As a milliner, felt-maker and educator, Jean has designed and fabricated for Teatro Zinzanni, Maureen Whiting dance company, New City Theater productions. She has exhibited her hats in the Ukraine, Finland, Italy, Scotland and the Netherlands. Nationally she has shown at the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show and Philadelphia Museum Show and exhibited at the Salt Lake Art Center, Bellevue Arts museum, Whatcom Museum, and the Tacoma Art Museum. She has also taught hundreds of kids in the northwest how to create headwear through Coyote Central, Powerful Schools, Tacoma Art Museum and Seattle Public Schools. As per adult education; Jean has taught at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago, Haystack School of Craft and Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Antioch University and Pratt Fine Art Center Seattle. She has worked as an assistant to performance/fiber artists Nick Cave and Joan Livingstone. Jean has received international fellowships from the NEA, Warhol Family Foundation, Windgate Foundation and locally from Artist Trust, Poncho and 4culture.

Contact Jean by emailing "info at JeanHicks dot com"




Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg TN


Shakerag Workshops, Sewannee TN


Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Isle ME


MountainMade Foundation, Thomas, WV

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN; Appalachian Center for Craft,
Smithwille, TN

2000 -2005

Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2001 (annually since 1995)

Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA


Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC; Coupeville Arts Center,
Coupeville, WA

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN


The School at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

visiting artist in schools

2003 (annually since 1993) Coyote Jr High School, Seattle, WA
2002 Coe Elementary School, Seattle, WA
1997 Montlake Elementary School, Seattle, WA; Coe Elementary
School (1996-1997), Seattle, WA; Seattle Children's’ Museum, Seattle,


1991 - 1993 Antioch University, Seattle, WA; Master of Art in
Education, 1993, with endorsements in History, Spanish and as a
Middle School Generalist
1989-1990 Escuela de Artes Applicadas y Deseño, Vitoria-Gasteiz,
Spain; Ceramics
1982 - 1988 The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA; Bachelor of
Art, 1988, in Spanish and History


2003 (since 1992) black belt in Kajukenbo Kung Fu and teaches self-defense
and Kajukenbo at Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu, Seattle, WA
2003 (since 1998) Member, Northwest Designer Craftsmen