Fall 2018 Spotlight Artist: JACKIE BATTENFIELD


Jackie Battenfield, Moon Glow, 2015 acrylic on Mylar panel 50 x 40 in. Private Collection, Maryland


Jackie Battenfield is known for her luminous paintings and prints of natural forces. Her works explore her fascination with the most abstract qualities of landscape—most recently the natural unfolding and leafing of a tree branch. She sees the painting process itself as akin to an intimate meditation on landscape.  Recent solo and 2-person exhibitions include Chasing the Sky, Chicago Art Source (2018); Branched, Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, DC (2017); Mirage, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York (2015); and Another Garden Wave Hill, Bronx, New York (2014). In 2018, Tree Canopy, four mural sized paintings commissioned by The MTA Arts & Design program in New York City were permanently installed in the Avenue P subway station in Brooklyn. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Award, the David Alfaro Siqueiros Award, the Arts & Architecture Alumni Award from Pennsylvania State University, and the U.S. Fulbright Specialist Program. Her work is represented in more than 500 collections worldwide including the New York Public Library, NY; The Zimmerli Art Museum, Montclair Art Museum, NJ; Palmer Museum, University Park, PA; University Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ; Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art; the Progressive Corporation; and the United States Embassy Collections, Brazil, Cambodia, Croatia, Jamaica, and Peru. For over twenty years, Jackie has made a living from her art and is a popular motivational speaker on the challenges of sustaining a successful career in the visual arts. She is the author of The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, Da Capo Press, 2009 and teaches in the MFA Program at Columbia University, School of the Arts in New York.