Born in Los Angeles California, Jan Knipe, has an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a BA from Western Washington State University. She uses both traditional and handmade materials to create drawings that investigate multiple levels of engagement within a subject. Her landscape motifs originate from plein air work from various states including California, Minnesota, Vermont, Connecticut, Italy, and Virginia, where she currently resides. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including, a Cabell Foundation Grant, the Virginia Commission for the Arts Grant , the American Academy in Rome Visitor, Weir Farm Residency, Grants for Artist Program, the notable Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and numerous awards in support of scholarship and teaching from Hollins University. Her drawings have been in over a hundred and fifty national and regional group and solo exhibitions held at university venues, galleries, and museums across the country. A catalogue of her work is available from the Eleanor Wilson Museum.