Florida School of the Arts presents artist Jillian Ludwig

Placenta Bloom, Pencil Drawing
Beneath, Pencil Drawing
Pencil Drawing

As part of the visiting artist series, Florida School of the Arts will present a gallery exhibition for Illinois artist Jillian Ludwig.  The exhibit, titled My Wild Burn, will open with a reception on Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery located on St. Johns River State College’s Palatka campus. The exhibit will be on display through March 30. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and during Main Stage performances.  Gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.

The artist said her drawings examine the forgotten and neglected connection between the female tactile body and wild Mother Nature, fusing images of human organs with budding flowers, ribbons and butterflies to represent feminine beauty and sentiment. “Through pregnancy and delivery, I was reminded of the strength, the resilience, the forceful unending push of nature and how those feminine qualities are intrinsic to me as a female,” said Ludwig, adding “My hope is that these drawings can function as a gentle reminder of that strength.” 

Ludwig holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bradley University and a Master of Fine Arts from Clemson University, where she also held a graduate teaching position in 2007. She has since taught at the Art Institute of Austin, Texas State University, Baylor University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Elon University in North Carolina. She currently serves as the visiting assistant professor of drawing and painting at Alma College in Michigan. 

Ludwig’s works have been exhibited throughout the continental United States as well as in Venice, Italy and at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Her works have also been published twice in the International Drawing Annual by Manifest Creative Research and Drawing.   

Florida School of the Arts is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards the two-year associate degree in the following areas of study:  acting, dance performance, musical theater, stage management, theater technology, graphic design/new media and studio art. The School serves the entire state of Florida. Admission is based on an audition or portfolio review, an interview with the faculty and admission to SJR State.

Students produce and perform in approximately four visual arts exhibitions and 10 performances each year. For more information about Florida School of the Arts call (386) 312-4300 or visit online at

“Placenta Bloom,” a colored pencil drawing by Jillian Ludwig.  The artist fuses images of human organs with budding flowers, ribbons and butterflies to represent feminine beauty and sentiment. 

"Beneath,” a colored pencil drawing by Jillian Ludwig

A colored pencil drawing by artist Jillian Ludwig.



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