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An Argument of Pearl
I am a painter and poet whose work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New England, and that is in public and private collections nationally. I received a B.A. from Goddard College, and an M.A. and Ph.D., from Brandeis. Born in Newport News, Virginia, Id grew up on Long Island and New Jersey. My academic career (resulting in a full professorship) culminated in the Connecticut State University system and for many years I taught in the M.F.A. program at University of Southern Maine. My poetry has received numerous national awards (full publication list on her poetry website "grayjacobik"), as have my paintings.
My primary influences are, of course, the American Abstract Expressionists (particular Diebenkorn) and color field painters (particularly Frankenthaller, Mitchell and Rothko). Among contemporary influences, the work of Emily Mason, Howard Hodgkin and Brian Rutenberg is important to me. My studio is in Deep River, CT.
B.A., Goddard College, 1974-1976
Harvard University Extension, 1983-1984
M.A., Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1984-1990
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut
Fire Within: Summer Juried Show, Essex Art Association, Essex, CT., Founder's Prize (Dock Award) for "Slow Gold, But Everlasting".
All About Water VII, Guest Artist’s Award (first prize), Gallery One at Clayhouse, Old Saybrook, CT., for “By the Sea, By the Sea,” October 2011.
Essex Art Association Summer Juried Award for Excellence in Any Medium, Light: A Summer Juried Show, July 29-August 20, 2005––“September Meadow.”
2007 Landscapes By Gray Jacobik (15 works), Samuel T. Chen Gallery, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut:An Exhibition as part of the Recharging the Sensorium Conference, April-May 2007.
Summer Exhibition, Maple & Main Gallery of Fine Art, "Another Sky," "A Perfect Paralyzing Bliss," "Sheen Must Have a Disk to be a Sun," "Pratt Cove," & "Wilderness of Night", June 16-August 26, 2012. Chester, CT.
Fire Within: Summer Juried Show, Essex Art Association, Essex, CT., "Slow Gold, But Everlasting," "Nearness to Tremendousness" and "Apple of My Eye," July 26-August 21, 2012.
20th Annual Associate Artist Exhibition, January 12-February 25, 2012, “Pratt Cove: New Year’s Day,” Old Lyme, CT.
Deck the Walls, Juried, “Fog Through Trees” and “The Principle Beauty of the Place,” Lyme Art Association, November 19-December 31, 2011.
Holiday Exhibit, “Time & Money,” “Lavender Trees,” “Ghost Trees,” “Cathedral of the Trees,” “Move & Countermove,” “Sunset Through Winter Trees,” (SOLD) Gallery One, Old Saybrook, November 21-December 31 (Guest Artist).
Holiday Show, “Don’t Say No,” “Never Say That,” “The Kayaker,” & “Purple Azaleas,” (SOLD), Mystic Arts Center, Mystic CT, November 18-January 4, 2012.
All About Water IV, “October Morning,” “By the Sea, By the Sea,” and “The Principle Beauty of the Place,” October 16-November 5, Gallery One and the Tracy Art Center, Old Saybrook, CT.
It Is What It Is, Essex Arts Association Open Show, Essex, CT., August 26-September 17 “Rosy-Fingered Dawn,” “Chestnuts in Bloom”.
Essex Garden Club Show, September 23-25, “Rosy-Fingered Dawn,” “Chestnuts in Bloom,” Essex Art Association, Essex, CT.
The 55th Regional Juried Show, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT.,August 5–September 25, 2011, “The Floating World”.
ExhibitionismISM, Essex Art Association 61st Annual Spring Show, May 4-26, 2007, “A Dip in the Hill”.
The Trail of the Connecticut Impressionists Exhibition, Lyme Art Association, May 4-July 7, 2007, “Summer Clouds” (after “Summer Clouds” by Henry Ward Ranger, 1916).
Wonders of Winter: 15th Annual Associate Artists’ Exhibition and Sale (Juried), Lyme Art Association, January 11-February 28, 2007, “Late Day Gold.”
2006 Cove Connection, September 15-24 (at Essex Art Association Gallery): major group show of five Deep River artists. Exhibited 25 paintings, sold 8, including “The Golden Hour,” “September Meadow,” “Olive Grove, Lesvos,” “Essex Harbor in Mist.”
Colors of Spring: Annual Elected Artists Exhibition Combined with Small Works by Associate Artists (juried), Lyme Art Association, March 10-April 22, 2006, “Wild Rice in Spring” (oil on canvas).
Wonders of Winter: The 14th Annual Associate Artist’s Exhibition and Sale (Juried), Lyme Art Association, January 20-March 4, 2006, “Across the Field,” and “The Cove”.
2005 36th Annual Juried Members Exhibit, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, December 3-31, 2005, “Across the Field.”
Kindred Spirits, Essex Art Association, August 26-September 17, 2005 “First Blush of Green.”
Lyme Light 2005, Lyme Art Association, June 17-July 23, 2005––“Late May, Early Evening” (SOLD). Replaced with “The Blue Garden” (SOLD).
Pastel Society of Connecticut Annual Members Show, Gallery 53, Meridan, CT, March 5-30, 2005, “Pratt Cove in September.”
Awakenings, Lyme Art Association Juried Exhibition, March 4-April 23, 2005––“First Blush of Green.”
62nd Annual Connecticut Artists Exhibition, The Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT, February 27-April 7, 2005––“Peonies in December.”
Inside/Outside: The 13th Annual Associate Artist’s Show, Lyme Art Association, January 21-February 26, 2005—“February Sunset Trees.”
By Invitation: Cabin Fever, Mystic Art Center, Mystic, CT. January 13 to February 26, 2005—“Hammonasset After Storm,”and “Path to the Marsh.”
2004 Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT. By Invitation: 50 artists contributing painted wooden palettes for Miss Florence’s Artist Tree, each palette to become part of the special Christmas collection.
Deck the Walls: Lyme Art Association, December 4-30, 2004 —“Hammonasset After Storm.”
35th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, New Britain Museum of American Art, December 4-31,2004 — “Path to the Marsh.”
All About Water: A Juried Show Sponsored by The Tracy Art Center, The Art Gallery, Old Saybrook, October 30-November 14, 2004—“Reflections,” and “Hampton Brook.”
Breaking Ground: The Essex Art Association 58th Spring Juried Show—“That Long Shadow on the Grass,” “Summer Trees, Stonecoast, Maine,” and “Pear Trees in May.”
Colors of Spring: Lyme Art Association, April 3-May 8, 2004 —“Reflections,” (SOLD) “Late March Snow” and “First Leafing.”
The 12th Annual Associates Show: Lyme Art Association, February 21-March 27, 2004, “Field at Stonecoast,” “At Wolf’s Neck” and “Temporary Pond” (SOLD).
New Britain Museum of Art: 34th Annual Members Exhibition, December 13, 2003-January 3, 2004 —“Quassett Road Pond.”
Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT.
Essex Art Association, Essex, CT.
Mystic Arts, Mystic, CT.
Maple & Main Gallery of Fine Art, Chester, CT.
Four Paintings and Four Poems published in The Connecticut Review (special section on image), Spring 2007, Vol. XXIX, No. 1.
Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art, Chester, CT (cooperative gallery of which I am a member-artist).
Since mid-2011 I have been painting non-objective and abstract works in acrylic primarily on MDF board using a number of additive and subtractive processes to carve-out of numberless marks and gestures of color, works that are both interesting and beautiful in my view. That is, they reveal vision and integrity. I work through multiple layers in a process that sometimes takes weeks (a rotary sander is one of my core tools), refusing any aspect of the unfolding until the whole comes into view. Besides my primary objective ("both beautiful and interesting), I am working toward a painting that I would want to frame, hang on my own wall and regard for a very long time. However vague and personal this may sound, it is the strongest criterion I have.