About Jane Marie Manco
Raised in Brooklyn N.Y., Jane’s passion was to be a professional artist. Jane began training at the Brooklyn Museum of Art; went on to complete her BFA in Illustration from the Parsons School of Design in New York, and received a Masters Degree in Art Education.
After earning a degree from the Parsons School of Design, Jane launched a career in freelance graphic design and illustration for a national advertising firm, and MTV Networks.
Jane subsequently transitioned to studio painting, and pursued an opportunity in New York City as an art educator: teaching drawing, painting and graphic design.
Jane has since studied at the Academy of Realist Art - Boston, and continues her development at the Florence Academy of Art - (US). Jane shares her time between New York/ New Jersey and Cape Cod MA, and paints professionally in her studio in the Realist tradition.
Jane's work is collected throughout the U.S. and in the UK, and is represented by galleries in Cape Cod MA., and the Salmagundi Club in New York.
Jane was a recent recipient of the JoAnn Leiser Memorial Merit Award for work exhibited at the historic Salmagundi Club - NYC. She was also a FINALIST at the American Women Artists, Steamboat Art Museum Exhibition in Colorado, the Guild for Boston Artist Gallery Exhibition , and the Richeson75 International Gallery Small Works Exhibition .
It is my belief that still life painting stems from the close observation of reality. I have found that the apparent stillness which material things seem to embody is set into motion through the act of seeing, drawing and painting. Through close scrutiny and observation one comes to the realization that nothing in nature is really still. Forces are at work while friction and tension permeate all, including the very act of seeing, drawing and painting. Material things have weight, volume, mass, color, position and a relationship to each other. These perceptions are as fleeting as the light that transforms what and how we see. Perhaps, still life paintings are a way to salvage something from the unremitting process of entropy and decay, a way of bringing temporary permanence to that which is fleeting.
These paradoxes drew me to still life painting. I find that still life presents infinite arrangements. I am able to manipulate both the reality at hand and the formal elements of painting color, line, tone and composition. It has come to represent the essence of what painting has always been, that which is still, visual and silent. It is an echo of our existence and the trace of our passing.
Florence Academy of Art - US - (2017 - Present)
The Academy of Realist Art - Boston ( 2014 - 2017)
Parson School of Design (NYC) - Alumni Member
Salmagundi Club - (SCNY)
Art Renewal Center (ARC)
Mana Contemporary (MASSES)
American Women Artists (AWA)
Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM)
SHOWS/ Grants/ Awards:
The Florence Academy of Art (US) Full Palette Exhibition - May 2019 - June 2019
American Women Artists Juried Steamboat Art Museum Exhibition Finalist - Steamboat Springs CO. - May 2019 - September 2019
Salmagundi Club 135th Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition. Recipient of the Sylvia Marie Giesmann Award for Excellence - Floral or Still Life - May 2019
Salmagundi Club “Figuratively Speaking” A Juried Exhibition Finalist of Portraiture & Figurative Art - February - March 2019
Salmagundi Club Thumb Box Exhibition. Recipient of the JoAnn Leiser Memorial Merit Award - December 2018
Salmagundi Club Juried Fall Exhibit & Auction Benefit /Heritage Auctions NY. Recipient of the W. Granville Smith Merit Award - October 2018
The Guild for Boston Artist Gallery Regional Juried Exhibition Finalist - September 2018
Post Office Gallery ReMix Exhibit - N.Truro MA. - July 2018
PAAM Members' 12x12 Exhibition Provincetown Museum - June/August 2018
Salmagundi Club - Juried Exhibit & Auction Benefit / Heritage Auctions NY - May 2018
Post Office Gallery /Truro Public Library - The Properties of Green Exhibit - Selected artists representing their artistic style. - May 2018
Salmagundi Club Annual Members' Juried Exhibition Finalist - Recipient of the D. Wu & Elsie Ject-Key Memorial Award - May 2018
Salmagundi Club Juried Centennial Show - March 2018
Larkin Gallery Inc. - Black & White Group Exhibit - February 2018
Salmagundi Club - Greenwich Village Juried Exhibition - February/March 2018
Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Winter Juried Exhibit Finalist at the Cotuit Center for the Arts - Jan/Feb 2018
Salmagundi Club Annual Members' Juried Exhibit - Centennial Celebration - November 2017
Salmagundi Club Juried Mystery Palette Fundraiser - Centennial Gala - November 2017
The Guild for Boston Artist Gallery Regional Juried Exhibition Finalist - September/October 2017
Salmagundi Club (SCNY) - Member Juried Summer Show Finalist - Recipient of the Philip Isenberg Memorial Award - August 2017
PAAM Members Summer Art Exhibit and Silent Auction - Provincetown Museum - July / Sept 2017
Richeson75 International Small Works - Published 2017 Collectible Exhibit Book - May 2017
Richeson75 International Small Works Juried Competition Finalist & Gallery Exhibit Kimberly, WI. - February/April 2017
Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Juried "Winter Art Exhibit - Personal Space" at The Cotuit Arts Center - Jan / Feb 2017
Richeson75 International Animals, Birds & Wildlife - Published 2016 Collectible Exhibit Book - February 2017
The "Artist Magazine" 33rd Annual Art Competition Juried Finalist - Published January/March 2017
Richeson75 International Animals, Birds & Wildlife Juried Art Exhibit Merit Award Winner - December 2016
All New England Juried Show (CCAA) - Oct/November 2016
Salmagundi Club - (SCNY) Painting and Sculpture Non - Member Juried Exhibit - Merit Award Winner-Oils - July 2016
Cape Cod Art Magazine 2016 Annual Issue - "An Artist Profile * Interview Oil Painter - June 2016
PAAM - Members' Juried Exhibition Spring Show - May 2016
Richeson75 International Floral & Still Life Juried Art Exhibition Finalist - April 2016
Richeson75 International Floral & Still Life - Published 2016 Collectible Exhibit Book - March 2016
Visual Arts Center - 10th National Biennial Juried Exhibition, Punta Gorda, FL. – NAE Juried Merit Award Winner - February 2016
Arts Foundation of Cape Cod “Balancing Act” Juried Exhibition at the Cotuit Arts Center - January 2016
PAAM Members' Exhibit Juried Silent Auction - (2015)
PAAM Members' Juried Open Exhibition Show - (2015)
Post Office Gallery - North Truro MA. "Weather'd" Juried Exhibit - (2015)
Post Office Gallery - North Truro MA. "Home" Juried Exhibit - (2015)
2010 - 2014
PAAM 100, A Century of Inspiration– Members' Juried Exhibition - Highlighted in the Provincetown Banner -(2014-2015)
Exhibited in Teaching Traditions: Selections from the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Museum School at PAAM (2012 - 2013)
Cape Cod Art Association Juried Art Exhibit – Multiple (CCAA) Award Winning selections. (2011 – 2014)
JP MORGAN/ COAHSI RE-GRANT – Oil Paintings of Immigrants/ New York City (2011)
Broome Street Gallery NYC/UFT Group Show – Exhibited landscape oil paintings (2011)
Salmagundi Club - ( SCNY) - Non Member Juried Open Exhibition - (2010)