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Blinn Jacobs describes her work in a recent statement as being a dialogue between polygonal “shaped” canvases and the use of “painterliness” in regard to the interaction of color. Some of the works retain surface clarity; others become saturated by manipulation of graphic marks and various media. All involve a process-oriented manner that allows for discovery and a freedom to extemporize. I am interested in using a variety of materials. Sometimes a whimsical and playfullness undermines the geometric formality of the work. Whether it is delicate weavings of ribbon or intersecting planes of transparent color where the hard edges are cajoled into an animated rhythm, I hope to merge movement with stability, transparency with opacity, and labor with play. Blinn Jacobs studied at the Yale School of Art for four years and received her MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. Blinn’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Jacobs has been awarded many prestigious awards, grants, and residences including the Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Commision on the Arts, The Wofsey Award from tthe National Faber Birren Color Show, The Dr. Thomas Ayoub and Christine Dombrowski Award through Slivermine Guild Arts Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency in Sweet Briar, VA, and the Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus Fellowship, International Residency in Schwandorf Germany.

One-Two Person Exhibitions

2014 Manufactures Rarities, Paul Mellon Arts Center Gallery, Choate Rosemary Hall, CT
Blinn Jacobs, Fred.Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
2013 Blinn Jacobs, Tipping Planes, Artifact Gallery, LES, New York, NY catalog
2012 Blinn Jacobs and Tim Nikiforuk, Gallery 195, New Haven, CT
2011 Blinn Jacobs and Emilia Dubicki, Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT
2009 Overtones/Undertones Blinn Jacobs and Marjorie Wolfe, Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT
2007 Blinn Jacobs and Amy Browning, Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT
2006 Translucence/Transparency, Blinn Jacobs and Susan Moldenhauer, Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT
2000 Blinn Jacobs, The Sky Is Under Construction, Kunstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany
1999 Blinn Jacobs, Chester Gallery, Chester, CT
1999 Blinn Jacobs, Light / Repression and Recovery,
University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY catalog
1998 Blinn Jacobs and Gar Waterman, West Rock Studio, Westville, CT
1997 Blinn Jacobs, Recent Work, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA catalog
1996 Blinn Jacobs, Poplar Forest, Hilles Gallery, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT
Installations

2014 Twizzle, Site Specific Wall/Drawing Installation, Dublin Biennial, Dublin, Ireland
2013 Drawn and Quartered Hexagonal, Window Drawing/Installation, Artifact Gallery, New York, NY
2012 Plumb, Local Builders: An Anthology of Connecticut Sculptors, Curator, Stephen Kobasa,
A-Space Gallery, West Haven CT
2012 A Bird for Uccello, Slifka Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2011 Window Drawing/Installation, Kehler Liddell, New Haven, CT
2005 Diaphanie x 4, Window Drawing/Installation, August, Hilles Gallery, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT
2004 Cuatro, Commissioned Wall Drawing/Installation, Connecticut Mental Health Center, New Haven, CT
2003 Regalo, Wall Drawing/Installation, Erector Square, New Haven, CT
Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Holiday Exhibition, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
21 and Counting, The Painting Center, New York, NY
AXIS, 13 Former Fellows from The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Washington, DC
Dublin Biennial, Counterpoise x 9, Dublin, Ireland
2013 Holiday Exhibition, Fred.Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
2013 Colored Paper, curated by Jane Lincoln, Falmouth Art Center, Falmouth, MA
2012 Faber Birren National Color Show, juror, Ian Alteveer, Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT
Connecticut Women Artists Exhibition, juror Cathy Malloy, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT
Artists Choice, Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT
2011 Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy hardcover catalog
New Works on Paper, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL
Extraordinary Facilities, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT
I and Love and You, Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven , CT
2010 Small Works Invitational, Painting Center New York, NY
Geometrically Composed, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009 Size Matters, Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT
2008 Color Key, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Amerika trifft Bayern, Kunstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany
The Modern Show/Francis Frost, New York, NY
Generation Vi, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Summer Group Show, Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT
Postcard invitational, Chester Gallery, Chester, CT
Haskin laboratories Gallery, Kehler Liddell Artists, New Haven, CT
2006 Group Exhibition, Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT
2005 Small Works, Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT
Summer Show, Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence, RI
Wish You Were Here IV, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
Newart, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA catalog
2004 State of Mind, Small Space Gallery, New Haven, CT
CWOS, Artspace, New Haven CT
Generations .04, A.I.R. New York, NY
2003-04 Structures, John Slade Ely Gallery, New Haven, CT
Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence, RI
30 Years at Second Street, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA catalog
2003 PENNMFA Alumni Exhibition, Kroiz Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2003-03 Color and Form, Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence, RI
2001 Creative Arts Workshop Celebrates Yale’s Tercentennial: Artists from the Yale School of Art,
Hilles Gally, New Haven, CT
Subjective Color, untitled (space) gallery, New Haven, CT
KoOf, Pertolzhofen, Germany
1998 Award Winning Artists of 1998, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Hartford, CT
Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowship Recipients, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT
1997 Art Of The Northeast, juror, Cora Rosevear, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
New Art Annual, juror, Ann Philbin, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT
1996 National Juried Exhibition, juror Ivan Karp, Gallery 84, Inc., New York, NY
"144 Square ”, International Small Painting Exhibition, juror, Robert Reed, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT
Fellowships, Residencies, Grants

2014 The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, Sweet Briar, VA
2009 The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, Sweet Briar, VA
2002 The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, Sweet Briar, VA
2000 Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus Fellowship, International Residency, Schwandorf, Germany
2000 The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, Sweet Briar, VA
1998 Artist Fellowship Grant, Connecticut Commission On The Arts, Hartford, CT
1997 The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, Sweet Briar, VA
1995 The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, Sweet Briar, VA
Awards

2012 Wofsey Award, Thirty Second Annual Faber Birren National Color Show, Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT
1998 State of Connecticut General Assembly Citation, Connecticut Commission On The Arts, Hartford, CT
1997 The Dr. Thomas Ayoub and Christine Dombrowski Award, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
Selected Professional Activities

1995-present The Drawing Center, Artist Registry File, New York, NY
2009 An Afternoon in Blinn’s Studio, VCCA Event, Branford, CT
2004 ARTLIFE, Limited Editions, collage (signed edition of 100), Volume 24, Number 7, Issue 261, Ventura CA
2002 ARTLIFE, Limited Editions, digital prints (signed edition of 100), Volume 22, Number 10, Issue 242, Ventura CA
2002 ARTLIFE, Limited Editions, original drawings (signed edition of 100), Volume 22, Number 1, Issue 233, Ventura, CA
2001 ARTLIFE, Limited Editions, original drawings (signed edition of 100), Volume 21, Number 7, Issue 228, Ventura, CA
1999 Gallery and Slide Lecture, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY

Selected Press & Publications

John Austin, Illusionistic Play in the Work of Blinn Jacobs,, exhibition catalog, Blinn Jacobs: Tipping Planes Exhibition, Artifact, New York, NY, 2013
Ian Ateveer, 32nd Annual Faber Birren National Color Show Brochure, Stamford Art Association, September, 2012
Christina Hennessy, Art Takes A Deep Look At Color, Stamford Advocate, September, 2012
Yanan Wang, Set In An Office, Abstract Art Abounds, Yale Daily News, April 18, 2012
Two Coats of Paint Blog, September 2011
Blinn Jacobs, Florence Biennale Internazionale D’Arte Contemporanea, VIII Edizione 3, 2011 hardcover catalog
Studio Visit Magazine, Open Studios Press Publication, Boston, MA, 2010
Judy Birke, The Best of 2009, New Haven Register, December 27, 2009
Judy Birke, Translucence/Transparency: New works by Blinn Jacobs and Susan Moldenhauer,
New Haven Register, March 19, 2006
Judy Birke, Diaphanie x 4, New Haven Register, August 21, 2005
Amy Barry, Artists open Doors-and Minds, The Sound, September 30, 2004
Judy Birke, Structures, New Haven Register, January, 25, 2004
Second Street Gallery, 30 Years, exhibition catalog, 2003
Judy Birke, CAW gives good glimpse of decades of Yale art, New Haven Register, April 1, 2001
Judy Birke, Two Shows Examine Color, Objective and Subjective, March 1, 2001
Hank Hoffman, Color My World, New Haven Advocate, February 22, 2001
Michael Zeissner, Sehen, mit ganz anderen Augen, Der neue Tag Zeitung, Germany, July 5, 2000
Susan Moldenhauer, Blinn Jacobs, Light / Repression and Recovery, University of Wyoming
Art Museum, exhibition catalog, 1999
Judy Birke, Exhibit shows off concentration of talent at Erector Square, New Haven Register, December 13, 1996
Karen Singer Area Artist reap rich rewards from Connecticut Commission on the Arts, January 25, 1998
Robert Slutzky, Blinn Jacobs, Recent Work, exhibition catalog, 1997
Kathleen Sloan, Blinn Jacobs, Interview, CVILLE Weekly, December 1, 1997
Bernard Hanson, Four at New Haven’s Erector Square, The Middletown Press, June 28, 1990

About Blinn Jacobs

The shaped canvases of abstract artist Blinn Jacobs push the boundaries between form and surface in painting. Like Frank Stella, she creates abstract works on shaped canvases, yet her works are imbued with a painterly quality through the use of soft, muted color palette and graphic, textured lines that reveal the artist’s hand. “I am interested in using a variety of materials, sometimes in whimsical and surprising ways that playfully undermine the geometric formality of the work,” Jacobs has said. “Whether it is delicate weavings of ribbon or intersecting planes of transparent color where the hard edges are cajoled into an animated rhythm, I hope to merge movement with stability, transparency with opacity, and labor with play.”

American, b. 1942, New Philadelphia, Ohio

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
New Geometry, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery, New Haven
2014