visual artist

Jamie Treacy is an Oakland, California-based  visual artist, masters swimmer and art educator. He received his BFA at the University of Michigan and his MFA from CCA (both degrees in painting and drawing).  He also holds a Single Subject Visual Art credential and a Career Technical Education credential in Arts, Media and Entertainment. 

Jamie’s artwork is imbued with themes of eco-justice, speculative fiction and exo-biology. He creates bodies of work in painting, drawing and mixed media that draw imagery from underwater worlds, the forest and his internal landscape.

His philosophy as an art educator is that all youth deserve access to a high-quality arts education, and that creative inquiry is fundamental to solving the most pressing problems of our future. 

Jamie is the recipient of the William H. Lewis Watercolor award and an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation fellowship. Jamie’s work has been exhibited in the California Bay Area, Canada, Mexico and Japan.  He currently works for the Oakland Unified School District as an arts instructional coach.


EDUCATION: Degrees2006

MFA in Painting and Drawing

California College of the Arts; San Francisco, CA


BFA (Magna cum Laude) in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking

University of Michigan School of Art and Design; Ann Arbor, MI

EDUCATION: Credentials2016

Career Technical Education Credential – Arts, Media and Entertainment

University of California Berkeley Extension; Berkeley, CA


Single-Subject Credential in Visual Art

East Bay State University; Hayward, CA


Gearbox Gallery Managing Artist

770 West Grand Ave. Oakland, CA 94612


CTE (Career Technical Education) Instructional Coach

Arts, Media and Entertainment

High School Office of Linked Learning, Oakland Unified School District

•Support CTE high school arts teachers instructional practice

•Provide professional development for art educators

•Arts project-based learning

 2019- 2021

Adjunct Instructor

Merritt College; Oakland, CA

•Teach Dual Enrollment Beginning and Intermediate painting courses

 2012 – 2022

Visual and Performing Arts Academy Co-Director,

Visual Art Teacher

Skyline Senior High School Oakland, CA

•Teach introduction through advanced two-dimensional arts courses with an emphasis on painting, drawing, found material sculpture and printmaking

•Mentor student teachers from San Francisco State University and California State University East Bay’s Teacher Education programs

 2006 – 2012

Visual Arts Teacher

Oakland Unity High School Oakland, CA

•Designed curriculum for and taught introduction through advanced placement (AP) visual arts

•Designed and taught the school’s College Preparation course

•Organized school’s Inter-Session event for two years

•Developed a senior capstone presentation rubric

 2009 – 2014

“Artists Engaged” Founder and Facilitator

  • Facilitated critiques and professional development opportunities for a multicultural and intergenerational group of artists on a monthly basis
 2008 -Present

Visiting Artist & Community Art Facilitator

Museum of the African Diaspora San Francisco, CA

  • Design, facilitate and create collaborative chalk murals with volunteer artists that connect with the museum’s exhibition themes
  • Taught drop-in family art classes in the museum’s Education Center
SELECTED SOLO & 2-PERSON EXHIBITIONS2023Akin; (with Joan Tanner); Gearbox Gallery; Oakland, CA
 2021Unbinding; (with Stephanie Thames); Gearbox Gallery; Oakland, CA
 2020Necessary Mutation; (with John Boychuk); Gearbox Gallery; Oakland, CA
 2018If We Witness Growth (featured artist during summer show);  SHOH Gallery, Berkeley, CA
 2017The Unprepared Eye; East Bay Municipal Utility District; Oakland, CA

To Fortify the Forest; Oakstop Gallery; Oakland, CA

STRIATION; Betti Ono Gallery; Oakland, CA

Touching a New Intelligence; Google Headquarters; Mountainview, CA


Unearthed, Unveiled; Betti Ono Gallery; Oakland, CA

Touching a New Intelligence; City of Berkeley Customer Service Center Gallery; Berkeley, CA

The Teeming Rift; Addison Street Windows Gallery; Berkeley, CA


Into the Fragility; Rockridge Library Gallery; Oakland, CA

Soft Fracture; Andalu; San Francisco, CA

 2010The Slow Return to Gentleness; The Conscious Collective; Oakland, CA
 2009Fluid Quest; Spare Room Project; San Francisco, CA
GROUP EXHIBITIONS2023Pop Whizz; The Floating Gallery; Los Angeles, CA
 2022Queers Don’t Cry; The Clay Clubhouse; Oakland, CA
 2020The DeYoung Open; The DeYoung Museum; San Francisco, CA
 2019Patterns of Influence; The Painting Center; New York, New York
 2018Abstract Preferences; NIAD Art Center; Richmond, CA
 2015Days of the Dead; Oakland Museum of California; Oakland, CA

Slide; Joyce Gordon Gallery; Oakland, CA

Grand Opening Exhibition; NextSpace Co-working; Berkeley, CA and San Francisco, CA


Spring Show; JanRae Gallery of the Women’s Cancer Resource Center; Oakland, CA

Fun A Day; Rock, Paper, Scissors Gallery; Oakland, CA


Exploring Passions (Juried Show); 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


Expressions of Living; Adobe Art Center; Castro Valley, CA

The Box Art Auction, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA


Turbulent Times (Juried Show); Photo Central; Hayward, CA

At Play (Juried Show); Community Gallery at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center; Berkeley, CA

Aquarelas (Juried Show); JanRae Gallery of the Women’s Cancer Resource Center Oakland, CA

 2007New Visions (Juried show); Pro Arts Gallery; Oakland, CA

Remnants (Juried show); Cellspace Gallery; San Francisco, CA

Graduate Thesis Exhibit California College of the Arts; San Francisco, CA

Oax-i-fornia (Traveling group show); Biblioteca Henestrosa Oaxaca, Mexico; Consulado General de Mexico; San Francisco, CA


Nichos y Recuerdos (Juried show); Mission Cultural Center, 

San Francisco, CA


The Fifth Direction (Juried show); Mission Cultural Center;

San Francisco, CA

Revisiting Patterns (Two-person show); Cafe de Troit Detroit, MI

Intergenerational Project; Ellen Kayrod Gallery Detroit, MI

Witness and Testify; group show, 4731 Gallery Detroit, MI


Akin; Gearbox Gallery; Oakland, CA

(Co-curator with Gearbox Exhibitions Committee)


Slide; Joyce Gordon Gallery; Oakland, CA

(Co-curator with Eric Murphy and Nicole Dixon)


House of Matter; Nicole Klaymoon’s Embodiment Project; Mission Dance Theater; San Francisco, CA

•Created a series of paintings that served as projections in a multimedia dance, spoken word and vocal performance .

RESIDENCIES2006Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture),  Tlacolula, Oaxaca, Mexico
AWARDS2006Center for Art and Public Life Grant
 2005Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant
 2002Faculty Award, University of Michigan
 2002William H. Lewis Watercolor Award