. . . About . . . 

Janine Fron is a New Media artist, educator and independent game designer. Fron is a member of the Chicago-based (art)n collaborative, whose works are in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Smithsonian Institution, International Center of Photography, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Commissions include Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and City of Chicago Public Art Program.

In 2005, Fron co-founded and contributed to the Ludica game art collective in Los Angeles with an inclusive message of “Play Belongs to Everyone” to encourage women to be part of the creative process of making games; she presented with the group at DAC, DiGRA, SIGGRAPH, and ISEA. Fron has instructed game design courses/lessons, game workshops, playful activities, and guest lectured at Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Madison, St. Mary’s College, Cranbrook Schools, North Shore School District 112, LaGrange District 102, Urban Prairie Waldorf School, Chicago Waldorf School, Chicago Public Schools, and the Chicago Park District. Co-authored publications that emphasize collaboration as a creative process include Games and Culture, Feminist Media Studies, University of Chicago Cultural Policy Center, The MIT Press, and University of Illinois Press.

Fron independently designed two unique series of bespoke, cooperative green games and has presented papers that explore the origins of green play at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) in 2011 and 2015.  In 2017, she presented Quills! A Unique Cooperative Game Series of Feathering Transformations at the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) AGM.  Fron’s games have been played at special events that celebrate Earth Day, Poetry Month, and Jens Jensen’s 150th birthday; and have been used by K-12 and college educators, and Homeschool Co-ops. She is a JASNA-GCR member and a past volunteer for the Chicago and Highland Park Districts. She co-organized the grassroots symposium Urbs in Horto: Jens Jensen Reconsidered, cosponsored by the Chicago Park District, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, University of Illinois–Chicago, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation, in celebration of Chicago’s early Prairie School ideals, echoing topical conservation issues. She believes in the transformative nature of the arts to heal the human spirit.

A selection of signed, limited edition, bespoke games from the Quills! and Prairie Prose cooperative game collections are available for purchase.  

Please inquire via: prairie @ pret-a-voir.com.

Merci!

 
 Lotus Blossoms/Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago/Jen Jensen's Birthday, 2015  *All historic public domain images featured in  A Sense of Play  are from Wikimedia Commons.  All other photos and site content by Janine Fron ©2018.  With special thanks to  Natasha Lehrer Lewis  and Amanda Dzikowicz.

Lotus Blossoms/Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago/Jen Jensen's Birthday, 2015

*All historic public domain images featured in A Sense of Play are from Wikimedia Commons.  All other photos and site content by Janine Fron ©2018.  With special thanks to Natasha Lehrer Lewis and Amanda Dzikowicz.