Jeanine Hill-Soldner is one of the independant contributor of our Chicago art and Chicago gallery blog. Here is a recent artist statement of hers.
Born in Quantico, Virginia and raised on and around military bases, my family moved frequently. I learned to quietly observe the world around me. This informed observation has influenced my provocative and innovative work. At the age of 12 my grandfather gave me oil paints and by age 15 I began acrylic painting classes in the studio of artist Lanier Densmore. I hold a Bachelor of Art in Art Ed. from University of Florida and Masters of Art in Art Ed. from University of Illinois, and have experience teaching art to all age levels.
I work full time as a professional artist and maintain a rigorous studio practice. As a painter in oil and acrylics my work spans more than 30 years, and has been described as innovative and thought provoking. My work bridges the boundaries between abstraction and representation transforming life’s experiences in visually fresh new ways. Mainly a figurative and portrait painter, I work from life, drawings and photographs. Flora, fauna, landscapes and architecture, are also subjects that interest me, all of which may be combined in a single composition.
I have been honored with several awards over the years, including my Artist Profile featured nationally on PBS Real Simple Television nationwide, WTTW ArtBeat Chicago, Fox News Chicago, Telemundo, National Public Radio, WRMN Elgin, 103.9 FM Crystal Lake, and more than 30 feature press articles. My work has exhibited in more than 100 juried group and solo shows in galleries and museums around the country.
Museum and Solo:
2009 Milwaukee Art Museum, Group Exhibit with National Veterans Art Museum
2007-08 Solo: “Memories of an Era”, National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL
2007 Museum of Fine Art Florida State University, “Family Experience in the 20th
Century” Tallahassee, FL
2002 Solo: “Memories of an Era” Matteson Historical Museum, Matteson, IL
1993 “State of the Art” Boston Fine Art Institute, Boston, Massachusetts
2009 “Sightseeing”, Barrington Area Library Featured Exhibit, Barrington, IL
2008 “Pilgrimage and Passages,” Sage Gallery, Lakeside Legacy Arts Park
2007-08 “Memories of an Era”, National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL
2007 “Pilgrimage and Passages”, Prairie Center for the Arts, Schaumburg, IL
2005 Sage Gallery, Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, Crystal Lake, IL
2003 University of Illinois at Chicago, the Arts-Medicine Project Gallery
Luna Café Solo Exhibit, Crystal Lake, IL
2002 Prairie Center for the Arts Gallery, Schaumburg, IL
2001 Barrington Area Arts Council’s Barrington Library Gallery
1992 Coral Springs Artist Guild, Coral Springs, FL
2009 2003, 1997 “Vicinity Show” Norris Cultural Center, St. Charles, IL
2003 “Chicago Solutions Show” Gallery on Lake, Curated by Ed Peschke
2006 Livingston Center for the Arts, Livingston, MN
1985 1984 Human Images Exhibit, Broward Art Guild, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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