Native American artist and activist Jean LaMarr was born in Susanville, CA, and is a member of the Paiute and Pit River tribes. She studied at San Jose City College, CA; University of California, Berkeley; and Kala Art Institute, Berkeley.
Inspired by California’s Chicano mural and printmaking movement, LaMarr embraced printmaking as a vehicle for political art. In 1986, she founded the Native American Graphic Workshop in Susanville. LaMarr's art addresses issues such as cultural stereotypes. representations of women and Native Americans -- her 1989 Cover Girl series utilized printmaking to reclaim images of American Indian women -- and the traditions of her ancestors. While she has worked primarily in printmaking, she is also known for her paintings, assemblages, videos, and installations.
LaMarr has taught at the College of Marin, Kentfield, CA; San Francisco State University; California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts), Oakland; Lassen Community College and California Correctional Center, Susanville; and Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM. She lives on the the Susanville Indian Rancheria. The Nevada Art Museum will present a retrospective exhibition of her art in 2021.