• Impossible Illusion (traveling without moving)
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 45x48 inches
    • $5500
    • Maze
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 42x44 inches
    • $4650
    • Tangent
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 48x36 inches
    • $4500
    • Superfold
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 23 3/4 x 30 inches
    • Feldspar Construction
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 36x48 inches
    • $4500
    • Place
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 36 1/2x35 inches
    • $3200
    • Container
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 24x30 inches
    • Fold, Unfold
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 26x24 inches
    • $1500
    • Prizm
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 26x24x2.5 inches
    • $1500
    • Racing Stripes
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 56x40 inches
    • $5600
    • Rock, Paper, Scissors
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 23 3/4 x 30 inches
    • $1800
    • Western Sunset
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 56x40 inches
    • $5600
    • Some Like It Hot
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 23 3/4 x 30 inches
    • $1800
    • Abstract In Red
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 14 3/4 x 20 inches
    • $600
    • Abstract with Blue and Orange
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 14 3/4 x 20 inches
    • $600
    • Urban Funk Phenomena
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 30 x 23 3/4 inches

Artist Statement

Painting can be a transformative practice, sensitive yet violent, temporal, contemplative, bold and transformative. As a process it can move both fast and slow, be impatient yet kind, be tense and poetic—all the while performing a crafted cadence of oppositions. In my recent work, fold gesture and shifting planes present a twist on illusion and perception. Forms such as a Necker cube, simultaneous figure ground relationships, and illusionistic tropes filter the viewers sense of space and time. Sometimes the work feels balanced, but there is a movement that alters absolute security. Over the course of the last 16 months of the pandemic my sense of space, time, and feeling grounded was turned upside down. The world that we know can shift abruptly, giving a vertigo like feeling. Trying to find a new balance in both life and studio work became a central focus to this collection.

  Often my paintings are investigations into gesture and its ability to encapsulate time and psyche, to fuse internal and external, and to record conceptual changes in solid form. In my paintings I explore ideas of fold, gesture and movement. Color announces changes in spatial order that appear fractured or fragmented, or bold and utopic. These states either remain calm or subdued or reconfigure the coherence within a painting. I am interested in the connection between a fold as it relates to architecture or design and gesture as it relates to aspects of drawing, calligraphy and 20th century painting. Through this series tries to define beauty, exploring abstraction as incident and artifact. The process in which paint is applied, exposes interior and exterior spaces that may or may not coexist or unfold.

Selected Exhibitions


            2021       Forthcoming solo show at Mount Union Collage, Alliance, OH

          2019       Intersections, Lissauer Gallery, Shaker Historical Society, Shaker, OH

          2018       Constructions, BAYarts, Bay Village, OH

                          Folds, Gesture, Movement, KSU Conference Center, Kent, OH

          2015       Shifting Spaces, Hinterland Artspace, Denver, CO 

          Folding Gesture, 1point618 Gallery, Cleveland, OH,  


2014            Other Geometries: Works by Jenniffer Omaitz, Denver, CO  

                                Solid Movement, 1point618gallery, Cleveland, OH 

2012            Above Ground, Beneath the Surface, 1point618 Gallery, Cleveland, OH 

2011            Above Ground, Beneath the Surface: Recent Studies”, YSU, OH 

        Shadow Structures, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH

2009         Architectonic Gestures: MFA Thesis Exhibition, Kent State University, Kent, OH

2008         Noise, 1point618 Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2007         Quality of Light, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO

2006         Hypnotica, E. Gordon Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2005         Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Boettcher Hall Denver, CO

        Electric Pulse, Double Daughters, Denver, CO

2004         Synthetic Light, The Assembly, Denver, CO



2018         NEOtectonic; Artifice and Persuasion, American Greetings Gallery W, Westlake, OH

        Illustrious Decay (with Arabella Proffer), CWAL, Cleveland, OH

2016         Hypothetical Constructs & Translucent Boundaries, Andy Curlowe and Jen Omaitz, Klemm         Gallery, Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI

2009           Amy Casey and Jen Omaitz, Arts Collinwood, Cleveland, OH


              GROUP SHOWS (Selected)

2021         Geometry and Gesture: Recent Work, SPACE Gallery, Denver, CO

        More is More, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH              

2020         With Devotion, Curated by Jeffery Courtland Jones, The Contemporary Dayton, Dayton, OH

        Parts to the Whole, Curated by Michele Waalkes, The Art Hub Factory, Canton, OH

        Art Made in the Shutdown, Curated by Liz Mauguns , YARDS, Cleveland, OH

        Womans XIII, Curated by Mary Urbas, Lakewood Community College, Lakewood, OH

        Cause for Environmental Change, Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2019         There’s no basement at the Alamo, Curated by Courtenay Finn, Reinberger Gallery,   

                  Cleveland, OH

2018         CAN Triennial, 78th Street studios, Cleveland, OH

        Geometrification, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2017         Fresh Paint Biennial, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

        Winter Soulstice: Inaugural Exhibition for Akron Soul Train Residents, Akron, OH

        Greenery, Troppus Projects, Kent, OH 

        Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition, Juried by Anderson Turner, Waterloo Arts Gallery,         Cleveland, OH

        MAS Group Show, WPCA Milwaukee, WI

        Come Along With Me, curated by Richard Fletcher, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH

2016         Unreal: Abstract Painting Today, Summit Artspace, Akron, OH 

2015      Fresh, Juried show won first place, Summit Artspace, Akron, OH 

2014     19, Red Space, Cleveland, OH, Curated by Dana Depew

    The Big Show, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH, Curated by Per Knutås 

      Fiction (with only daylight between us), Dayton, OH, Curated by Jeffery Cortland Jones         traveling show 

2013         Everything All At Once, Cleveland MOCA, Cleveland, OH, curated by Liz Mauguns

2012         A Tale in Two Cities, Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland, OH, curated by Bruce Checefsky

2011           Dislocation, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, PA

        Feminine Influence, Flash Gallery, Denver, CO Curated

2010           Objectophilia, curated by Lauri Lynnxe Murphy for the Biennial of the Americas in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CO


            Building Peers: An Exhibition of VATe Faculty and Alumni, Curated by Saul Ostrow,  

                                                   Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland, OH 


2009    Touch and Scale, Trumbull Art Gallery, Warren, OH

2008   Objects and Images: Selected work of Current and Graduating MFA Students, School of Art Gallery, Kent State University Kent, OH

2007         Toxic Color, Exit Gallery, Cleveland, OH 

                                  Come Closer, Wooltex Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2005       Small Works, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO

        Disassemble, Koubou au Deux, Denver, CO          

                  Quality, Space Gallery Denver, CO 

                      Edge of Abstraction, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO 

                  En-capsule-ate, Pod Gallery, Denver, CO 

2004       Organic Autumn, Breckenridge Colorado Performing Arts Center, Breckenridge, CO

2002         Student Summer Show, Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland, OH 

                  Painter’s Unite: May Day Show, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH 

          Top Twenty Traveling Scholarship Finalist, Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland, OH

        56th Annual Student Independent Exhibition, Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland, OH 

2000       Exposition e Cole Des Arts Lacoste, Lacoste, France 

                    54th Annual Student Independent Exhibition, Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland, OH



2019       Ohio Individual Excellence Award

2017       Juried Award for Visual Art for Akron High Arts Festival, Akron, OH

                                             Fellowship Award for Akron Soul Train Residency, Akron, OH

2015       First Place in 11th Fresh Juried Art Exhibit of Summit Artspace, Akron,OH


2014          Nesnandy & Swartz Visiting Curator Program, studio visit with Andria Hickey, Cleveland,  OH

2012/13      Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant 

2010           W2S Emerging Artist Solo Show, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH

07-09         Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Kent State University, Kent, OH

2002           Sue Wall award for Painting for work in 56th Annual Student Independent Exhibition

2001           Joseph McCullough Painting Scholarship 

2000       Lacoste School of the Arts Scholarship

      George Clements Memorial Scholarship for study during the 2000 summer session                                   at the Lacoste School of Art in Lacoste, France

1997       Cleveland Institute of Art Portfolio Scholarship Grant




2020         “The Hub welcomes masked visitors to Friday opening”, Dan Kane, The Repository, Aug. 6,  

  1. https://www.cantonrep.com/story/entertainment/2020/08/06/hub-welcomes-masked-



2019 Art Uncovered Interview: https://www.btrtoday.com/listen/artuncovered/jennifer-omaitz/


2018           “Worlds Apart:Illustrious Decay at CWAL”, Douglas Max Utter, CAN Journal Online         Blog, http://canjournal.org/2018/10/worlds-apart-illustrious-decay-at-cwal/

“Things That Are In The News Right Now”: Painter Jen Omaitz Explores Natural 

Disaster Through Assemblage”, Michael Gill, CAN Journal, Summer 2018. http://canjournal.org/2018/05/things-that-are-in-the-news-right-now-painter-jen-omaitz-explores-natural-disaster-through-assemblage/


2017           “Makers: Jenniffer Omaitz”, Brittany M. Hudak, CAN Journal Blog, Online link:



2016          “Canvas Cleveland Magazine”, Carlo Wolff, May 18, 2016. Online link:              http://canvascle.com/plane-speaking/


2015     Fresh Paint Magazine, Issue 7, April 2015. Freshpaintmagazine.com, Fresh Paint Magazine   

                                            online interview, June 17, 2015. http://freshpaintmagazine.com/?s=omaitz

“Geometric Abstraction Explored in 1Point618’s Latest Exhibition of Works by Jennifer Omaitz and Susan Squires,” Josh Usmani, Scene Magazine, November 24, 2015


2014     365Artists365Days.com, Frank Juarez Gallery, “Jennifer Omaitz – Kent, Ohio”, access date:   

                                            November  28, 2014. http://365artists365days.com/2014/11/28/jennifer-omaitz-kent-ohio/


                  “Around Kent Magazine”, Mark Keffer, Jenniffer Omaitz, Volume 3, p 36-37, 2014



2013       “Constantly Seeking Reinvention: MOCA Looks in its Backyard for Inspiration”, Joseph       Clark, Scene Magazine, September 4, 2013 


2012          “Mental Blocking”, Joseph Clark, Scene Magazine, April 11, 2012


2010          “Colorado artists featured at free exhibit during Biennial”, Kyle MacMillan, Denver    

                   Post, July 11, 2010.


2009          “Students, faculty from KSU unveil art show at TAG,” Jordan Cohen, Vindy.com, 

                  October 5, 2009.


2008          “Night Sifts: Jenniffer Omaitz Turns On the Lights At 1point618”, Douglas Max Utter,          

                   May 7, 2008, Volume 15,  Issue 53


        “Painter Jennifer Omaitz brings in the noise for gallery exhibit”, Dan Tranberg, Sunday 

          May 4, 2008    

                  “Rave Re-view”, Vince Grzegorek, Scene magazine, April 16       


                  “From Spaces to Bonfoey, shows are popping up all over–Art Matters,” Dan Tranberg,  

                  The Plain Dealer, Friday April 25, 2008.

2007          “Artists in Toxic’ exhibit create hybrid effect with color, pattern.” Dan Tranberg, Friday

                   August 3

                   Free Times, “Poisoners,” Volume 15, issue 12, July 25, 2007

  2006         Free Times, “View from a Time Machine,” volume  14, issue 24, October 4, 2006


        Free Times, “When it Rains it Pours,” volume 14, Issue 21, September 13th, 2006


 2005          Westword, Art Beat: Brief sketches of what’s happening in the Denver art scene

                   June 9, 2005.


        Desert Living, April issue 2005, page 12 piece “Winter Sky” painting advertising Edge 

                    of Abstraction show at Abend gallery in Denver, Co

 2004           Southwest Art Magazine, August September issue, “21 under 31”, interview with

artist pages 40-41 and 132-33.  


Colorado Modern, February, Vol. 1 issue 2.  Painting “Pinball”, page 20