Jon Wos, KimLit's Artist in Residence during July/August 2018 will have a selection of oil paintings, hand blown glass, ceramics and more at both locations during his residency. Jon will also be doing a community mosaic project as part of his residency at KimLit. Find out more about how you can participate here.
Jon Wos was born in Lena, Wisconsin in 1981. He was diagnosed at birth with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a congenital condition that is manifested by weak bones, leaving people who have it very susceptible to fractures. Though this condition limited his physical ability, it heightened his sensitivity to the world around him, and, out of his love of creation, Jon began drawing as a very young child. His artistic expression blossomed as he grew older, and by the age of 11, he was painting with oils. At 16, he started working with glass.
When Jon was a sophomore in college, he won a $10,000 grand prize in a national competition for disabled artists. In 2005, Jon graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in drawing, painting, and sculpture.
Mr. Wos has exhibited his various pieces of artwork throughout North America, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Joseph D. Carrier Gallery in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In addition, Mr. Wos’s work is held in such public collections as the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Ripon College in Wisconsin, and MacMurray College in Illinois.