Colleen Cosgrove, Fine Artist, Minnesota, US

BIO
My journey as an artist began in kindergarten when I was introduced to finger painting. I have never been good at relating to other people - , but "creating" was something I could do, it didn't matter what others thought, and I didn't ever have to explain it. Throughout my unhappy experience of grade school, junior high school, and high school, Art was the one thing I could count on. I was fortunate to be able to attend art school for college, and my four years at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota were a wonderful learning experience.

After graduating with a degree in Illustration, and finding limited employment opportunities, I embarked on a career as a production artist, resigning myself to being a weekend fine artist. After 25 years of that, I took a break and devoted myself to my art full-time for a couple of years, making great strides towards figuring out who I am as an artist, and what I want to create. This website does not represent my entire body of creative work, but showcases those paintings that I feel are my best, and which best embody my personal vision.
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EDUCATION

The Women’s Art Institute Summer Studio Intensive
St. Catherine University, June 2018 -  Awarded Full Merit Scholarship


B.F.A. in Illustration 1989 - College of Visual Arts - St. Paul

Nominated for C.V.A. Scholarship - 1987 and 1988

 

High School - Convent of the Visitation - Mendota Hts., MN

Jean Ann Baker Art Award Winner - 1984

 

GALLERIES
Frameworks Gallery, St. Paul, MN

Phipps Center for the Arts Gift Gallery, Hudson, WI

ArtZ Gallery, Amery Wisconsin, visiting artist 2020
Night Art Gallery Lindstrom, MN 2018-2019
Northrup King Studio 425 2018-2019

 

VOLUNTEER WORK
Social Media Director, Outdoor Painters of Minnesota 2017 – present
Hammer Residencies Artist Partners Volunteer Spring 2020

 

AWARDS

Third Place, Winter Wonderland, Paradise Ctr. for the Arts, Faribault MN Nov 2019
Honorable Mention, NAVS "Art for Animals" Juried Show 2019
People’s Choice Award, Harvest Art Show, Norseman Distillery, Minneapolis 2019
Wet Paint Award, Studio Pintura, Minneapolis "Bon Appetit" Juried Show 2018

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