Colleen Blackard


Colleen’s art shares her experience of the universe. She presents a strong graphic sensibility that maintains an ethereal quality. She builds up masses of ballpoint pen circles to create patterns of obfuscating shadows and defining lights that confuse and clarify the subject. She chooses this time-consuming yet meditative process as a way to give life to every detail.

Colleen explores different themes in her various series, demonstrating progression from technical mastery of luminosity to its conceptual application:

  • For the Universe – pinpoints of light carved out of darkness.
  • The Nature of Ballpoint – landscapes and cityscapes integrated with celestial lights.
  • Uncle William – the universal sense of belonging regardless of perceived abnormality such as Down’s Syndrome.
  • Fading Memories; Emerging Spirit – the intangible, episodic nature of memory and the freedom that results from memory loss in Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Shifting Perception – assimilation of images from memory (viewers touch translucent overlay to complete the drawing underneath).

Colleen Blackard is originally from Austin, TX, and currently lives and works in NYC. She received a BA from Hampshire College, MA. Her first solo exhibition "For The Universe" opened in 2009 at Hampshire College Gallery, and she has been included in exhibitions at Rush Arts Gallery, Family Business Gallery, Dino Eli Gallery, Times Square, and Contrast at 320 Studios, and recently had a solo show at Orchard Windows Gallery.


Artistically Inspired

Colleen Blackard on the Austin Infynit Hour

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Colleen Blackard's Opening Reception for "Shifting Perception" at Orchard Windows Gallery, New York, NY from deukyun hwang on Vimeo.




Art Takes Times Square, Artists Wanted, billboard exhibition in Times Square, NY, June 2012

Artist of the Year (2011), Greenpoint Gallery, January 2012


Top 150 NYC entries, Curate NYC, exhibition at Rush Arts Gallery, Chelsea, NY, December 2011

1st place, Greenpoint Gallery Annual Drawing Salon Show, December 2011


BetterArt Artist Residency, Better Farm, Redwood, NY, June 2010



Six Summit Gallery, CT

Hoboken Open Studios, Hoboken, NJ

Curate NYC at Gallery Brooklyn, NYC

Digable Arts Festival, Hoboken, NJ

HOUSE Gallery, London, UK

Space Gallery, Long Island City, NY

320 Studios, New York, NY

Fountain Art Fair, Lexington Ave. Armory, NYC

RH Gallery, NYC

Rivington Music Rehearsal Studios, NYC

Applegate Art Gallery, NYC


Marina Tsvetaeva Museum, Moscow, Russia

Chelsea Eye Gallery, NYC

GLAAD Art Auction, NYC

Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ

Manny's on Second, New York, NY

The MCCNY, Hell's Kitchen, NYC

"Go Brooklyn Art" Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY

New York Realism, West Park Art Gallery, NYC

Slow Art Day Room at 4Heads Governor's Island Art Fair, NYC

320 Studios, New York, NY

New York Realism, West Park Art Gallery, NYC

The Precision of Chaos, Brooklyn, NY

Conception, Tribeca, NYC

320 Studios, New York, NY

Art Takes Times Square, Times Square, NY

Digable Arts Festival, Hoboken, NJ

Conception, Tribeca, NYC

It's a Small, Small World, Family Business, Chelsea, NYC

Dino Eli Gallery, Lower East Side, NYC

320 Studios, New York, NY

Conception, Tribeca, NYC


Rush Arts Gallery, Chelsea, NYC

320 Studios, New York, NY

GLAAD OUTAuction, Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC

It Takes A Village, Path Cafe, NYC

Conception, Tribeca, NYC

Greenpoint Gallery Winners Circle Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY

Art Start Fundraising Party, Upper East Side, NYC

Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

The Grady Alexis Gallery, New York, NY

320 Studios, New York, NY

Bay Fest, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY

Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY


320 Studios, New York, NY

Orchard Windows Gallery, Lower East Side, NYC

The Lexington Avenue Armory, New York, NY

G2, New York, NY

320 Studios, New York, NY


ChannelAustin, Austin, TX

Valley Hands, Northampton, MA

Northampton Center for the Arts, MA

Hampshire College Main Gallery, MA


Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst, MA

The Hyatt in Downtown Austin, TX

Real Gallery, Austin, TX

Cypress Grill, Austin, TX


Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst, MA

Hampshire College Main Gallery, MA



Dig Art, Austin, TX


Something in Mind, NoLIta, NYC

Orchard Windows Gallery, Lower East Side, NYC

Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


American Art Gallery, New York, NY

SIP, New York, NY

Better Farm, Redwood, NY

Scarbrough Building, Austin, TX

Flipnotics, Austin, TX


Hampshire College Main Gallery, MA


Pierogi Gallery Flat Files, Brooklyn, NYC

Marina Tsvetaeva Museum, Moscow, Russia

Amherst College, MA


2009 BA Studio Arts Concentration, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA


1987 Texas


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Kulmamirov, Berik. "An International Exhibit NEW YORK-LONDON, September 12-19, 2013” Arte Fuse. 17 September 2013 ( 17 September 2013.

Martinez, Jamie. "Unknown Art show at Space Gallery” Arte Fuse. 26 April 2013 ( 26 April 2013.

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Pierz, Alison. "Fairly Slow Art on Governors Island, New York” The Jersey Journal. 22 September 2012 ( 22 September 2012.

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Martinez, Jaime. “Shifting Perception” ArteFuse. 27 July 2012 ( 27 July 2012.

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In Cages Album Art, 2012

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