and responding to social-political events.

Her works have been shown at galleries and museums nationally and internationally, including Victoria Arts Connection, Victoria, BC, Canada, Red Gher Gallery, National Gallery of Art, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Women Networking, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Pyramid Atlantic, Rhode Island School of Design, Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, Colby College Museum of Art, The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, William Patterson University, Hunter College and The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY.

Jabar’s work is in the collections of Southern Graphics Council, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin, Wheaton College, University of New England, New Britain Museum of American Art, Portland Museum of Art, Pratt Institute, New York Public Library, Lillie M. Klevin Print Collection, Bemidji State University, Amity Arts Foundation, Tides Institute, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and Maine Arts Commission. Elizabeth has received recognition for her work including grants from the Kindling Fund and the Maine Arts Commission, and awards from Maine Campus Compact, Vermont Studio Center, the Quimby Colony, Arts and Equity Initiative and Zea Mays Printmaking Studios.

Elizabeth is Chair of the Printmaking Program at Maine College of Art where she also designed and launched MECA’s distinctive social practice undergraduate curriculum the Public Engagement Minor. She also serves in an administrative role as Assistant Dean and Director of Public Engagement.

Elizabeth A. Jabar, “If You Want Creative Solutions, Start with Creative Partnerships” (PDF) for Maine Audubon’s Habitat Winter 2018 issue.