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Jamie Treacy

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Topeka, Kansas

Birth year

Lives in
Oakland, CA

Works in
Oakland, CA


Representing galleries

wood/acrylic landscape, watercolor, canvas/acrylic, underwater painting, cut paper abstract, collage-assemblage

Jamie is an Oakland, California-based visual artist and teacher. He was born in 1980 in Topeka, Kansas and was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Art was an integral part of his childhood, and the family home was always equipped with space for messy art projects. In the eleventh grade, Jamie made the life-long commitment to the arts.
In 2002 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. One of the highlights of his undergraduate study was an exchange program with Kyoto Seika University in Kyoto, Japan where he studied traditional Japanese painting. After receiving his BFA, Jamie moved to Detroit where he opened his first studio as a professional artist, Nitty Gritty Studios.

In the following years, Jamie divided his time between baking artisan breads, painting, printmaking, teaching and exhibiting throughout the Detroit area. In 2004, he moved to California to pursue a Master’s Degree. In 2006 he received his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the California College of Arts in San Francisco. Also in 2006, Jamie received a grant from the Center for Art and Public Life at CCA to realize his project “Young Artist Explorers” with a group of young artists in the town of Tlacolula, Oaxaca, Mexico.

During his four-month residency in Oaxaca, he taught at the Casa de la Cultura in Tlacolula, and created a series of watercolors for his “Recently Ancient Project.” Jamie currently teaches art at Oakland Unity High School. He is the cofounder of a Bay Area critique group, “Artists Engaged.” Jamie maintains a rigorous painting, drawing and collage practice in his Oakland studio and he frequently exhibits his work in the San Francisco and Oakland area. Jamie’s work has also been exhibited internationally in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan.



Single-Subject Credential - Art (6/10) East Bay State University, Hayward, CA
M.F.A. Painting and Drawing (4/06) California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA
B.FA. Magna cum Laude, Painting and Printmaking (4/02) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
Kyoto Seika University -- Research Student (3/01 to 8/01) Kyoto, Japan


Center for Art and Public Life Grant April 2006
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant January 2005
Faculty Award, University of Michigan May 2002
William H. Lewis Watercolor Award March 2002


Chia-Ling Yu and Dan Stratton, Chicago, IL - Private Collection
Nancy Stevens, Indianoplis, IN - Private Collection
Danielle Perkins, Lafayette, LA - Private Collection
Elisha Wolfe and Rebecca Nole, Milwaukee, WI - Private Collection
Gerardo de la Barerra - Oaxaca, Mexico - Private Collection
Petkoski Architects Commission Detroit, MI 2003
Ford Motor Company Family Center Detroit, MI 2002


30 x 30
Nov. 21 - Dec. 28, 2013  / Art Walk and Reception: Saturday, Dec. 21st, 6-9pm

Blue Line Arts

405 Vernon St, Ste. 100, Roseville, CA 95678

For more information visit

Slide (June 2013), Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA
Box Art Auction, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
East Bay Open Studios, Jack London Pavilion, Oakland, CA
Preview Exhibition: East Bay Open Studios, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
Oakland Art Murmur, Uptown Body and Fender, Oakland, CA
Exploring Passions, CK Gallery, Oakland, CA
Atmospheric Park Pigments, Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts, Oakland, CA
Preview Exhibition: East Bay Open Studios, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
East Bay Open Studios, Jack London Pavilion, Oakland, CA
Life: Expressions of Living, Adobe Art Center, Castro Valley, CA
The Box Art Auction, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
Preview Exhibition: East Bay Open Studios, Pro Arts Gallery & Nitty Gritty Studios, Oakland, CA
Turbulent Times, Photo Central, Hayward, CA
At Play, Community Gallery at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Berkeley, CA
Aquarelas, JanRae Gallery of the Women's Cancer Resource Center Oakland, CA
Push Play, group show, Oakpod Gallery, Oakland, CA
New Visions, group show, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
Remnants, group show, Cellspace Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Graduate Thesis Exhibit California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Oax-i-fornia, travelling group show, Biblioteca Henestrosa Oaxaca Mexico, Consulado General de Mexico, San Francisco, CA
Nichos y Recuerdos, group show, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
The Fifth Direction;, group show, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
Intergenerational Project, group show, Ellen Kayrod Gallery Detroit,MI
Witness and Testify, group show, 4731 Gallery Detroit, MI
Foreign Exchange, Gallery Fleur, Kyoto Seika Univeristy, Kyoto, Japan


Into the Fragility, Rockridge Library Gallery, Oakland, CA
Soft Fracture, Andalu, San Francisco, CA
The Slow Return to Gentleness, The Conscious Collective, Oakland, CA
Fluid Quest, Spare Room Project, San Francisco, CA
Revisiting Patterns, two-person, Cafe de Troit Detroit, MI
Learning to Live With Ghosts, solo show, Cafe de Troit Detroit, MI


Skyline Senior High School, Oakland, CA
Painting and Drawing Instructor (8/2012 to present)
•Teach introduction through advanced two-dimensional arts courses with an emphasis on painting, drawing, bookmaking and printmaking
•Serve as faculty advisor for the school’s GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance)
Unity High School, Oakland, CA
Visual Art and College Prep Teacher (10/06 to 6/2012)
•Teach introduction through advanced art courses at a public charter school
•Advise 25 students during their four years of high school
•Organized our school’s Inter-session event, a two-day enrichment conference for youth
•Collaborated with English, Science and History teachers to create interdisciplinary projects
•Developed a new curriculum for school’s Advanced Visual Art course
•Teach school’s College Preparation and Digital Portfolio classes
Gritty City Repertory Youth Theater, Oakland, CA
Board Member (2011-12)
•Designed posters for youth theater productions
•Assisted with publicity and social media for youth theater productions
California College of the Arts Center for Art and Public Life Oakland, CA
Community Student Fellow (9/04 to 5/06)
•Worked as a Teaching Artist in Berkeley High School’s Drawing, Painting and Photography classes
•Assisted artist and CCA faculty member Taraneh Hemami with studio and collaborative exhibition projects
Casa de la Cultura Tlacolula, Oaxaca, Mexico
Visiting Instructor (4/06 to 8/06)
•Taught art classes in Spanish to a group of youth in Oaxaca as part of the “Young Artist Explorers workshop

Recent Exhibits

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