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Duane Reed Gallery
Saint Louis

Jane Birdsall-Lander
Jane Lander Vestigal
Jane Birdsall-Lander Guardian
Jane Birdsall-Lander Bundle
Jane Birdsall-Lander Spine Jane Birdsall-Lander Ox
Jane Lander Deep Language
Deep Language

At its core Jane Birdsall-Lander’s art investigates the relationship between language and object. As it’s evolved, her work ranges from small scale fetish-like figures accompanied by poems, to large scale installations of poetry and objects, to wall panels meditating on the evolution of the modern alphabet, to her most recent sculptural pieces that are both ideas and primordial forms.

Birdsall-Lander says she intends for this last series titled Bound Alphabet “…to evoke a primitive communicative sense somewhere between music and poetry.” Though deeply considered on a conceptual level Birdsall-Lander’s art is at the same time elegant and seamlessly crafted. She states, “I’m a maker of things…and at the same time I’m fascinated by language-both its graphic forms and its metaphoric sense. I like to make things that at some level speak to the human condition. As Victor Hugo writes …human society, the world, the whole of mankind is in the alphabet. The alphabet is a source.”

Birdsall-Lander received a Project Room Grant from the Forum for Contemporary Art now the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis among other honors. She has taught art and supervised teachers in public school settings, given workshops, worked in museum education and was instrumental in developing several interdisciplinary public art curricula that are national models. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has master’s degrees from Washington University and Webster University both in St. Louis. She is a full time studio artist and is active in the non-for-profit arts sector in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jane Birdsall-Lander


1982 Graduate Writing Program, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
1997 MAT, Webster University, St. Louis, MO
1974 MA, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
1969 BA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Selected Exhibitions

2014   (group) Gallery 210, University of Missouri in St. Louis, MO
2013   (group) Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL
           (three person) Gallery 210, University of Missouri in St. Louis, MO
2011   (solo) Duane Reed Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO
           (solo)The Schmidt Art Center Belleville, IL.
           (group) Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL
2009   (two person) The Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, MO
2007   (group) Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2005   (two person) Shaw Cramer Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
2004   (group) Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis MO
           (two person) Meramec Gallery, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO
2003   (group) Regional Arts Commission Gallery, St. Louis
2001   (solo) Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO
           (solo site installation) Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO     
2000   (group) Innsbrook Conference Center, Innsbrook, MO
1997   (group) Saint Louis Design Center, St. Louis, MO
           (solo) University of Missouri St. Louis, National Women’s Studies Association          
1996   (solo) Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis,(CAMSTL), St. Louis. MO
1994   (group) Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO
1993   (solo) Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO
           (group) Truman Art Center, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN    
           (two person) Midwest Center for the Literary Arts, Kansas City, MO   
1992   (solo) Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO
           (group) Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM
1991   (solo) Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis MO


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