Jane Esch-Woodhouse



My favorite Hawkeye moment was when I was about 13 or so. It was the Iowa/Northwestern game at Kinnick – I’m sure it was one of the coldest games on record. My dad tried his best to keep me warm, but it was impossible. I finally told him I wanted to walk over to Carver to my cousin Jerry’s (Strom) office. When I got to Carver the women’s basketball team was shooting around. I sat and watched for a very long time until one of them asked me if I wanted to shoot a little. I loved basketball so I jumped right in. I have no idea who she was, but she gave me some incredible tips that day that took me from a decent player to a pretty great one the next year. The influence that one generous Iowa women’s basketball player had that day might just have altered the course of my life. -Michelle Bennett

about the artist

Jane earned her BA in Art from Coe College, graduating cum laude.  She has done graduate work at the University of Iowa, Drake University, and Morningside. In addition to her studio work, she teaches high school art in Monticello, Iowa. She and her family reside in Marion.


The inspiration for Organic Herky came from my life and interests. I am a vegetarian and a backyard organic gardener. Iowa’s rich black soil is one of the best things about living here. I’m a member of New Pioneer Co-op in Iowa City and also love attending local farmer’s markets. This Herky celebrates Iowa’s organic farmers and gardeners. -Jane Esch-Woodhouse


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