Carole Hennessy was born and raised in Chicago and the south suburbs. As a teenager, she took art classes at her high school and the Junior School of the Art Institute of Chicago and went on to earn her BFA from Quincy University. She has taught art at the high school and elementary levels in both Illinois and Missouri. Later she started her own framing and arts consulting business, Art Endeavors.
Hennessy has concentrated on watercolor for more than 30 years, beginning with the arrival of her children. Over the years she has furthered her experience thru workshops with nationally known watercolor artists. She usually works in series and most of her recent work has dealt with the landscape, especially the rural areas of the Midwest farmland. The patterns of the fields and a barn against a beautiful sky are always an inspiration.
Throughout her career, Hennessy has exhibited in local, regional and national juried exhibits. She has signature membership in the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA Honor Society, Illinois Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Taos National Society of Watercolorists and is an associate member of the American Watercolor Society. She serves on the Board for both the Watercolor Honor Society and the Illinois Watercolor Society.
EDUCATION BFA Quincy University
Signature Member – National Watercolor Society, Watercolor Honor Society,
Illinois Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society,
Taos National Society of Watercolorists
Illinois Artisan Program – Member Artist since 2006
Chicago Artists’ Coalition – Member and 2012 Hatch Project Artist
2014 Featured Artist, Illinois Artisans Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009 Oesterle Gallery, North Central College, Naperville, IL
2008 Gray Gallery, Quincy University, Quincy, IL, Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2007 Perkinson Gallery, Millikin University, Decatur, IL
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
National Watercolor Society 94th Annual, San Pedro, CA, Watercolor NOW! 2014, Gray Gallery, Quincy, IL Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition, Red Barn Gallery, Waitsfield, VT, Watercolor Missouri National, Churchill Memorial Gallery, Fulton, MO
88th Annual Open, CSPWC, Leighton Art Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition, Red Barn Gallery, Waitsfield, VT, Great Lakes “Small Works”, Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, MI
“Hits Close To Home” 2 person Exhibit, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, “Layers, Paths and Channels” Group Exhibit, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Aquarious National 2012, Pueblo, CO
Watercolor NOW! 2011, Slater Mem’l Park Gallery, Pawtucket, RI, Watercolor USA, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
National Watercolor Society 90th Annual, San Pedro, CA, Taos Nat’l Exhibition of American Watercolor XIV, Taos, NM
Taos Nat’l Exhibition of American Watercolor XII, Taos, NM, Watercolor Now! 2008, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
Watercolor USA, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
National Watercolor Oklahoma, East Gallery, Oklahoma, OK, Watercolor Missouri National, Churchill Memorial Gallery, Fulton, MO
Taos Nat’l Exhibition of Watercolors VIII, Taos, NM, Watercolor Art Society, Houston Annual, Houston, TX
Watercolor Missouri National, Churchill Memorial Gallery, Fulton, MO
Taos Nat’l Exhibition of Watercolors VII, Taos, NM, Watercolor USA, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
Midwest Watercolor Society Annual, Green Bay, WI
American Watercolor Society Annual, New York, NY, Midwest Watercolor Society Annual, Green Bay, WI
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
2004, 2005, 2006, – The Fields Project: Bringing Artists and Agriculture
2008, 2011 – Together, Ogle Co., Oregon, IL
Holy Cross Hospital, Taos, NM
DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville, IL
Various Private Collections
Painting is a form of exploration for me. Developing works in series allows me to examine a topic from a variety of viewpoints, both physical and emotional. New thoughts and reactions grow out of each encounter with the subject, one painting leads to the next. Watercolor is a journey full of new discoveries.
I begin a new work with a basic plan and try to allow for ideas to evolve along with the paint. The final destination is rarely known in advance, arrivals are often full of surprise. It is a continual learning process that helps keep the work fresh.
I explore a subject. I explore the media and techniques. I explore the world around me. I explore the world inside myself. The expressions of these explorations are my paintings. And these expressions lead me to further explorations. For me, this is the cycle of creativity.