Jennifer O'Neill Pickering
Jennifer O’Neill-Pickering studied art and writing at the University of New York at Buffalo. Her first works, black and white pen and ink drawings, were exhibited at the Black Mountain College Poetry Series featuring poets, Robert Creeley and John Ashberry, sponsored by S.U.N.Y at Buffalo. Jennifer is an award winning artist and has exhibited her work many places, including the Fe Gallery, Capitol Public Radio, KVIE Art Auction, and Foundry. Her art was included in the Sacramento Law Library, in Creative Merger II, and at the Image Gallery in The Writer’s Brush art show.
Her award winning art appears on the cover and is featured inside the 13th Moon Literary Journal published in 2008 by the University of N.Y. Albany and in Moon Mist Valley 2011 and numerous other literary publications. Her collage sculpture is featured on News10. Blue Moon Literary and Art Journal is considering her art work in their fall 2011 publication.
Jennifer has been awarded several grants from the Sacramento Arts Commission and was selected to participate in the Artist Residency Institute, sponsored by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Her most recent grant brought art and poetry workshops to St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children. The shelter was featured on Oprah, to focus attention on poverty and homelessness in America. She has taught art history at Cosumnes River College, art at the Crocker Art Museum, and in the Sacramento Public Libraries. She also, was the recipient of grants to create two public murals in Sacramento and Yuba City, California.
She has an MA in Studio Art from Sacramento State and studied William Allen, Joan Moment, and Oliver Jackson. She has won an Award of Excellence for her pastel, Street Folks, from the California Works Exhibition and an Award of Merit for a mixed media work entitled Jealousy. Her works have been included in the Crocker Kingsley Exhibit. She was the recipient of the Robert Else Scholarship.
Jennifer is also a poet. Her poem "I Am the Creek" is included in the site-specific sculpture, Open Circle, designed by artist Les Birleson.