Drawing in County Mayo, Ireland

 

About

Jean Allemeier Boot began drawing at a young age. She picked up pencil and paper and drew as a way to interpret the environment, having always had a keen interest in her surroundings and the living world.

Jean initially pursued a career in the medical field but never abandoned her artistic pursuits.  After working in a hospital microbiology laboratory and raising a family, she returned to school and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. LaFontsee Galleries, of Grand Rapids, says, “Her prints and drawings reflect this initial connection to biology and nature, her complex renderings skillfully illustrating the power of nature on a small, intimate scale.”

Jean says, “I work perceptually in the landscape to convey its interesting forms, lines, contrasting values, and subtle color shifts. I believe everyone sees things differently—through one’s own lens--so my work is a personal interpretation of my environment. My prints and paintings reflect the connection that I hold with the natural world.

Whether it is with paper and pencil, oil paint and canvas, or a copper plate and etching needle, I begin my work en plein air and then finalize my compositions in the studio, where I work from sketches and memory.  In both my painting and printmaking processes, I am intrigued by the discoveries along the way, which lead me in unexpected directions. The creation of a work of art for me always involves a balance of information—what to leave in or out, and how to simplify, as I try to capture the essence of my experience.”

 Cezanne quote: “I think my mind becomes clearer when I am in the presence of nature.”

 

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions and Events

The Boston Printmakers Traveling Flat File, a members show at multiple venues (fairs and conferences), from 2019 -2020

SAGA 85th Members Print Exhibition, Newark Public Library, Special Collections, Newark, NJ, Sept 23 - Dec 31, 2019

Preserved! Land Conservancy of West Michigan, 2019 Frauenthal Center Reception Gallery, Muskegon, Michigan, Opening reception October 2, Exhibit October 4 - 6,

LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Opening reception October 17, Exhibit October 18 -19. Register at https://naturenearby.org/portfolio_page/projects/preserved/

Mix-it-Up, LaFontsee Galleries group exhibition, October 25 - November 22. Opening reception October 25, 5 - 8 PM, Grand Rapids, MI

 

Biography

Education

Graduate Studies in Studio Art, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
               
 BFA Studio Art, Art History Minor, summa cum laude, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI
                
 BS Medical Technology, with honors, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Workshops

2018    Scott Conary, Story in the Still Life, Artensity, Ann Arbor, MI

            Stephen Duren, Probing Pleinair, Franciscan Center, Lowell, MI

2017    Andrew Wykes, Landscape Painting, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co Mayo, Ireland

2016    Jon Redmond, Light: Relationship in the Landscape, Franciscan Center, Lowell, MI

2015      Nancy McCarthy , Color Rules/Color in Nature, Truro Center for the Arts

2014      Catherine Kehoe, Shape into Color, Sedona Arts Center, AZ,

   Mitchell Albala, Landscape Painting on Orcas Island, WA

2013      Sharon Sandberg, Painting the Landscape, Jerusalem Studio School, Civita Castellana, Italy

               Lynn Peterfreund, Joyce Silverstone, Ink to Paper, Monotype, Zea Mays Printmaking, MA

2012      Shelley Thorstensen, Motivational Intaglio, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

               Louise Kohrman, Color Etching, Zea Mays Printmaking, Florence, MA

 

EXHIBITIONS, most recent

2019

Open Ended, A Continuation, LaFontsee Galleries group exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

SAGA 85th Members Print Exhibition, Newark Public Library, Special Collections, Newark, NJ

The Boston Printmakers Traveling Flat File, a members show at multiple venues (fairs and conferences), from 2019 -2020

Rivive, LaFontsee Galleries group exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

Work of a New Century: The 84th Members Exhibition of the Society of American Graphic Artists, J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A & M College Station, Texas

Hold Dear; Objects to Collect and Cherish, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2018     

National Small Works Exhibition, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, D.

90th Michigan Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, MI

 SAGA, 84th Members Print Exhibition, Syracuse University, NY

 ArtPrize, the Michigan Connection, Midland Center for the Arts, MI

 Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, MI

 Out of the Woods, solo exhibition, paintings & prints, Frauenthal Center Gallery, Muskegon, MI

 Collective, LaFontsee Galleries 30 year show, Grand Rapids, MI

Slightly Obsessive, LaFontsee Galleries, GRand Rapids MI

Jump In, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

2017     

89th Michigan Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, MI

West Michigan Area Show, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI

SAGA 83rd Members Print Exhibition, NY, NY

Perception & Intention, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

Toast, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

Everyone in the Pool, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

Freshly Considered, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids,

2016
Breaking New Ground, International Print Exhibition, Aberystwyth University, Wales

National Small Works Exhibition, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, D.C.

88th Michigan Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, MI

sELECTED Works, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

Toast, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

Everyone in the Pool, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

Collective Alchemy, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2015

SAGA Centennial National Exhibition, NY, NY

87th Michigan Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, MI

West Michigan Area Show, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, MI

2014
ArtPrize 2014, Grand Rapids, MI

4th Biennial Footprint International Competition, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT

Annual Fall Celebration, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

81st Annual SAGA Members Exhibition, NY, NY          

2013
Artprize 2013, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Art Beneath the Bark, Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, MI

2012
3rd Biennial Footprint International Competition, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT, Juror: Donald Sultan

84th Michigan Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI

The Print Exhibition, 30th Annual Statewide Print Competition, Ann Arbor Art Center

Gallery Turns 25, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

First Summer Exhibition, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

West Michigan Printmakers, Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, MI

Artprize 2012, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2011
Boston Printmakers 2011 North American Print Biennial, Framingham, MA, Juror: Jim Dine

Artprize 2011, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2010
Alma College 30th Annual Statewide Print Competition, Alma College, MI

HONORS/AWARDS

2018   Juror's Graphics Award, 90th 87th Regional Show, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan

2015   Sponsored Purchase Award, 87th Regional Show, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan

2012   Honorable Mention, The Print Exhibition, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Juror: Norm Stewart

2010   Juror’s Merit Award, Alma College 30th Annual Statewide Print Competition, Juror: Marjorie Devon

Collections

The Newark Public Library, Special Collections, Newark, New Jersey

Syracuse Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY

Manhattan Graphics Center

Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

MidMichigan Health, University of Michigan Health System, Midland, Michigan

Private Collections in the U.S.

Professional Organizations

2017-Present
Juried member of The Boston Printmakers, Boston, MA

2013- Present
Juried Member of SAGA (Society of American Graphic Artists), New York, New York

2012- Present
Zea Mays Printmaking Member, Florence, Massachusetts

Publications

The 2018 Members Exhibition of the Society of American Graphic Artists, Syracuse University Art Galleries

2018 National Small Works Catalog, The Washington Printmakers Gallery presents the 21st Annual Small Works Exhibition

SAGA Centennial National Exhibition Catalogue, 2015 Society of American Graphic Artists

25 Year Book, 2012, LaFontsee Galleries