Jason PollenProfessor & ChairJason Pollen, professor and chair of the fiber department at KCAI, paints and prints with dyes on silk, creating lustrous, vibrant, colorful, abstract works that are exhibited in the U.S. as well as abroad.He
also designs prints for the surface design and textile industry.Pollen
has had several solo exhibitions in Europe and the United States, including the Temple Gallery
in Philadelphia and, in Kansas City, the Leedy Voulkos Gallery
, the Gallery of Fine Arts, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Dolphin Gallery
, which currently represents him.His
recent group exhibitions include Reed Whipple Cultural Center Gallery
in Las Vegas, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
, Lodz Textile Museum
in Poland;and the Max Berk Museum
in Heidelberg, Germany.He
has received several awards and grants including an NEA-MAA in 1989, and he
was the first-place winner from the U.S. in the 1992 Japanese Fashion Foundation-sponsored International Textile Design Competition.In the same year, he
received the Italian Idea Como award for most outstanding printed fabric.Major installations, collections, and commissions include the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
, The H&R Block Foundation
in Kansas City and Printmaker International, Ltd.
in New York.Pollen serves as president of the Surface Design Association, an international organization of fiber artists and textile designers.Pollen
spent 10 years in Paris, London, Zurich,and Madras as an artist and textile designer.Before joining the KCAI faculty in 1983, he served on the faculty at the Royal College of Art, Pratt Institute and the Parsons School of Design in New York.He
regularly lectures and teaches workshops throughout the U.S, Canada and Europe.As a designer, he
has created printed fabrics for Yves Saint Laurent, Perry Ellis
, Wamsutta Sheets, Jim Thompson Thai Silks in Bangkok and Jack Lenor Larsen furnishing fabrics.Pollen earned BFA and master's degrees from the City College of New York.