Blinn Jacobs, ‘Paradigm’, 2013, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

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.

O N E – T W O P E R S O N E X H I B I T I O N S

2018 Blinn Jacobs and Robert Reed, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
2014 Manufactured Rarities, Blinn Jacobs and Willard Lustenader, Paul Mellon Arts Center Gallery,
Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT
Blinn Jacobs, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
2013 Blinn Jacobs, Tipping Planes, Artifact 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
Blinn Jacobs, Light / Repression and Recovery, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY catalog
1998 Blinn Jacobs, 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

2017 Palindrome, Gateway Community College, New Haven, CT (Purchased)
2016 Gig, Window/Drawing Installation, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
2015 The Shape It Takes, Ball and Socket Arts Garage, Cheshire, CT
String Theory, Sculpture by Blinn Jacobs, Susan Shutan and Alison Walsh, Curator, Stephen Kobasa,
A-Space Gallery, West Haven, CT
2014 Twizzle, Site Specific Wall Drawing/Installation, Dublin Biennial, Dublin, Ireland
2013 Drawn and Quartered, Hexagonal, Window/Drawing Installation, Artifact, New York, NY catalog
2012 Plumb, Local Builders: An Anthology of Connecticut Sculptors, Curator, Stephen Kobasa, A-Space Gallery, West Haven, CT
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, 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

S E L E C T E D   G R O U P   E X H I B I T I O N S

2017 Maniac 5, curated by Kevin Daly, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT catalog
Inspirations, juror, Judy Hecker, Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY
MIXMASTER, juror, Meg White, Mattatuck, Museum, Waterbury, CT
2016 Holiday Exhibition, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
New Geometry, Blinn Jacobs, Will Lustenader, Don Voisine, Celia Johnson, Power Boothe, Robert Storr, Gary Stephan, Anoka Farugee , Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
2015 Holiday Exhibition, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
2014 Holiday Exhibition, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
21 & Counting, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Axis, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Brentwood, MD
Dublin Biennial, Counterpoise x 9, Dublin Biennial Gallery, Dublin, Ireland catalog
2013-14 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 brochure Connecticut Women Artists Exhibition, juror Cathy Malloy, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT
Artist’s 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
I and Love and You, Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT
Extraordinary Facilities, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT
S E L E C T E D G R O U P E X H I B I T I O N S continued

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
The Modern Show/Francis Frost, New York, NY
Amerika trifft Bayern, Kunstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany
Generation VI, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Postcard invitational, Chester Gallery, Chester, CT
Summer Group Show, Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT
Kehler Liddell Artists, Haskin Laboratories Gallery, 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
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. Gallery, 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
2002 Color and Form, Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence, RI
2001 Creative Arts Workshop Celebrates Yale’s Tercentennial:
Artists from the Yale School Of Art At The Hilles Gallery, New Haven, CT
Subjective Color, untitled (space) gallery, New Haven, CT
2000 KoOpf, 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
1995 Contemporary Art from Penn, Invitational, Center Square Gallery, Midlantic Bank, Philadelphia, PA,
Cromar, Jacobs, Love, Shimizu, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT
Women "s" Work, Invitational, Meyerson Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1993-94 Seventh Annual Women in the Visual Arts, juror, Susana Jacobson, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT
6 Spaces, Installation Exhibition, Meyerson Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA,
Graduate School of Fine Arts Exhibitions, selected MFA students, Meyerson Gallery,
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
MFA Exhibitions, Meyerson Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA,
Portfolio Print Shows, Burrison Art Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Penn Prints, Large Print Shows, Meyerson Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1991 Angel in the Basement, Meyerson Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
30th Anniversary Exhibition, Creative Arts Workshop, May, New Haven, CT
1990 Painting Exhibition: Alexander, Dorsey, Jacobs, Strahle, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT
1979--83 Student Exhibitions, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

A W A R D S

2017 Painting Award, MIXMASTER, juror Meg White, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
2016 The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, Sweet Briar, VA
Artist Fellowship Grant, Connecticut Arts Council of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Office of the Arts (COA)
2014 The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, Sweet Briar, VA
2012 Wofsey Award, Thirty Second Annual Faber Birren National Color Show, Stamford, CT
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
The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, Sweet Briar, VA
1998 Artist Fellowship Grant, Connecticut Commission On The Arts, Hartford, CT
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
The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, Sweet Briar, VA
1995 The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, Sweet Briar, VA
1992-93 Graduate Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

O T H E R   P R O F E S S I O N A L   A C T I V I T I E S

1995-
present The Drawing Center, Artist Registry, New York, New York
2010 Studio Visit Magazine, Volume Twelve, Open Studios Press Spring Publication, Boston, MA
Overtones/Undertones Gallery Discussion, Tim Applebee Moderator, Blinn Jacobs and Marjorie Wolfe Artists, Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT
2009 An Afternoon in Blinn’s Studio, VCCA Event, Branford, CT
Studio Visit Magazine, Volume Six, Open Studios Press Spring Publication, Boston, MA
2004 ARTLIFE, Limited Editions, collage (signed edition of 100), Volume 24, Number 7, Issue 261, Ventura CA
Gallery Talk, John Slade Ely Gallery, New Haven, CT
2002 ARTLIFE, Limited Editions, digital prints (signed edition of 100), Volume 22, Number 10, Issue 242, Ventura CA
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
1997 Gallery Talk, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
CAA Conference,”On Bees and “Bee-ing”, presentation by session chair, Nancy Macko, New York, NY
1993 Siteonseen, Co-founder, collaborative visual art group
1992 Institute of Contemporary Art, Lecture Series, ICA, Philadelphia, PA
1984-90 Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT, Board of Directors

John Austin, Illusionistic Play in the work of Blinn Jacobs, Tipping Planes, exhibition catalog, Artifact, 2013
Ian Alteveer, 32nd Annual Faber Birren National Color Show Brochure, Stamford Art Association, 2012
Christina Hennessy, Art Takes A Deep Look At Color, Stamford Advocate, September 30, 2012
Yanan Wang, Set In An Office, Abstract Art Abounds, Yale Daily News, Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Blinn Jacobs, Florence Biennale Internazionale D’Arte Contemporanea, VIII Edizione, 3 - 11 Dicembre 2011
Two Coats of Paint Blog, September 2011
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,
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Judy Birke, Diaphanie x 4, New Haven Register, Sunday, August 21, 2005
Patrick Ferrucci, Best of Weekend, New haven Register, Friday, July 29, 2005
Amy Barry, Artists open Doors and Minds, The Sound, September 30, 2004
Judy Birke, Structures, New Haven Register, Sunday, 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, Sunday, April 1, 2001
Judy Birke, Two Shows Examine Color, Objective and Subjective, New Haven Register, Sunday, March 4, 2001
Hank Hoffman, Color My World, New Haven Advocate, February 22-28, 2001
Echte Reifegrufung fur die Kunstlerkolonie, Mittelbayerische Zeitung, Germany, July 12, 2000
Die anderen Formen des Seins, Der Neue Tag Zeitung, Germany, July 10, 2000
Michael Zeissner, vom Leben in einer Kunstlerkolonie, Der Neue Tag Zeitung, Germany, July 6, 2000
Wenn Alice an der Naab spazieren geht, Mittelbayerische Zeitung Germany, July 5, 2000
Michael Zeissner, Sehen, mit ganz anderen Augen, Der neue Tag Zeitung, Germany, July 5, 2000
Bayern television, evening news, Bavaria, Germany, July 4, 2000
Im neuen Kunstlerhaus zogen erste Gaste ein, Mittelbayerische Zeitung, Germany, June 8, 2000
Erste Gaste im Kunstlerhaus II Der Neue Tag Zeitung, Germany, June 8, 2000
What’s Happening, New Haven Register, September 19, 1999
Susan Moldenhauer, Blinn Jacobs, Light / Repression and Recovery, exhibition catalog,
University of Wyoming Art Museum, 1999

Willoughby Mariano, The Cocktail Party, New Haven Advocate, December 17, 1998
Judy Birke, Exhibit shows off concentration of talent at Erector Square, New Haven Register, December 13, 1998
Netscape, Senator William Aniskovich presents General Assembly Citation to three artists, July 1998
Karen Singer Area Artist reap rich rewards from Connecticut Commission on the Arts, New Haven Register, January 25, 1998
Robert Slutzky, Blinn Jacobs, Recent Work, exhibition catalog, Second Street Gallery, 1997 
Sarah Sargent, In November: works by Blinn Jacobs, Second Street Gallery Publication, 1997
Kathleen Sloan, Blinn Jacobs, Interview, CVILLE Weekly, December 16, 1997
Landon Normema, Getting Shipshape, The Daily Progress, Virginia, November 7, 1997
Art of the Northeast USA, Exhibition brochure, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, 1997
Winners announced in Silvermine Guild Show, New Canaan Advertiser, May 15, 1997
Bill Lustenader, Women in the Visual Arts, art/view, March 1993
Bernard Hanson, Four at New Haven’s Erector Square, The Middletown Press, June 28, 1990

BLOGS

Nicole Lenzi, Expanded Drawing Practices Blog, Blinn Jacobs’ Installation at Fred Giampietro Gallery, 2016
    http://expandeddrawingpractices.blogspot.com/2016/02/blinn-jacobs-multiples-and-modules.html
Teresa Chen, Getting In Shape for the New Year, January 22, 2016,
     http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2016/01/22/getting-in-shape-for-the-new-year/
Sarah Sargent, AXIS Exhibition Blog
    http://vcca.blogspot.com/2014/08/fellows-who-come-to-vcca-speak-about.html
Sarah Sargent, Blinn Jacobs Exhibition at the Paul Mellon Arts Center
    http://vcca.blogspot.com/2014/09/jacobs-at-paul-mello-art-center.html

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