Jennifer Balkan

Jennifer Balkan

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Jennifer Balkan
Artist Statement Although I had drawn all my life, I didn’t embrace my passion to paint until 2001. I grew up in one of the countless suburbs of New Jersey in between the Holland Tunnel and the Jersey Shore which spawned my affection and curiosity for all things carnivalesque. I studied behavioral neuroscience at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. After graduation, I worked my way out west to Seattle after a brief stay in Boulder where I found people not afraid to speak their minds, while I worked in a rat lab. In Seattle, I worked serving the mentally ill and developmentally disabled population. From Seattle, I was pulled to Austin to study Latin American sociology at the University of Texas. I attained my Ph.D. in 2001 after conducting anthropological fieldwork on human migration in Chiapas, Mexico in 1999. Although my experience in Mexico was rich, I longed for artistic creativity. In 2002, I quit my full-time job doing social scientific research and threw myself into oil painting and now paint fervently. I have taken art classes at Laguna Gloria Art School, the Austin Fine Arts School and at the Art Students League in Denver. I continue to find inspiration in many innovative painters who include friends both near and far and my husband Jeff whose extraordinary grace on the guitar has taught me that strength lies in subtlety. My greatest achievement is my son Karlo who was born in 2009. I feel incredibly lucky and constantly humbled as I get to see the world through his eyes. I now realize that my time studying the human psyche both psychologically and sociologically must have left its imprint on my brain permanently…because I cannot seem to stray too far from it in my painting. Education 2005 May, Art Student League of Denver, Colorado 2003 Austin Fine Arts School, Austin, TX 2002 Laguna Gloria Art School, Austin, TX 2001 University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D. in sociology 1992 Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, B.A. in behavioral neuroscience Selected Exhibitions 2014 March, Georgetown Art Center, Texas: "Tomfoolery: Humor in Art" group exhibition March, UP Collective, Austin, TX: "Nude Show" juried exhibition 2013 November, East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX September, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: Women Painting Women exhibition May, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York: two-person exhibition January, Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA: “About Face” self-portrait group exhibition 2012 November, East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX October, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE: juried art auction August, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: “100 Degrees” group show July, Bennington Center for the Arts, Vermont: Artists for the New Century exhibition June, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York: self-portrait exhibition March, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: solo exhibition 2011 November, East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX October, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE: juried art auction September, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: Affordable Art Show July, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: “Rivers” group show 2010 December, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: group show November, East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX November, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC: juried show “Women Painting Women” October, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE: juried art auction September, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: Drawing exhibit August, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: Anniversary group show March, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: solo exhibition 2009 November, East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX October, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: Artists’ Choice Show October, Bass Concert Music Hall, Austin, TX: solo show September, Austin, TX: Austin Visual Arts Association: juried exhibition July, Showings Fine Art Gallery, Denver, CO: curated Women Artists’ Show January, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: “A Grand Affair” group show 2008 December, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: group show November, East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX October, Austin Visual Arts Association, Austin, TX: juried life drawing show October, USArtist’s Show, Philadelphia, PA: invited by the Principle Gallery May, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: Solo Painter show January, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: “A Grand Affair,” group exhibition 2007 December, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: “Small Works Show,” group exhibition December, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: “Alice in Wonderland,” group exhibition November, Davis Gallery, Austin, TX: group exhibition June-July, Winston-Wachter Gallery, Seattle, WA: group exhibition April, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: Solo Painter show 2006 December, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: “Small Works Show,” group exhibition November, Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: East Austin Studio Tour, group exhibition November, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: “The Artist’s Process,” group exhibition September, Art in Embassy Program, Republic of Cyprus: Painting selected to be part of program September, Texas Freedom Network Art Auction, silent art auction benefit August, Galerie Dalray, New Orleans, LA: group exhibition July, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA: group figurative exhibition July, Bella Creo Fine Art Gallery, Boerne, TX: group exhibition April, F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: two-painter/two-photographer show March, Austin Visual Arts Association: juried figurative art exhibition 2005 November, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: group exhibition November, Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: East Austin Studio Tour, group exhibition April, F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: solo painter exhibition 2004 November, Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: East Austin Studio Tour, group exhibition November, F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: “Art Wide Shut,” group show October, Texas Hill Country Invitational Art Show, Boerne, TX: a featured artist September, Women and their Work Gallery, Austin, TX: “Red Hot Red Dot”, art show & silent auction August, Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: “Home Is Where the Art Is,” organizer & participant August, F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: “Retro Show” group exhibition July, Spirit Echoes Inc. Fine Arts Festival, Austin, TX: juried show June, F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: two-painter exhibition, sold-out show April, Guerrilla Gallery Ladyfest Art Show, Austin, TX: juried art exhibition April, Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: East Austin Studio Tour, group exhibition April, Austin Fine Arts Festival, Austin, TX: displayed artwork & gave painting portrait demos January, Zandoozi Gallery, Austin, TX: solo exhibition 2003 December, Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: “Salon des RefusŽs,” group exhibition November, Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: East Austin Studio Tour, group exhibition November, Texas Freedom Network Art Auction, silent art auction benefit April, Blue Genie Art Industries, Austin, TX: “Spring Art Show,” group exhibition Published The Austin Review, May 2014, Cover artist and interview Poets and Artists, May 2014, "Raw Beauty" curated by Sergio Lopez American Art Collector, May, 2013, “Jennifer Balkan & John McCarthy: Disguises and Disappearances” Sacramento Bee, January, 2013, “About Face” self-portrait show at the Elliot Fouts Gallery” Austin Chronicle, January, 2013, “Top Ten from Visual Art in 2012″ Tribeza, September, 2013, featured artist Austin Chronicle, March, 2012, “Jennifer Balkan: Peep Holes” American Art Collector, March, 2012, “Peep Holes: Jennifer Balkan” Austin Chronicle, November, 2010, “East Austin Studio Tour” American Art Collector, November, 2010, “Women Painting Women” Austin Visual Arts Awards, 2009, nominated for Artist of the Year in 2-Dimensional Art Austin Chronicle, November, 2008, “Welcome to My Studio” Austin Woman, September, 2008, “Keep Austin Artistic: Jennifer Balkan, Painter” Austin Chronicle, May, 2008, “Jennifer Balkan: Hidden Meaning” Southwest Art, May, 2008, “Seriously Funny: six artists view life with imagination and wit” Falls Church News, January, 2008, review published New American Paintings, October, 2007, artwork published Austin Chronicle, May, 2007, “Jennifer Balkan: Her New Work” Farfelu Magazine, Summer 2006, artwork published Edifice Wrecked, Spring, 2006, artwork and interview published Southwest Art Magazine, December 2005, “Artist to Watch” West Austin News, May 2005 Southwest Art, December 2004 Austin Monthly, October 2004, “Jennifer Balkan, Painting With a Passion” Austin American Statesman Xlent, April, July 2004 Austin Chronicle, February 2004, January 2004 Teaching Experience 2014 Two portrait workshops at Georgetown Art Center, private classes in studio; private group studio classes, figure painting and portraiture instruction 2013 Private group studio classes, figure painting and portraiture instruction 2012 Private group studio classes, figure painting 2011 Private group studio classes, figure painting 2009 Private group studio classes, figure painting 2008 Private group studio classes, figure painting and portraiture instruction 2007 Private group studio classes, figure painting and still-life instruction 2007 Austin Waldorf School, 12th Grade oil painting and drawing self-portraiture instructor 2006 Austin Waldorf School, 11th Grade oil painting and drawing still-life instructor 2006 Sculpture Academy of Austin, figurative painting educator 2005 Sculpture Academy of Austin, figurative drawing 2004 Austin Fine Arts Festival, gave portrait demonstrations Presentations & Radio 2012 KLRU, Austin, TX: interviewed for "Generous Art" project 2008 90.5 KUT Radio, Austin, TX: interviewed for “Arts Eclectic” show 2008 91.7 KOOP Radio, Austin, TX: interviewed for “Visual Aid” show 2008 University of Texas, Austin, TX: guest instructor for figure painting class in Theatre Department 2006 Women and their Work Gallery, Austin, TX: “Show and Tell Digital Slide Jam,” discussed artwork 2004 f8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: “Lunch Brake for Art,” discussed perspective and technique Curator/Juror Experience 2012 Selected participants and finalists for Georgetown Art Hop Competition 2006 Judged finalists for Rising Star program from Blackland Prairie Elementary School in Round Rock, TX 2004 Women Who Paint Women, Little City Coffeehouse, Austin, curator & participant of 6-woman show
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