Preserving the artist's heritage
Jill A. Rupinski

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Jill A. Rupinski attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), majored in painting, and received a four-year Certificate in 1977.  She went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1981, which is now the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.  Jill focuses on both portraiture and landscape, and has painted many commissioned portraits.  She has also woven a narrative content into her portraiture and landscape imagery.  For the past decade she has drawn inspiration from contemporary issues and events specifically for her landscapes.  Once she obtains her idea she works from drawings, oil sketches, memory and imagination using classical compositional devices and traditional materials. In addition to oil painting, since 1975 she has been working in soft pastel.  In the 1980’s she developed mixed media and wet pastel techniques, which she continues to promote in workshops and lecture.

Among her numerous awards she is a recipient of the Percy Owens Memorial Award for a Distinguished Pennsylvania Artist, from the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and a William Emlen Cresson Memorial Travel Scholarship from PAFA.  Her work is in the collections of Arcadia, Colgate, Villanova Universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.  Jill is an Appointed Faculty Member and a Professor at PAFA.  She has taught for twenty-five years at PAFA and at the Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA.  For the past three years she has been
invited to instruct at the Maurice River School at the Barn Studio, Millville, NJ.  She is a charter member of the No Boundaries Art Workshops team, teaching in various overseas venues, such as Seillans, France in 2013, and scheduled for the Isle of Arran, Scotland in 2014. She is a member of the French Creek Art Colony, in Pennsylvania, which is a group of plein-air painters.  Her work is represented by Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio in Philadelphia, PA.


Jill A. Rupinski
128 Beck Street
Philadelphia, PA  19147

Vermont Studio School Residency, Johnson, VT Graduate study in painting, 1985
Philadelphia College of Art, Phila., PA, Graduate study in Art Education/Painting. 1984-85
Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, 1981
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Phila., PA Four-Year Certificate, 1977

Current Positions
Professor, Painting Department, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Phila, PA.
Instructor, Continuing Education Program, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Phila, PA.
Instructor, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, (WAC).
Instructor, Maurice River School at the Barn Studio, Millville, NJ, 2010 – present
Instructor and Charter member, No Boundaries Art Workshops team, teaching in overseas venues.

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions
Members Musings 2013, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey
Maurice River School Artists 2013, Renaissance Riverfront Art Center, Millville, New Jersey
French Creek Art Colony at Jenkins Arboretum, Group Exhibition, 2013
Still Standing, Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio, Philadelphia, PA.  2012 – two person show
Completion, Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio, Philadelphia, PA.  2009, Solo
200th Year Anniversary Celebration, invitational faculty exhibition, School of Fine Arts Gallery,
    Gift of the Women’s Board, PAFA museum, 2005
Faculty Works on Paper, invitational, School of Fine Arts Gallery, PAFA Museum, 2005
Naturalism to Surrealism, Thirty-Year Survey of Paintings and Pastels, Solo
    Ethel Sergeant Clarke Smith Gallery, Wayne Art Center (WAC), Wayne, PA. 2004
The Unbroken Circle, A Tribute to Quita Brodhead, Ethel Sergeant Clarke Smith Gallery, WAC, 2003
Decades of Dedication, Faculty at WAC 2001
Felicity Benoliel Memorial Exhibition, Creative Artists Network, Philadelphia Foundation, 2001
Self Portraits, the Gallery of Main Line Presbyterian Church, Saint Davids, PA. 2000
In Her Voice – Self Portraits by Women Artists, Invitational, Berman Museum, Ursinus College,
    Collegeville, PA. 1998/99
Landscapes – Real and Imagined, Rowan College, Glassboro, NJ., 1996, Solo
Landscapes – Oils and Pastels, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA. 1996, Solo
For Pastels Only, Pastel Society of America, National Arts Club, NY, NY, 1981 and 1996
Continuing Connections, PAFA Artists who teach at Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA. 1994
Philadelphia 1992, Krasdale Foods Gallery, New York, NY. 1992
Pastel ’91 Show, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, 1991
Realism Painting; The Ultimate Illusion, Abington Art Center and Glassboro State College, 1991
Spanish Exchange Exhibition, Port of History Museum, Penn’s Landing, Phila., PA. 1989
Creative Artists Network Members Exhibition, Weidner Art Museum, Chester, PA. 1988
Contemporary Women Artists of Philadelphia, Invitational, Wallingford Community Arts Center, 
      Wallingford, PA. 1986