Featured Artist


Jeanne Golightly

Grand Prize Award Recipient
Purchase Award Recipient
Jeanne Golightly
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JEANNE GOLIGHTLY has lived and worked in the United States, Germany, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.   In 2014, her family returned to the U.S. and now resides in Athens, Georgia. Although settled in Athens, Jeanne continues to travel, both overseas and in the U.S., finding inspiration in the beauty of our Earth and the cultures of it’s people. With a BFA in studio art/painting, with minors in both art history and weaving & textiles, Jeanne graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  Her work hangs in private collections in several countries in the Middle East, Europe and the United States. 

Artist Statement

Through the act of painting, I find my voice and make comment on our world and current events.  Racism. Walls. Refugees. Migration. Displacement.  And then, there’s hope. Hope often exists, however fragile, among individuals, families and communities with limited opportunities. Marginalized people, the faceless, those without a voice. What sustains hope? Where does it end?

In my work, I explore the role of hope in the human condition and consider, with interest and wonder, those who move along uncertain paths toward unknowable futures.  I look at the places where hope coexists with hopelessness--where hope is welcome but seemingly out of place. In such circumstances, the connections to hope may appear tenuous. But they are there and plainly visible to those who look.


Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, B.F.A. Painting, Minor: Art History, Fiber; 1986

University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan: Arabic Language Study. 2002

Workshop, Jalal Luqman, Jalal’s Art Trip, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2013


2017 Solo Exhibition, Flight Path, Oconee Art Gallery, University of North Georgia, Watkinsville, GA.

2017 Reciprocal III, Oconee Campus Gallery, University of North Georgia, Watkinsville, GA. Juror: Malia Krolak, Director, School of Art Galleries, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

2016 41st Juried Exhibition, Lydon House Arts Center, Athens, GA. Special guest juror Jock Reynolds, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery

2013  Urban Trek Juried Exhibition, Mattar Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2013  Urban Trek Juried Exhibition, Ghaf Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2013 Urban Trek Juried Exhibition,  Al Qatar Art Center, Al Ain, UAE

2013 Solo Exhibition, Villa Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2003  Group Exhibition, Amman, Jordan


Best of Show and winner of a solo exhibition for Fall 2017
Reciprocal III, Oconee Gallery, University of North Georgia, Watkinsville, GA, 2017

Purchase Award, 41st Juried Exhibition, Lydon House Arts Center, Athens, GA, 2016


Public Affairs Artist Liaison, US Embassy, Bahrain, Art in Embassies Program, 2011

Public Affairs Artist Liaison, US Embassy, Bahrain, Art in Embassies Program, 2010

Artist Liaison, Picturing America, National Endowment for Humanities & Public Affairs Office, US Embassy, Bahrain and Ministry of Information and Culture, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2009


Whatley, Jeanne. “Dr. Eyad AL Masri Bringing the Past into the Present - Innovative Art.” Kuwait Review: Literature, Culture & the Arts, Vol Spring, 2006, pp. 21-22. Journal


“Urban Trek,” Khaleej Times, Mar 9, 2013, p.10. Newspaper

“Urban Muse,” The National, Feb 1, 2013, pp. W1, W7. Newspaper

“An Artist with Big Ideas: Jeanne Whatley,” Bahrain Confidential, Feb ’09, pp. 24-26. Magazine


2008-2009 Private art instructor-oil painting, Fairfax, VA

2006-2007 Forestville Elementary School, Great Falls, VA. Volunteer art instructor

2003-2004 American Community School, Amman, Jordan. Extra-curricular drawing instructor


Founder/Owner, Caravan Galleries: online and pop up art gallery since 2004 to the present.  Featuring a unique and diverse mix of art and cultures, the gallery's mission has been to create a greater awareness and deepen the understanding of art and artists from the Middle Eastern regions.


Board Member, Athens Area Art Council, Athens, GA
Member, Oconee County Art Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
Member, Lydon House Arts Foundation, Athens, GA

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