Born and raised in New York City, Jeannie Motherwell inherited a love of painting from her father, Robert Motherwell, and stepmother, Helen Frankenthaler, two pillars of mid-century abstraction. She studied painting at Bard College and the Art Students League in New York. Continuing with her art after college, she became active in arts education at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, until relocating to Cambridge, MA, where she worked at Boston University for the graduate program in Arts Administration until 2015. She served on the Cambridge Arts Council Public Art Commission from 2004 - 2007 and is currently on the Advisory Board for Joy Street Artists Open Studios in Somerville, MA. Her work has been featured in public and private collections throughout the US and abroad.

Jeannie's studio is in Somerville, MA. She is represented by M Fine Arts Galerie in Boston, MA and Palm Beach, FL.; and Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA.

Artist Statement

Having lived on Cape Cod Bay for most of my summers, my work is influenced by the constantly changing landscape that surrounds me, and — when not within hearing distance of the waves lapping or crashing onshore — by the images of celestial phenomena as seen from the Hubble telescope in outer space. I am amazed by the images and mysteries of the oceans and skies in changing weather, Hubble-type images of the universe, and my own physicality during the painting process. It has inspired my paintings, which have an intimacy to the space in them but also an immensity.

The process I use and the mere physicality of it help me explore spatial complexities that yield marvelous surprises, taking me in directions I cannot anticipate. There are things that happen in my paintings that I cannot explain. I may try to control them while working, but I am really searching for answers to make the unexpected work for me. It is about exploring the unknown and then refining it to reflect a visceral memory or experience — for me and for the viewer. I like to think of my paintings as an ‘event’ or an ‘occurrence’; that is, an action that emerges in the here and now — where the subject matter symbolizes the images and mysteries of creation.


1976 The Art Students League of New York, Painting

1974 Bard College, BA, Painting


2019 M Fine Arts Galerie IMPACT Boston, MA

2018 M Fine Arts Galerie Recent Paintings Palm Beach, FL

Rochester Museum of Fine Arts Color Stories: Selected Works by Jeannie Motherwell Rochester, NH

2017 Rafius Fane Gallery POUR. PUSH. LAYER. Boston, MA

2013- Lynne Scalo Design New Paintings Westport, CT

2002 - 2011 Lyman-Eyer Gallery Provincetown, MA

2007, 2010 Boston University, Metropolitan Gallery Paintings and collages Boston, MA

2000 - 2001Boathouse Gallery Provincetown, MA

1999 Cambridge Public Library Cambridge, MA

1978 - 1981 Provincetown Group Gallery Provincetown, MA

1974 Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY


2019 - 2020

New Bedford Art Museum Excavation: Layers of Meaning New Bedford, MA


Ethan Cohen New York DOUBLE X New York, NY

Ethan Cohen Kube Orphans of Painting Beacon, NY

M Fine Arts Galerie Winter Collective Palm Beach, FL

M Fine Arts Galerie Winter Collective Boston, MA


Cambridge Art Association Viewpoints Charlestown MA

M Fine Arts Galerie Summer Group Show Boston, MA

AMP Gallery Limitless Provincetown, MA


Liquid Art House Boston, MA



Miami Beach Convention Center Art Basel Art Week 2016 Miami Beach, FL

 AMP Gallery Sanctioned Spaces Provincetown, MA

 Cambridge Art Association, 15th National Prize Show Recital Cambridge, MA

 Atlantic Works Gallery Boston Biennial 3 Boston, MA

2015 - Joy Street Artists Open Studios Somerville, MA


Brickbottom Gallery DREAM WEAVERS Somerville, MA

ArcWorks Gallery Artsy Autumn Peabody, MA

Via Garibaldi 1791 ArtVenice Biennale 3 Venice, Italy

2014 Atlantic Works Gallery Boston Biennial 3 Boston, MA

2014, 2015 Somerville Museum Artists' Choice Somerville, MA

2013 Brickbottom Gallery Chain Reaction Somerville, MA

2012 Antiques & Art Avant-Garde Greenwich A fundraiser for the Bruce Museum and Greenwich Historical Society Greenwich, CT

2004 - 2012

Lyman-Eyer Gallery Provincetown, MA

Acme Fine Art Provincetown Views Boston, MA


Fay Chandler Gallery 10th Annual Small Works Cambridge, MA

Cambridge Arts Council Gallery Cambridge Open Studios Salon Preview Exhibition Cambridge, MA

2009 Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) Generations Exhibition Provincetown, MA

2001 - 2009 Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center, Sacramento St. Gallery Small Works Cambridge, MA

2005 Newton Free Library Rock, Paper, Scissors Newton, MA


Monroe Center for the Arts Landscapes Lexington, MA

Art of July 10th Annual Boston, MA

Boston State House Exhibition Invitational: Travel Boston, MA

Color Stories, Inc. Competitive Exhibition Boston, MA

2002, 2003 Stebbins Gallery Cambridge, MA


New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University Special 9/11 Exhibition and Event Boston, MA

TransCultural Coaster Project Destination: The World featuring 100 Artists Plus (Curated by Charles Giuliani) Boston, MA

Lynn Arts Possibilities 2nd Annual Mixed Media Lynn, MA

New England School of Art Digital City: New Squirts for Now People Boston, MA

1999 - 2001 Provincetown Art Association & Museum (PAAM) Provincetown, MA

2000 Gallery 57 Cambridge Arts Council Cambridge, MA

1998 - 1999 DNA Gallery Provincetown, MA


2019 Jeannie Motherwell in South Florida, by Raymond Elman, Inspicio, January 2019


The Motherhood Report, by Ann Landi,, December 3, 2018

Jeannie Motherwell’s cosmic vistas, by Susan Rand Brown, Provincetown Banner, July 26, 2018

Jeannie Motherwell, Under the Radar, by Ann Landi, July 22, 2018

Jeannie Motherwell — Chance favors the ready mind,” by Christopher Busa, Provincetown Arts Magazine, 2018

Limitless Motherwell: Amp’d Up Vibe In Provincetown,” by Suzanne Volmer, Artscope, July/August 2018

THE GIFT IN OUR VOICES — Interview with Jeannie Motherwell,” interviewer: Kit Kennedy, San Francisco Peace and Hope

Space for Art — Making a cosmic impression,” by Nicole Stott, ROOM - The Space Journal, Summer 2018


Jeannie Motherwell: Her Art Stands by Itself, by Dirk Vanduffel, Artdependence Magazine, Belgium, October, 2017

Jeannie Motherwell’s paintings revel in abstraction, by Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, October 13, 2017

Jeannie Motherwell: Pour. Push. Layer. at Rafius Fane Gallery, by James Foritano, Artscope, September/October, 2017

SOWA FALL PREVIEW: CHANGES IN THE AIR, by Suzanne Volmer, Artscope, September/October, 2017

POUR. PUSH. LAYER., by Susan Rand Brown, Art New England, Vol. 38, Issue 5, September - October, 2017

Jeannie Motherwell at her SoWa Boston Exhibit in the Rafius Fane Gallery, video interview by Artscope magazine’s Suzanne Volmer, September, 2017


Boston Based Artist Jeannie Motherwell Draws Structures From Uncertainty, THE SILO, November 28, 2016

Jeannie MotherwellInterview from Yale University Radio WYBCX, November 16, 2016

Jeannie Motherwell's Provincetown work is haunted by the Patricia Marie,” Provincetown Banner, Vol. 22, Number 26, October 13, 2016


Dancing with a creative partner gently leading me into moves I have not yet experienced. Jeannie Motherwell,
 interviewer: Kit Kennedy, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Issue 5

Sanctioned Spaces, by Jeannie Motherwell,, April 5, 2016


Tide No. 2, Home page of San Francisco Peace and Hope


Ebbing, Masthead/cover of Art Connection, Fall/Winter, 2014

San Francisco Peace and Hope The Book, wrap around book jacket featuring Tide 2

One Thing and One Thing Only - To Paint, interviewer: Kit Kennedy, San Francisco Peace and Hope,
Issue 4

Night Rhythms, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Issue 4, Chapter 1

Elementary and Circle of Life, Avenue, April, 2014


Elementary and Circle of Life, Quintessence, November 18, 2013

Dance, Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, July 15, 2013

'Never Give Up the Joy and Awe of Exploration,' An interview with painter Jeannie Motherwell, interviewer: Kit Kennedy, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Issue 3

River Run, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Issue 2, Chapter 2


Patricia Marie: Abyss, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Spring / Fall Issues, 2012

Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler and Cape Cod Influence the Works of Jeannie Motherwell, by Jeannie Motherwell, Journal of the Print World, Vol. 35, Number 1, January, 2012


Dune with Dreams, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Emergency Department, audio guide

Jeannie Motherwell: New Work, by Jim Foritano, Artscope Magazine, July/August, 2011

Patricia Marie: Abyss San Francisco Peace and Hope, Issue 1, Chapter 1 and Elegy 911: An American Tragedy, Collage Chapter 5

Jeannie Motherwell — Paintings and Collages: 2004 - 2010, Boston University Metropolitan College, Winter, 2011


The Provincetown Roots of Jeannie Motherwell, Provincetown Magazine, Vol. 32, Issue 15, July 23, 2009


Capsule Previews, artscope, New England's Culture Magazine, November/December, 2008

Studio Show Recollections/Robert Motherwell, by Jeannie Motherwell, Provincetown Arts Magazine, Vol. 23, annual issue, 2008/2009

Robert and Jeannie Motherwell, Provincetown Art Guide 2007

Year In Review 2007, by Sue Harrison, Provincetown Banner, Vol. 13, Number 34, December 27, 2007

Gallery Scene, Provincetown Magazine, Vol. 30, Issue 18, August 9, 2007

Administrator by Day, Artist by Night, by Rebecca McNamara, BU Today, August 8, 2007

Jeannie Motherwell Unlocks the Ghost of the Patricia Marie, by Susan Rand Brown, Provincetown Banner

Patricia Marie, Provincetown Magazine, Vol. 30, Issue 17

Artists: Art Talk, Provincetown Arts Magazine, Vol. 19, annual issue, 2007-2008

On display at the MET Gallery, Boston University Metropolitan College, commencement 2007

Jeannie Motherwell & Friends @ Lyman-Eyer, Provincetown Magazine, Vol. 29, Issue 21, August 31, 2006

Making a Bid, Boston Globe 'Sidekick'

Sea Change, American Airlines 'American Way,' December 1, 2005

Around P'town, Provincetown Banner and Advocate, July 30, 2005

Open Studios: Art in Context, by Kristin Lambert, artsMEDIA Magazine, May/June, 2005

Artists: Art Talk, Provincetown Arts Magazine, Vol. 18, annual issue, 2004/2005

Faculty artwork, Boston University Metropolitan College, Winter 2005

Weld, Click, Rip: Three North Cambridge Artists join forces for an exhibit, by Chris Helms,  Cambridge Chronicle

The Seen and the Unseen, Jeannie Motherwell and Deborah Barlow Show New Work, by Brenner Thomas, Editor, Provincetown Magazine, Vol. 27, Issue 12, June 24 - 30, 2004

On Display: Jeannie Motherwell Works on Paper, Life In Provincetown, Vol. 3, Issue 9, June 24, 2004

Finding the Light: Artist's Statements, by Stuard Derrick, Provincetown Magazine, Vol. 25, Issue 25 (September 19–25, 2002)

A Sense of Place: An Anthology of Cape Women Writers, by Gillian Drake, published by Shank Painter Publishing

The Gallery Scene, Cape Arts Review

Art Talk, Provincetown Arts Magazine

Portrait of an Artist: Jeannie Motherwell, by Stuard Derrick, Provincetown Magazine Vol. 25, Issue 18, August 1-7, 2002

Open Studios Offers Artists, Public A Chance To Interact, Cambridge Chronicle

Peek Behind the Painting, by David Ortiz, Cambridge Tab, April 26

On Equal Ground: Photographs from an Artist's Community by Norma Holt, Provincetown Art Association & Museum (PAAM)

artsMEDIA Magazine, Summer Issue

Jeannie Motherwell: Painting Again, by Dan Cooper, P'town Women Magazine

Beyond the Windows: A Conversation with Jeannie Motherwell, by Peter Alson, Provincetown Arts Magazine

Works in Progress, The Cambridge Tab

Face of the Artist: Photographs by Norma Holt through Provincetown Art Association & Museum (PAAM) Exhibition, July


2019 Juror, The Biennial Project Biennial, The 2019 Venice Biennale

2018 Juror New Hampshire Institute of Art Alumni, Rochester Museum of Fine Art

2016 Limitless, Pic of the Day featured on Facebook and Instagram

15th National Prize Show Cambridge Art Association, Recital  (Juror: Paul C. Ha, Director, MIT List Visual Arts Center)

Visual Arts Artist Fellowship Somerville Arts Council

2015 1st Prize, Artsy Autumn ArcWorks Gallery, Riskful Training (Juror: Erin Becker, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Cambridge Art Association)

Black & White 2015 Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, A Sacred Trade (Juror: Christiane Paul, Curator of New Media Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art; New York, NY)

2013 Artist of the Week The Art Connection

2009 - Corporate Art Loan Program deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

2009 Home Is Where The Art Is Boston Children's Hospital

2008 Advisory Board Cambridge Open Studios (COS)

2003 - 2007 Public Art Commission Advisory Committee Cambridge Arts Council

2003 Juror Monroe Center for the Arts, Competitive Landscape Exhibition

2002 Best In Show, Annual Open Juried Photography Show Stebbins Gallery, Cambridge, MA
(Juror: Paul Weiner)

2000 National's Competition Finalist Provincetown Art Association & Museum (PAAM)


Cambridge Art Association (CAA) 2016 -

North Cambridge Arts (NoCa) 2000 -

Joy Street Artists 2014 -



M Fine Arts Galerie Boston, MA and Palm Beach, FL

The Schoolhouse Gallery Provincetown, MA



Joy Street Artists Open Studios Advisory Board 2017-

NoCa (North Cambridge Artists) Advisory Board 2017- 2019

Boston University, Graduate Program in Arts Administration, Program Assistant 2002-2015

Cambridge Arts Council Public Art Commission 2003 - 2007

Bruce Museum, Education Department 1994 - 1997