Artist-in-Residence

Artist-Printmaker, Jill Levene's creations bear the fruits of a life lived creatively.

Jill grew up always knowing that she would be an artist. It was that conviction which guided her through grade school, high school, and college, where she majored in graphic design; all the while investing every spare moment in summer schools and art camps, exhibits, shows, and museums along the way.

Her focused ambition rewarded her with a successful career as a free-lance illustrator, senior graphic designer, and marketing coordinator, which allowed her to raise and support a family through her creative talents.

From her world travels visiting such pinnacles of art as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Louvre in Paris, Národní Galerie in Praha, Albertina in Vienna, Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo, and more, she has evolved her uniquely distinctive “Inklings”— pen and ink renderings of animals and natural settings.

Jill's not so recent discovery of New England’s remarkable Folly Cove Fabric Designers of the mid-20th Century pointed her in a new direction—that of block carving and printing on fabric, with the goal of creating usable art that is both functional and practical as well as beautiful and one-of-a-kind for the culinarian and collector alike. Now gainfully retired from commercial graphic design, Ms. Levene’s Middle Sister Made creations are bearing the full fruits of a life lived creatively.

Check out her artwork at:


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Residency Studio

Jill will be working in our Residency Studio. Stop in and say hi and see what she's working on!

  • October 20
  • October 21
  • October 27
  • November 3
  • November 10

Community Event

November 16

Join Artist in Residence Jill Levene and learn how to carve stamps from rubber blocks and print them on a community mural. This event is open to all ages, though those under age 8 should be supervised by an adult as we will be using sharp tools.


Previous 2021 Artists-in-Residence:


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This event is funded in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.