Jane Zweibel "Self-Portrait As Midlife Mermaid"

Jane Zweibel “Self-Portrait As Midlife Mermaid”

Jane Zweibel works on a variety of mediums, from canvas and paper, to her unique “sewn and stuffed” paintings that border on sculpture. Her current series, “Midlife Mermaids,” is at once a highly personal series of works – with Zweibel using her own face for the mermaid figures she paints – and at the same time a series that addresses more general themes of gender and identity: “My ‘Midlife Mermaids’ are, at once, portraits of a woman artist and individual, and of mythical sirens capable of luring and captivating men.  They are simultaneously personal feminine icons, and images emanating from a collective female (and male) imagination.” Stepping back from this specific series of works, Zweibel’s thematic concerns are often similar to those of her mermaid series, and once again it is beneficial to quote the artist: “In my work, I am interested in the interweaving of private and public realms.  My content is culled from a range of sources: personal and collective history, current societal issues and concepts, mythology, the human body and psyche, and the interplay of reality and fantasy.  My pieces embody the conflicts, losses, and connections between childhood and adult, and factual and fictive, lives.”


By Zachary Ritter


“Infinite Layers” New Brunswick Art Salon 2013 Part II Water Color Exhibition




2013    Living Gallery.  MSB Gallery, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY.

New Pantyhose Paintings.  Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, New York.

2012    To Be Announced.  Baang and Burne Contemporary, New York.

2011    New paintings: PamilyaKulay-Diwa Gallery, Manila, Philippines.

2010    The Stuffed Paintings Survey Show.  Chaffers Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand. 

            Stitched Identities. Baang & Burne Contemporary, New York, NY.

            Midlife Mermaids.  Leslie’s Artgallery, Bridel, Luxembourg. 

2008    New Stuffed Paintings.  Leslie’s Artgallery, Bridel, Luxembourg.

A Cut Above the Rest: A Salon of Self-Portraits and Styles, Part 2.  Balance Salon/18 Erie Gallery, Jersey City, NJ.

2007    A Cut Above the Rest: A Salon of Self-Portraits and Styles (Site-Specific Painting Installation).  Midoma Gallery, New York, NY. 

            Transitional Objects: Stuffed and Unstuffed Paintings.  RePoP 95% Recycled, Brooklyn, NY.

2002    Bare-Foot and Pregnant. Tribeca Rooftop Exhibition Space, New York, NY.

1997    Self-Portraits in the Third Person.   55 Mercer Gallery, New York, NY.    

1996    Phantom Limbs.   Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, Rutgers, NJ (catalogue).

1995    Bodies of Evidence.   55 Mercer Gallery, New York, NY.

            Personal Passages.  The Transit Museum of New York, Brooklyn, NY (poster).

1994    Paintings. Mercer Gallery, Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY.

            Drawings. Damon City Center Gallery, Rochester, NY.

1993    Wrecollections, From the Habitat. Treasure Room Gallery, The Interchurch Center, New York, NY (catalogue).

1990    Recent Mixed Media Paintings. Merrill Hall Exhibition Space, New York, NY.



2012    Group Exhibition.  The Bilo Tree Gallery.  Brooklyn, NY.

Gallery Artists.  Baang and Burne Contemporary, New York, NY.

Sum of Her Parts.  Arts Guild of Rahway, New Jersey.

2011    Talking to Myself.  Baang & Burne Contemporary, New York, NY.  (Two Person Show).

            8”x8”.  567 Gallery, New York, NY.

            The Renaissance NYC.  Crime Scene Exhibition Space, New York, NY.

2010    Cuore Pop.  Primo Piano LivinGallery, Lecce, Italy.

Fever Dream.  C.C.C.P Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

Midsummer Art Bazaar.  Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY.

Feminist Art Base.  Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.

Self Image.  Arts Guild of Rahway, New Jersey.

Baby Doll. Broadway Gallery, New York, NY.

2009    Faith Ringgold: A Celebration.  Benefit Exhibition.  The Institute for Women and Art at

            Rutgers, New Jersey.

2008    Gallery Artists.  Leslie’s Artgallery, Bridel, Luxembourg.

            Spontaneous Gesture Realized.  Schaffler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.

2007    New Gallery Artists.  Leslie’s Artgallery, Bridel, Luxembourg

Play. Proteus Gowanus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

The submissions Show.  Sarah Bowen Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.

2006    Dreamscapes.  New York City Art Cypher, Staten Island, NY.

2005    Project Diversity.  Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

            Wish You Were Here. Project Room 88, New York, NY.

2004    Glass (of) Water.  The Painting Center, New York, NY.

2003    Wombyn:  And She Dances.  Think Exhibition Space, New York, NY.

2002    911: Artists Respond.  Bronx River Art Center and Gallery, Bronx, NY.

            Reactions.  Exit Art, New York, NY.

2000    Flatfiles.  Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

            Good Business is the Best Art (20 Years of the Artist in the Marketplace

            Program).  Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY.

1999        Annual Group Show.  New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, NJ.  (Curated by Lisa Dennison).

            A Skowhegan Decade.   David Beitzel Gallery, New York, NY.

1997    The Imaginary City.   St. Marks Church Exhibition Space, New York, NY.  (Catalogue). 1996     AIM Benefit Exhibition.  Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY.

            PaperWorks.  Curcio/Spector Gallery, New York, NY.

            Particular Realities.  Trans Hudson Gallery, Jersey City, NJ.

Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series: 25 Years of Feminism, 25 Years of Women’s Art.  Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ (catalogue).

            Liars and Hypocrites.  Jack Light Gallery, New York, NY.

1995    Altered States. Marymount Manhattan College Gallery, New York, NY.

            Inaugural Exhibition.  Curcio/Spector Gallery, New York, NY.                

            The World in a Painting.  Trans Hudson Gallery, Jersey City, NJ.

1994    Light and Lightness.  Trans Hudson Gallery, Jersey City, NJ.        

            Self Portraits.  NYU Law School Exhibition Center, New York, NY.

            Hair: The Long and Short of It. Mills Pond House, Smithtown Arts Council, NY.

1992    Artist in the Marketplace. Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (catalogue).

1991    The Family. Peconic Gallery, Riverhead, NY (catalogue).

1990    Drawings: Step One. Merrill Hall Exhibition Space, New York, NY.

1989    Thirteenth Annual Small Works Exhibition. Washington Square East Galleries, New York, NY.

1988    Eighth Annual Small Works Show. BACA Downtown, Brooklyn, NY.

            The Spirit of the Toy. Cabrini Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY.

1984    Select Works. Small Walls Gallery, New York, NY.

New Artists, Mixed Media. Exhibition Space at 112 Greene Street, New York. NY.



2011    Elizabeth A. Sackler Feminist Art Base.  The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.

2007    Grant Award.  The Artist’s Fellowship, Inc.

Artist-in-Residence.  The Creative Center, New York, NY.

2003    Creative Capital Workshop Program.  New York, NY.

2001    Grant Award. Riklis Faculty Fund, Allen-Stevenson School, New York, NY.

1996    Residency Fellowship.  Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA.

1994    Residency Fellowship.  Leighton Artist Studios, Banff Centre for the Arts,

            Alberta, Canada.

1992    Grant Award. Puffin Foundation.

            Artist in the Marketplace Program. Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY.

1991    Residency Fellowship.  Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME.



2012    Toad the JournalJane Zweibel, Featured Artist.  December, 2012, Online Issue.

CataloguePart and Parcel: The Deconstruction of the Female Body in Contemporary Art.

            Catalogue. Art as Agent: Gallery Artists.  Baang and Burne Contemporary, New York, NY.  Catalogue essay by Charlotta Kotik).

2010    Book.   The Hybrid Stories of Jane Zweibel.  Leslie’s Artgallery, Bridel, Luxembourg.

            Luxembuger Wort.  Jane Zweibel Succombe au Chant de Sirenes. (Nathalie Becker), January 28.

Le QuotidienSirens of Mature Age. (Pablo Chimienti), January 22.

CatalogueCuore Pop.  Primo Piano LivinGallery, Lecce, Italy.

2009    Fiberarts Magazine. Jane Zweibel’s Stuffed Paintings. Fall issue.  (Cover art and feature article).

2008    CatalogueGallery Artists.  Leslie’s Artgallery, Bridel, Luxembourg.

            JournalJane Zweibel at Leslie’s Artgallery.  Kultur, 20 March.

            Luxemburger WortVolumes-Objets de Jane Zweibel.  Nouvelle Expositions. 3/8/08.

            Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.  (Cover art).

2001     The Bronx News.  New Exhibit Captures Terror of 9/11, Loss of the Towers.

(Daniel Gesslein). January 31 – February 6, 2002 issue.

1997    Art in America.  Review of Exhibitions – New York.  Jane Zweibel at 55 Mercer

            (Janet Koplos).  October issue.

            American Artist.  Self-Portraits in the Third Person (Kristina Feliciano).

            September issue.

            Catalogue.  The Imaginary City.  Essay (John Yau).

1995    The New York Times.  Art in Review, Critics’ Choices.  Jane Zweibel at

            55 Mercer (Pepe Karmel).  Friday, February 17.

             Meet Me in Brooklyn.  Underground Art:  Paintings at the Transit Museum.

1994    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.  Exhibits. Bringing in the Shes.

1993     Street News. A Different Subway Series.   November, Issue II.

             Artspeak. Special and Familiar Places.

1992     Catalogue.  Bronx Museum of the Arts.  Artist in the Marketplace.

             Curator’s Essay  (Connie Butler).




1991    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Skowhegan, ME.

1984    Master of Fine Arts in Painting. Columbia University, New York, NY.

1981    Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art. Bennington College, Bennington, VT.

1979    Syracuse University Program Abroad. London, ENGLAND.

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