Jeanie was a “kid” artist, ceaselessly entertained by the creativity and problem-solving inherent in art-making. Describing herself as a “practical idealist,” she was an art teacher and fine arts curriculum specialist. During her many years in education, she was continually creating art; however, the act of teaching was the primary “artform” to which she committed her creativity, time and energy. In retirement, she “came home” to the joy of personal art-making. As she began experimenting with dyes, forms of resist, and unorthodox screen printing on silk and canvas, the images she created evolved from literal to abstract. She currently works with mixed media on cradled wood or canvas.
In addition to earning undergraduate and masters degrees in Education from Missouri’s Truman University, and a Ph.D in Art Education from the Ohio State University, formal studies in Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design, and Surface Design inform her art-making. Visiting Japan as a Fulbright Teacher Scholar was a highlight of her teaching career; as was participating with her school staff in a 5 year national grant focused on “Transforming Education Through The Arts,” funded by the Annenberg and Getty Foundations.
Dr. Auseon’s artworks hang in public collections such as the Springfield, Ohio Regional Medical Center,Short North Hilton Hotel, Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Corporate Headquarters for PNC Banks, Louisville, Kentucky, and private collections across the US. For years she was a member artist at Studios on High Gallery in Columbus’ Short North Arts District. She currently volunteers at Columbus’ Goodwill Art Studio and Gallery, a creative atmosphere which encourages adults with a wide range of disabilities to find personal visual expression.