A Perfect Paralyzing Bliss (detail)
2012 The Fire Within, Founder's Award, Essex Art Association, Essex, CT., for "Slow Gold,
But Everlasting", July 2012
2011 All About Water VII, Guest Artist’s Award (first prize), Gallery One at Clayhouse,
Old Saybrook, CT., for “By the Sea, By the Sea,” October 2011.
2006 Four Paintings and Four Poems published in The Connecticut Review (special section on
image), Spring 2007, Vol. XXIX, No. 1.
2005 Essex Art Association for Excellence in Any Medium, Light: A Summer Juried Show,
July 29-August 20, 2005, for “September Meadow.”
Landscapes By Gray Jacobik (15 works), Samuel T. Chen Gallery, Central Connecticut
State University, New Britain, Connecticut: An Exhibition as part of the Recharging
the Sensorium Conference, April-May 2007.
The Vanilla Bean Café, Pomfret, Connecticut, month of October (26 paintings).
GROUP SHOWS (JURIED)
112th Annual Juried Show, New Haven Paint & Clay Club, John Slade Ely House,
New Haven, CT, "I Never Saw the Sea," March 24-April 14, 2013.
69th Annual Connecticut Artists Exhibition, Slater Museum of Art, Norwich Free
Academy, Norwich, CT., selected by Jeffrey & Betsy Cooley, "Sheen Must Have
A Disk to be a Sun" & "The Peace, the Flight, the Amethyst," February 10-
March 22, 2013.
99th Annual Exhibition, Allied Artists of American, National Arts Club, NYC.,
"A Perfect Paralyzing Bliss," November 9-18, 2012.
65th Annual Juried Exhibition & Sale, Guilford Art League, Guilford, CT., "A Perfect
Paralyzing Bliss," September 14-October 6, 2012.
First Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Autumn Light Studio & Gallery, Avon, CT.,
“Garnet to Garnet, Gold to Gold,” and “Neither Fish Nor Fowl,” Camila Cook, Juror.,
September 15-October 12, 2012.
“The Fire Within,” Essex Art Association, Summer Juried Show (Kathleen Simmons,
Juror), “A Nearness to Tremendousness,” “The Apple of My Eye,” and “Slow Gold,
But Everlasting” (winner of the Founder’s “Dock Award”): July 29-August 21, 2012.
"On Holiday: The Artist Travels," Lyme Art Association, March 2-April 21, 2012,
"Olive Trees on Lesvos," Old Lyme, CT.
20th Annual Associate Artist Exhibition, January 12-February 25, 2012, “Pratt Cove:
New Year’s Day,” Old Lyme, CT.
All About Water IV, “October Morning,” “By the Sea, By the Sea,” (Guest Artist Prize)
and “The Principle Beauty of the Place,” October 16-November 5, Gallery One and
the Tracy Art Center, Old Saybrook, CT.
The 55th Regional Juried Show, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT., August 5–September 25,
2011, “The Floating World”.
The Trail of the Connecticut Impressionists Exhibition, Lyme Art Association, May 4-July 7, 2007,
“Summer Clouds” (after “Summer Clouds” by Henry Ward Ranger, 1916).
Wonders of Winter: 15th Annual Associate Artists’ Exhibition and Sale (Juried), Lyme Art
Association, January 11-February 28, 2007, “Late Day Gold.”
Colors of Spring: Annual Elected Artists Exhibition Combined with Small Works by Associate Artists
(juried), Lyme Art Association, March 10-April 22, 2006, “Wild Rice in Spring” (oil on
Wonders of Winter: The 14th Annual Associate Artist’s Exhibition and Sale (Juried), Lyme Art
Association, January 20-March 4, 2006, “Across the Field,” and “The Cove”.
36th Annual Juried Members Exhibit, New Britain Museum of American Art, New
Britain, CT, December 3-31, 2005, “Across the Field.”
Lyme Light 2005, Lyme Art Association, June 17-July 23, 2005––“Late May, Early
Evening” (SOLD). Replaced with “The Blue Garden” (SOLD).
Pastel Society of Connecticut Annual Members Show, Gallery 53, Meridan, CT,
March 5-30, 2005, “Pratt Cove in September.”
Awakenings, Lyme Art Association Juried Exhibition, March 4-April 23, 2005––
“First Blush of Green.”
62nd Annual Connecticut Artists Exhibition, The Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT,
February 27-April 7, 2005––“Peonies in December.”
Inside/Outside: The 13th Annual Associate Artist’s Show, Lyme Art Association,
January 21-February 26, 2005—“February Sunset Trees.”
By Invitation: Cabin Fever, Mystic Art Center, Mystic, CT., January 13 to February 26,
2005—“Hammonasset After Storm,” and “Path to the Marsh.”
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT. By Invitation: 50 artists contributing
painted wooden palettes for Miss Florence’s Artist Tree, each palette to become part
of the special Christmas collection.
Deck the Walls: Lyme Art Association, December 4-30, 2004 —“Hammonasset After
35th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, New Britain Museum of American Art,
December 4-31,2004 — “Path to the Marsh.”
All About Water: A Juried Show Sponsored by The Tracy Art Center, The Art Gallery,
Old Saybrook, October 30-November 14, 2004—“Reflections,” and “Hampton
Breaking Ground: The Essex Art Association 58th Spring Juried Show—“That Long
Shadow on the Grass,” “Summer Trees, Stonecoast, Maine,” and “Pear Trees in
Colors of Spring: Lyme Art Association, April 3-May 8, 2004---“Reflections,” (SOLD)
“Late March Snow” and “First Leafing.”
The 12th Annual Associates Show: Lyme Art Association, February 21-March 27,
2004, “Field at Stonecoast,” “At Wolf’s Neck” and “Temporary Pond” (SOLD).
New Britain Museum of Art: 34th Annual Members Exhibition, December 13, 2003-January 3,
2004 —“Quassett Road Pond.”
53rd Annual Connecticut Artist Exhibit, Converse Gallery, Norwich Free Academy,
February-March 1995 — “Orange Explosion”.
GROUP SHOWS (OPEN)
“Of Silken Speech & Specious Shoe,” Guilford Art League’s Members Show,
Scranton Library, Madison, CT., March 12-30, 2013.
Winter Show, Maple & Main Gallery of Fine Art, Chester, CT., January-March, 2013,
"Systems I & System II," "A Little Bit of Monet," "Old Sophistries of June," "The Whelk
Dreams of Heaven," & "The Lilypad's Dream."
Fluidity, Essex Art Association Open Show, June 29-July 21, 2012, “Caprices of the
Atmosphere,” “Loose the Flood, Gush After Gush,” “Come See the Roses in the Moony
Spring Show, Maple & Main Gallery of Fine Art, March-June, 2012, “The Territory
Argent,” “To Continents of Summer and Firmaments of Sky,” “Come See the Roses
in the Moony Night,” and “A Mighty Look Runs Round the World.”
Summer Show, Maple & Main Gallery of Fine Art, June 17-August 27, 2012, “Another
Sky,” “Wilderness of Night,” “Sheen Must Have A Disk to be a Sun,” “A Perfect
Deck the Walls, Juried, “Fog Through Trees” and “The Principle Beauty of the Place,”
Lyme Art Association, November 19- December 31, 2011.
Holiday Exhibit, Gallery One at Clayhouse, Old Saybrook, CT., “Time & Money,”
“Lavender Trees,” “Ghost Trees,” “Cathedral of the Trees,” “Move & Countermove,”
“Sunset Through Winter Trees,” (SOLD)
Holiday Show, Mystic Center for the Arts, Mystic, CT., “Don’t Say No,” “Never Say
That,” “The Kayaker,” & “Purple Azaleas,” (SOLD), November 18-January 4, 2012.
It Is What It Is, Essex Arts Association Open Show, Essex, CT., August 26-September 17
“Rosy-Fingered Dawn,” “Chestnuts in Bloom”.
Essex Garden Club Show, September 23-25, “Rosy-Fingered Dawn,” “Chestnuts in Bloom,”
Essex Art Association, Essex, CT.
ExhibitionismISM, Essex Art Association 61st Annual Spring Show, May 4-26, 2007,
A Dip in the Hill”.
Cove Connection, September 15-24 (at Essex Art Association Gallery): major group show
of five Deep River artists. Exhibited 25 paintings, sold 8, including “The Golden Hour,”
“September Meadow,” “Olive Grove, Lesvos,” “Essex Harbor in Mist.”
Kindred Spirits, Essex Art Association, August 26-September 17, 2005, “First Blush
Various private collections in Connecticut, New York, Washington, D.C., Maine, Vermont,
Illinois, Arizona, California, Massachusetts and Montreal.
Christmas Palette, Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT.
Ph.D., Brandeis University, British and American Literature, 1990.
M.A., Brandeis University, British and American Literature, 1984.
B.A., Goddard College, English, 1976.
University Professor Emeritus, Eastern Connecticut State University.
Continuing education classes in drawing & painting at University of Maryland,
College Park (1969), and at the Corcoran Museum School, Washington, D.C. (1970-71).
Classes in pastel and plein aire painting at Lyme Art Association (Joann Ballinger
& Jack Broderick, respectively, 2004-2007).
Still Life workshop with Karen Winslow (2006).
Surrealism with Deborah Wadsworth, New Britain Museum of American Art (2011).
Much of my artistic life has been devoted to poetry. I am an awarding-winning poet with books published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and the University of Massachusetts Press, and numerous literary journals. I am a retired Distinguished Professor of Literature at Eastern Connecticut State University. A few of the awards I’ve received in the last decade include, among others, The Yeats Prize, The Emily Dickinson Prize, a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Associated Writing Program Series Award in Poetry, the X. J. Kennedy Prize and a residency at The Frost Place.
Mystic Art Center
Essex Art Association
Lyme Art Association
Shoreline Arts League
New Haven Arts League
Guilford Arts League
Connecticut Women Artists
Florence Griswold Museum
New Britain Museum of American Art