Jill Natasha Parker-Trotter
Painter * Textile Designer * Wood and Metal Sculptor




  • Chicago State University, 1968-1971, B.S. Degree – Art Education 1971
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago – Graduate student-at-large in sculpture 1971-73
  • Teaching Certificate – State of Illinois, Art grades Kg-12




  • Chicago Board of Education 1971-2006 35 years Teaching Experience; Retired
  • Gresham Elementary School
  • South Shore High School
  • ESEA, Title 1 – Central Office
  • Lincoln Park High School



  • Skokie Public Library, 1978 “Women in Sculpture; Coping in a Man’s Field”
  • Calumet High School, Guest Speaker “Career Day” 1982




  • Fiberarts Design Book Five, Lark Books, Oct. 1995
  • A Guide to Chicago’s Public Sculpture, by Ira J. Bach and Mary Lackritz Gray 1983
  • Chicago Sculpture Book, James L. Riedy, 1981 p.134
  • November Vol. 1, No. 1 Chicago Mahogany Magazine, 1980, pp.36-37




  • 2010, Textile Installation, Norman Malone, Retired Choral Director, Lincoln Park High School, “Confetti Roulette”
  • 1996, “Ancestral Voices Loud and Clear” Quilted wall Hanging 4’x8′, State Representative, The Honorable Monique Davis
  • 1990, Commissioned by INOMA (Illinois Organization of Minority Architects) to create a watercolor painting for presentation to Mayor Richard M. Daley at “ A Talk with the Mayor”, DuSable Museum
  • 1987, Chicago Hilton and Towers, Raised Blossoms”, Quilted Wallhanging,Steven’s Gallery, 3rd floor (6’x7′)
  • 1982,”Rhythmic Vibrations”, Steel (4’x8′) relief sculpture, Chicago State University,Permanent Installation “C” building, designed along with Prof. Ausbra Ford
  • 1980, Commissioned by the City of Chicago and The Chicago Council of Fine Arts to create a relief sculpture in stainless steel (4’x9′) entitled, “The Rescue” located at 4001 W. West End Ave., Wall of the District Fire Station
  • 1979, Watercolor for the University of Minnesota Hospitals, Masonic II (cancer ward)
  • 1978, Commissioned by the Department of Human Services and The DuSable Museum of Afro-American History to create a (9’x4′) tall stainless steel sculpture, entitled “The Spirit of DuSable”, Located in Washington Park in front of the Museum




  • Percent for Art Program, semi-finalist, Chicago, 2012
  • Black Creativity, Outstanding Award,1995
  • Award of Appreciation, Board of Education,District 20 In-Service, 1977
  • Chicago State University, Certificate of Senior Academic Achievement,1977
  • DuSable Museum Art Contest, sculpture 3rd place, 1974
  • Chicago State University, Departmental Honors Award,1971
  • Illinois Teacher Scholarship,1968
  • Lake Meadows Art Fair, Honorable Mention, 1966, 1967



Private Collections

  • Dr. and Mrs. Frank H. Parker Jr., Maywood, Illinois 14 quilted wall-hangings
  • Dr. Mary E. Shannon, Park Ridge, Ill. Retired Principal, Lincoln Park H.S.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles West, Hyde Park Chicago, Ill
  • Mr. Walter Vincent, Architect, Department of Planning, Prof., Tenn. State University, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Dr. James E. Jones, Chicago, Illinois
  • Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sachs, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Glickman, Skokie, Illinois
  • Mr. and Mrs. Roger Weissenberg, Chicago, Illinois
  • Mrs. Veatrice Jones, Chicago, Illinois
  • Dr. Margaret G. Burroughs, Chicago, Illinois
  • Dr. and Mrs. Myles O. Eady, Bloomfield, Connecticut, 4 quilted wall-hangings
  • Dr. Leon Adcock, University of Minn. Hospitals, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Law Offices of Attorney, A.J. Archibald, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Connecticut General Assembly, Office of Legislative Research, Attorney Sandra Norman-Eady, Director, Hartford, Conn.
  • Dr. and Mrs. William Houston, Niles, Michigan
  • Mr. Norman Malone, Chicago, Illinois
  • Dr. and Mrs. Harold Clayton Thompson, Athens, Ohio




  • 2012, “Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Exhibit”, October, Gallery Guichard, Chicago, one of 31 semi-finalists chose from 550 entries
  • 2012, “Alumni Show”, September, Chicago State University, Gallery, Nine selected Artists
  • 2012, “Black Creativity” Exhibition, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago 
  • 2010, “Alumni Show”, September, Chicago State University, Gallery, Nine selected Artists
  • 1999, “African-American” Quilts, Chicago State University, President’s Gallery, Alumni Exhibitions
  • 1997, “5 Women/ Different Looks”, South Side Community Art Center
  • 1997, “Women of Vision”, National Women’s History Month, South Shore Cultural Center
  • 1996,1995, Members Show, Juried, Textile Art Center
  • 1996,1995, Black Creativity, Juried, Museum of Science and Industry
  • 1995, Nicole’s Art Gallery Exhibit
  • 1988, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Art Museum of Bahia; Salvador,Brazil, Museum of Modern Art and Castro Alves Theatre
  • 1988, Governors State University
  • 1988, AT and T, “Black History Cultural Show”
  • 1987, Governors State University
  • 1986, Woodson Regional Library
  • 1986, Governors State University
  • 1986, Independence Bank
  • 1984, Governors State University
  • 1983, “The Sculptured Form”, South Side Community Art Center
  • 1982, “The Sculptured Form”, South Side Community Art Center
  • 1981, “Welcome Home Show”, South Side Community Art Center
  • 1981, Pullman Library
  • 1981, First Federal Savings and Loan
  • 1980, Atlanta Life Insurance Exhibition
  • 1980, Exhibition of Public Art Commissioned by the City of Chicago, at Chicago Chapter A.I.A.
  • 1979, Chicago State University, Alumni Show
  • 1978, One Woman Sculpture Show, First National Bank of Skokie
  • 1976-1979, Black Esthetics, Museum of Science and Industry
  • 1974, DuSable Art Contest
  • 1974, Civic Center
  • 1974, DuSable Museum
  • 1973, Two Man Show, “Up from Obscurity” Chicago State University
  • 1966, 1967, Lake Meadows Art Fair




  • Dr. Mary E. Shannon, retired Principal, Lincoln Park High School, Head of Teacher Personnel, Chicago Board of Education, retired
  • Dr. Margaret M. Harrigan, Head of Operations, Chicago Board of Education, retired, Professor, De Paul University, retired, Northside Campus, Chicago, Illinois
  • Professor Ausbra Ford, Art Department, retired, Chicago State University
  • Dr. Geraldine Brownlee, Professor, De Paul University, retired, Chicago, Illinois
  • Dr. Margaret G. Burroughs, Director Emeritous, The DuSable Museum of Afro- American History, Chicago, Illinois
  • Professor Walter Vincent, Director of Planning and Chairman of the Architecture Dept. retired, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn. Architect for McKissick and McKissick Architecture Firm, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Mr. Charles Smith, Architect, Smith and Smith Associates, Board Member of INOMA, Illinois National Organization of Minority Architects
  • Eldon Danhausen, retired, Sculpture Instructor, School of The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Dennis Banning, Administrative Assistant, Visual Arts, Chicago Council on Fine Arts at the Cultural Center


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