Jill McGannon completed her BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia in 1985 and earned her MFA at UGA in 1988, and has made a living as an artist since then.  While at UGA, she was able to study Italian language and Painting at the UGA Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy.  After graduating, she moved to Chicago, IL, and painted murals of Italian landscapes in restaurants, and showed her figurative work in galleries there. In 1994, Jill returned to Cortona as the Artist in Residence and began painting plein air in earnest. She continued painting plein air upon her return to the US, focusing primarily on the marsh coast of GA and SC.  She is happy to be showing her coastal paintings at Four Corners Gallery in Bluffton, SC, her paintings of the Georgia mountains at High Country Arts in Blue Ridge, GA, and some of each at Mason Fine Art in Atlanta, GA.

Plein air Awards

2019 First Place in the Quick Paint at Gilmer Arts’ Plein Air- Art in the Mountains, Ellijay, GA

Second Place at Paint Duluth 4, in Duluth, GA

Second Place at the Olmsted PaintQuick Community Award, Atlanta, GA

2018 People’s Choice Award, and Award of Merit at Paint Duluth 3, Duluth, GA

2015 First Place in Quick Paint at Gilmer Arts’ Plein Air- Art at the Vineyard, Ellijay, GA

2014, 2013, 2012 Second Place, Gwinnet Parks Plein air at Tannery Row Artists Colony, Buford, G

2012 Best in Show, Madison Arts Guild, Madison, GA

Show Awards

2018 Featured Artist at Gala 2018 at Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA

2014, 2015 Award of Merit at Historic Honeyhorn Artists Market, Hilton Head Island, SC

2010 First Place, Arts on the Creek, Johns Creek Arts Center, Johns Creek, GA

Acceptance into National Group Shows

2019 Meritorious, Richeson 75 Still Life and Floral Competition

2018 Eastern League of Professional Artists at the Quinlan Arts Center, Gainesville, GA

2017 Eastern League of Professional Artists at the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center in Blue Ridge, GA

2015 Oil Painters of America (OPA) Eastern Regional Exhibition

2015 National Juried Online show for American Women Artists (AWA)

2015, 2016, 2017, National Juried Exhibition for Women Painters of the Southeast (WPSE)

Jill McGannon
Designation: Painting Oil & Acrylic
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