The College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati University of Cincinnati, Masters of Fine Art, Painting, 2007

Wright State University, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelors of Fine Art, 2000

Capital University, Bachelor of Arts, 1994

The New York Studio School, Drawing and Painting Marathons and Summer Sessions, 2000 and 2003

Kent State University, 1978-1980


2021 Dana L. Wiley Gallery, Dayton, OH

2020 The Winds Cafe, Yellow Springs, OH

2018 University of Cincinnati Clermont College, Batvia, OH

2017 Dutoit Gallery, Dayton, OH

2014 Middletown Arts Center, Middletown, OH

2013 River Road Gallery, Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada

2012 The Glen House, Yellow Springs, OH

2010 Ohio Northern University, Ada OH

2007 MFA Thesis Exhibition, University Galleries on Sycamore, The University of Cincinnati, OH

2004 New Drawings and Paintings solo show, Riverbend Art Center, Dayton, OH


2022, 1628 LTD. "Not Quite Seen," juried group show, Cincinnati, OH

2020, Dallas Metro Arts Contemporary, Water Media National Juried Exhibition, Plano TX

2020/2018/2016, Dayton and Kyoto Print Exchange, Dayton, OH and Kyoto, Japan

2020, The Winds Restaurant, Yellow Springs, OH

2019-2020, Zea Mays Flat Files, Zea Mays Printmaking, Florence MA

2019, 1628 ART, Cincinnati, OH

2019, Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, OH

2018, Sanford Gallery, Zea Mays Printmaking, Artist Mentorship Program, Florence, MA

2018/2019, Zea Mays Flat Flie Project, Florence, MA

2017, Motherbrook Arts and Community Center, “Working Green,” Dedham, MA

2016, DVAC25, Dayton, OH

2016, Inaugural Members Exhibition, Dutoit Cooperative Gallery Space, Dayton OH

2015, 10th Annual Print Show, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH

2013, 64 ARTS, National Juried Exhibition, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth IL.

2013, Prints for Peace, The Art Academy of Cincinnati, OH

2013, If a Tree Falls, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, OH

2013, Five Rivers Metro Parks 50th Anniversary, Dayton, OH

2012, Glen House, Yellow Springs, OH

2011, The Meadowlark Restaurant, Dayton, OH

2011, Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commission Concourse Gallery, two-person show, Upper Arlington, OH

2010, Works on Paper 21st Annual, Rosewood Gallery, Dayton, OH

2009, The View, Rosewood Gallery, Dayton, OH

2009, The Zanesville Art Center, 65th Annual Ohio Exhibition, Zanesville, OH

2009, Miami University Department of Art, Bicentennial Exhibition, Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH

2008, Works on Paper 18th Annual Dayton Area, Rosewood Gallery, Dayton, OH

2006, Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works, Lehigh Valley and Berks, PA

2005, Paint the Huron Shores 8th Annual Exhibition, Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada

2003, Border-to-Border 9, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

2003, Realism 2003, Cultural Center of Fine Arts, Parkersburg, West Virginia

2002, Small Paintings, Franklin Street Gallery, Centerville, OH

2002, The Still Life, The Dayton Visual Arts Center, 11th Annual Members Exhibition, Dayton, OH

2001, Ohio State Fair, Columbus, OH

2001, Art About Town, Dayton, OH

2000, Senior Exhibition, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

1999, The View, Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, OH

1999, Art About Town, Dayton, OH

The Dana L. Wiley Gallery, Dayton, OH


2016 Commissioned Painting for The Dayton Metro Library/Re-Imagining Works, Dayton, OH

Kettering Government Center, CitiSites Collection, Kettering, OH

Ohio Governor’s Residence, Columbus, OH

Various private collections


Dayton Daily News, Connie Post, 2016

Dayton City Paper, Jud Yalkut, “If a Tree Falls short show at DVAC,” Vol. 10, No. 25, June 18-24, 2013

Dayton Daily News, Meredith Moss, “Metro Parks kicks off 50th anniversary with ‘Treasurers’, The Exhibit will open at the Schuster, then travel,” April 6, 2013, Visual Arts

Ohio Northern, flickr,, "Gretchen Durst Jacobs’ Exhibit", October 18 – November 14, 2010.

Dayton Daily News, Pamela Dillon, “Wright State alumni exhibit marks 40 years,” July 5, 2007, Z1-13

Dayton Daily News, Pamela Dillon, “Gov. Strickland exhibiting work of locals,” August 5, 2007, D23

Dayton Daily News, Pamela Dillon, “Artist’s work brings the outdoors indoors,”

December 12, 2004, Arts & Entertainment, F3.

Dayton Daily News, Pamela Dillon, “DVAC Annual Auction an Artsy Affair,” April 20, 2004, E1

Dayton City Paper, Jud Yalkut, “From Valleys to Lowlands, The art of Gretchen Durst Jacobs,” Vol. 2, no. 38 Dec. 22, 2004, Arts and Culture.

Dayton Daily News, Pamela Dillon, “STILL LIFE,” July 21, 2002, C3

Dayton Daily News, Kathy Whyde Jesse, “ART: Museum plans gallery,” May 27, 1996, Metro Today 1B

Dayton Daily News, Anne Kallas, “The Art Source Gallery showcases area talent,” August 21, 1996, Z3-3


2020, 2012-2016 President, Dayton Printmakers Cooperative, Dayton, OH

2017/2019 Vice President, Dayton Printmakers Cooperative, Dayton, OH

2011 Artist talk, University of Cincinnati Claremont College, Batavia, OH

2010 Artist talk, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH

2009 Artist talk, Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH

2003-2008 Dayton Visual Arts Center, Board of Trustees-Secretary, Dayton, OH,

2003 DVAC, Art Auction Chair, 2002 - Art Auction Co Chair


2001-2013 Adjunct faculty, Stivers School for the Arts, Dayton, OH

2006-2007 Adjunct Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH

2007-2008 Adjunct Professor, Miami University, Oxford, OH

2008-2013 Adjunct Professor, Wright State University, Dayton, OH


2022 - Brown Pink, R&F Paint, residency - Kingston, NY

2020-2022 - Yellow Chair Salon, Michael David: Virtual Group Critiques/Presentations 

2018 Grafikwerkstatt, Dresden, Germany – Ohio Arts Council artist exchange with city of Dresden, Germany

2018 Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH

2013 The Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner Wyoming


2007 Wright State University Alumni Exhibition, Third Place

2005-2007 The University of Cincinnati; Recipient, University Graduate Scholarship

2002 Dayton Visual Art Center, 11th Annual Members Exhibition, The Still Life, Merit Award

2001 Art About Town, Dayton, OH


Place can inspire a set of emotional, psychological and spiritual sensations that leave a lasting impression even time cannot erase. My work investigates how the language of the landscape can trigger deep and meaningful experiences and memory. A relationship with our surroundings can be built through repeated visits (or a one time visit) that encapsulate certain events from our lives and/or, can incite a human experience such as longing, melancholy, joy, and fear. For example, an area that is densely tangled and filled with toppled trees - some fallen and decaying, others leaning on each other - can bring to mind the struggles of family and individuality and how those two forces affect one another. Our environments can speak to us through a nonverbal language, mirroring back a physical manifestation that connects us. Both alive and organic, a historic area can embody a palatable memory of past events. These specific surroundings can aid in understanding and healing, evoking responses that keep us engaged and encourage us to commit to memory the exact quality of those encounters. As the certain experience of a specific place may vary in detail from person to person, a general and universal understanding remains.

Through painting and drawing, I explore this expanded relationship to landscape by way of reality, imagination and a responsive searching for images that feel trustworthy in that they honor both my language and the language of the landscape. 


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