Jennifer Mazzucco is a San Francisco Bay Area artist resident and NJ native. She graduated from University of Hartford [Hartford Art School] with a BFA in illustration and earned a 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, president and co-founder of two arts related non profit organizations, and an exhibiting artist.
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 more. Her large scale work has been commissioned by private clients, yoga studios, and retreat centers. Working with silk screen, hand carved relief prints, and making works smaller in size have allowed her to make her art accessible to all.
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, and digital art. Her art program and curriculum of over 65 Zoom classes which was developed during the Pandemic has served over 150 aspiring artists from coast to coast, Europe, and India.
In both grassroots and well established Non-Profit organizations she has held positions as 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 the other in a transformed former kindergarten classroom in Occidental, CA. In both she served her communities through offering music events, visual arts offerings, hosting and leading 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 and joyfully maintained a personal daily art making practice alongside of her professional art career. When Jennifer is not in her studio making art or teaching it, she is immersed in nature with her tripawd rescue pup Jyoti and filming snails in the courtyard for inspiration. 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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