Sandy Newell




University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design and Illustration, 1981


Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Master of Business Administration, Marketing, 1987


Tall Grass Art Association Art School, Park Forest, IL
Continuing education in watercolor painting, 2003 to present


The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, Palos Park, IL

Continuing education in watercolor painting and collage, 2009 to present



Selected Awards and Exhibitions

  • Became a Juried Artist in the Tall Grass Arts Association, 2017, Park Forest, IL
  • Merit Award, 2017 Art Barn School of Art Juried Art Exhibition, Valporaiso, IN
  • Portrait Artists of Arizona 2017, Juried International Exhibition
  • “Animal Kingdom” Solo Exhibition 2017, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL
  • Honorable Mention, 2016 Illinois Watercolor Society Member Show
  • Moraine Valley Juried Exhibition for Community Artists, 2017, 2016, 2011,
    Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL
  • “Animal Kingdom” Solo Exhibition 2016, Orland Park Library, Orland Park, IL
  • Illinois Watercolor Society, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 Juried National Exhibition,
    Signature member status in 2014, First recipient of the Robert Kwas Memorial Award in 2013, Honorable Mention, 2014, 2011
  • Frankfort Fine Arts Fair, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013 exhibitor
  • Houston Watercolor Society Juried International Exhibition, 2015, Houston, TX
  • “Real People” 2016, 2015, Juried Fine Art Exhibit, Old Court House Art Center, Woodstock, IL
  • Society of Watercolor Artists International Water Media Juried Exhibit, 2014, Dallas, TX
  • Catholic Charities Gala of the Arts Juried Exhibit, 2016, 2014, Chicago, IL
  • “Women’s Work” 2014, Juried Fine Art Exhibit, Old Court House Art Center, Woodstock, IL
  • “Pouring Paint” Solo Exhibit, 2012, Monkey Mind Gallery, Frankfort, IL
  • Illinois Watercolor Society, 2012 and 2010 Juried “Small Waters” Exhibition
  • Illinois Watercolor Society, 2010 Member’s Show, Osio-Brown award


Donated several paintings to charitable organizations for auction including Catholic Charities, Cancer Support Center, Suburban Service League.




Featured Artist, Tall Grass Art Association, September 2017
Yes! Magazine September 2014
Chicago Tribune, April 26, 2012
Frankfort Station, June 12, 2014, August 30, 2012


Related Professional Experience

Grand Prairie Elementary School, Frankfort, IL

Art teacher, 2003 – 2010


Sandy Newell Design, Chicago, IL

Principal art director and designer, 1990 – 2005