Jan R. Carson lives and works in Cincinnati (after twenty-five years in northern Colorado). She received her MFA in fibers from Colorado State University. Born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, her education also includes a Bachelor in Art and Bachelor of University Studies from Oklahoma State University, and a student printmaking internship through the OSU Art Department with Universal Limited Art Editions in New York.
Carson is the artist-owner of Moon Lily Mobiles, Inc., a production art business specializing in original mobile designs. Her site-specific aerial sculptures have been commissioned by Kaiser Permanente, Centura Health, and Rideout Cancer Center, among others. In 2018, she was awarded the Grand Prize in the Arrow Five Years Out Challenge for her pairing of textile art and LED light. Her work is featured in the books Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists by Andra F. Stanton (2018) and Bojagi: Design and Techniques of Korean Textile Art by Sara Cook (2019). Carson’s five-paneled illuminated work, The Screaming Dreams of Flowers, is now held in the permanent collection of the City of Loveland, Colorado.