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Professional Background


  • Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Additional studies at The Montclair Art Museum School of Art, Montclair, NJ
  • Foundation for Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ
  • Studied with numerous painters, including Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Tom Vincent and Istvan Valohovícs.

Current Galleries

Invitational Juried Shows

During 15 year painting career in New Jersey included in part:

  • Sydney Rothman Gallery, Barnegat Light, NJ
  • Foundation for Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ
  • Art Association of West Essex, Caldwell, NJ
  • Art Center of NJ Regional Show, East Orange and Summit, NJ

Recently, my work has been accepted into shows including:

  • Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY, Alumni Exhibition, 2008, 2013
  • AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH, Annual Juried Show 2009, 2010
  • Chandler Gallery, "White Show" Randolph, VT 2009
  • "Art for Caring" exhibit/auction, Montclair, NJ; ArtSpace214 Gallery, Montclair, NJ
  • Northlight Digital, Giclee Print Show, White River Junction, VT, 2006
  • Women Artists of the Upper Valley, Pegasus Gallery, Quechee, VT, 2006
  • Lebanon College, Lebanon, NH 2005
  • Twice-yearly shows at Chaffee Center for Visual Arts, Rutland, VT, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • ArtSpace, Montclair, NJ, 2005

Solo Exhibitions

  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Rubin Gallery, Lebanon, NH, March, 2007, 2013
  • Via Long River Studios, Lyme, NH, featured artist at Stella's Restaurant, 2011
  • Featured artist at Woodsum Gallery, Warner, NH, September, 2007
  • Featured artist at Chaffee Center for Visual Arts, December, 2007
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ

Dual Exhibitions

  • Wall Street Gallery, Madison, CT
  • The Artery, Caldwell, NJ
  • Co-op Café Gallery, Lebanon, NH, May 2005
  • Pegasus Gallery, Quechee, VT, October, 2006

Group Exhibitions

Participated in numerous New Jersey group exhibitions prior to move to Vermont.

After 2000, work was included in shows including:

  • Gilded Edge Gallery, Hanover, NH, 2009
  • East End Gallery, Nantucket, MA, spring and fall, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Easy Street Gallery, Nantucket, MA, 2008
  • Chaffee Center for the Arts, member exhibits, 2007, 2008
  • Co-op Café Gallery, Lebanon, NH, 2008
  • Woodsum Gallery, Lake Sunapee, NH and Warner, NH, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Pegasus Gallery, Quechee, VT, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Montana Gifts and Gallery, Book Launch Show, West Yellowstone, MT, 2005
  • Co-op Gallery, Lebanon, NH, 2004 (four artists)
  • Strafford ARTWORK, Strafford, VT, Holiday Exhibits 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Strafford ARTWORKS Town House Gallery Exhibits, Strafford, VT, 2003, 2004
  • Strafford ARTWORKS Galleries in the Gardens, Strafford/Sharon, VT, 2004
  • Art Association of West Essex, Caldwell, NJ
  • Galleries in the Gardens, 2004


  • Three works included in Parks Portrayed in Pen and Paint, a book of poetry and art portraying three National Parks -- Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon -- published spring, 2005
  • llustrations for French from Four to Seven by Barbara Hippel Kodjak.
  • Extensive portrait work is by commission.
  • Work featured in Lifelines magazine of the Arts, Dartmouth Medical School, spring, 2006.
  • Exhibited in the corporate workplace, including The DMGroup, New York, NY; McCaffrey McCall Direct, New York, NY; Young & Rubicam, New York, NY.
  • Purchases hung in NJ State Divion on Aging, Trenton, NJ


  • Best in Show, Autumn Exhibit, Washington, NJ
  • Commendation, Art Center of NJ Regional Show
  • Purchase Award, "Art for Caring" exhibit/auction, Montclair, NJ, 2005


  • Work has been purchased to be hung at the Senior Care Facility in Montclair, NJ and in the NJ Division on Aging, Trenton, NJ.
  • Hangs in numerous private collections.


  • Times Argus and Vermont Today staff writer Anne Galloway describes Reese’s works as “gems,” saying “Her spare, impressionistic style gives the layered patches of snow, tufts of grass and ridge lines emerging in the background an authentic naturalism.”
  • Marc Awodney, Art Critic for Seven Days, Vermont’s Alternative Weekly: "The show's other noteworthy works are modest in scale, (including) two horizontal triptychs by Deborah Frankel Reese, oil landscapes on which layers of tissue paper provide skin like textures and deep strata of color.”
  • Eileen Watkins, Art Critic, Newark Star Ledger: “Reese shows she is adept at animal forms, even while she presents them as dreamlike, fading into their surroundings… Her satisfying, strong figure work shows she is adept at composition.”


  • Slide Registry of NJ Women Artists, Rutgers University
  • NJ Art Index Slide Registry, Newark Museum
  • StudioMontclair, Montclair, NJ
  • Vermont Arts Council
  • AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
  • Access Arts® Network
  • Strafford ARTWORKS