Jan von Bergen

“An artist is not a special kind of person, rather each person is a special kind of artist.”

This is the quote my grandmothers and often professors would say to me. They instilled in me the importance of being creative in most anything I attempted. I discovered early in my life that I loved to build and create in 3-D using clay, wood, metal, paper. But I also loved to create in 2-D doing drawing, painting and printmaking. So my work reflects both of those disciplines.

I have been an artist all my life and an art instructor for 35 years to college and public school students and now I teach at the Multnomah Art Center where I work with  youth through adult art students, in ceramics and printmaking.

I have a Master’s in Education-MAT from Lewis and Clark College. With my master’s focus in Ceramics and Printmaking and Secondary Art Education degree and a B.S. from Portland State University. I work with Portland State University in their Graduate School of Education as a Visual Arts educator.

As an educator I studied and taught in Japan as a Fulbright Scholar. This gave me an opportunity to travel and live among the Japanese people and learn about their beautiful culture. There is a saying that, in art everyone borrows from everyone. It is through this sharing that we all grow as artists. Because there is always something  new to learn. This is the magic of creating and being creative.

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