MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)Prior to 2012
Artist StatementI use portraiture to spark conversations about empathy and our common humanity. Portrait painting demands curiosity, stillness and deep observation. These images are acts of deep seeing, pushing past label and judgments; they "de-separate" us. My paintings are multi-layered: drawn, painted, scratched into, stamped and stenciled under, over and through the surfaces. I am painting from the inside out to convey the emotional fabric of someone, in addition to how they look. These are real people, alive, changing, genuine and vulnerable.” The Baltimore Sun described my figures as “gloriously human…there's nothing between them and you to keep them from meeting you head-on. It's hard to get too much of an artist who can convey a sense of self-acceptance and strength even in the knowledge of weakness and fallibility.”
M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Mt. Royal School of Painting
B.F.A., College of New Rochelle (NY)
Gina Pierleoni is a mixed media artist who has received numerous awards including three Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, one from the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and two nominations to participate in The Florence Biennale. In 2011, she was recognized as a ‘Hero in the MICA Community’. Pierleoni received Recognition of Scholarly and Creative Publications from HCC six times, most recently in 2019. In addition to exhibitions, Pierleoni is involved as a creative consultant (venues have included Baltimore’s Contemporary Museum and 14kt. Cabaret),.
In 2018, Gina Pierleoni wrote and directed her first performance, 'Making Conversation' at Creative Alliance in Baltimore.
Pierleoni has been an Adjunct Professor at Harford Community College since 1996 (Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media). From 2007-2013, she served as an adjunct at TAI Sophia Institute of Transformative Leadership and Social Change in Laurel, MD. She leads traveling Cultivating Creativity workshops, making the creative process accessible to audiences beyond the art community.
Pierleoni's work is represented in more than 150 public and private collections in the U.S., China, Germany and Canada including Golden Artist Colors.