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Jacob Looney



General Information

  Born 1989, Athens, TX

  Lives and works in Philadelphia, PA


  2013 BFA + Certificate, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 
  2009 University of The Arts, Dean's List 


Selected Exhibitions

  2016 Holding Hands - 1715 Rittenhouse - Philadelphia, PA

  2015 Works on Paper - Pagus Gallery - Norristown, PA

  2015 Benefit Juried Art Show - Philadelphia Sketch Club - Philadelphia, PA

  2015 12th Annual AAGA Art Auction - Drexel - Philadelphia, PA

  2014 BalletX - Bridgette Mayer Gallery - Philadelphia, PA

  2014 Eraserhood - PhilaMoca - Philadelphia, PA

  2013 Annual Student Exhibition- PAFA- Philadelphia, PA

  2012 Annual Student Exhibition- PAFA- Philadelphia, PA

  2012 Juried Exhibition- Gallery 128, PAFA- Philadelphia, PA

  2011 Hunterdon County Outdoor Art Show - Hunterdon County, NJ

  2011 Juried Exhibition- Gallery 128, PAFA- Philadelphia, PA


Selected Awards and Fellowships

  2013 The J. Henry Schiedt Memorial Travel Scholarship

  2012 PAFA Bacchanal Wine Gala and Auction Purchase Prize

  2012 Hunterdon County Outdoor Art Show, Best of Show

  2009 Crozier Prize Fund for Outstanding Achievement by a First Year Student


Related Work Experience

  2015 - 2016 The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Visitor Services +

                       2015 - 2016 Exhibition Coordinator for The Art of American Still Life


  2014 - 2015 The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Admissions Associate +

                        2015 - 2016  Teaching Artist for Family Arts Academy


  2013 ­‐ 2016 The Barnes Foundation. Gallery Guide +

                         2015 - 2016  Curriculum Specialist for K-12 Education


  2015 - 2016 The Academy of Natural Sciences. Visitor Services


  2011 -­ 2012 Murals and Moldings. Painter’s assistant/Faux Finish Painting






Jacob Looney is an artist and museum professional focused on the visual experience of looking and learning. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  and has committed to working in museums since graduating.


Jacob's artwork is inspired by the visual balance between abstraction and realism, and often dives into the world of dreams, dinosaurs and art history.



Artist Statement


As a kid I collected images and stories at a voracious rate. Now as a full grown human adult I use my work as a way of sorting out and documenting the visual impressions of the things I’ve collected. Primarily I am an oil painter. Though I work in a variety of mediums, it is the malleability and  building of a painting that I am highly energetic about. In my process of building an image I begin with some form of visual excitement that is evolved out of dream experiences and moments of recollected memory. From this a conversation, or sometimes an argument, between the visual experience and visceral quality of the material persuades an image that is neither abstract nor representational, but is informational. The growth in each piece is continually a surprise and often diverges from a very introspective view, to a much broader statement on visual cultural inheritance.


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