1450 North Street, Pittsfield, Ma. 01201 (413) 443-5275 Oconnellarts@verizon.net

Artist / Educator / Administrator

Artist - Curator - Educator K-14 - Fundraiser - Administration - Tech Support - Leadership

Extensive experience in management, education and administration.
Able to improve training procedures, enhance client satisfaction, and boost creative involvement.
Successful track record in creative, fast-paced environments requiring highly resourceful management skills.
Outstanding leadership and time management skills.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.


Management ( City of Pittsfield )

In charge of the daily operations of student interns, teachers and volunteers.
Controlled operations under budget constraints.
Planned, organized, and scheduled workloads for volunteers, fine art workshop teachers, members of public mural team, performers and municipal workers.
Analyzed reports, evaluated findings, and initiated actions to eliminate

inconsistencies, achieving 100% passing rate on reviews by 8 administrations.

* Appointed Commissioner of Cultural Affairs under 6 mayoral administrations.

* Raised $ 3.4 million dollars to build and create programs in regional arts center.

Artistic Direction / Instruction ( City of Pittsfield )

Developed training and design for in-house workshop programs and public mural programs throughout the community. Oversaw actual construction of Arts Center.
Coordinated First Night Celebrations, Summer Arts Festivals, Performing Arts

Series and High School FM “ Arts and Education “ public radio programming.

Mentored many personnel one-on-one and taught classes of up to 12.
Oversaw Public Mural Program and coordinated Art in Public Places Program.
Coordinated “ Art in Our Schools “ student scholarship exhibitions over 20 years.
Coordinated hundreds of curated and juried exhibitions in community gallery.
Developed regional Writers Room and oversaw programming for local authors.

Artistic Direction / Instruction ( Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department )

. Taught classes in Art Instruction to middle and high school students attending

Juvenile Resource Center. Coordinated mural painting and special event projects.


Volunteer Service, V.I.S.T.A. VOLUNTEER, City of Pittsfield, Ma. 1976, 1977

Artistic Direction / Administration, Berkshire Artisans, Pittsfield, Ma. 1978 – 2005

Elementary Teacher of Reading and Art, Hillcrest Ed Center, Lenox, Ma. 2005 –2006

Teacher / Muralist, Berkshire County Sheriff’s Dept., Pittsfield, Ma. 2007- 2012


Degrees, B.F.A. ( Painting ) University of Iowa, Iowa City, Ia. 1972

M.A. ( Art / Education ) University of Iowa, Iowa City, Ia. 1975

Selected to exhibit as part of Curated Exhibition. Mass MoCA, North Adams,Ma. 2012