Tessa O'Brien: Clear Blue Morning
Tessa Greene O’Brien was born in mid-coast Maine in 1982, and returned to Maine in 2004, after spending time in Vermont, Oregon, and upstate New York. She graduated from Skidmore College with a B.S. in Fine Art, and recently received her MFA from Maine College of Art. In addition to her studio practice, O’Brien and her husband artist Will Sears manage a studio collective called Base Camp Studios, co-founded the Portland Mural Initiative, a public art project pairing contemporary painters with wall painting opportunities around the state. She also co-owns and paints for Better Letter Hand Painted Signs.

Born 1982, South Thomaston, ME



2016             MFA Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2004             BS Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY



2018              (Upcoming) Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Falmouth, ME 

2016             Structures, Friedman Gallery, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2015             Farmhouse, Gallery 49, Oxbow Blending & Bottling, Portland, ME



2018             Curious Nature | 2018 Alumni Triennial Exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, ME

                     Narrative Landscapes, Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Falmouth, ME

                     Hewnoaks Alumni Show, Gallery 49, Oxbow Blending & Bottling, Portland, ME

2017             Modern Summer, Ocean House Gallery, Cape Elizabeth, ME

                     Midtoast, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth, ME

                     Selvedge, Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, ME

                     Joseph A. Fiore Painting Prize Exhibition, Firehouse Center Gallery, Damariscotta, ME

                     COLLECT: Invitational Summer Art Sale, ICA at Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

                     Far Away/ Home, Chocolate Church Art Center, Bath, ME

                     Inside View, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Belfast, ME


2016            New Talent, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA

                    New England Village: Rethinking Regional Identity, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum, South Berwick, ME

                    Hole History Show, Asymmetrical Arts, Rockland, ME

                    Big Picture, 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH

                    Structures, Friedman Gallery, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME (Solo Show)

2015            Collect, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

                    Boston Young Contemporaries, 801 Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA

                    Ode to Letters, Engine, Biddeford, ME

2014            Rumpus Revival, Engine, Biddeford, ME

                    Collect, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

                    Hurricane Island 50th Anniversary Auction, Rockland, ME

2013            Erstwhile, Lot F Gallery, Boston, MA

2004            Thesis Exhibition, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY



2018             Open Studio Residency, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

2018             Monson Arts Residency, Monson, ME

2017             Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2017             Hewnoaks Artist Colony, Lovell, ME

2017             Pace House Residency, Stonington, ME



2017            Vermont Studio Center Merit Award, Johnson, VT

2017            Joseph A. Fiore Painting Prize

2016            Commencement Speaker, MFA Program, Maine College of Art

2016            Visiting Artist, Bowdoin College

2015            Visiting Artist, Bowdoin College

2015            Professional Development Grant, Maine College of Art

2015            Community Project Grant, Allagash Brewing Company (Portland Mural Initiative)

2015            Project Grant, Maine Arts Commission (Portland Mural Initiative)

2015            Presidential Scholarship, Maine College of Art

2014            Kindling Fund Grant, SPACE Gallery (Portland Mural Initiative)

2014            Presidential Scholarship, Maine College of Art



2016            Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA

2014            Portland Press Hotel, Portland, ME



2016-          Present Studio Manager, Aaron Stephan Studio, Portland, ME

2018           Co- Owner, Better Letter Hand Painted Signs, Portland, ME 

2014           Co- Founder, Portland Mural Initiative, Portland, ME 

2003- 2012 Principal Painter, Music Festival Visual Design Team. Northland Design & Construction, Waitsfield, VT

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