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Jeanne Jaffe
1994 2nd Place recipient

Lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Jeanne Jaffe is the recipient of fellowship grants from the Gottlieb Foundation, the Independence Foundation, Mino Artist Residency in Japan, the NEA, the Mid Atlantic/NEA, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation, the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, and was twice a sculpture discipline finalist for the Pew Fellowship in the Arts.  Ms. Jaffe has had artist's residency fellowships at Yaddo Artists Colony, Rutger's Innovative Printmaking Workshop, New Jersey Printmaking Council, Schulykill Center, Yellow Springs Institute, and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is a Professor and Coordinator of the Sculpture Department at the University of the Arts.  She has also taught at Tyler School of Art and Swarthmore, as well as in a multi-disciplinary program at the Annenberg Cneter for Arts in Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Works by Ms. Jaffe have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at such places at The Kitchen, Delaware Art Museum, Hillwood Art Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, Michener Art Museum, Abington Art Center, The Royal Scottish Academy of Edinburgh, Scotland, Museum Rijswijk in Holland, Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany, Language Plus in Quebec, London Craft Council Gallery in England, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and Fleischer Art Memorial in Philadelphia.  Her work is currently represented by Gallery Joe in Philadelphia and has been reviewed extensively, including in Art in America, The New York Times, and Sculpture Magazine. 

Ms. Jaffe has conducted numerous lectures and workshops to present her work including at Dundee School of Art in Scotland, California College of Art and Craft, SUNY, New Paltz, Moore College of Art, Women's Studio Workshop in New York, and Pyramid Atlantic in D.C.

She holds a B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art and an M.F.A from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. 

Solo Exhibitions

2011   Marginal Utility, Philadelphia, Pa.
2009   Mino Washi Museum, Mino, Japan
2006   Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Springs, Maryland
2005   Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, N.J.
2002   Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, Pa.
            American Museum of Papermaking, Atlanta, Georgia
            2001   Abington Art Center - Sculpture Garden – Installation
            2000   Michener Art Museum,  Doylestown, Pa.
1999   Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, Pa.
            D.F.N. Gallery, N.Y., N.Y. (Collaborative Project)
1998   The Kitchen, New York, N.Y. , (Collaborative Project)
            Southwest Crafts Center, San Antonio, Texas
1997   Language Plus,  Quebec, Canada
            Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, Pa.
            Lehrman Arts Center Gallery, Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburgh, Pa
1996   A.I.R. Gallery, New York, N.Y.
            Franklin & Marshall University, Lancaster, Pa.
            Hand Workshop , Richmond, Va.
1995   Dieu Donne Gallery, N.Y., N.Y.
            Manchester Craftsmens Guild, Pittsburgh, Pa.
            1992   Fleisher  Art  Memorial, “Challenge Exhibition”,  Philadelphia, Pa.       

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011   Marginal Utility, “Four Quartets”, Philadelphia, Pa.
            Schuylkill Center, “Animal” Animus”, Philadelphia, PA
2009   Abington Art Center  ,” Forever Young”, Abington, Pa.
            Art Museum, “Nine Sculptors”, Philadelphia, Pa.
            Michener Art Museum,  “Pulp Function”,  Doylestown, Pa.,
            Philadelphia Art Alliance, “revolution”, Philadelphia, Pa.
2008   Painted Bride Art Center, “Am the Rhythm, Philadelphia, Pa.
            Delaware Valley Art Alliance, “Body and  Soul”,  Narrowsburgh, NY
2007   Fuller  Craft Museum, Brocton, Mass 
2003   Memphis College of Art, “Somatic”, Memphis. Tennesse
2002   SOFA. Chicago, “Visual Perspectives-14 Years of Virginia A. Groot Awards”, Chicago
2001   London Crafts Council Gallery, “On Paper”, London, England
             Art Center ,”Processing the Signal”,, Abington, Pa.
             Painted Bride Art Center, “Facing Each Other: Prints Concerning  Identity”, Phila.
2000   Museum fur Kunst und  Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
            Rijswijk Museum, “Holland Paper Biennial 2000, Rijswijk, Holland
            Monique Goldstrom Gallery, “Surrealism”, NY,N.Y.
            New Jersey Center for the Arts, “On the Horizon”, Summit, New Jersey
1999   Philadelphia Art Alliance, “Leeway  Foundation Grant Recipients”, Philadelphia, Pa.
            Society  for Arts and Crafts, “Social Fiber”, Boston, Mass
            Henry Street Settlement, “Funkshun”, N.Y., N.Y.
            Kutztown University, “Four Sculptors”, Kutztown, Pa.
1998   Royal Scottish Academy of Edinburgh, “Trans-Atlantic Connections - 12 Americans”
            Delaware Art Museum, “Biennial ‘98”, Wilmington, Delaware
            Hillwood Art Museum, “Compulsive Obsessive Order”, Long Island University, Long Island,
            Fleisher Art Memorial, “Challenge at 20”, Phila., Pa.
            Philadelphia Art Alliance, “In the Heart of the City”, Phila., Pa.
1997   Painted Bride Art Center,  “Precious Objects”, Phila., Pa.
            A.I.R. Gallery, “Generations”, N.Y., N.Y.
            Gallery Joe, “Virtual Objects and Embodied Images”, Philadelphia, Pa.
1996   Henry  Street Settlement, “Multiples”, New York, N.Y
            Allentown Art Museum, Group Exhibiton, Allentown. Pa.
            Dieu Donne Galllery, “Paper in Disguise”, N.Y, N.Y.
            Hand Workshop, “B.A.B.Y.”, Richmond, VA., catalogue
            Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University, “25 Years of Feminism”,  New Brunswick, N.J.
            Gallery Joe, “Small Works”, Philadelphia, Pa.
1995   Snug Harbor Cultural Center, “In Three Dimensions-Sculpture of the 90’s”, Staten Island,
            N.Y.80 Washington Square East Gallery, N.Y.U., “Small Works Show”, New York, N.Y.

1994   Laguna Gloria Art Museum, “Self Possessed”, Austin, Texas, curated by Lynn
            Zelevansky, K & E Gallery, “Boxes”, New York, N.Y.
            Rosenwald-Wolf  Gallery,  University of the Arts, “Outside From Within”, Philadelphia, Pa.
            Payne Gallery, Moravian College,”Contemporary Sculpture”, Bethlehem, Pa., catalog
            Allegheny College, “Issues of Abstraction”, Meadville, Pa., catalog
            Chester Springs Studio, “Concerning the Spiritual in Art”,Chester Springs, Pa
            University of Delaware,” Biennial”, juror: Geno Rodriguez, Newark, Delaware
            S.S. White Building, “Sum and Parts “, Philadelphia, Pa.
1993   Delaware Art  Museum, “Biennial  93”, Wilmington, Delaware
            Musee  du Pays et  Val de Charmey, “Triennial 93”, Charmey, Switzerland


1999   DFN Gallery,  “Syntax”, collaborative Project with Peter Rose, Ny, NY
1998   Royal Scottish Academy of Edinburgh,”Animal, Mineral, Vegetable”, Edinburgh, Scotland
          The Kitchen, , Virtual Objects & Embodied Images”, collaborative project with Peter Rose, NYC
1995   Philadelphia Arts Bank, “Dreamfield”, a collaborative installation/performance with dancer
          Leah Stein, commissioned by Arranged  Introductions
          Painted Bride, collaboration with dancer/performer Leah Stein

Grants, Residencies, Awards

2010   Independence Foundation Artist Fellowship
            Artist Residency, Schuylkill Environmental  Center
2009   Japan Artist  Fellowship, Mino Artist Residency, Mino, Japan
2007   Pa Council on the Arts Sculpture Fellowship Grant
2006   Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant for Excellence
2001   Printmaking Council of New Jersey - Artist Grant Fellowship
1999   Pennsylvania Council on the Arts - Sculpture Fellowship
            Leeway Foundation Grant- Outstanding Accomplishment in Sculpture, Philadelphia, Pa.
1998   Mid/Atlantic Foundation - Artist as Catalyst Grant
            Sculpture Discipline Finalist - Pew Fellowships in the Arts
1996   New Forms Regional Grant - Painted Bride Art Center, Phila.Pa.
            Yellow Springs Artist Residency, Chester Springs, Pa.
1995   Sculpture  Discipline Finalist -  Pew Fellowship in the Arts
            Mid Atlantic/NEA - Artist Residency Rutgers Innovative Printmaking Workshop
1994   Virginia A. Groot Foundation  Grant, Chicago, Illinois
            1993   Mid Atlantic/NEA- Visual Artist Fellowship
            1991   Yaddo - Artist Residency - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
            1990   Pennsylvania Council on the Arts -Visual Artist Fellowship
            1980   National Endowment for the Arts Sculpture Assistantship Grant


            Brown, Gerard, “Image Unconscious”, Philaelphia Weekly, Sept. 9-16, 1998
            Csaszar, Tom,  “Jeanne Jaffe”, Sculpture Magazine, Sept.,1997
            Fallon, Roberta, “Art”, Philadelphia Weekly, May 10, 2000
            “A Vault of Joe”, Philadelphia Weekly,  May 15, 2002
            Hagen, Susan, “Not Your Average Joe”, City Paper, May 15, 2002
            Harrison, Helen, “Obsessive Compulsive Order”, The New York Times, Sept. 27, 1998
            Kaufman, Leslie, ‘Philadelphia - V isual Fringe”, Sculpture Magazine, Jan.-Feb., 1999
            Leonard, Pamela Blume, “Paper, Skill, Vision and a Bit of Mystery” Atlanta Journal
            Constitution, June 28, 2002
            Maksymowicz, Virginia, “High, Low, and In-Between”, Sculpture Magazine, March, 2001
            Nugent, Jeanne, “No Loss for Words”, Philadelphia Weekly, June 28, 1995
            Seidel, Miriam, “Jeanne Jaffe at Gallery Joe”, Art in America,  May 2000
            Rice, Robin,  “Big Mama”, City Paper, Nov. 12, 1999
                        “Body Parts, City Paper, April 25, 1997    
                        “Resilience”, City Paper, Jan. 17, 1997 
                        “I Dream of Geons”, City Paper, Aug. 16, 1996
                        “Outside From Within”, Hand Paper Magazine,vol. 9, Summer 1994
                        “Outside In”, City Paper, Feb. 11, 1994
                        “Best Bets: Art”, City Paper, Jan. 14, 1994
                        “Darkness and Light”, City Paper, Dec. 11, 1992
                        “Personal Gods”, City Paper, October 1991
                        Sozanski, Edward,  “Another Dimension”, Philadelphia  Inquirer, May 31, 2002
                        “Artists, Works in Progress” Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 12, 1999
                        “Evocative Sculptures, Poetic Constructions”, Philadelphia  Inquirer, Nov. 12, 1999
                        “Fringe Festival”, Philadelphia  Inquirer, Sept.18, 1998
                        “Jeanne Jaffe, Philadelphia  Inquirer, May 9, 1997
                        “Small Scale Show  Reveals Deeper Meanings, Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 30, 1996
                        “In Search of the Spiritual in Art”,Philadelphia Inquirer, May 6,1994
                        “On Galleries”, Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb.11, 1994          
                        “Sculptor, Printmaker, and Potter at Fleisher”, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov.27, 1992

                        “On Galleries”, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 6,1992

                      “Emerging Artists at Port of History”, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 13, 1991

                      “Delaware Art Museum”, The Philadelphia Inquirer”, Oct. 26, 1989

                       Bullard, CeCe, “Paper Works on Display”, Richmond Times-Dispatch, July, 1996

                       Cope, Penelope. “Biennial ‘89”, Wilmington News Journal, Oct.8, 1989

                       Donohoe, Victoria, “Ancient Spirit in Modern Context”, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 1, '94

                       Mangravite, Andrew. “Seven Musers on Mythology”, After Dark, Oct. 30, 1991

                       Spieler, Krista, “Spirituality and Ritual in Paper Art”, Hand Paper Magazine,  Vol. 7, 
                       No. 2, Winter 199                               

                       Wellinghoff, Jasmina, “On the Cutting Edge”, San Antonio Express - Fiesta’ July

Publications & Catalogs

            “In Three Dimensions-Women Sculptors of the 90’s”, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten
             Island, N.Y.

            “Trans-Atlantic Connections”, Royal Scottish Academy of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

            ‘Obsessive Compulsive Order”, Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, Long Island, N.Y.

            “On Paper: New Paper Art”, London Crafts Council, Merril Publishers, London, England

            “Paper and Water”, Museum Rijswijk, Holland

            “B.A.B.Y.”, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, Virginia, 1996

            “On the Horizon”, New Jersey Center for the Arts, Summit, New Jersey

            “Through the Heart of the City”, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, Pa.

            “Across Borders/ Sin Fronteras”, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.

            “Self Possessed”, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas

            “Contemporary Sculpture Directions”, Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pa.1994

            “Papier 1993” , Musee du Pays et Val de Charmey, Charmey, Switzerland, 1993

            “The Art and Craft of Papermaking”, Quarto Press, London,England, 1992, by Dawson

             Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition, P.C.A., Harrisburgh,Pa.,

Public Collections & Commissions

            Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, N.J.

            Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia, Pa.

            Abington Sculpture Garden, Abington, Pa. - 2001 - 2003

            Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.

            Suny,  New Paltz, New York,   public commission - 1999

            Wolf, Block,Schorr & Solis-Cohen Law Firm

            Mosby Publications, Philadelphia, Pa.

            Museum of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y.


            1981 - Present       University of the Arts,  Professor of Sculpture, Philadelphia, Pa.                       2002  Swarthmore College, Swathmore, Pa. - Visiting Assistant Professor -   Sculpture   
            1996 & 1994 Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, Pa. - Adjunct Faculty
            1990 - 95   Annenberg Center, University of Pennsylvania, Arts in Education, Philadelphia, Pa.

Workshops & Lectures                                                                                                              

            2002   Haystack, Deer Isle, Maine

            2000   Galludette University, Washington, D.C.

                      Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pa.

            1999   Suny New Paltz, New Paltz, N.Y.

                      Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

            1998   Dundee School of Art, Dundee, Scotland

                      Haystack, Deere Isle, Maine

            1997   Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, Pa.

            1996   Pyramid Atlantic, Washington, D.C,

            1994   Douglas University, New Brunswick, N.J.

            1993   California College of Art and Craft, Oakland California

            NCECA Conference, San Diego, California

            Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, Pa.

            1992   International Sculpture Conference, Philadelphia, Pa.

            1991    Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE.

            1990   Leopold Hoesch Museum, Duren, Germany

            Maryland Art Institute, Baltimore, MD.


            1979               New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y.-  M.F.A.

            1976               Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, Pa. - B.F.A.        

Organizational Positions

                                   Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority  - member Art Advisory Board

                                   Philadelphia Sculptors Guild – Board Member

                                   Haystack School of Craft – Board Member –

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