Brown, Jan (1922-)

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Artist; ; Sculptor; Teacher
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https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1537246

Biographies

Jan Brown is a distinguished Canberra artist whose work has been exhibited in Canberra since the 1960s and whose public art installations include in Commonwealth Park and the group of sculptures in Petrie Plaza in Canberra. She taught sculpture and drawing for over forty years at the Canberra Technical College and the Canberra School of Art.

Jan Brown was born in Sydney in 1922. She initially studied art at the East Sydney Technical College as an evening student then moved to London in 1947 and was awarded a National Diploma in Design (Sculpture) in 1949 from the Chelsea Polytechnic School of Art in London, where she studied under Henry Moore.

From 1957, she taught at the Canberra Technical College, and then the Canberra School of Art which is now part of the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University, until 2001. In this role she was an inspirational teacher and mentor to many young artists, particularly in drawing and sculpture.

Jan's work is inspired by nature and by local Canberra birdlife in particular. Her work has been exhibited in Canberra since the 1960s including at the Macquarie Galleries, the Drill Hall Gallery and Beaver Galleries, and is included in important national collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, the National Library of Australia, the Australian National University Art Collection, the Canberra Museum and Gallery and at Parliament House in Canberra. Two major 'public art' installations are in Canberra: the life-size bronze near Nerang Pool in Commonwealth Park (1980) and the Icarus group of sculptures in Petrie Plaza, Civic (2009). A retrospective exhibition of her work, , 1948-2007, was held at the Canberra Museum and Gallery in 2008.

She has also served on arts advisory boards such as the ACT Arts Development Board (1986-1991), and was Deputy Chair of the Australian National Capital Artists (ANCA) Steering Committee (1989-1993) and Chair of the Visual Arts subcommittee of the ACT Cultural Council (1992-1994). She received the Visual Arts Emeritus Award from the Australian Council and was made a member of the Order of Australia in 1992.

The Jan Brown Drawing Prize offered by the ANU School of Art is awarded annually to celebrate her role as a teacher at the School.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Brown, Jan
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Jan Brown AM
    Series: IspartOf Artists; Beaver Galleries
  3. Jan Brown
    Series: IspartOf ACT Museums and Galleries
  4. From Lady Denman to Katy Gallagher: A Century of Women's Contributions to Canberra
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2013]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  5. Jan Brown: Australian Art and Artists file
    Series: Art Gallery of New South Wales
    62663

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  1. Jan Brown : sculptures, prints and drawings
    Brown, Jan, 1922-
    [ Book : 2008 ]
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    Jan Brown : sculptures, prints and drawings
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  2. Jan Brown : Canberra's first sculptor : a survey exhibition / [text by Sasha Grishin]
    Brown, Jan, 1922-
    [ Book : 1991 ]
    At ANU Library
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  3. Jan Brown interviewed by Deborah Clark
    Brown, Jan, 1922-
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  4. Transmigration / Nan McDonald ; drawing by Jan Brown
    McDonald, Nan
    [ Book : 2008 ]
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  5. A particular raven / etchings: Jan Brown ; Raven poem: Ian Templeman
    Brown, Jan, 1922-
    [ Book : 2000 ]
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  6. Listen to children with respect / by Jan Brown
    Brown, Jan
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1985 ]
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  7. Icarus : the space between : [etchings] / Jan Brown. A father recollects : [poem] / Ian Templeman
    Brown, Jan, 1922-
    [ Book : 2003 ]
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  8. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.(Black debutantes in Toronto)
    Brown, Jan
    Saturday Night
    [ Article : 2000 ]
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  9. Understanding mormonism: 6 doctrines that deviate from Christianity.(soul)
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    Today's Christian Woman
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  10. Physical fitness: the duty of care to oneself. (Australia)
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  1. Jan Brown : sculptures, prints and drawings
    Brown, Jan, 1922-
    [ Book : 2008 ]
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  2. Jan Brown : Canberra's first sculptor : a survey exhibition / [text by Sasha Grishin]
    Brown, Jan, 1922-
    [ Book : 1991 ]
    At ANU Library
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  3. Jan Brown interviewed by Deborah Clark
    Brown, Jan, 1922-
    [ Sound : 2009-2015 ]
    At National Library
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  4. [Jan Brown : Australian Art and Artists file]
    [ Published ]
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  5. Jan Brown
    Brown, Jan
    [ Book : 1991 ]
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
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  6. First Canberra drawing biennale : 7 November-19 December 1996, ANU Drill Hall Gallery
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    [ Book : 1996 ]
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  7. Collective wisdom : the art collections of the Australian National University and the University of Canberra
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    [ Book : 1999 ]
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