Jenn Hallgren


Contact Information

jenn@hallgrencreative.com

http://www.jennHallgren.com

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Recent Work

Archived Work

Artist's Statement

Henri Matisse once said, "What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter—a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue."

I would add “and mental fatigue” to the end of Matisse's statement. Life is hectic—we are absolutely bombarded with marketing messages, political posts, 24-hour news cycles, etc... My previous 15-years in Art Direction necessitated my designing of this type of information.

As of 2017, I have largely withdrawn from 'spamming' ideas and beliefs on other people. Today I live as a full-time artist, and tend to focus on creating paintings that refresh people and bring them joy!

That said, my specific philosophy on art (or my ‘Artist Statement’) follows:

The blank canvas is filled with endless possibilities…
A single mark creates space.
Lines create shapes.
Shape and color create form.
Forms, and the negative shapes between them, create structure.
The plastic qualities of the paint and the two-dimensionality of the surface excite my senses.

The significance of my work lies in the formalist aesthetics and the inherent qualities of the medium — the line, color, shape, form, structure, composition, and plasticity. Painting is a visual experience. You need not know anything about me, read my artists statement, or bring anything but your visual perception to love (or hate) my painting for exactly what is.

My recent body of work revolves around parks and gardens, but the object (i.e. the park or garden) is a mere starting point. It is the act of painting and the language of formalism guides me in my practice — and I am absolutely fascinated by the opportunity to capture the complexity and chaos of the world in plastic terms.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2019
Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
11/03/2019

InLiquid at Twenty Manning Grill, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Watermark Gallery, Watermark at Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2019
Art of the Flower, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

The Sum of Us, Henry Gallery at Penn State, Malvern, PA

2018
Embodying Masonic Values, The Masonic Temple, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Celebration of Art and Life, Penn Medicine, Perelman Building, Philadelphia, PA

Dear Fleisher, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

PwaT Show, PwaT, Philadelphia, PA

Looking Forward, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2017
Art of the Flower, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2016
200th Anniversary Art Exhibition, Philadelphia Athenaeum, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2003
88th Annual Juried Show, New Rochelle Art Association, New Rochelle, NY
Juried Exhibition

2000
Self Portrait, Culture Works Gallery, Dayton, OH
Juried Exhibition

Thesis Exhibition, Wright Statue University, Dayton, OH

Chautauqua Art Show, Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY

Senior Group Show, Galleries at Wright State U, Dayton, OH

1992-2000
Numerous Student Shows
• St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO
• Webster University, St. Louis, MO
• Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Professional Experience

1993 - Present
Jenn Hallgren Fine Artist, Philadelphia, PA

2001 - Present
Art Instructor, companies include:
• City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
• Painting with a Twist, Philadelphia, PA
• Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT
• K-12 Gallery for Young People, Dayton, OH
• Wright State University, Dayton, OH

2002 - 2019
Art Director, companies include:
• Hallgren Creative, Philadelphia, PA
• NAPCO, Philadelphia, PA
• Herrin Publishing, Philadelphia, PA
• Professional Media Group, Norwalk, CT

2011 - 2019
Board Member, organizations include:
• DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
• Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, Philadelphia, PA

2012 - 2015
Marketing & Business Development Consultant, Arts & Business Council, Philadelphia, PA

2002
Fine Art Festival Coordinator, Fairfield Commons, Dayton, OH

1994 - 1998
Art Gallery Sales & Marketing Specialist, Center for Photography, St Louis, MO

Awards and Honors

2018
Awarded Best in Show, Embodying Masonic Values, The Masonic Temple, Philadelphia, PA

2003
Awarded Second Place Best in Show, New Rochelle Art Association, New Rochelle, NY

2000
Awarded Honorable Mention, Culture Works Gallery, Dayton, OH

2000
Awarded Full Scholarship, Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY

2000
Awarded Teaching Assistantship, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

1996-2000
Awarded Numerous Tuition Scholarships, St. Louis Community College and Webster University, St. Louis, MO

1996
Awarded Full Scholarship, Webster University Vienna, Vienna, Austria

1992-2000
Awarded Numerous Merit-based Scholarships, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO

Education

2007 - 2011
Fox School of Business, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
MBA, Marketing Strategy

1995 - 2000
Wright State University, Dayton OH
BFA, Painting, Minor Art History
Magna Cum Laude