Jackie Battenfield teaches Professional Practices in the Graduate Program of Columbia University. She is the author of The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, Da Capo Press, 2009. For the last thirty years, Jackie has made a living from her art and is a popular motivational speaker on the challenges of sustaining a successful career in the visual arts. Battenfield has also lectured nationally for the Creative Capital Foundation.
Battenfield is known for her luminously colored paintings and prints of natural forces. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include: One Fine Day, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, New York; Chasing the Sky, Chicago Art Source, Illinois; Branched, Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, D.C.; and Another Garden, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY. In 2018, the MTA Arts & Design program in New York City, commissioned her to create four large-scale laminated glass paintings for the Avenue P, elevated subway platform on the F line in Brooklyn. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Award (1991), the Warren Tanner Award (1996), the David Alfaro Siqueiros Award (Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 2010), and a Fulbright in their Specialist Program (2011). She received her M.F.A. (1978) from Syracuse University and a B.S. (1971) from Pennsylvania State University. She lives and works in Brooklyn.