Bianca Janine Pettis
Bianca Janine Pettis is a professional artist based in Minneapolis, MN. She studied acting in the North Carolina School of Arts Pre-Professional Acting Program and went on to get a BA from Antioch College and an MFA from the University of Minnesota.
Pettis started acting as a teenager with the Charlotte, NC based Teen Family Theatre Troupe: Focus. As an undergrad she interned at Alice B. Theatre in Seattle, the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis and the Center for Creative Arts Therapy in Denver. Pettis worked as a professional actress for many years performing with Frank Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Patrick's Cabaret, Bedlam Theatre and the Science Museum of Minnesota. As a theatre artist she received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Initiative Grant and a Many Voices Fellowship from the Playwrights Center. She also wrote several solo shows including "The Besides" and "Exterminate Your Love".
Since 2003, she's worked in tandem with her husband, Jacob Aaron Roske, as the sound art duo Beatrix*Jar. From 2003 - 2014, Beatrix*Jar toured the country leading hands-on circuit bending workshops paired with live sound collage performances. Their work has been featured at major art museums such as the Walker Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the High Museum in Atlanta and the ICA in Boston. Beatrix*Jar was awarded a Minnesota Composers Forum Subito Grant and a Bush Fellowship in Media Arts (2010). They've released three albums of note: "I Love You Talk Bird", "Golden Fuzz" and "Art Star".
Pettis discovered herself as a visual artist in 2016, while enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota. As a student in the Art Department she explored painting and printmaking. Her solo work was featured at the Rochester Art Museum's Andy Warhol Exhibition "Minnesota Goes Pop". After graduating in 2017, she was commissioned to paint a mural for the Salvation Army Harbor Lights in Minneapolis and received a Jerome Residency for emerging printmakers at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking.