Lives and works in Chicago, IL


School of Art Institute of Chicago, MFA

University of Dayton, BA, Philosophy

SOLO Exhibitions

Buoyant Surface, Chicago Artist's Coalition, Chicago, IL, 2018

The MISSION, Chicago, IL, 2017

Torn, The MISSION south gallery, Chicago, IL, 2016

Painting Between The Means, Guest Spot @ The ReInstitute, Baltimore, MD, 2015

Out of Line,
SpaceCamp Micro Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, 2012

So Long, The Office Gallery, Curated by Emily Luce, Lethbridge, Canada, 2007

Time Flies, Spaces Gallery, SpaceLab, Cleveland, Ohio, 2006

It’s Meant to Be, Gallery C, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, 2004

Selected Group Exhibitions

Borrowed, Spaceworks, curated by Tegan M Brozyna, Brooklyn, NY 2017

Art 10, Dock 6, curated by Dan Sullivan and Edra Soto, Chicago, IL 2017

ABSTRACT WALL PAINTINGS III #DESTIJL100YEARS, Transmitter, curated by Rob De Oude Brooklyn, NY, 2017

My Feet Have Lost Memory of Softness
, The Franklin, curated by Ionit Behar, Chicago, IL 2016

Drawing Invitational
, Kent State University at Stark, Main Hall Gallery, curated by Andrea Myers, North Canton, Ohio, 2016

EXPO Chicago Art Fair, with The Mission Gallery, Chicago, IL 2016

Rules of the Game, Transmitter, curated by Rob De Oude, Brooklyn, NY  2016

REMIX, La Bodega Gallery, curated by Dre Britton and Corynne Ostermann, Baltimore, MD 2016

Tangent Planes, Matthew Rachman Gallery, curated by Justine Salva,  Chicago, IL 2016

EXPO Chicago Art Fair with The Mission Gallery, Chicago, IL 2015

The Annual, Chicago Artists Coalition,
curated by: Claudine Isé and artist Alexandria Eregbu, Chicago, IL 2015

Plane Figures
, The Mission Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2015

Midwestern Biennial, Rockford Art Museum, Juror: William Lieberman, Rockford, IL, 2014

Graphique, Curated by Jen Ridgefield, Watershed Gallery, CT, 2014

Painting, Curated by Nate Torrence and Michelle Peterson-Albandoz, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2013

Contemplating Perception, Curated by Nate Torrence, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2012

Selfie, Curated by Rod Malin, Guest Spot at The ReInstitute, Baltimore, MD, 2011

Strange Magic, curated by Skye Gilkerson, Guest Spot, Baltimore, MD, 2011

You First, curated by Dalibor Polivka and Rob Mintz, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art,  Santa Ana, CA, 2011

Full Screen, The Big Screen Project, curated by David Andrew Frey, Public Plaza at the Eventi Hotel, New York, NY, 2011

Festival of the Moving Image, Ybor Art Gallery, curated by Parallel Studios, Tampa Bay, FL

Exquisite Corpse, SPOKE, Chicago, IL, 2010

Currents, produced by Parallel Studios: Mariannah Amster and Frank Ragano, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, NM, 2010

Storyline Transports: Shadow and Light Festival, curated by Jung A Woo and David Prince, Experimental Station, Chicago, IL, 2010

A Night of Short Films, curated by Jazz-minh Moore, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY, 2009

Sceneriette, curated by Trevor Reese, PossibleProjects, D.U.M.B.O, NY, 2009

TWOSIDEDNESS, curated by Sandra Weil, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden, 2008

Short Film and Video Showcase, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, 2007

All that is Solid Melts into Air
, curated by Emma Belasz, Chashama, New York, NY, 2007

48 Hours, BK Smith Gallery, Ohio, 2006

Goods To Declare, curated by Sandra Weil, Bezalel 100/Terminal 1, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2006

Gallery 2, Chicago, IL, 2006

Images Festival
, Toronto, Canada, 2006

Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2006

Music, curated by David Wells, Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY, 2005

Quality Project, Public Art Installation, Euclid Avenue Storefronts, Cleveland, Ohio, 2005

Art Biennial, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, IN, 2003

Bibliography and Awards

New American Paintings Blog, Jean Alexander Frater: Fold, Don’t Spindle and Mutilate, by B. David Zarley, May 2017

CAC BOLT Residency 2017-2018, Chicago Artists Coalition, July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

Sixty Inches From Center, Softness as Subversion, by Annette LePique, November 2016

Palliate, Three Shows that didn’t Happen in Wicker Park Last Weekend, by Bradley Fiore, November 2016

New American Paintings Midwest Issue #125, August 2016

Catalogue: Painting Between The Means
, Gravitas, essay by Steven L Bridges, Forward by Rod Malin, January 2016

Widewalls, Three Chicago Artists Play with Abstract Perceptions at Matthew Rachman Gallery, by Natalie Paunic, March 2016

BMore Art, Top 10 Exhibitions of 2015, Terence Hannum, January 2016

BMore Art, Allusive Vertigo, Joseph Shaikewitz, November 2015

Dave Bown Projects - 9th Semiannual Competition (Curators: Steven Matijcio, Dominic Molon, Marina Pacini) Honorable Mention, December 2014

Working Art Grant Recipient, Working Artist Org., September 2014

Artist Watchlist, Artslant Views Weekly Update Newsletter, by Abhilasha Singh, June 2014

Graphique at Watershed,  The Full Moon, by Michael Vincent Cerullo, March 15, 2014

Artavita, Honorable Mention, “Plans” November 2013

Up Close with Jean Alexander Frater
, Las Manos blogspot, by Nate Torrence, September 2013

A Chat About the Meaning of it all with Jean Alexander Frater
, Brave New Art World, by Una Dimitrijevic, August 2013

You Gotta Believe in Something, Lee Gainer blogspot: Feature Artist , July 4 Peripheral ARTeries, Art Review, June 2013

Baltimore City Paper, Selfie, by Baynard Woods, July 2013

BMore Art, Self Centered: Selfie at Guest Spot, Review by Cara Ober

Artslant Showcase 3, Painting Award

Artslant Showcase 4, Drawing Award

Artslant Showcase 6, Drawing Award

Baltimore City Paper, Strange Magic, Andrea Appleton, December 14, 2011click here to view

Gallery Spotlight: Spoke, Chicago Art Magazine, by Heather Reitsma, November 15, 2010

Ephemeral Wonderful,, by francesca de filippi, February 1, 2007

Summer Letter, Yale Press, Roxanne Zargham, 2007

Core77, Industrial Design Supersite,, December 11, 2006

Surface Tension: Shifter 6, October , 2005click here to view

South Bend Tribune, “This Time It’s Personal,” by Julie York Coppens; August 10, 2003