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Jan Dickey is an artist and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. Jan received an MFA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2017 and a BFA from the University of Delaware in 2009. 

His medium of choice is paint, specifically earth-based binders like casein (milk paint), egg tempera, walnut oil, and rabbit-skin glue. In the studio, Jan explores paint as a living substance—creating artworks that peel, crack, and otherwise change over time.


Jan has exhibited his artwork throughout the United States and internationally in Japan and China. In 2021 his work was featured in the International Painting Annual 9 published by Manifest Press (Cincinnati, OH), and exhibited at both the NARS Foundation (Brooklyn, NY) and the Chengdu Biennale (Chengdu, China).

In 2016 Jan co-founded GRRIC Contemporary, an experimental gallery and performance space that continues to operate out of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. In 2020 he curated exhibitions at the Honolulu Museum of Art (Why Are You Painting?) and studioninedee in Chelsea, NY (Another Year in the Republic)