One-Person Exhibitions

2013 Wood Gallery at Vermont College of Fine Arts, A Gathering Shadows, Montpelier, VT.
2011 St. Joseph's College, Animal Spirits, Patchogue NY
2009 Patchogue Theater, Nature Spirits, Patchogue, NY
2002 Kentler International Drawing Space, Within/Without, Brooklyn, NY

Two-Person and Group Exhibitions

2024 Artists Respond to Poetry, Arts Mid-Hudson Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY.
2023 Visions of Spring, WomensWork, Poughkeepsie, NY.
2022 Re:Fresh, Berkshire Art Association Biennial, Pittsfeild, Mass.
2022 Focus on the Flat files: Personal Matters, Curated by Joan Snyder & Molly Snyder-Fink, in conjunction with It's All Personal: Joan Snyder and Molly Snder-Fink, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY.
2020 Videos for Uncertain Times, an online video project presented by Straight
Through the Wall video featured: Glimmering Redux.
2019 ShapeShifter, presented by Straight Through the Wall, a guerrilla Arts Collective that projects video art onto walls throughout NYC.
2017 Peanut Gallery, Animal Intersections, Adelaide, S. Australia.
2017 University of Kentucky, Seeing With Animals, Lexingtom, KY.
2017 The Animal Museum, The Sexual Politics of meat (SPOM) Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA.
2016 BAA juried biennial show, Othering: perceiving or portraying something as fundamentally different, Pittsfield MA.
2016 Animation Nights New York, screening of Flight, South Street Seaport, NY.
2015 City Without Walls, What Does Art Add?: figuring the more-than-human world, Newark NJ.
2014 The National Museum of Animals and Society, UnCooped: Deconstructing the Domestic Chicken, Los Angeles, CA.
2013 Patchogue ArtSpace, Artists from the Lobby, Patchogue, NY.
2013 City Without Walls, Unsteady Ground: What is Drawing? Newark, NJ.
2013 First: A Hunger Mountain Video Event, Trace, Montpelier, VT.
2013 MoMA Poprally Abstract Currents: An Interactive Video Event, Glimmering II, NY, NY.
2013 Hope Horn Gallery at the University of Scanton, Soaring Gardens Artists' Retreat: The First Ten YearsScranton, PA.
2012 Twist Gallery, Vaudeville, Nashville,Tenn.
2010 St. Joseph’s College, Land, Sea, Air, Patchogue, NY.
2010 Traveling Flat files show presented at the Illges Gallery, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA. Degrees of Density: Selections from the Kentler Flat files (GA),
2009 Briarcliffe College, Patchogue Biennial, Invitational, Patchogue, NY.
2009 Kentler International Drawing Space, Degrees of Density/Selections from the Kentler Files, Brooklyn, NY, Curator: Marilyn Symmes, Rutgers University.
2006 Kentler International Drawing Space, Figure? Ground. Brooklyn, NY Curator: Carter Foster, Whitney Museum, NY.
2006 Omni Gallery, Drawing: A Record of Movement, Uniondale, NY.
2004 The Carriage House at the Islip Art Museum, Projects 04, Islip, NY.
2004 Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, Flora and Fauna, Curator: Dawn Lee, Omni Gallery, Dix Hills,NY.
2004 Kentler International Drawing Space, Nature Trails: Selections from the Flat Files, Brooklyn, NY.
2003 Omni Gallery, Upon Closer Inspection, Uniondale, NY. 2002 L.I.C.K Gallery, 15, LongIsland City, NY.
2001 Kentler International Drawing Space, Paintings on Paper, Brooklyn, NY.
1999 Hutchins Gallery at C.W.Post Long Island University, Organism, Brookville, NY.
1999 Omni Gallery, The Mysteries of Existence, Uniondale, NY.


2018 Stiwdio Maelor Artists Residency, Wales, United Kingdom
2011 Merit Award, Vermont College of Fine Arts, VT
2010 Soaring Gardens Artists' Retreat, PA.
2009 Individual Artist Initiative (IAI), Queens Council on the Arts, NY

Artist Talks

2020 Seeing Animals More Deeply Through the Arts, Women Artists for Animals Roundtable Discussion, hosted by CompassoinArts.org 
2018 The Sexual Politics of Meat (SPOM) Exhibition Slide Show conceived of and compiled by ArtAnimalAffect and presented by Yvette Watt, Minding Animals, Mexico City, Mexico.
2017 Colloquium: Women, Animal, Art, a panel discussion that includes the curators and artists to address the theories found in the book The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams, moderated by Dr. Stephen F. Eisenman author of The Cry of Nature: Art and the Making of Animal Rights.
2016  On Art and Animals: A Conversation with Valentina Sonzogni and Janell O'Rourke, hosted by Martin Rowe of Lantern Books, Brooklyn, NY.
2010  Animal Spirits, a talk presented in tandem with the exhibition of the same name, St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, NY

Permanent Collections

The Animal Museum (formally The National Museum of Animals and Society), Los Angeles, Ca.
Illges Gallery, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA

Selected Publications and Press

2022 Making Art as an Expression of Intent Without Fear, The Work of Janell O'Rourke, Visual Culture, Animal Culture Magazine.
2020 The Pornography of Meat, second edition, by Carol J. Adams, Bloomsbury Publishing.
2018 ArtAnimaAffect Review by Mandy-Suzanne Wong for artanimalaffect.wordpress.com.
2017 Meatless Monday: The Art of the Animal—The Sexual Politics of Meat Reframed, by Ellen Kanner for The Huffington Post, February 27
2016 The Carol J. Adams Reader, Bloomsbury Publishing.
2016 Antennae Book Review, The Art of the Animal: Fourteen Women Artists Explore the Sexual Politics of Meat, Reviewed by Annie Potts
2015 What Does Art Add? At CWOW in Newark, art review by art critic Dan Bischoff, Star Ledger, April 16
2015 The Art of the Animal, Eds.Kathryn Eddy, Janell O’Rourke, L.A. Watson. Lantern Books, New York.
2015 Uncooped, Eds. Abbie Rogers, L.A.Watson. Published for The National Museum of Animals and Society.
2010 Paul Bunyan Lives! and Other Tales from the Natural World, by Michael O’Rourke, Plain View Press, Austin Tx.
1996-2011 Public Illumination Magazine, Italy


2022 The Fifth Trust virtual exhibition, Compassion Arts Festival 2022, co-curated with Jane O'Hara.
2016 SPOM: Fourteen Women Artists Explore the Sexual Politics of Meat, The Animal Museum, co-curated with Kathryn Eddy and L.A.Watson, Los Angeles, CA.
2014 What Does Art Add?: figuring the more-than-human world, City Without Walls, co-curated with Kathryn Eddy, Newark, NJ.


2013 Vermont College of Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary art, MFA
1994 - 1995 New York University, post baccalaureate studies in Art Therapy
1982 Colorado State University, Printmaking, BFA