Biography

Jordan Avery Foster grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. She took classes at Florida Community College in Jacksonville with a full scholarship based on her portfolio. During this time she applied to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and was accepted with an artist award. Jordan later transferred to the University of North Florida and graduated with a B.F.A in drawing and painting. She was selected to be a salaried intern for the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. The internship was funded through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. After the internship, she was hired as a museum educator and artist. During this time she was part of a team collaborative, designing and painting a mural of the Cummer Gardens, which is in Saint Catherine’s Laboure Manor.

Jordan has won numerous awards for her work and has exhibited nationally, including Harvard University, as part of a two year traveling exhibition, after receiving an Award of Excellence for VSA’s (Vision, Strength, and Artistic expression) Road Trip: A Journey of Discovery, an International Juried Exhibition entitled, Art First, at Princeton University, Bryan Mawr Rehab Hospital’s 10th annual Art Ability exhibition in Pennsylvania, International Juried Exhibition, keynote speaker and featured artist at the National VSA Conference, which took place concurrently, at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and City Hall, Embracing Our Differences, a juried exhibition at Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL. Foster received the Ilchiostro Scholarship to study painting/drawing in Florence, Italy with Professor Louise Freshman Brown. Shortly after returning from Italy, she was commissioned by Wolfson Children’s Hospital to design and paint three life size canvases depicting caregivers.

Jordan has done a residency and shown her work in Shelley’s International Gallery in NY. She is currently showing in Geren Gallery in Tubac, Arizona. Her work has been selected for the 5th Annual Open ISAP (international Society of Acrylic Painters) Online Exhibition and Women Painters of the Southeast's Second Annual Juried Members Exhibition.