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Connie Connally

Education:

MFA: Southern Methodist University 2002-2004 BFA: Wichita State University (Magna cum Laude) 1975 Oklahoma University 1970-73

Exhibition History
Selected Solo Exhibitions:

Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX 2017
LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2016
LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2015
Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2011
Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2010
Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2009
Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2009
Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2008
Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX 2008
McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX 2007
MMGalleries, San Francisco, CA 2007
Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2006
Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2004
Forum Gallery, Dallas, TX 2002
McCormick Gallery, Midland, TX 2002
Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2001
Forum Gallery, Dallas, TX 2001
Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 1999
The American Kennel Club, NY, NY 1999
Anasazi Gallery, Dallas, TX 1997
ERL Originals, Winston-Salem, NC 1997
Southwest Art Gallery, Dallas, TX 1996

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 2019
Los Angeles Invitational, George Billis Gallery, LA, CA 2018
Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2018 spring and winter
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 2018 spring and summer
Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, Solvang, CA 2018
The Arts Fund, Santa Barbara, CA 2018
Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA 2017
Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg, CA, 2017
Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2017
LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2015
McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX 2014
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 2014
LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2014
Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX 2013
LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2013
Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2013
Santa Paula Art Museum, Santa Paula, CA 2013
Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2012
Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2012
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 2012
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Ft. Worth, TX 2012
The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi
Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX 2011
Anderson O’Brien Fine Art, Lincoln, NE 2011
Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2010
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA 2010
Hunting Art Prize, Houston, TX 2008
Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX 2007
ArtHouse at the Jones Center-AMOA, Austin, TX 2000-2014
Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, CA 2006
Michael Martin Galleries, San Francisco, CA 2006
Pollock Gallery, Dallas, TX 2004
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS 2001
The Stage Gallery, NY, NY 2001
Pleiades Gallery, NY, NY 2001
Moudy Art Gallery, Ft. Worth, TX 2001
McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX 2001
The Stage Gallery, NY, NY 2000
Moudy Art Gallery, Ft. Worth, TX 2000
San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA 2000
Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, TX 2000
Loudoun House Gallery, Lexington, KY 2000
Dallas Visual Art Center, Dallas, TX 2000
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX 1995-1999

Permanent Museum Collections:

Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX
The Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, TX
The Grace Museum in Abilene, TX.
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
The American Kennel Club, NY,NY

Grants, Scholarships & Awards:

2013 Honorable Mention, “Small Images,” Atkinson Gallery, SBCC
2012 Art Council Award, “Lift,” Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art
2012 Juror’s Award, “Small Images,” Atkinson Gallery, SBCC
2008 Hunting Art Prize Finalist, Sponsored by Hunting PLC, Houston, TX
2004 Katerine Rigsby Dougan Graduate Scholarship, Southern Methodist University
2003 Southern Methodist University, Meadows Graduate Council Grant
2003 Best Portrait Artist in Dallas, “Best of Dallas Awards,” Dallas Observer
2002 Southern Methodist University, Full Scholarship, MFA Program
2001 Juror’s Award, “Biennial Juried Exhibition,” McKinney Avenue Contemporary
2001 Distinguished Art Award, “Ulrich Alumni Exhibition,” Ulrich Museum of Art
2001 Hawn Foundation Award, “2001 Art in the Metroplex,” Texas Christian University

Professional Experience:

1993,2000-2005 Adjunct Professor of Art, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX
2002-2004 Teaching Assistant, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
1988-1989 Adjunct Professor of Art, East Texas State University, Commerce, TX
2002 Guest Artist, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX
2000 Creative Art Center, Dallas, TX

Community Service:

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Board of Advisors 2016-17,
Co-President, Westmont Art Council 2016-17, Executive Art Council 2014-present

Press:

2000
Explorations of the Face, Both Realistic and Fanciful Art Reviews by Helen A Harrison, The New York Times (my painting featured photo)
2018 The River’s Journey; One Year, Six Artists, 92 Miles Santa Barbara Seasons magazine, Spring 2018 by Leslie Dinaberg
Down By, In and About the River Scene Magazine by Josef Woodard
Artists Explore River’s Journey Over course of a Year Noozhawk by Katie Pearson
JuxtaPOSE at The Arts Fund Santa Barbara Independent by Charles Donelan
2017 Artists Explore River's Journey Over Course of a Year, Noozhawk, by Katie Pearson
2016 Connie Connally / Place In Time at LewAllen Contemporary, solo exhibit, essay by Ken Marvel
2015 Connie Connally, Sammy Peters / Fusion at LewAllen Contemporary, essay by Ken Marvel
2015 Color Play - Primacy Of Color In Contemporary Art at LewAllen Contemporary, essay by Ken Marvel
2013 Now and Then: contrasting Approaches to Key Themes of Modernism at LewAllen Contemporary, essay by Ken Marvel
2013 Art Things, Small and Smaller, The Scene Magazine by Josef Woodard
2013 Six Rising Stars at LewAllen Contemporary, essay by Ken Marvel
2012 Small Images, The Scene Magazine by Josef Woodard
2012 Lift, The Scene Magazine by Josef Woodard
2010 Life Like Water at Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, solo exhibit CASA Magazine, by Kerry Methner
2010 100 Grand, An Art Spree for You and Me, The Scene Magazine by Josef Woodward
2009 New Home, New Directions at Craighead Green Gallery, essay by Nance Cohen Israel
2008 Connie Connally / Liquid Line at MMGalleries, solo exhibit SPOTLIGHT, Gallery Guide West
2006 Journey Into Abstraction Dallas Modern Luxury, by Steve Carter
2002 Finding Your Visual Voice, book, 6 color plates included by Dakota Mitchell and Lee Haroun
2001 Face Time by Annabell Massey, Dallas Observer
2000 Austin Art Scene by Michael Barnes, Austin American-Statesman
2000 Explorations of the Face, Both Realistic and Fanciful Art Reviews by Helen A Harrison, The New York Times (photo featured my painting)


Connie Connally paints stunning canvases of complex elegance, with imagery that merges harmoniously and nearly completely both representational reference and powerful abstraction. Connally’s poetic colorscapes, with their expressive brushwork, sweeping gestural marks and animated cadence, reflect the artist’s passion for distilling the essence of her observations of nature and situate her work as the vital interplay between memory and imagination. Her palette of organic color and calligraphic brushstroke combine to serve as imprint of the artist’s profound love of being in nature and the desire that her painting reflect both her exterior and interior experience of it.

Citing Joan Mitchell as an important influence on her work, Connally employs exuberant, impassioned colors laid on her canvases in a pictorial strategy that teeters between the action painting of her abstract expressionist forebears and a more refined personal style that modulates the strokes and dabs that comprise her surfaces. Her layers of brushstroke read less as agitated ruptures and more like intuitive, sensual experiences rendered as prismatic atmospheres of color and tone. Rich, multi-layered surfaces of color morph, coalesce and scatter in quietly energetic rhythms that evoke the experience of being surrounded by nature.

Connally finds inspiration in the natural coastlines and verdure of California where she lives and works. Her work has been exhibited extensively across the United States and is included in museum and private collections internationally.