Jessica Van Swol - Ears: The New Fingerprint

The Governors State University Visual Arts Gallery is pleased to present “Ears: The New Fingerprint,” a show of recent work by ceramic sculptor and installation artist Jessica Van Swol. Her “Ears: The New Fingerprints” installation brings into focus the unique details of ears that show individuality in even such a small part of the human body.
November 21 – December 3, 2008. Reception: Sunday, November 23rd, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Blurring the line between artistic inspiration and scientific investigation, Jessica Van Swol uses the form of the human ear as a metaphor for individuality and identity in the social sphere. Despite being composed of the same 13 elements, when displayed in comparison with one another, subtle distinctions begin to emerge revealing the peaks, valleys, and shadows of the ear unique to the individual.

Jessica Van Swol grew up in the south Chicago suburb, Frankfort Square, where she is completing a Masters program for sculpture at Governor’s State University, University Park, IL.


Our annual Artsfest is an all-day celebration of the arts here at GSU. Presented by the College of Arts and Sciences & Student Involvement and Engagement, Artsfest is an opportunity for family members, prospective students, and members of the surrounding communities to see what out art program is all about. Events planned for this year include: Workshops in ceramics, digital imaging, enhancing creativity, film-making, mosaic-making, painting, photography, poetry, and printmaking; Collaborative art happenings; Art history and creativity round table discussions; Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park mini-tours; Alive musical performance; A student art exhibition and reception; and much more. To find out more about what's happening, check out