Jeri Hillis

Jeri Hillis

Visual Arts
Central Region
Hot Springs, Arkansas
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Ms Hillis's artistic versatility allows for projects that can be individualized to fit a variety of subjects being taught in schools. In Jeri's own artwork, stories are witnessed and put to paper revealing a landscape of memories. As the artist/maker/creator reminds us of the role an actual human touch plays in creating and inventing, as through a mark of pencil or brush, in clay or in canvas, storytelling is supported. Whether the project is creating a vessel or illustrating a book, students tell stories through their artwork.


Jeri Hillis is a professional artist and a teaching artist. Ms. Hillis received a Bachelor of Arts
Degree in Visual Arts from Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts and a partial Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her fields of study include printmaking, painting (oil and watercolor), ceramics, book making, mixed media and jewelry.

In Jeri’s own artwork, architectural paintings and mixed media collages, stories are witnessed and put to revealing a landscape of memories. A record keeper watching the passage of time, remarkable phenomena, tearing down the infrastructure of what is created and what remains. “I believe that I make marks that can contain the ‘wait’ of words. As in a mark of thought, the mark of the pencil and brush, trace memory, truth, a belief of the mind and heart moving across the page through the positive and negative expanse of paper.”

She teaches after school programs and adult classes in ceramics, painting, printmaking and book arts at Emergent Arts in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Jeri also goes into the Hot Springs School District to enhance the curriculum wit the making of ceramic pieces to third, fourth, seventh and eighth graders through the non-profit organization Arkansas Learning through the Arts. She has been living in Hot Springs National Park, AR since 2005. In the months of June/July 2018 she crossed the state with Joy Schultz for the Arkansas Department of Education to present 21 Fine Arts Professional Learning Workshops for Professional Development for Art Teachers in Choice Art and Collage and Appropriation.

Juried into The 53rd Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, 2010-2011. Invited by the Arkansas Arts Council, Jeri exhibited at the Historic Arkansas Museum Trinity Gallery for Contemporary Artists in Little Rock, 2008-09. Awarded Purchase Prize by the Arkansas Arts Council, Small Works on Paper Exhibition, 2008. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in France, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, The Netherlands Antilles, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Arkansas and on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, residing there for fifteen years, and a founding member of the St. Croix Artist’s Cooperative, Gallery at the Pentheny. Listed on the Arkansas Arts Council Arkansas Artist Registry. Jeri is represented by Justus Fine Art Gallery in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: 1st - 12th grade
Geographic Availability: Central Region but could travel statewide.
Time Availability: open
Special Needs: Tables, access to sink, and water.