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About

Jillian

My deeply seeded interests in narrative and collaboration greatly inform the series-driven art that I create.

As a rather shy only child, I was schooled by my bohemian mother in the wonders of imaginative play with sophisticated dolls, civilized animals, and elaborate storylines. In my art, I use a variety of mediums and elements of performance to construct unusual tales populated by colorful characters. My co-creators / subjects / models serve as my co-conspirators.

The result is a body of work woven together by gently eccentric narrative threads that draw upon personal history and familial fiction to varying degrees. My hope is to engage viewers in these otherwise untold tales.

 

 

EDUCATION

B.A., Cornell University | College of Arts & Sciences: Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology
B.F.A., Cornell University | College of Architecture, Art, & Planning: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting
Awarded the Faculty Medal of Art and The Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Medal of Art

 

SELECT RESUME

  • 2016
    Robinsong, Classic Cars West (Oakland, CA)

    2014
    Pop-up: Jillian Piccirilli + Lindsay Stripling, Move Loot (San Francisco, CA)
    Robinwood, Hinterland Art Space (Denver, CO)
    Kala40, Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA)
    Ithaca, Pirate: Contemporary Art (Denver, CO)

    2013
    Camera Work: Contemporary Portraiture, Black Box Gallery Online Annex (Portland, OR)

    2012
    From the Weeds & The Carlsons of Cadillac, Fine Line (Ithaca, NY)

    2011
    Italo in Ithaca, Cayuga Street Gimme! (Ithaca, NY)
    Family Portraits: The Carlsons and Cook, Moosewood (Ithaca, NY)
    The Carlsons of Cadillac, Just a Taste (Ithaca, NY)
    Learning How to Cook Everything, RiverRead Books (Binghamton, NY)

    2010
    Selections from The Mama Series, Jack Magazine (Vol. 4, No. 1) : Beat-inspired art e-zine
    Co-founder and editor, Rag Mag {Occasionally} : online arts publication based in Ithaca, NY
    Learning How to Cook Everything, Julian’s on Broadway (Providence, RI)
    Mama Yaga, Corks and More (Ithaca, NY)

    2009
    Providence Art Windows (Providence, RI) : juried public art exhibit, cited in The Washington Post (1.31.10)
    Providence Street Painting Festival (Providence, RI)

    2008
    The Paws Family Through Exhibition, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) : BFA thesis exhibit
    Mama Yaga, Stella’s Cafe (Ithaca, NY)

    2007
    Nothing in Common, Tjaden Experimental Gallery, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
    Student Art Showcase, H.F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
    A.M.O., Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)


  • SLATE Art LLC
    Oakland, CA | 2015 to present
    Gallery and Business Manager
    Overseeing the day-to-day operations and assisting with special projects for a contemporary art gallery based in Uptown Oakland and arts consulting firm working throughout the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe Region.

     

    Oakland Art Murmur
    Oakland, CA | 2013 to 2015
    Director of Operations
    Administrator for the gallery organization that founded the famous Uptown’s neighborhood First Friday Art Walk, “The Murmur.” During my tenure, OAM became a 501(c)3 non-profit that promoted arts throughout the City of Oakland through collective action among member art galleries, art walks, programing, and outreach.

     

    Actual
    Oakland, CA | 2013 – 2015
    Product Photographer
    A collaboration with designer Josh Jakus to build a compelling catalog of photographs for his creations.

     

    Painting Time
    Oakland, CA | 2013
    Book Designer
    Worked with artist Carol Ladewig to design and publish Painting Time, as exhibit catalog to accompany her solo exhibit Year in Color (SLATE contemporary, Oakland) and trace the history of particular themes in her art practice.

     

    Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections
    Ithaca, NY | 2011 – 2012
    Exhibit Manager

    Collecting Imagination: Treasures from the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination
    Planned & executed a special loan exhibit showcasing Priceline-founder Jay Walker’s private library dedicated to human imagination in its first extensive public showing, featuring such rare artifacts as an original Soviet Sputnik.

    Wardrobes and Rabbit Holes: A Dark History of Children’s Literature
    Served as Assistant Curator for the exhibit exploring the often taboo themes that run through texts written and marketed for children.

     

    The History Center in Tompkins County
    Ithaca, NY | 2009 – 2011
    Exhibits Coordinator
    Worked closely with the archivist of the local historical museum to mount frequently changing exhibits, highlighting items from the institution’s own collections, as well as objects on loan from the community. Contributor to organization’s regular Ithaca Journal column Now and Then.

    Select exhibits included…

    Paintings Unwrapped, Verne Morton: Rural Photographer, Dear Friend Amelia: Lives & Letters in the Civil War, Underneath It All: Underwear through the Ages (featured in USA Today, 7.5.11), Built to Last: The Architecture of William Henry Miller

    Designed the permanent exhibition Our Story: A Timeline of Tompkins County History

     

    The Art & Life of Alison Mason Kingsbury
    Ithaca, NY | 2009 – 2010
    Contracted researcher, author, photographer, & designer

    Hired by the late regionalist painter Alison Mason Kingsbury’s family to research and catalog the artist’s career. Working with Cornell Library, the repository of the artist’s papers, to write & design a book tracing Kingbury’s career. Curated an exhibit in the Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections that corresponded with the release of the book.
    Article profiling the project in the Cornell Chronicle (5.5.11)
    Accompanying website by Jillian Piccirilli
    LUNA image database compiled and partially photographed by Jillian Piccirilli

     

    Stella’s Arts Council, Stella’s Restaurant | Bar | Cafe
    Ithaca, NY | 2010 – 2012
    Founder & Director
    Created & managed a volunteer staff group that organized in-house art exhibits & musical performances and facilitated internal arts activities, such as a book club & art salons.