Regina Durante Jestrow (1978) is a textile artist born in Queens, NY, and based in Miami, FL. She learned how to sew from her mother at a young age and has utilized these skills throughout her practice. After attending school for photography and moving to Miami, Jestrow turned to quilting to cope with homesickness. Jestrow’s ongoing interests in women’s rights and history, patterns and stories from American quilt-making traditions, and textile arts have led her to develop a body of work that includes painting, drawings, sculptural installations, textile wall hangings, and functional objects. Her art quilts consist of new, second-hand, and hand-dyed fabrics using natural dyes, inks, iron, and burning, using colors representative of Miami’s people, culture, and landscape.
Selected solo projects include “Free-Form Connections” at Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL (2023), “Pieces of the Landscape” at Mt. Sinai Skolnick Tower Surgical Center, organized by Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL (2023), “Reinterpretation of Tradition” at Laundromat Art Space, Miami, FL (2022), and “Forms of The Everglades” at Miami-Dade College Homestead Library, Homestead, FL (2016). Selected group exhibitions include “Hand Over Hand: Textiles Today” at Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL (2023), “A-Piece-A-Part” at ArtSpace NC, Raleigh, NC (2023), and “In the Company of Women: At Large” at LnS Gallery, Miami, FL (2022). Jestrow has been awarded artist residencies at The Jentel Foundation (2022), National Park Service Artist in Residence in the Everglades (AIRIE) (2014), and The Studios of Key West (2012). Awarded grants include the South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC), 2023, Miami Individual Artists (MIA) Grant (2023) and Stipend (2022), The Ellies, Miami’s visual arts awards, presented by Oolite Arts (2021), and the Artist Access Grant, Miami-Dade County and FUNdarte (2021, 2022, 2023).
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