Jan Estep (1962) was born in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, and resides in Minneapolis since 2002, where she is assistant professor in the Art Department at the University of Minnesota. Estep studied biology as an undergraduate, and later received a PhD in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis (1993) and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1997). Solo exhibitions include: Because Snow Never Melts at Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN in 2004, and Jan Estep: Kansas Farm at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, MN in 2003. Her work has also been presented in numerous group exhibition presented at the Siegfried Gallery of the Ohio University in Athens, OH; Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, MD; Diverse Works in Houston, TX; and Donald Young Gallery in Chicago, IL, among other places. Previous to her residency at Art in General, her work had only been presented twice in New York City: In 2001, she participated in the group exhibition Big Sky, Small World presented at Dumbo Art Center, Brooklyn, New York; in 2004, Drawing Conclusions, a two-part traveling group exhibition presented at the New York Arts Gallery in New York City and at the Berliner Kunstproject in Berlin.