Jennifer O’Connell is an interior and still-life painter with nearly ten years of professional gallery representation. She has exhibited in many U.S. cities including New York and Washington DC. O’Connell grew up in the Adirondack region of Upstate New York. She has an MFA degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of New Hampshire and a BFA from SUNY Plattsburgh. Additionally, she studied fine art at the University College Chester in England on a Giltz Family Travel Award. After receiving her MFA, she was invited to exhibit in the "Young Talent" exhibition in Washington Depot, CT. Since then, she has been the recipient of numerous awards including an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Fellowship and a Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency Grant, and a Massachusetts State Cultural Council Grant. She has led public lectures and participated in panel discussions on the East Coast. Visiting Guest Artist Lectures include Barton College in North Carolina and SUNY Plattsburgh in New York. Her exhibition record includes national and international shows at Fraser Gallery in Washington, DC and the Bowery Gallery in New York. In 2008, she was selected by juror Cynthia Reeves for the "New England/New Talent" Exhibition at the Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg, MA. In 2011, she was invited to exhibit her work at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. In 2012, she was included in an exhibition at Saks Galleries in Denver, Colorado. She has been included in publications such as Art New England, Artscope, and Southwest Art Magazine. In 2013, she was awarded third place in The Artist’s Magazine National Competition by still life painter, Amy Weiskopf and interviewed about the selected artwork. In 2014, O’Connell was profiled along with many of her paintings in the book Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: People and Places by Deborah Forman. An exhibition of some of the works included in the book took place on Cape Cod in 2014. Jennifer O’Connell currently works and resides in Western Massachusetts.
Obscure, private visions that alienate the mind in daylight, keep a potent mooring within me. Inspired by what the mind conjures, the process of perception is influenced by contemplation. Shadows, objects and shapes are gateways to memories. In dreaming before the rooms I paint, I come in contact with transient psychological aspects. Literally and symbolically, painting worlds are extensions of the self.
While nudging perception toward visual metaphor, I seek visual surprise. Visual and conceptual depth intersect through a back and forth process of direct observation and separation; reality is the support for suggestion. Under changing conditions, paintings are built up piece by piece, seeking compositional and conceptual resonance. Through an additive and subtractive visual search, variety in application and alternate descriptions are explored through the color medium. Objects are surpassed as symbols; fragments of the moments compressed into each painting emerge as temporal evidence and manifestations of human presences.
2004 - MFA, University of New Hampshire, summa cum laude
2000 - Radford University, Virginia
2000 - BFA, SUNY Plattsburgh, magna cum laude
1998 - University College Chester, England
2011 Left Bank Gallery, New Paintings, Wellfleet, MA
2010 Left Bank Gallery, Painterly Places, Wellfleet, MA
2010 Adam Cave Fine Art, Luminous: New Work, Raleigh, NC
2009 - Barton College Art Museum - Wilson, NC
2008 - Elms College - Borgia Gallery - Chicopee, MA
2007-08 - Oxbow Gallery - Solo Exhibition - Northampton, MA
2008 - Northampton Center for the Arts - Solo Exhibition - Northampton, MA
2006 - Bowery Gallery - Invitational Exhibition - New York, NY
2005 - "Out the Window" - Three Graces Gallery - Portsmouth, NH
2004 - "Wild Dwellings" - North Country Cultural Center for the Arts Plattsburgh, NY
2004-08 - Gallery Wright - Solo Exhibition - Wilmington, VT
2002 - Penetrating Spaces - Gallery 111, East Rochester, NH
2014 - Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: People and Places, South Yarmouth, MA
2014 - Concord Art Association, Frances M. Roddy Open Competition, Concord, MA Juried by Meg White, Director of Gallery NAGA, Boston
2012 - American Art Invitational, American Miniatures, Saks Galleries, Denver, CO
2012 - Adam Cave Fine Art, Summer Group Show, Raleigh, NC
2011 - College of William and Mary, Shipped and Shaped, Williamsburg, VA
2008 - Fitchburg Art Museum - New England / New Talent 2008, Juried by Cynthia Reeves
2007 - Concord Art Association - Frances M. Roddy Open Competition - Concord, MA, Northampton Center for the Arts - Works on Paper - Northampton, MA
2006 - Washington Art Association "Young Talent Exhibition" - Washington Depot, CT, Concord Art Association - Frances M. Roddy Open Competition - Concord, MA
2006 - Southern Vermont Arts Center - 50th National Fall Open Exhibition- Manchester, VT, Juried by Ben Frank Moss
2005 - Fraser Gallery - Georgetown International Art Competition - Washington, DC, Juried by Jack Rassmussen, Director, Katzen Art Center at American University
2005 - TW Wood Gallery Contemporary Drawing 2005, Vermont College - Montpelier, VT
2005 - Sharon Arts Center - Black and White Juried Art Competition - Peterborough, NH
2005 - Southern Vermont Arts Center - 49th National Fall Open Exhibition- Manchester, VT
2005 - Woodstock School of Art - Regional Juried Exhibition - Woodstock, NY
2005 - Award: Richard Segalman Award for Painting by Juror, HongNian Zhang
2005 - 70th Annual National Exhibition - Cooperstown Art Association - Cooperstown, NY, Award: Wright Memorial Award for Painting
2005 - Southern Vermont Art Center Collector's Gallery - Manchester, VT
2005 - Hildene Artists in the Garden - Peggy Beckwith Open Competition - Manchester, VT
2005 - Southern Vermont Arts Center 76th Annual Members Juried Exhibit - Manchester, VT
2005 - All Maine Invitational - University of Southern Maine - Atrium Gallery, Lewiston, ME
2004 - Bowery Gallery - 13th Annual Juried Show - New York, NY, Juried by William Bailey
2004 - New Gallery Artists - Gallery Wright - Wilmington, VT
2004 - Blanche Ames Regional Art Competition - North Easton, MA, Juried by William Martin, Rhode Island College Art Professor
2004 - Barn Gallery Juried Show, Ogunquit, ME, Juried by Susan Danly, Curator of Portland Museum of Art
2004 - Pictures at an Exhibition - Institute for Study of Earth, Oceans, Space, Durham, NH
2004 - MFA Thesis Show - The Art Gallery at University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
2003 - Juried Show - Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA
2003 - Juried by Jock Reynolds, Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery
2003 - Concord Art Association - Frances M. Roddy Open Competition - Concord, MA, Award: Honorable Mention by Juror, John Moore
2002 - Juried Show - Sanctuary Arts - Eliot, ME
2002 - Open Studios - Bondurant Center - Radford, VA
2001 - XYZ Gallery - Blacksburg, VA
2001 - Radford University Art Museum - Radford Art Show, Radford, VA, Award: Best of Show
2001 - Roland Gibson Gallery - North Country Regional Juried Art Show - SUNY Potsdam, NY
2001 - On the Periphery - Four Person Show - Myers Fine Arts Gallery, Plattsburgh, NY
PUBLIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
2009 Familiar Places: Visiting Artist Lecture, Barton College, Wilson, NC
2004 - Barn Gallery Artist Panel Discussion The Barn Gallery, PO Box 529, Ogunquit, ME
2004 - The Art Gallery, University of New Hampshire. Gallery Talk: MFA Thesis Exhibition
2002 - On My Work: Slide Presentation. Painting Dept, Plattsburgh State University of NY
2000 - The Political Economy of Mexico: Diego Rivera's Murals. SUNY Plattsburgh lecture
GRANTS, AWARDS, & HONORS
2013 - The Artist’s Magazine National Competition: After Dinner won third place in the Still Life category. Juried by still life painter, Amy Weiskopf. Article with color reproduction in The Artist’s Magazine, December 2013.
2009 - Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant
2008 - Fitchburg Art Museum - New England / New Talent 2008, Fitchburg, MA
2008 - Open Studios Press: Studio Visit Magazine, 2008 edition, Boston, MA.
2005 - Richard Segalman Award for Painting, Woodstock School of Art Juried Exhibition - Woodstock, NY
2005 - Wright Memorial Award for Painting, Cooperstown Art Association National Exhibition - Cooperstown, NY
2004 - Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Montreal, Canada
2004 - Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2003,2004 - Honorable Mention, Frances M. Roddy Open Competition, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
2003-04 - Graduate Painting Scholarship, University of New Hampshire, Bernice Gray Hanhisalo Scholarship
2002-04 - Graduate Tuition Scholarship, University of New Hampshire
2001-02 - Graduate Assistantship, Slide Library, Radford University Art Department
2001 - Radford Art Show, Radford, VA
2000 - Painting Scholarship, SUNY Plattsburgh, Jane Prescott Rowlson Award for Art
1999 - Research Internship, Art History. SUNY Plattsburgh, Winkel Internship
1998 - Department of Art and Art History Internship, SUNY Plattsburgh, Winkel Internship
1998 - Travel Award - Europe. Giltz Family Travel Award
2004 - Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency, Johnson, VT
SUNY Plattsburgh Art Museum
Foreman, Deborah. Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: People and Places. Schiffer, 2014. Print.
The Artist’s Magazine December 2013. Article with color reproduction. After Dinner won third place in Still Life category of The Artist’s Magazine National Competition.
"Inhabiting Jennifer O'Connell's Interiors" Left Bank Gallery Blog August 2012.
"Featured artist…Jennifer O’Connell!" Barbara Stroud Blog March 2012.
Featured painting It's Your Move for juried exhibition at Visual Arts Exchange in Raleigh, NC August 2012.
"Portfolio: Inside Edition." Southwest Art Magazine April 2011.
Featured painting Skylights in Southwest Art Magazine homepage April 2011.
"Inside Worlds." Southwest Art Magazine March 2010: 34.
Dave Delcambre. "Jennifer O’Connell at Adam Cave Fine Art." NC artblog 19 March 2010.
"Pittman's work part of double exhibit at Barton College." The Daily Southerner 25 September 2009.
"Home environments, Exhibits feature paintings by O'Connell and Pittman." The Wilson Times 23 September 2009.
"Domestic Interiors Featured in Double Painting Exhibit at Barton." Barton College News 22 September 2009.
Bonnie Wells. image reproduction of Rubber Plant. Amherst Bulletin 24 April 24 2009. Arts and Leisure: 3.
Brian Goslow. image reproduction of Evening Retreat. Artscope Magazine Mar/April 2009. Capsule Previews: 58.
Norbert Marszalek. "Interview with Jennifer O'Connell." Neotericart.com October 2008.
Open Studios Press: Studio Visit Magazine volume 2 [Boston, MA] 2008.
Bob Paquette, WFCR radio interview, New England / New Talent 2008, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
Allie Roth. "No Place Like Home." Amherst Bulletin 20 April 2007: 11-12.
Dan DeNicola. "Haunted Chambers." Northampton Gazette 13 April 2007. Hampshire Life: 31.
Cheryl R. Rulewich, "O'Connell's Intimate ‘Interiors,'" Greenfield Recorder 12 April 2007: 13.
Kendra Thurlow. "The Intimate Interior." Valley Advocate 29 March - 4 April, 2007: 30.
Art New England "Art Seen." award winners at Concord Art Association, Concord, MA, Dec 2003/Jan 2004.
Gerianne Wright, "The Art Around Us" Plattsburgh State University of New York Magazine 2.2 (Spring 2001): 2-12.
Gerianne Wright, cover image reproduction of The Room. Plattsburgh State University of New York Magazine 2.2 (Spring 2001): cover