Jenn Ross

Artist and Art Therapist





School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Masters of Art in Art Therapy



Western Michigan University

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Watercolor

Secondary Major in Creative Writing

Minor in Psychology





Hilgos Award - 2016         

Annual endowment provided by the Hilgos Foundation and awarded to select students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago working with individuals experiencing memory impairment.


Professional Memberships


American Art Therapy Association


Illinois Art Therapy Association - Board Member Conference Co-Chair


Chicago Bridge: Emerging Professionals in the Field of Aging


Guild of American Papercutters

Certifications and Trainings


Music & Memory Certified

TimeSlips Storytelling Certified Facilitator













*References available upon request.

Clinical Work and Experience


Arts Programming Coordinator          September 2016 – Present

Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services - Chicago, IL 

Develops and implements arts programming for older adults living in 3 continuum care/rehabilitation communities. Provides art therapy and therapeutic art services for residents. Educates staff on benefits of therapeutic art practices and ways to engage with residents in order to develop more meaningful relationships.

Community Support Specialist   August 2015 – September 2016

Thresholds – Chicago, IL 

Provided part-time therapeutically-informed support promoting socialization and positive coping skills for mental illness symptom management.


Art Therapy Intern                           September 2015 – May 2016

Lieberman Center – Skokie, IL 

Facilitated art therapy and provided therapeutic engagement with older adults experiencing cognitive, physical, and co-occurring disabilities in a skilled nursing and Alzheimer’s Special Care Unit setting.


Art Therapy Intern                                           June – August 2015

York House/Thresholds – Chicago, IL 

Facilitated art therapy and therapeutic engagement with adults and older adults experiencing mental, physical, and co-occurring disabilities.


Art Therapy Intern                                          January – May 2015

Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) 

Facilitated and co-facilitated art therapy groups for adults experiencing mental illness, trauma, and substance use.


Administrative Assistant IV                                         2008 - 2014

Wells Fargo Bank – Chicago, IL 

Provided advanced administrative support for multiple members of senior management. Assisted over 40 employees in 9 offices throughout the United States and Canada.


Volunteer Experience


Chicago Cares                                                                2013-2014

Assisted with events and services for children, adults, and older adults from diverse cultural backgrounds.


Ravenswood ArtWalk                                                     2013-2014

Board of Directors, Co-Chair assisting with volunteer services for a prominent Chicago annual art fair.


Envision Gallery                                                             2013-2014

Coordinated exhibits, assisted in planning fundraising events to support local, non-profit organizations.