"We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates… Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty. - Junichiro Tanizaki " . My work is informed by the relationship between shadow and substance, shape and form, light and dark, value and hue. My primary focus is the human form, the outward expression of attitude and emotion, that magic thread that connects us one to another.
Jennifer Polnaszek came to Texas from rural Wisconsin where she worked in the medical profession as both a physician assistant and a registered nurse.
She studied art at the University of New Mexico and University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and has continued her studies at the Southwest School of Art and the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts. Polnaszek works in oil, watercolor, graphite, and printmaking. Particularly drawn to the human form and in documenting the human experience through her work, she is influenced by both her love of biological science and anthropology.
In addition to participating in numerous exhibitions in the Austin-San Antonio area, Polnaszek has received awards for oil painting at the Southwest School of Art and at the Round Rock Arts Imagine and BIG exhibitions at Texas State University . She has received awards for watercolor at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, TWS, and Waterloo Watercolor Society.. She has been featured in the publication SPLASH 15. She has shown work at the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Texas Watercolor Society, International Watermedia Exhibit - Houston, Texas State University-Round Rock and Waterloo Watercolor Group juried exhibitions, and at Georgetown Arts Center.
She has had instruction with Vincent Valdez, Chris Sauter, Mira Hnatyshyn, Sylvia Benitez, Jeannette McDougall, Margaret Craig, James Tisdale, Rick Dentinger, Janice Hindes, Brad Braune, Frank Eber, Birgit O’Connor, and Jennifer Balkan
Coppini Academy of Fine Art Spring Show 2010 Honorable mention for "Still-life with Pears"
Southwest School of Art Annual Student Art Exhibit - Summer 2010 Best in Show "Oh Claire"
University of Texas - San Antonio Health Science Center, Dept of Psychiatry - June 2011-Mar 2012
Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association (GAGA) members exhibit at the Gallery Nord, San Antonio in June 2011
Love Y Familia Art Show, Harlingen, TX in November 5 to December 11, 2011- a group exhibition juried by Mark Clark of Galeria 409, presented by Planned Parenthood
Copper Kitchen exhibit at the Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX Spring 2011 by invitation- sold piece
Kevin MacPherson's AMO website: selected artist of the month March 2012
Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association (GAGA) members juried show at Rockport Arts Center, Rockport, TX May-July 2012
Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association (GAGA) members juried show Bright Shawl Gallery, San Antonio, TX July 2012
Eau Claire Area Art League member exhibit at the Heyde Center for the Arts, Chippewa Falls, WI June 2012
Coppini Academy of Fine Art Members Juried Exhibition, San Antonio, TX in October - November 2012 awarded Best in Watercolor and Brad Braune Watercolor Awards for "Still Life With Quilt"
Daniel Smith Artist Materials weekly art competition winner November 2012, monthly art competition winner December 2012, annual winner 2013 for "The Artist"
Coppini Academy of Fine Art Annual Artist of the Year competition finalist January 20 2013
Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association (GAGA) members show, Flora & Fauna at the Art Institute of San Antonio, Hwy 10, San Antonio, TX January 2013
Coppini Academy of Fine Art Annual Paint the Town exhibition at Cotulla, TX April 2013.
Splash 15- selected for the June 2014 publication for "Still Life with Quilt"
Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association (GAGA) members juried show at High Wire Gallery, Josephine Street, San Antonio Texas in 2013
Etching "Once upon a Time" exhibited at the Southwest School of Art , Navarro Building, Augusta St, San Antonio, TX Summer 2013 through Fall 2014.
Oil painting "Let Them Eat Cake" exhibited at the Southwest School of Art , Navarro Building, Augusta St, San Antonio, TX Dec 2013 through Jan 2015.
Austin Visual Arts Association juried show at the Austin Art Space Gallery in Austin TX from Feb through Mar 2014 "Pink Party Hat".
Coppini Academy of Fine Art Annual Paint the Town exhibition at Karnes, TX April 2014.
Louise Hopkins Center for the Arts (LHUCA) -GAGA all-member exhibit of member work (12 x 12) June - July 2014 in Lubbock, TX.
McNay Museum of Art, GAGA Exhibit Sept 2014 in San Antonio, TX- Rainbow Quilt.
Georgetown Art Works Fundraiser "Gallery Georgetown" annual art tour- Sat Oct 25 2014- donated 2 5x7 watercolors
2015 - 2016
Waterloo Watercolor Society members exhibit "Scenes of Winter" Jan 3 - 31 2015 , Georgetown Library, 402 W 8th St, Georgetown, TX - "Polar Plunge", watercolor
Center Art Group show at Old Bakery Emporium, Austin TX- January 8 - February 4 2015-"Pink Party Hat" and "The Queue", oils on canvas.
Waterloo Watercolor Society member Airport Show, "Adventures in Watercolor"- January - April 2015- Austin Airport. " Salt Lick" watercolor 8x10 framed to 11x14.
Western Watercolor Society juried exhibit- Linda Baker juror, juried in "Still Life with Quilt", watercolor April 16 - July 15 2015, Lubbock Texas.
Austin Visual Arts Association Figurative Art show, Melissa Grimes juror, Austin Art Space Gallery in Austin TX, April 10-May 2, 2015 - "Elegant Beauty" charcoal drawing AVAA Figurative Exhibit- April-May 2015, Austin, TX
Waterloo Watercolor Group "Bass Concert Hall Exhibit" in Austin, juried by Alexis Lavine, April 15 - June 9 2015- "Sisters of Summer" watercolor
Waterloo Watercolor Society- Spring Show, juried exhibit, Nicholas Simmons, juror- "Soccer Day"- May - July, 2015, Corridor of the Arts, Austin, TX
"Imagine"- juried show, Texas State University, Round Rock Campus- 2 oil paintings accepted: Big Charlie and Birthday Cake, 2015. Honorable Mention awarded.
GAGA at the Bijou exhibit- 2015- one of ten artists selected to exhibit at the Bijou Theatre, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio TX 78201- 4 etchings
6th Annual Wine & Cheese Art Gallery, Center Art Club, Round Rock TX: June 2015; 3 watercolors, awarded 3rd prize for "Wash Day".
Round Rock Arts, juried exhibit "The Big Show" June 16 - August 28, 2015, Texas State University, Round Rock, TX. "Blue Moon" received First Prize.
Waterloo Watercolor Group- 37th Annual Fall Exhibition October 4 to November 1, 2015, JUROR: Eric Weigerdt, AWS-DF, NWS, North Hills Gallery, Austin, TX 78731. "Beau in Blue"
620 Group Corridor of Art Gallery Exhibition , 700 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701- Jan 11 - Feb 29, 2016: "Baby its cold outside...come hang with us" - 3 pieces- Coffee Clatch", "Winter in the woods", "Storm's A=brewing".
Little Boxes Exhibit: Based on the Malvina Reynolds Song, Georgetown Art Works. "So Many Little Boxes" accepted, January 29 to February 28, 2016, Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, Tx
"Imagine"- juried show, Texas State University, Round Rock Campus- Best in Show for "Tween" oil painting
July 7-August 29, 2016, the Inspiration Gallery inside Riverbend, Austin TX - exhibiting "Still Life with Quilt II", "BBQ Dripping Springs", WWG invitational show.
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016- Waterloo Watercolor Group Fall Show- juried by Brigit O'Connor, exhibited "Little Dutch Girl".
Waterloo Watercolor Group show at the Bass Concert Hall at UT from Sept. 20 through Jan. 9, 2017. exhibiting "Still Life with Quilt II", "BBQ Dripping Springs".
WCAG Georgetown Library Show- September 2016- exhibited "Curiouser and Curiouser" watercolor.
Co-Curator of the Williamson County Courthouse Annex (Jester Annex), Round Rock, TX. Williamson County Art Group show, Aug 31- Oct 31 2016. "Succulent #1" oils on canvas
Center Art Club, Exhibit at Healing Arts Gallery, St David's Georgetown Hospital, Georgetown, TX, Oct 2016. "Sharkboy" watercolor, "Frog Prince" watercolor
Co-Curator of the Williamson County Courthouse Annex (Jester Annex), Round Rock, TX. Center Art Group show, Oct 31- Jan 12 2017. Exhibited 2 pcs- Succulent No2, The Tourist.
Round Rock Artspace: juried show "CELEBRATION AND REMEMBRANC: A Multi-Cultural Dia de los Muertos Exhibit , ArtSpace, 231 East Main Street Round Rock. exhibited "Girls on the Seawall"
Georgetown Art Center: 2016 Art Hop, Statewide Arts Competition. September 30 - October 29, 2016. 2 paintings accepted: Tween, and Good Morning Joe. Received First Place for 2D Representational Art, juror Brenda Hash
Taylor Art Guild "Octane" exhibit- 10/17/16- 11/12/16, " My Pretty Blue Truck" and "Main Street Cafe" oil painting on Ford hubcap exhibited
Taylor Art Guild "Alchemy" exhibit- 11/14/16- 12/10/16 (juried show), "Snow White" oil painting exhibited
Exhibit at Scot Wilkinson, Executive Director of Arts and Culture office, City of Round Rock. Nov 2 2016-Jan 2017: Birthday Cake, Blue Moon, Peaches, Soccer Girl.
Framers Gallery, Georgetown, "Want Fries With That?", "El Gallo Orgulloso". Nov 3- Dec 1 2016- awarded People's Choice
Co-Curator of the Williamson County Courthouse Annex (Jester Annex), Round Rock, TX. Waterloo Watercolor Group show, Jan 12 - Feb 16 2017.
Judge, Reflections National PTA arts recognition program, Ridgeview Middle School and Blackland Prairie Elementary school, Round Rock, TX, Nov 3, 2016.
Round Rock Artspace, Nov 29, 2016 - Jan 2017 : juried show "Child"s World, ArtSpace, 231 East Main Street Round Rock. exhibited "Curiouser and Curiouser" and "Shark Boy".
Rare Diseases United Foundation, Patricia Weltin CEO, Rumford, RI- invitation to paint a portrait of Max (Krabbes Dx)- completed and sent 11/29/16.
Framers Gallery, Georgetown, "Winter Parade". Dec 1, 2016 - Jan 5, 2017 - awarded People's Choice
The Watercolor Art Society-Houston’s 2017 International Watercolor Exhibition received over 480 entries from over 200 artists from around the world. Juror Stephen Quiller, AWS, NWS. Accepted "Little Dutch Girl". March 14 - April 16 2017.
"Imagine 2017"- juried show Mar 4 - 2017, Texas State University, Round Rock Campus- "Karl" accepted, juried by ___ . Also volunteer on planning committee for Round Rock Arts "Imagine" Event..
Co-Curator of the Williamson County Courthouse Annex (Jester Annex), Round Rock, TX. Watercolorists of Wilco (WOW) Group show, Feb 16 - April 21, 2017. exhibited "Curiouser and Curiouser" and "Shark Boy".
WCAG show at Wesleyan Methodist Care Center, Georgetown, TX: exhibited "Main Street Poppies"Hubcap, and Mixed media piece. Feb 14 - Mar 17 2017 -Diane Einwich curator
Curator: 8-artist watercolor show for Georgetown Library by invitation (Dana Hendrix)- Feb 10 thru Mar 4 2017
WCAG show at St Davids Hospital, Georgetown, TX- "My Little Blue Truck" watercolor
Austin Visual Arts Association (AVAA) "New Works" Juried Show - exhibited "Isabelle" oils 22x28@ Austin Art Space Gallery & Studios, March 10-April 1 2017
2017 Society of Watercolor Artists Houston (WAS-H) Juried International Exhibition, Juror Laurie Goldstein-Warren. April 16- May 27 2017. selected to exhibit "Little Dutch Girl"
Waterloo Watercolor Society Spring "Pathways" exhibit, Corridor of the Arts, Austin, WI. juror Mark Mahaffey
Lost Pines Art League, Bastrop, TX : 3rd Annual 2-D Competition. June 2017-May 2018 online. Entered Isabelle, Tween, and Street in Cairo. online.
Round Rock Arts 2017 4th Annual “THE BIG SHOW” at TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY ROUND ROCK CAMPUS- accepted and exhibited "The Water Carrier" 24 x 30 oil on wrapped canvas- show June 9- Aug 25 2017
Center Art Club, BACA Center, Round Rock TX: Wine & Cheese Art Gallery June 17, 2017. D K Richardson, juror. Awarded 3rd place.
Waterloo Watercolor Society @ Art Institute of Austin: selection of 30 from "Pathways" show. Sept 1 - Oct 6 2017 included "A Street in Cairo" and "A Canal in Cairo". I curated this show.
Waterloo Watercolor Society 2017 Bastrop Lost Pine conference center "Birds, Bugs, and Blooms". Austin, WI. Alexis Lavine, juror. "Dance of the Sugar Plum Faeries".
Waterloo Watercolor Society 2017 Fall exhibit, North Hills Gallery, Austin, WI. juror Mary Ann Beckwith. "Winter's Chill" and "Dance of the Sugar Plum Faeries". I co-curated show.
Round Rock Arts "Chalk Walk" art judge Saturday, Oct 7, 2017
Round Rock Artspace art exhibit "Birth Death Life", Oct 2017- accepted and exhibited "Frayed and Faded..." a mixed media piece. Sold.
Round Rock Pop-Up Art Market- Oct 31, 2017
Round Rock Art Walk participant. Nov 11 2017.
Instructor workshop "Drawing Faces" at Round Rock Artspace Nov 16- Dec 7
instructor "Watercolor Basics" at Dragonfly Sage Treasures and Tales, Georgetown, TX Nov 14- Nov 28.
Waterloo Watercolor Society: VP Shows 2017-2018
Round Rock Arts [Imagine!] 2018- juried show Mar 3, 2018, Texas State University, Round Rock Campus- accepted, juried by . I also worked as volunteer on Imagine gallery committee for Round Rock Arts "Imagine" Event..
Member Round Rock Arts board beginning March 2018- appointed to TSU Exhibitions committee and Membership and Volunteer Committee.
Texas Watercolor Society accepted "Texas Two Step" watercolor, awarded Jack Richeson $150 Award. Spring 2018
Watercolorists of Wilco exhibit at Art Institute of Austin; curator and artist;
Waterloo Watercolor Society 2018 Spring exhibit, Corridor of the Arts, Austin, WI. Lian Quan Zhen, juror . Helen Green and I were co-chairs .
Round Rock Arts 2018 5th Annual “THE BIG SHOW” juried exhibition at TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY ROUND ROCK CAMPUS- accepted and exhibited "Snow White" 36" x 48" oil on wrapped canvas and "You Can Do It" watercolor 24" x 30"- show June 2018 (ineligible for awards as board member)
Round Rock Arts Artspace Gallery exhibition "Summer Splendor" June - July 2018, "Summer's Scarlet Bounty aka Coeur Du Beouf", watercolor.
Waterloo Watercolor Group Georgetown Library Exhibit "The Gardener's Sketchbook" July 2018 - I was curator. My pieces "My Ode to Fabio" and Daisies Wild" watercolors.
Williamson County Art Guild: "Our Creative Community"; curator. Georgetown Library Aug 26 - Sep 22 2018.
Round Rock Arts 2018 “Abstraction” juried exhibition at TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY ROUND ROCK CAMPUS- Fall 2018- Board member and steering committee volunteer Sep 21 - Dec 1 2018
Old Bakery Emporium "The Strange and the Familiar" exhibit Sep 6 - Oct 3 2018 with Helen Green, Beatrice Baldwin, Pat Molina.
Round Rock Arts Artspace exhibit "Get the Lead Out" August - Sept 2018, "Lil' Hippy Chick"- SOLD
Waterloo Watercolor Society 2018 Fall exhibit, North Hills Gallery, Austin, WI. juror Alexis Lavine- Helen Green and I were co-chairs of this exhibit. 2nd place for “You Can Do It”.
Waterloo Watercolor Group: The 2018 BASS Show, Univ of Texas in Austin " The Best of Waterloo" Sep 10 - Dec 10 2018. my pieces "Still life with Quilt", "Little Dutch Girl"
Waterloo Watercolor -Bastrop exhibit at Lost Pines Art Center, Bastrop, TX. Aug - Sep 2018: My pieces "My Ode to Fabio","Daisies Wild" and "Coer du Beouf " watercolors.
Georgetown Art Center: 2018 Art Hop, Statewide Arts Competition. September 28 - October 27, 2018. The work(s) that were accepted are All the Pretty Horses, Texas Two Step and Movin' On.
Round Rock Arts Artspace exhibit "Dia de los Muertos" Oct-Nov 2018, "" SOLD
AVAA (Austin Visual Arts Assoc) Fall Show at Austin Art Space Gallery & Studios, Austin. TX . Exhibit Oct 12 - Nov 10, my piece “Time Out”.
Capitol Art Society Annual Art Show at Corridor of Arts, Austin, TX -Oct - Nov 5 2018- exhibited several pieces including “Blue Moon”.
620 Group exhibit at Corridor of Arts Nov 5 - Dec 2019, cochair and exhibited several art pieces.
Capitol Art Society “Jewels” show at North Hills Gallery, Austin, TX- Dec 4 , 2018- Jan 2 2019.
Waterloo Watercolor Society: Activities Chair 2019-2020
Round Rock Arts Board: acting secretary, Board recruitment committee, interim VP of Arts
Williamson County Arts Guild- Exhibit at St Davids Georgetown Hospital Jan – Feb 2019 Exhibited “A Street in Cairo”
Round Rock Arts re[Imagine!] 2019- juried show Jan – Apr 2019, Texas State University, Round Rock Campus- RRA Board member and co- chair with Fred Cooley
Round Rock Arts “Interlude” exhibit- juried show Jan 2019, Jester Annex, Williamson County Court Building. served as a RRA Board member volunteer
Waterloo Watercolor Group show “Pure Joy”, Riverbend Church, Austin, Dec-Jan 2019- 2 watercolors “Itsy Bitsy Spider and Other Magical Creatures” exhibit with Helen Green, Bea Baldwin, Suki Gulsinski at Old Bakery & Emporium, Austin, Feb 2019
Watercolor Watercolor Group. exhibit: at The Hive, Austin. March-April 2019- 3 works
"In The Mirror, exhibit at Taylor Art Guild’s 120ART Gallery-I was one of the 3 judges Jan 2019
Capitol Arts Society. exhibit: at The Hive, Austin. April 2019- 3 works
Capitol Arts Society. exhibit: at The Link & Pin, Austin. Mar- April 2019- 3 works
2019 Society of Watercolor Artists Houston (WAS-H) Juried International Exhibition, Juror. Mar - April 2019. selected to exhibit "Texas Two Step".
Watercolor Watercolor Group 2019 Spring exhibit: Apr 29 - Jul 1 2019. Frank Eber, judge. 1 work
“Far Country” exhibit, Taylor Art Guild 1220Art Gallery, March- April 2019, 2 works- awarded 3rd place for “Postcards from Hong Kong”.
Served by invitation as 1 of 3 Judges for the U S Congressional Art Competition, Congressman John R. ‘Judge’ Carter, Texas Congressional District 31 April 2019, awards May 11 2019, Round Rock TX.
Capitol Arts Society. exhibit: at The ABIA (Austin airport gallery) Austin, TX. May 8-Sep 24 2019
“Nosotros “ juried exhibit, which runs from May 31 to July 7 at the Georgetown Art Center, with artist reception Saturday, June 1, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. “Waiting in the Wings” and “Fiesta” accepted.
Capitol Arts Society. exhibit: at Corridor of the Arts- Eileen Pestorius
620 Group at Old Bakery &Emporium September 2019- “A Feast for the Body and Soul”- Sofe Besondy chair
620 Group Corridor of the Arts show - cochairs me, Shevawn Eisman, Nancy Charbeneau.