Jill Scipione was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, on Lake Erie. She received early art training at the Butler Institute of American Art when her family moved to the Youngstown area, and majored in painting at Carnegie-Mellon University
where she earned her BFA in 1982.
In 1993 she was awarded a Pollock-Krasner grant. Her work has been seen in galleries, museums, and art-spaces in New York City, New Jersey, Boston, Santa Fe, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Scipione's work concerns corporeality, exploring themes of body and soul. She works from a variety of source material including sacred art, marine life and undersea videos, butcher charts and text books. Scipione began working from museum biology and anthropology collections at the Smithsonian and other museums in the mid-90s, incorporating the imagery into her artwork. In 2007, she began an ongoing drawing study of human skulls of historic peoples from global, anthropological museum collections, as part of a long-term residency at the American Museum of Natural History, New York.
Jill Scipione's is a founder of Victory Hall Inc., a non-profit arts organization in Jersey City and manager of Rainbow Thursdays Artists, an education and exhibition program that engages the developmentally disabled in the visual arts.
She is a community advocate for the disabled and for environmental issues.
For more information on her artwork and exhibitions, please contact her at email@example.com
mailing address: Jill Scipione
74 W46 Street
Bayonne, NJ 07002
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