Jo Ann Fleischhauer was born in Brooklyn, and raised near Buffalo, NY. She received her BA from Bates College and BFA from San Francisco Art Institute. After completing her degrees, she lived and studied in New Zealand and France. In 1990, she moved to Houston where she did graduate work in sculpture at the University of Houston.
She is a recipient of two Individual Artist Grants from the Houston Arts Alliance, City of Houston Initiative Grant, Houston Endowment Grant, as well as grants from Connemara Conservancy, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Buffalo Bayou Artpark, Tacoma Contemporary, and Project Row Houses.
From 2008-2010 she was the Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Nanomedicine and Biomedical Engineering, UT Health Science Center, Houston. Her installations in Houston include: Emptying into White (2003) at Texas Children’s Hospital, A Pocketful of Stars (2005) for Project Row Houses, Parasol Project (2006-7) at the Historic Foley House, and Leonardo Dialogo (2010) at UT Health Science Center. For Nanogagliato 2012 (Gagliato, Italy), Fleischhauer constructed and exhibited three projects: The Starry Messengers, Through the Torn Paper Screen, and Isabella’s Stair. What Time is It? (2013) transformed a historic clock tower in downtown Houston and Sexual Selection, a re-interpretation of Parasol Project, was installed at the Art League, Houston in 2014. Her most recent project, the sky and the fracture (2015) was exhibited at The Mariago Collective, Houston, and as part of Houston Airport System’s Portable Works Project, eleven parasols from the Parasol Project were permanently installed at George Bush International Airport (2015). She is presently ‘Artist-in-Residence in Neuroaesthetics’ at University of Houston’s College of Engineering.
Fleischhauer has exhibited internationally and is represented in public and private collections. She lives in Houston.