Jackie Battenfield is an artist known for her luminously colored paintings and prints of natural forces which explore her fascination with the most abstract qualities of landscape–storms, clouds, brushfires, and water ripples. www.jackiebattenfield.com
From 1981-89, she worked as the Director of The Rotunda Gallery (now BRICartsmedia), curating thirty-six exhibitions, and overseeing its development from a tiny, fledgling space to a stable, dynamic arts organization. Jackie left the gallery shortly after realizing she could apply the skills she had developed running it to her own career. She’s never looked back.
Combining insights into the art world from both a gallery director’s and an artist’s viewpoint, Jackie sought out exhibition and sales opportunities throughout the country. She began with a memorable trip to Washington, D.C. accompanied by a three-month-old baby in a snugly, a backpack full of diapers and a small painting under each arm. In time she built up a network of support for her work around the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner award, a Warren Tanner award, the David Alfaro Siqueiros Award (Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts) and a U.S. Fulbright in their Specialist Program. For over twenty years, she has made a living from her art and is a popular lecturer on the challenges of sustaining a successful career in the visual arts.
Jackie teaches a professional practice class in the graduate program at Columbia University, and the Professional Development Program at the Creative Capital Foundation. She directed the post graduate seminars for The Artist in the Marketplace Program (AIM) at the Bronx Museum of the Arts for over sixteen years. Through these programs she has mentored over three thousand artists.