Jennifer Fairbanks was raised in Western Kentucky. In 1994 she received her Bachelor’s degree from Murray State University with an emphasis on painting and ceramics. During this time she also began to pursue training in classical painting techniques with portrait artist Joy Thomas. This interest led her to New York, where she was able to relocate in 1998 through a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council. Jennifer studied figurative and portrait painting with Ron Sherr and Mary Beth McKenzie at the Art Students Leaugue and the National Academy of Design. In 2003 she received her Master’s degree from New York University in Art Therapy. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows in New York, Kentucky and Spain.

After eleven years in New York City, Jennifer decided to return to her hometown of Murray to open a gallery and private studio concentrating on contemporary figurative art with an emphasis on traditional techniques.


Jennifer Fairbanks

109 North 3rd Street A, Murray KY 42071

270-978-1522 |


2004 New York University, MA Art Therapy, New York, NY

1998-2003 The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY

1998-2003 The National Academy of Design, New York, NY

1995 Murray State University, BA, Studio Art, Murray, KY

1994 Summer Session, Lyme Academy of Fine Art, Old Lyme, CT

1993 The Chatauqua School of Art, Chautauqua, NY


2014 Catherine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, "35th  Annual Juried Competition”, National Arts Club, New York, NY

2014 Murray Art Guild, "Visual Evidence", Miller Conference Center, Murray KY

2013 Janice Mason Museum of Art, “Biannual Juried Exhibition 2013”, Cadiz, KY

2013 Hopkinsville Art Guild," Pennyroyal Juried Art Exhibition", Hopkinsville KY

2012 Janice Mason Museum of Art, Solo Exhibition, Cadiz, KY

2011 Grace Institute Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Grace Institute, New York, NY

2011 Clara M. Eagle Gallery, “Biannual Faculty Exhibition”, Murray State University, Murray, KY

2011 Hopkinsville Community College, Solo Exhibition, Hopkinsville, KY

2010 Catherine Lorillard Wolf Club, “31st Annual Juried Competition”, National Arts Club, New York, NY

2010 Pastel Society of America, “37th Annual Juried Competition”, National Arts Club, New York, NY

2009 Curris Center Gallery, “Art and Design Alumni Show”, group exhibition, Murray, KY

2009 Washington Square East Gallery, “Small Works”, group exhibition, juried by Daniel Ferris, New York, NY

2008 Paula Barr Chelsea, “International Juried Exhibition 2008”, group exhibition, juried by Myriam Rotzetter, New York, NY

2008 Montgomery Museum of Art, “Art Auction 08”, group exhibition, Montgomery, AL

2008 Phillips de Pury, “Take Home a Nude”, New York Academy of Art Exhibition, New York, NY

2007 The Pastel Society of America, “35th Annual Juried Exhibition”, National Arts Club, New York, NY

2007 Ormolu Gallery, “Still Lifes”, solo exhibition, Pamplona, Spain

2007 The Educational Alliance, “Painting the Metropolis, Visions of Lower Manhattan by 19 Contemporary Artists”, group exhibition, curated by Ken Ratner, New York, NY

2005 Ormolu Gallery, “Dos Pinturas, Una Ciudad”, two person exhibition together with Amaya Gurpide Rubio, Pamplona, Spain

Awards and Honors

2014 Murray Art Guild, "Visual Evidence" 1st Place Drawing, Miller Conference Center, Murray KY

2013 Janice Mason Museum of Art, "Biannual Juried Exhibition 2013, Second Place, Cadiz KY

2013 Hopkinsville Community College, "Pennyroyal Juried Art Exhibition", 1st Place Painting, Hopkinsville KY

2011 Hudson River Fellowship, Hunter, NY

2011 Janice Mason Museum of Art, Cash Award $750, “Biannual Juried Show 2011”

2010 Kentucky Foundation for Women, “Artist Enrichment Grant”, Louisville, KY

2010 Hopkinsville Art Guild, “40th Annual Pennyroyal Exhibition”, 1st Place Still Life Painting, 2nd Place Portrait Painting

2008/2009 Finalist in Drawing, Art Renewal Center Salon

1998 Kentucky Arts Council, $5000 Al Smith Fellowship

Contact Jennifer

Jennifer Fairbanks
Gallery 109 & Fairbanks Studio

Telephone: 270-978-1522
Email address:
Address: 109 North 3rd Street,
Murray KY