Jennifer Mazzucco is a San Francisco Bay Area artist and art educator. She graduated from University of Hartford [Hartford Art School] with a BFA in illustration and received her Masters degree in teaching [MST] from Pace University. Over the past 3 decades Jennifer has been a freelance illustrator focusing primarily on children’s books and editorial, an art educator, an exhibiting artist, worked in the non profit sector, and spent multiple years on the founding board of two arts related non profit organizations.
Her watercolor illustrations were published in Society of Illustrators, Psychology Today, Family Circle among many other national publications. She illustrated children’s books for both Gibb’s Smith and AugustHouse Publishers including The Pig Who Went Home on Sunday, an Appalachian Folktale by beloved storyteller Donald Davis. Her paintings, mixed media work, and handmade books have been exhibited at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, Ridgefield Dance Conservatory, Joseloff Galleries, Enchanted Garden Studios, and beyond. Her large scale work has been commissioned by private clients, yoga studios, and retreat centers. Working with silk screen, hand carved print multiples, and works ranging in size she has also been successful at making her art accessible regardless of her patrons’ socio-economic status.
Jennifer’s art teaching career began as an adjunct art professor in 1997 at her Alma Mater, Hartford Art School and at the College of NJ where she was asked to develop their first ever children’s book illustration course. She was a middle school art teacher at Ridgefield Academy where she worked on updating the curriculum and taught multiple disciplines including drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, digital art for a decade. Jennifer has also taught at community art centers including two that she founded in Frenchtown NJ and most recently, Occidental, CA. During the pandemic Jennifer created an online teaching platform on zoom with 65 courses and has taught over 150 people from all over the globe.
In the non-profit art sector, both in grassroots and well established Non-Profit organizations she has held positions as an administrator, program creator, educator, art booth operator, and festival producer. Jennifer created two thriving community art centers one in her studio in Frenchtown, NJ and transformed a former kindergarten classroom into a live/work community music and visual arts space in Occidental, CA where she hosted others and led a multitude of workshops.
Jennifer is as dedicated to expanding, learning, and challenging herself to grow as an artist as she is passionate about supporting and inspiring others to explore their creativity. She has diligently maintained a personal daily art making practice along with her professional art career from day one. When Jennifer is not in her studio making art or teaching it, she is immersed in nature with her tripawd pup Jyoti and can be found spending time taking videos of snails – her most current joy-sparking activity. The body of work she is presently working on contains a prolific series of color wheels, geometric mandala inspired art, flora, fauna, and beyond.
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