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 Pubic Art Commission from 2004 - 2007 and is currently on the Advisory Board for North Cambridge Arts (NoCa) and 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 the Rafius Fane Gallery in Boston, MA; the AMP Gallery in Provincetown, MA; and Lynne Scalo in Greenwich, CT.

Artist Statement
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. There's an intimacy to the space in my work but also an immensity. The process I use and the mere physicality of it help me explore spatial complexities that yield marvelous surprises, often carrying me in directions I cannot anticipate. I like to think of my artwork as an 'event' or an 'occurrence'; that is, an action that emerges in the here and now — the subject matter symbolizing the images and mysteries of creation.



1976 The Art Students League of New YorkPainting

1974 Bard College, BAPainting


2018 M Fine Arts Galerie
Recent Paintings, Summer Collective, August 2018 Boston, MA/Palm Beach, FL

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

2017 Rafius Fane Gallery

2013 -Lynne Scalo Design
New PaintingsWestport, CT

2002 - 2011Lyman-Eyer GalleryProvincetown, MA

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

2000 - 2001Boathouse GalleryProvincetown, MA

1999Cambridge Public LibraryCambridge, MA

1978 - 1981Provincetown Group GalleryProvincetown, MA

1974Bard CollegeAnnandale-on-Hudson, NY



2018AMP GalleryProvincetown, MA

2017Liquid Art HouseBoston, MA

 Galatea Fine Art
Boston, MA

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

 AMP Gallery
Sanctioned SpacesProvincetown, MA

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

 Atlantic Works Gallery
Boston Biennial 3Boston, MA

 2015 -Joy Street Artists
Open StudiosSomerville, MA

2015Brickbottom Gallery

ArcWorks Gallery
Artsy AutumnPeabody, MA

 Via Garibaldi 1791
ArtVenice Biennale 3Venice, Italy

2014Atlantic Works Gallery
Boston Biennial 3Boston, MA

 2014, 2015Somerville Museum
Artists' ChoiceSomerville, MA

2013Brickbottom Gallery
Chain ReactionSomerville, MA

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

 2004 - 2012Lyman-Eyer GalleryProvincetown, MA

 Acme Fine Art
Provincetown ViewsBoston, MA

2010Fay Chandler Gallery
10th Annual Small WorksCambridge, MA

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

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

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

 2005Newton Free Library
Rock, Paper, ScissorsNewton, MA

2003Monroe Center for the Arts
LandscapesLexington, MA

 Art of July
10th AnnualBoston, MA

 Boston State House Exhibition
Invitational: TravelBoston, MA

 Color Stories, Inc.
Competitive ExhibitionBoston, MA

2002, 2003Stebbins GalleryCambridge, MA

2002New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University
Special 9/11 Exhibition and EventBoston, MA

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

 Lynn Arts
Possibilities, 2nd Annual Mixed MediaLynn, MA

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

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

2000Gallery 57
Cambridge Arts CouncilCambridge, MA

1998 - 1999DNA GalleryProvincetown, MA


2017"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

2016"Boston Based Artist Jeannie Motherwell Draws Structures From UncertaintyTHE SILO, November 28, 2016

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

"Jeannie Motherwell's Provincetown work is haunted by the Patricia MarieProvincetown 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 MotherwellVasari21, April 5, 2016

2015"Tide No. 2," Home page of San Francisco Peace and Hope, excerpt, downloaded April 24, 2015 (Acrobat pdf file)

2014"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," sfpeaceandhope.comIssue 4, Chapter 1

 "Elementary" and "Circle of Life," Avenue, April, 2014, page 94

2013"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 HopeIssue 2, Chapter2

 2012"Patricia Marie: Abyss," San Francisco Peace and HopeSpring / 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 (Acrobat pdf file)

2011"Dune with Dreams", Good Samaritan Medical Center, Emergency Department, audio guide  Play audio

 "Jeannie Motherwell: New Work," by Jim Foritano, Artscope Magazine, July/August, 2011 (Acrobat pdf file)

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

 "Jeannie Motherwell — Paintings and Collages: 2004-2010," Boston University Metropolitan College, Winter, 2011 (Acrobat pdf file)

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

2008"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

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

 "Making a Bid," Boston Globe 'Sidekick,'

2005"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

2004"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 (Acrobat pdf file)

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

 "Artists: Art Talk," Provincetown Arts Magazine, Vol. 18, annual issue, 2003/2004

2002"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, 2002

2001On Equal Ground: Photographs from an Artist's Community by Norma Holt, Provincetown Art Association & Museum (PAAM)

2000artsMEDIA Magazine, Summer Issue

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

1999"Beyond the Windows: A Conversation with Jeannie Motherwell," by Peter Alson, Provincetown Arts Magazine

 "Works in Progress," The Cambridge Tab

1980Face of the Artist: Photographs by Norma Holt through Provincetown Art Association & Museum (PAAM) Exhibition, July 1980




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

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

 Visual Arts Artist Fellowship
Somerville Arts Council

20151st Prize, Artsy Autumn ArcWorks Gallery, Riskful Training, Acrylic on Encausticbord (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)

2013Artist of the Week
The Art Connection

2009 - Corporate Art Loan Program
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

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

2008Advisory Board
Cambridge Open Studios (COS)

2003 - 2007Public Art Commission  Advisory Committee
Cambridge Arts Council

Monroe Center for the Arts, Competitive Landscape Exhibition

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

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