About

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find connally’s work in these galleries

LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
www.lewallengalleries.com

Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX
www.jackmeiergallery.com

The Loft Galeria, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
www.theloftgaleria.com

Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
http://www.paulmahdergallery.com

Education: 

MFA: Southern Methodist University
BFA: Wichita State University (Magna cum Laude)
Oklahoma University

Permanent Museum Collections:

Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX
The Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, TX 
The Grace Museum in Abilene, TX.  
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, Solvang, CA
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
The American Kennel Club, NY,NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX 2017
LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2016
LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2015
Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2011
Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2010
Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2009
Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2009
Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2008
Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX 2008
McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX 2007
MMGalleries, San Francisco, CA 2007
Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2006
Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2004
Forum Gallery, Dallas, TX 2002
McCormick Gallery, Midland, TX 2002
Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2001
Forum Gallery, Dallas, TX 2001
Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 1999
The American Kennel Club, NY, NY 1999
Anasazi Gallery, Dallas, TX 1997
ERL Originals, Winston-Salem, NC 1997
Southwest Art Gallery, Dallas, TX 1996

PRESS:

2018
The River’s Journey; One Year, Six Artists, 92 Miles
Santa Barbara Seasons magazine, Spring 2018, by Leslie Dinaberg

Down By, In and About the River
Scene Magazine, March 23 - March 29, 2018, by Josef Woodard

A river runs through them: Six artists take “A River’s Journey” through the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley watershed at the Wildling Museum (Cover photo depicts Connally and her painting being hung in the museum)
Santa Maria Sun, by Rebecca Rose

Artists Explore River’s Journey Over Course of a Year
Noozhawk
by Katie Pearson

2016
Connie Connally / Place In Time
at LewAllen Contemporary, solo exhibit, essay by Ken Marvel

2015
Connie Connally, Sammy Peters / Fusion
at LewAllen Contemporary, essay by Ken Marvel

Color Play - Primacy Of Color In Contemporary Art
at LewAllen Contemporary, essay by Ken Marvel

2013
Now and Then: contrasting Approaches to Key Themes of Modernism
at LewAllen Contemporary, essay by Ken Marvel

2013
Art Things, Small and Smaller, The Scene Magazine
by Josef Woodard

2013
Six Rising Stars
at LewAllen Contemporary, essay by Ken Marvel

2012
Small Images, The Scene Magazine
by Josef Woodard

Lift, The Scene Magazine
by Josef Woodard

2010
Life Like Water
at Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, solo exhibit
CASA Magazine, by Kerry Methner

100 Grand, An Art Spree for You and Me, The Scene Magazine
by Josef Woodward

2009
New Home, New Directions
at Craighead Green Gallery, essay by Nance Cohen Israel

2008
Connie Connally / Liquid Line
at MMGalleries, solo exhibit
SPOTLIGHT, Gallery Guide West

2006 
Journey Into Abstraction
Dallas Modern Luxury, by Steve Carter

2002
Finding Your Visual Voice, book, 6 color plates included
by Dakota Mitchell and Lee Haroun

2001
Face Time
by Annabell Massey, Dallas Observer 

2000
Austin Art Scene
by Michael Barnes, Austin American-Statesman

Explorations of the Face, Both Realistic and Fanciful
Art Reviews by Helen A Harrison, The New York Times (photo featured my painting)

 

Ken Marvel, co-owner LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM writes of Connally:

Connie Connally paints stunning canvases of complex elegance, with imagery that merges harmoniously and nearly completely both representational reference and powerful abstraction. Connally’s poetic colorscapes, with their expressive brushwork, sweeping gestural marks and animated cadence, reflect the artist’s passion for distilling the essence of her observations of nature and situate her work as the vital interplay between memory and imagination. Her palette of organic color and calligraphic brushstroke combine to serve as imprint of the artist’s profound love of being in nature and the desire that her painting reflect both her exterior and interior experience of it.

Citing Joan Mitchell as an important influence on her work, Connally employs exuberant, impassioned colors laid on her canvases in a pictorial strategy that teeters between the action painting of her abstract expressionist forebears and a more refined personal style that modulates the strokes and dabs that comprise her surfaces. Her layers of brushstroke read less as agitated ruptures and more like intuitive, sensual experiences rendered as prismatic atmospheres of color and tone. Rich, multi-layered surfaces of color morph, coalesce and scatter in quietly energetic rhythms that evoke the experience of being surrounded by nature.

Connally finds inspiration in the natural coastlines and verdure of California where she lives and works. Her work has been exhibited extensively across the United States and is included in museum and private collections internationally including The Grace Museum, Longview Museum of Fine Art, The Art Museum of South Texas and Southern Methodist University. 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA spring and summer 2018
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA fall 2019
George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2018
Westmont Ridly-Tree Museum of Art, Montecito, CA 2018
Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, Solvang, CA 2018
The Arts Fund, Santa Barbara, CA 2018
Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA spring and winter 2018
Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX 2017
Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA 2017
Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg, CA, 2017
Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2017
LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2015
McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX 2014
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 2014
LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2014
Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX 2013
LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2013
Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2013
Santa Paula Art Museum, Santa Paula, CA 2013
Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2012
Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2012
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 2012
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Ft. Worth, TX 2012
The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi
Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX 2011
Anderson O’Brien Fine Art, Lincoln, NE 2011
Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2010
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA 2010
Hunting Art Prize, Houston, TX 2008
Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX 2007
ArtHouse at the Jones Center-AMOA, Austin, TX 2000-2014
Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, CA 2006
Michael Martin Galleries, San Francisco, CA 2006
Pollock Gallery, Dallas, TX 2004
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS 2001
The Stage Gallery, NY, NY 2001
Pleiades Gallery, NY, NY 2001
Moudy Art Gallery, Ft. Worth, TX 2001
McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX 2001
The Stage Gallery, NY, NY 2000
Moudy Art Gallery, Ft. Worth, TX 2000
San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA 2000
Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, TX 2000
Loudoun House Gallery, Lexington, KY 2000
Dallas Visual Art Center, Dallas, TX 2000
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX 1995-1999

Grants, Scholarships & Awards:

2013 Honorable Mention, “Small Images,” Atkinson Gallery, SBCC
2012 Art Council Award, “Lift,” Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art
2012 Juror’s Award, “Small Images,” Atkinson Gallery, SBCC
2008 Hunting Art Prize Finalist (Top 5), Sponsored by Hunting PLC, Houston, TX
2004 Katerine Rigsby Dougan Graduate Scholarship, Southern Methodist University
2003 Southern Methodist University, Meadows Graduate Council Grant
2003 Best Portrait Artist in Dallas, “Best of Dallas Awards,” Dallas Observer
2002 Southern Methodist University, Full Scholarship, MFA Program
2001 Juror’s Award, “Biennial Juried Exhibition,” McKinney Avenue Contemporary
2001 Distinguished Art Award, “Ulrich Alumni Exhibition,” Ulrich Museum of Art
2001 Hawn Foundation Award, “2001 Art in the Metroplex,” Texas Christian University