Although I began my art career in my mid-thirties first as a printmaker, and then as a painter of realism, I have always loved abstract and non-objective art and my home is full of it. In recent years, several trips abroad, as well as travels within N. America, have provided me with enough photographic material of surfaces and objects, to begin introducing some abstraction into my own artwork. Lately, I have also been exploring the use of encaustic paints (oils mixed with wax) as a medium to tie together the collages i have been making. I love textures, the repetition of pattern,  the interplay of light and dark values, and the juxtaposition of curvilinear  forms with straight lines.

These days I am leaning towards mixed media works, incorporating papers, small found items, and natural objects I have been collecting for years. Modern masters  whose work I am attracted to range from Motherwell, Rauschenberg, and Diebenkorn, to contemporary artists such as  Karl-Heinz Bogner’s architectronic spaces, Anne Brerot’s dreamy landscapes, Philibert-charrin’s  and Donna Watson’s collages, and Marc Prialnic’s memory-evoking tracings on carefully prepared boards. I recently have rediscovered the drawings of Paul Rotterdam, and both the mastery of encaustic medium and painterly brushwork of Canadian artist Tony Sherman take my breath away.



2019 -Mast Cove Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME

-Work Home Gallery, Millburn, NJ

2018    -Viewpoints, Studio Montclair, NJ (Juried)

2016-18 -Mast Cove Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME

2012-15 -Mast Cove Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME

            -James Gallery, New Bedford, NY      

2011     -Out of Africa, Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY (Juried)

             -Fine Art and Crafts at Anderson Park, Upper Montclair, NJ  (Juried)

2010     -1978 Maplewood Arts Center, BANG 5, Maplewood, NJ

            -Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Members’ Exhibition, Summit, NJ

            -Metro Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ (Juried)

2006     -Metro Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ (Juried)

-Faces of Winter-2006, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich, CT, 2006 (Juried)

2005    -Figures and Faces – Old and New, Block Gallery, Montclair, NJ (Solo)  

2004     -Studio Montclair 12th Open Artists’ Studios Exhibition, NJ    

             -Ilona Kennedy – Friends & Accessories, JCC-West Orange Gallery, West Orange, NJ (Solo)

             -Ilona Kennedy - Scenes from the South of France, Savory Restaurant/Gallery, S. Orange, NJ (Solo)

            -Let’s Face It - What is a Portrait? Studio Montclair Members Exhibition, Gaelen

              Gallery, Whippany, NJ (Juried, 2nd place award)

             -Gaelen Fifth Annual Juried Exhibition, Whippany, NJ (Juried, Best in Oil/Acrylic)

2000     -“Punny Girl – A Cowtoon”, Cow Parade 2000, West Orange, NJ (Juried)



1997     -Exotic Destinations: The travel of 10 Alberta Artists, McMullen Gallery,  Edmonton, Alberta (Juried)

-Selected Works from the Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists Archives, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta (Juried)

-Friends of Printmaking Exhibition, University of Alberta, FAB Gallery, Edmonton,

 Alberta (Juried)

             -Edmonton Art Gallery, Prints from the Collection, Edmonton, Alberta (Juried)

1996     -Friends of Printmaking Exhibition, University of Alberta, FAB Gallery,

              Edmonton, Alberta (Juried)

-Society for Northern Alberta Print-artists Members Show, Edmonton, Alberta (Juried)

1994     -Biennale Internationale d'Art Miniature, Quebec (Juried)

1993    -Canada Art Bank Exhibition, FAB Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta (Juried)

-Award-winning Works from the International Biennial Print Exhibition, Taipei Gallery, New York (Juried)

1992     -5th International Biennial Print Exhibit, R.O.C. Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan (Juried)

-Gulf Canada Exhibition, Alberta Printmaker's Society, Calgary, Alberta (Juried)

-Alberta Women Artists 1991, McMullen Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta (Juried)

1991    -Everyone's Art Auction, Profiles Gallery, St. Albert, Alberta (Juried)

-Window to the Future '91, McMullen Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta (Juried)

-Miniart 91, Internationell Miniutstallning, Olofstrom, Sweden, 1991 (Juried)

-Celebration of Women in the Arts, Edmonton, Alberta (Juried)

-Lasting Impressions, Art EVO Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta


B.A. Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1971

Master of Library Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 1974

B.F.A. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 1991 


Ontario Graduate Fellowship, University of Toronto, 1973-74

Alberta Visual Arts Study Grant, University of Alberta, 1984-86

Silver Award, 5th International Biennial Print Exhibit: 1991 ROC, Taipei, 1992

2nd place, “Let’s Face It: What is a Portrait?” Studio Montclair Exhibition, 2004

Best in Oil/Acrylic, Gaelen Fifth Annual Juried Exhibition, 2004


Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton, Canada

Canada Art Bank, Ottawa, Canada

Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

Newark Beth Israel Hospital, Newark, NJ

Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

SNAP Archives, Edmonton, Alberta

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

University of Alberta, Art and Design, Edmonton, Alberta

West Orange School Board, West Orange, New Jersey


Various private collections in Canada, England, Estonia, France, Sweden, Turkey & USA



Angie’s Cupcakes, Ilona Kennedy, 2012 (Amazon)

Out of Africa, Blue Door Gallery Catalog, 2011 p 16-17 (illus)

 “BIG SHOW, Small ART”, by Carol Selman,, Nov 17, 2010

“Still Finding Alternatives”, Sunday Star Ledger, May 21, 2006, Secton 4, p8 (Illus)

“Paintings from photos”, New Jersey Jewish News, Aug. 16, 2004, p. 36 (Illus)

Cowparade 2000:

New York, NY/Stamford, CT/West Orange, NJ. Cowparade

    Holdings 2000. p. 12NJ (Illus.)

CowParade New York.  Workman Publishing, New York, 2000, p. 133 (Illus.)

International Printmaking Co-operatives Symposium, Co-edited and forward by

     Ilona Kennedy, SNAP, Edmonton, Alberta, 1997 (Illustrated catalogue)

Charles Mandel, “A colorful trip around the world in Exotic Destinations”, Edmonton

     Journal, Jan 17, 1997, p. C7

“Ilona Kennedy – Templars’ Dreams I”, SNAP Newsletter, Sept., 1996 p. 1-3

“Spring is for art”, Edmonton Jewish News, May 1994, p. 9 (Illus.)

Award-winning works from the International Biennial Print Exhibition, Oct. 8-Nov.

     6, 1992. Taipei Gallery, NY (Illustrated catalog)

The 5th International Biennial Print Exhibit: 1991 ROC, Dec. 14, 1991-Mar 15, 1992.

     Taipei Fine Arts Museum. (Illustrated catalog)

Maija Graham, “Grave engravings in latest FAB show”, The Gateway, Apr 9, 1991, p.17

Steven Yi, “Rabid FAB show opens Friday”, The Gateway, Sept. 12, 1991 p.12 (Illus.)

“U of A  Printmaking Fundraiser”, Visual Arts Newsletter, Vol. 13, No. 4, Dec., 1991,

     p. 8 (Illus.)