Eileen Palmer is a multi media artist in the broadest sense. Her media includes print making, mosaics, painting, metals, clay, jewelry design, glass, and fiber arts.
Palmer's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Long Island, New York City, and Cambridge MA; these venues include the Brooklyn Museum, Harvard University Carpenter Center in Cambridge, MA, Islip Art Museum, Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, Jeanne Tengelsen Gallery in Dix Hills , Gallery North in Setauket, ArtSpace in Patchogue, BAFFA Gallery in Sayville, Main St. Gallery in Huntington, and The Paper Cup Gallery in Bellport. Her work is in private collections throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Eileen has studied under Harvard Visual Arts Professor Paul Stopforth, Master print maker Dan Welden, renown mosaic muralist Isaiah Zagar, and jeweler Alice Sprintzen. Palmer especially enjoys collaborating on public works of art with a social impact.
She has worked with Creative Time on both Nick Cave's HeardNY in Grand Central Terminal, and Kara Walker's Subtlety at the Domino Sugar Factory, in Brooklyn. Palmer's work has been included many times in the Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity and Human Understanding, Embracing Our Difference programs, and she has collaborated on numerous public murals in South Philadelphia and Brooklyn. Eileen has received awards from US Congressperson Lee Zeldin, NY State Senator, John Flanagan, and Mayor Paul Pontieri for her contributions to community Arts.
Eileen holds a Master's degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University; her passions include museum education and developing programs for people challenged with disabilities-- especially Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Eileen has both interned and worked as Adult Access coordinator at the Brooklyn Museum, and she has partnered with the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, NY to develop a music based museum program for people challenged with Alzheimer's and their care partners.
"Whether I am forging a piece of metal, dabbing paint to canvas, or snipping a shard of tile--the creative process takes me to a place of both passion and peace. I am a perpetual student, and love learning and experimenting with new media. Whether it be jewelry smithing, painting, print making or mosaics, I am most fulfilled when I am creating.
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. My work is about being in the moment--not about being perfect. Life is messy; you might as well jump in and have fun with it."