Jackie Battenfield was born on 13 May 1950 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She studied at the following institutions: BS, Pennsylvania State University, University Park (1971); and MFA, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, New York (1978). She received the following awards: Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in Painting (1991); Warren Tanner Memorial Art Fund Award in Painting (1996); New York Foundation for the Arts - Fiscal Sponsorship for An Artist's Career Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love (2006); Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts (2006); Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (2006-2008); Arts & Architecture Alumni Award, Pennsylvania State University (2009).
Jackie Battenfield is an artist known for her luminously colored paintings and prints of natural forces. Her works explore her fascination with the most abstract qualities of landscape - storms, clouds, brushfires, and water ripples. A survey of her graphic works, Moments of Change, opened at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art at the University of Richmond, October 2009. She received the Pollock-Krasner Award (1991) and the Warren Tanner Award (1996). In 2000, she was invited by Golden Artist Colors to lecture about her work for the Turner Colors Series to art schools and universities throughout Japan.
Jackie Battenfield presented the following personal exhibitions: Natural Forces, Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, DC (1993); Geometry & Gesture: Battenfield & Martin, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA (1993); Mizu, The Sounds of Water, Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond, VA (1993); Fire & Water, Erickson & Elins Gallery, San Francisco, CA (1994); Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, DC (1995); Nelson Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA (1996); Jackie Battenfield & Cecily Kahn: Recent Work, The Painting Center, NY (1997); Gestures, Nelson/Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA (1998); New Paintings & Works on Paper, Addison/Ripley Gallery, Washington, DC (1998); Roots & Wings, Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago, IL (1998); Water's Edge, Brenda Kroos Gallery, Cleveland, OH (1998); Watermarks, Gallery CDS, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (1999); Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI (1999); Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA (2000); Piedmont Arts Association, Piedmont, VA (2001); Day Burn, Addison/Ripley Gallery, Washington, DC (2003); Tiptoe Motion, GwendaJayAddington Gallery, Chicago, IL (2004); Hothouse, DM Contemporary, Mill Neck, NY (2004); Shadow Play, Addison/Ripley Gallery, Washington, DC (2006); Moments of Change: Prints by Jackie Battenfield, Joel & Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA (2009). § She also took part in the following group exhibitions: Palimpsest, Chelsea Gallery, Western Carolina State University, Asheville, NC (2000); Significant Impressions, Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, DC (2000); Power in my Hand: Works on Paper by Women Artists from the Permanent Collection, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, PA (2001); Recent Acquisitions, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, PA (2003); The Color of Night: How Artists Work With Darkness, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, NJ (2005); Cool Art/Hot Summer, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL (2005); Invisible Threads, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY (2006); Four Printmakers, Haverford College, Haverford, PA (2006); Lots of Landscapes, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL (2006); Summer Rotation II, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT (2006); Michelle Mosko Gallery, Denver, CO (2007); Uncommon Ground, Anelle Gandelman Fine Art, Larchmont, NY (2008); and The Future Must Be Sweet: Lower East Side Printshop Celebrates 40 Years, International Print Center, NYC (2008).
Artworks by Jackie Battenfield are kept in the following collections: The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens; Babson College, Boston, MA; Dow Jones & Co. Inc., Princeton, NJ; Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA; Hong Kong Regent Hotel, Hong Kong; Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; New York Public Library, NY; Osaka Hyatt Hotel, Osaka, Japan; Palace Hotel, Beijing, China; Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, PA; Progressive Corporation, OH; Sasaki Collection, Tokyo, Japan; United States of America, Department of State, Embassy Collections: Lima, Peru; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Zaghreb, Croatia; University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona; University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, VA; The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ. § Artworks by Jackie Battenfield are kept in the following collections: The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens; The New York Public Library, New York; The Zimmerli Art Museum, Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; Palmer Museum, Pennsylvania; Museum of Art at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona; and the United States Embassy Collections, Brazil, Cambodia, Croatia, Jamaica, and Peru. Battenfield is the author of The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, Da Capo Press, 2009. § Jackie Battenfield currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.