Jean O'Neil

Jean O'Neil

Jean O’Neil is a professional artist whose career in the visual arts has taken her around the globe from the Berkshires to Beijing.  She grew up in upstate New York, has traveled and lived on both coasts as an Arts Educator, Administrator, and Community Arts Center Director. O'Neil is best known as a ceramic sculptor but has sold both acrylic and her digital paintings. Her national exhibitions are always a backdrop to her instructional career.  It would seem they set the stage for O’Neil’s success as an instructor within both international secondary and higher education arenas. She has a Master’s Degree in Creative Arts Curriculum and Instruction. Her extensive work with high risk students awarded her the Southwest Washington Community Alliance Idea Grant which led to her recruitment by The Joline Arts Center, New York where she stayed for three years as the Director and Curator. She returned to Washington after three years to her own studio and accepted a position as an Associate Faculty member and Field Supervisor for the Albright College of Education at City University of Seattle for close to five years before accepting a position as the Art Department Chair of Dalian American International School in Dalian, China. After four years of living and traveling throughout Asia, she returned to the states to again focus on her own artwork in a studio in Sedona, Arizona.  After being juried into Sedona Art Center Gallery , her sculptures were featured in Sedona Art Centers Gallery exhibition prior to accepting the position of Arts Department Chair at Verde Valley International School.  O’Neil's local project in 2019 brought her to the Arts District of Old Englewood Village in Southwest Florida.   She started Lemon Bay Clay Studio where she had her own studio along with an open studio for local artists.  Her longtime commitment to community artists is what attracted her to the Open Studio Membership model. Most rewarding for her was assisting artists on their journey of gaining confidence, independance, and diversifying income opportunities through her teaching artist training.  In addition, O'Neil offers support for the creative through a college coaching service that assists artists in gaining skills and strategies for a competitive college portfolio. In the Spring of 2021, O’Neil sold Lemon Bay Clay Center to return to her own work and allow her to once again travel where she believes her inspiration is ignited. O’Neil's artwork is represented by galleries on both coasts and is part of several international collections. 




Jean O'Neil

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