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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Clarissa Jakobsons

Home 194 N. Park Dr. County: Portage
Aurora Ohio 44202 United States
Home Phone: 330-562-5947


As a child, many Saturdays were filled with inspirational drawing and painting classes at the Chicago Art Institute, this instilled a life-long affair with the arts. Artist, poet, instructor, Clarissa Jakobsons received a B.F.A. in Visual Arts from Kent State University with graduate training in Painting, Education, and Creative Writing. Her art has been widely exhibited: the Cleveland Museum of Art, Denver Abecedarium Gallery, Akron Art Institute, Kent State University, Baldwin Wallace, Ursuline College, Notre-Dame College, Women Made Gallery (Chicago), Akron Summit Artspace, Artists Archive of Western Reserve, San Francisco State U. and internationally, to name a few. She earned first place in the Akron Art Museum New Words competition, and instructed a variety of fine art and writing courses at Cuyahoga Community College for the past fourteen years, as well as at the Morgan Conservatory leading an eco-style leaf monoprinting workshop. In her early years she taught middle school art with a passion. Ms. Jakobsons received a Hans Hofmann Painting Fellowship and Residency at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, led by Selena Trieff and Robert Henry. Both her art and poems were featured in the Glint Literary Journal. She also judged numerous art and poetry competitions. The Spirit of Leaves reflects the theme of drawing inspiration from nature.

She writes, “Don’t be surprised to see my inner artist kicking sandcastles, painting Provincetown dunes, collecting leaves, or writing poems under an Ohio crescent moon.”

Artist Statement

Intuitively my art flows in a constant flux of discovery influencing each creative process whether by color or the absence of color while incorporating various experimental techniques. I nurture painting with creative play whether in charcoal, oils, ink, leaves, or words. My artist books energetically involve sequential or simultaneous use of experimental printing techniques at times combining my own poems. Solutions to puzzles emerge while in gentle contemplation. Previously, I created a broad spectrum of crystalized artist books with a given permanence on their own radiating, sparkling colors. Experimentation is key.

Recently, I conceive eco-style prints with depth, vibrancy, and natural details. I explore plants and materials, prepare foliage for contact prints, utilizing design techniques, converting the finished process into artist books or wall hangings. Plunging toward unknowns while listening to my instincts opens a world of possibilities and many doors. Please enter and linger with me, together let’s speculate about the mystery of leaves.