J. McNeil Sargent
has been a Dynamic force in the San Diego art scene since her move here
over twenty-seven years ago from Washington D.C. A world traveler with a
wide-ranging experience in the arts, her focus has been largely in the
graphics field. She is also an accomplished painter in oils.
Upon tracing her roots back to
John Singer Sargent and James McNeil Whistler, it prompted her to take on
the “nom d’artiste” J. McNeil Sargent (aka Jean Braley). One of her first
undertakings when she arrived here was to organize and serve as president
of the local chapter of National Artists’ Equity. The chapter grew to a
membership of over three hundred artists.
In 1982, she was asked by
artist Francoise Gilot to become Executive Director of the Printmakers’
Atelier. Under her guidance the Atelier gained international recognition
in the graphics field. Currently, she is chairperson of the Sargent Art
Group a partnership of professional and emerging artists.
McNeil is represented in over
four hundred public and private collections, and is listed in Who’s Who in
American Art. Her original graphics are in the Bibliotheque Nationale de
France; the American Embassy program in Washington D.C.; the Smithsonian
Institute Washington D.C.; the Las Vegas Museum, Las Vegas, AZ and others.
McNeil finds inspiration on the
Cote d’Azur, where she spends half of each year working on her art for
upcoming exhibits. In 2007 she had a show
at La Gallerie Myriam H. With exhibits throughout the
world, it is no wonder that the Center of Women’s Studies at San Diego
State University, named McNeil Sargent as one of the four outstanding
women artists in San Diego.
McNeil passed away in October of 2012. This page shall remain
as a tribute to our founder and leader.