About Jennie & TraillWorks
Contemporary artist Jennie Traill Schaeffer is a graduate of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (2000). She studied with painters Jerome Witkin, Gary Trento, Sharon Gold, and John Thompson while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Schaeffer received the “Hiram Gee Award,” given each year to a graduating senior painting major.
Named “Best New Artist” in 2006 by the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council, Schaeffer has exhibited her work at numerous galleries in the NYC metro area and has work located in a growing number of private collections.The Visual Art Center of NJ’s International Juried Show and NYU’s Small Works at 80 East Washington Square Galleries in New York has accepted Schaeffer's works.
Schaeffer’s works have earned her publication in the New York Times, the Village Voice and the Star Ledger, and featured artist on JerseyArts.com. The online publication, Gawker, selected Schaeffer as a Gawker Artist and NJ Savvy Living profiled her in the August, 2008 issue. She has received numerous awards, notably from Syracuse University, the Somerset Art Association, and the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council. In January 2008, Schaeffer was awarded the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Scholarship for a month-long residency at Peters Valley Craft Center.
Schaeffer founded TraillWorks in 2005 out of her Boonton, NJ apartment. Upon relocating to Newton, NJ, the artist worked out of a small bedroom studio teaching private lessons and developing her work. In 2008 she made the leap of renting a storefront on Newton's Spring Street, expanding her studio and opening a gallery to show her work. Two years later, the artist has grown up and out, renting a new space at 214 Spring Street, where she now has a private studio, designated lesson space and formal gallery.
Jennie Traill Schaeffer grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania, and holds a BFA in painting and art education from Syracuse University. She and her husband, Lee call Newton, NJ, home with their young son, Joel, and dog, Ringo.