Jean Allemeier Boot

Jean Allemeier Boot

Profile | Statement | Biography


Jean Allemeier Boot • Profile


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Jean Allemeier Boot can surprise the viewer by stirring an emotional response to her landscapes.  Her careful rendering in copperplate etching, sensitivity to line and subtle manipulation of values give way to an unexpected sense of wonder and reverence for the power and beauty of the natural world.

She begins each piece on site with a sketch or even a complete drawing. Returning to the studio, she works on copper plate, employing a variety of intaglio processes.  The final etching frequently departs from the original intention as she explores and develops the relationship between foreground and background, plays with compositional elements and interacts with the spontaneous nature of the medium. 

Jean Allemeier Boot initially pursued a career in the medical field upon earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.  After working in a hospital microbiology lab for a number of years, she returned to school, completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. Her prints and drawings reflect this initial connection to biology and nature, her complex renderings skillfully illustrating the power of nature on a small, intimate scale.


Jean Allemeier Boot • Statement

I work perceptually in the landscape to convey its arresting forms, fluid lines, contrasting values, and subtle color shifts. My prints and paintings reflect a personal connection that I share with the natural world, and my compositions often begin with an interesting tree or a unique landscape arrangement. As a former hospital laboratory microbiologist, my awareness of the world extends beyond what is seen by the naked eye, offering a sense of the unknown. I strive to convey the calm and peace that the outdoor environment instills in me and leave an openness for interpretation for the viewer.

I aim to achieve an immediate and fresh interpretation of my surroundings. Whether it is with paper and pencil, oil paint and canvas, or a copper plate and etching needle, I usually begin my work en plein air and then complete my compositions in the studio, where I continue to work from sketches and memory.  In both my painting and printmaking processes, I am captivated by the “give and take” nature of each medium, which lead me in unexpected directions, while I capture the feeling that inspired my choice of subject matter.


Jean Allemeier Boot • Biography

EDUCATION

2015
Graduate Studies in Studio Art, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

2008               
BFA Studio Art, Art History Minor, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI

1977                
BS Medical Technology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

JURIED COMPETITIONS/EXHIBITIONS

2017
West Michigan Area Show, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

2016
"Breaking New Ground", International Print Exhibition, Aberystwyth University, Wales

"National Small Works Exhibition", Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, D.C.

"88th Michigan Regional Exhibition", Muskegon Museum of Art, MI

2015
"87th Michigan Regional Exhibition", Muskegon Museum of Art, MI

West Michigan Area Show, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, MI

2014
"ArtPrize 2014", Grand Rapids, MI

4th Biennial Footprint International Competition, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT

2013
"Artprize 2013", Grand Rapids, Michigan

2012
3rd Biennial Footprint International Competition, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT, Juror: Donald Sultan

"84th Michigan Regional Exhibition", Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI

"The Print Exhibition", 30th Annual Statewide Print Competition, Ann Arbor Art Center, Juror: Norm Stewart   

2011
Boston Printmakers 2011 North American Print Biennial, Juror: Jim Dine

2010
Alma College 30th Annual Statewide Print Competition, Juror: Marjorie Devon

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
"Freshly Considered", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

SAGA 83rd Members Print Exhibition, NY, NY

2016   
“sELECTED Works”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“Toast”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“Everyone in the Pool”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“Collective Alchemy”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2015
SAGA Centennial National Exhibition, NY, NY

2014
“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

81st Annual SAGA Members Exhibition, NY, NY          

2013
Art Beneath the Bark”, Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, MI

2012
“Gallery Turns 25”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“First Summer Exhibition”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
         
West Michigan Printmakers”, Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, MI

HONORS/AWARDS

2015   
Sponsored Purchase Award, 87th Regional Show, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan

2012   
Honorable Mention, The Print Exhibition, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2010

Juror’s Merit Award, Alma College 30th Annual Statewide Print Competition, Juror: Marjorie Devon, Director of Tamarind Institute

COLLECTIONS

Manhattan Graphics Center

Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (2007)

Private Collections in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, and New York

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

2017-Present
Juried member of The Boston Printmakers, Boston, MA

2013- Present

Juried Member of SAGA (Society of American Graphic Artists), New York, New York

2012- Present
Zea Mays Printmaking Member, Florence, Massachusetts

PUBLICATIONS

2015
“SAGA Centennial National Exhibition Catalogue, 2015” Society of American Graphic Artists

2012
"25 Year Book", LaFontsee Galleries