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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Caitlin Fennelly










Caitlin Fennelly -  Cait Fennelly







My work is centered on the relationship between the human body and his/her psychological environment. The paintings store an energy and imprint of the moments in which it was made, a physical manifestation of the urge to create. The images serve as a mirror for the psyche of the viewer. Art as a viewing and making process can raise awareness and restore the unconscious struggle for internal/external union. In understanding our inner components that give way to the whole of ourselves, the better we can empathize, accept, and co-exist with our fellow man.
I prefer to paint the female form to establish the contemporary female point of view. As a society, we are trapped in our categories,our stereotypical and historical perception of woman. Institutionalized religion acts as a major catalyst and arbiter of women’s’ roles and continues to influence them today. My current work is made as a reaction to these confines. By detaching ourselves from capitalist drives to get ahead and paying more attention to the principles of unconscious guidance, inclusion, patience and instinctive action towards compassion, we can find balance in a destructive patriarchal system. Painting allows me to explore the human condition and gives way to a new world of symbolic refuge.

Caitlin Fennelly


EDUCATION

2012 MFA, University of Delaware
2010 Certificate, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


EXPERIENCE

2012 Continuing Education Instructor, Delaware College of Art and Design, Wilmington, DE
Fine Art Instructor, Newark Arts Alliance, Newark, DE
Teaching Assistant, University of Delaware, Newark, DE (Figure Drawing, [Instructor of Record]
2011 Teaching Assistant, University of Delaware, Newark, DE (Drawing 1, [Instructor of Record]
Teaching Assistant, University of Delaware, Newark, DE (Drawing 2, [Instructor of Record]

TEACHING

-Responsible for in-class demos and lecturing in drawing/painting
-Provided examples of drawing and painting from early art history to present.
-Responsible for final grading /assigning home work and major projects
-Designed and implemented a syllabus for each term
-Led in-class critiques and offered individual help and support
-Worked with students ranging from beginner to advanced in skill level
-Maintained and prepared in-class still life and live-model set-ups
-Instructed classes of 12 to 20 students

HONORS

2010 The Sylvia Wexler Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2009 The Fellowship Juried Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
The Violette De Mazia Memorial Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
2 Thouron Prizes, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
The Charles Toppan Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
The Artur De Costa Painting Prize. Special Notice, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
Philadelphia, PA
The Earl T. Donelson Figure Painting Award. First Place, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
Philadelphia, PA
The Benjamin Lanard Memorial Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
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st Place Winner Philadelphia Zoo Poster Competition, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Honorable Mention, Fellowship juried exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
Philadelphia, PA
Honorable Mention juried exhibition Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Mindel Caplan Kleinbard Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA







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