Jennifer Mettlen Nolan was born in 1975 and raised on a farm in Kansas near the rural community of Sylvan Grove. She earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree with her certification in Art Education and her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Fort Hays State University under Linda Ganstrom.
Her Master’s Thesis Exhibition titled “America’s Nuclear Family” was held in June of 2006. She has images included in five books, 500 Pitchers: Contemporary Expressions of a Classic Form, 1000 Glass Beads: Innovation & Imagination in Contemporary Glass Beadmaking, 1000 Rings: Inspiring Adornments for the Hand, Image Transfer Processes on Ceramics and the newest title, 500 Ceramic Sculptures: Contemporary Practice, Singular Works.
Recent exhibitions in 2021 includes a residency at the Red Barn Studio Museum in Lindsborg, KS, a one woman show at the 2nd Ave Art Guild and a faculty exhibition at the new Gallery 228 at Dodge City Community College.
She continues to be an active member of the arts community through her memberships to the National Council on the Education of the Ceramic Arts and the International Society of Glass Beadmakers. She serves her local community as a board member of the Kansas Artist and Craftsman Association and the 2nd Ave Art Guild while also leading a Girl Scout troop.
Currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Dodge City Community College, Jennifer teaches Ceramics, Metalsmithing, Lampworking, 3D Design and Art Appreciation and sponsors the Art Club.