I will be participating in the 2017 East Austin Studio Tour November 11-12th and 18-19th, 11am-6pm.  Little Blue House is stop no. 76 on the tour.  I've been busy working on a new body of work.  Come see!

Come visit!  

Denise Fulton, Karen Offutt and Karen Maness and I are thrilled to share the news that we are the founders of a new Atelier-style art school in Austin, Texas called Atelier Dojo Austin.  Its focus will be on contemporary realist figurative art.  We will off a year-round curriculum of drawing and painting classes taught by leading artists in this area and will be hosting quarterly 3-day workshops from masterful artists all over who we believe demonstrate a contemporary realist aesthetic.  We plan to open our doors next April 2018.  Log on to our website and become a member now!


I will be exhibiting two paintings at the "Women Painting Women: In Earnest" Exhibition curated by co-founders of Women Painting Women Alia El-Bermani and Diane Feissel at J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.  Exhibit opens October 19, 2017.  I will be participating in an artist talk and paint face-off on Wednesday  October 18, 2017.

I will have a painting in the Ninth Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition and Exhibition at the Lore Degenstein Gallery juried by Alia El-Bermani at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania.  


I am incredibly honored to have a painting included in "La Familia," a catalog curated by David Jon Kassan and Shana Leveson and produced by Poets and Artists Magazine.  You can see and purchase the publication here.  


The U.K.'s Paint & Draw Magazine published a six-page feature of my work available for purchase here: Paint & Draw Magazine, issue 11.


I am Trekell Art Supplies' featured artist this month!

"Queen" and "Universe" have been chosen to be in a traveling exhibition titled "Women Painting Women: In Earnest" curated by co-founders of Women Painting Women Alia El-Bermani and Diane Feissel at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, TN on August 4 - Oct 1, 2017 and will then head to J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University in October. We hope you will be able to join us to view this astounding exhibition. "Women Painting Women: In Earnest is an exhibition that honors the human spirit and shares the thoughtful and unique vision of 30 contemporary artists who explore the complexity of being a woman today. Each artist looks beyond the surface of her subject, beyond mere replication of the physical world before her, in search of deeper realities.”

"When I Grow Up" was selected be part of the "Woman as Warrior" exhibit at the Zhou Center in Chicago, curated by Sergio Gomez and Didi Menendez August to October 2017, brought to you by PoetsArtist Magazine.  You can purchase a catalog here.  

Didi and Sergio write "Our first experience with warriors may have started in the home. For others, encounters with warriors may have been through schools, the work force, homeland, government and/or fighting battles either personal or out in the field. We are dedicating this exhibition to the woman who symbolizes a hero among champions."


I'm thrilled to have NL#3 included in "The New Nude," curated by Walt Morton and brought to you by PoetsArtist Magazine and Didi Menendez. There is such stunning and unique work inside. You can check out and purchase this publication here:



I am incredibly honored to have been invited to write an article for Artists on Art Magazine.



Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart of Paris will be exhibiting my work at the Affordable Art Fair in NYC March 3 - April 2.  


 East Side Magazine of Austin wrote a fantastic article entitled "Beneath the Mask," and included a photoessay on me and my work.  

The intriguing Walt Morton interviewed me for Poets/Artists Magazine's Artist of the Week:  https://www.poetsandartists.com/magazine/2017/1/26/artist-of-the-week-jennifer-balkan 

I am giddy to share that I am now represented by the Chimera Gallery in Mullingar, Ireland.  


I am elated thrilled to have been included Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine's list of leading figurative contemporary painters today.   


My painting "Sisters" is included in the Texas Top Ten Competition by the Portrait Society of America!




I am honored and thrilled to have been interviewed on the Savvy Painter podcast, by Antrese Wood.  
To listen, click here:  

Time for the East Austin Studio Tour!  
11/12-11/13 & 11/19-11/20, 11am-6pm both weekends open with plenty of art to see and enjoy :)
I am studio #92.

I am so honored to have been recommended by The Austin Chronicle , The Austin American Statesman , and Big Medium , and Trove Artist Management.


I am one of ten Austin artists participating in Painters Painting Painters at Davis Gallery in Austin, TX.  We will each be exhibiting two paintings of each other and one self-portrait.  Exhibition opens Saturday, September 24th at 7pm.


I am one of ten painters invited by the Academy of Realist Art in Boston to participate in a five-day figure painting competition.  


I will be exhibiting in a 5-person show at the Vendue Inn in Charleston through the Principle Gallery. Exhibit opens June 17th at 5:30.  


I am participating in Contemporary Figuration at Abend Gallery in Denver, CO.

I will be part of a group exhibition at ICOSA Collective in Austin, TX.  Show opens May 27th.


I will have two paintings in Nexus at Abend Gallery in Denver, CO.


I will have three paintings in One at Art Room.Space Gallery in Fort Worth, TX.  Exhibit opens March 19th.  








I'm super duper thrilled to be sharing the title of Best Visual Artist of 2015 by the Austin Chronicle's Readers' Poll!!!

And congratulations to my co-winner, Jenn Hassin www.jennhassin.com!


I will have three small works in Abend Gallery's 25th Annual Holiday Miniature Show opening December 4th in Denver, CO.

I was awarded First Merit for "Hope" and 9th Place for "Public Art" by the Portrait Society of America


The East Austin Studio Tour is back!  Come visit my studio, no. 24 on the tour at www.eastaustinstudiotour.com: November 14-15/20-21, 11am-6pm.


I will have work in the Urban exhibit at the Abend Gallery in Denver, CO.  


I will be participating in the Red Dot Art Spree at Women and their Work Gallery on September 10th at 6:00pm in Austin, TX.

I have been invited into VESSEL, a 2D and 3D exhibition curated and organized by Brian David Johnson on September 12th at 6:00pm in Austin, TX.


I have been invited to participate in The Edge of Realism which opens August 7th at the Abend Gallery in Denver, CO.  

I have been invited to participate in Mia Bergeron's first curated exhibit, entitled "Unfurl" at Gallery 1261 in Denver, CO.  Show opens August 23rd.


I will be showing two paintings in a group show entitled Introductions at the Abend Gallery in Denver, CO.  Show opens July 10th.  

I have been invited by Kevin Weckbach to participate in a group exhibition entitled A Friendly Challenge at Gallery 1261 in Denver, CO.  Show opens June 27th.  

I was thrilled to be included in American Art Collector's preview of this exhibition:


I am participating in our first regional Women Painting Women at the Georgetown Art Center as one of fourteen Texan women artists organized by Austin artist Felice House.


Two paintings will be featured in "Vox Femina" at the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale, Arkansas.  

Three paintings have been juried into Poets/Artists' "The Artist's Gaze: Seeing Women in the Twenty-first Century" exhibition held at Sirona Fine Art in South Florida.  


I am one of ten painters invited by the Academy of Realist Art in Boston to participate in a five-day figure painting competition.  









  My painting "Public Art" was featured in American Art Collector, July 2015.


My painting "Public Art" was featured in American Art Collector, July 2015.







Austin Woman Magazine this month writes "It’s hard to look away from one of Jennifer Balkan’s paintings after you’ve set eyes on it."  They have featured me here in Artist Choice: http://www.austinwomanmagazine.com/articles/artists-choice

East Austin Studio Tour!!  November 15-16 and 22-23: 11am-6pm
#44 on the tour in the little blue house


2-Day figure oil painting workshop in Georgetown, Texas, October 18-19 : details forthcoming.  


I have been accepted into the 5th Annual Women Painting Women show at the Principle Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina.  Show opens September 5th. 

I will have two paintings in the "Pay It Forward" show at the Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia.  Show opens September 5th. 

Fall classes resume in September!

I'm currently featured on Combustus and The New York Optimist!