Adrienne Jacopi Gualco is an award winning artist who has specialized in commissioned equine portraits for over twenty-five years. Her formal art education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and a Secondary Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University. Post graduate work was done in advertising design. Her art is collected by owners, trainers, jockeys, breeding farms and race tracks throughout the United States, Canada and Japan. Watercolors by the artist were in the collection of the California Jockey Club at Bay Meadows Race Course in San Mateo, California and are presently in the collection of The Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The artist was commissioned to create a series of paintings for the board room in the Northern California Equine Foundation’s Hospital in Berkeley, California.
Paintings by the artist have been featured in such magazines as “Western Horseman”, “California Horse Review”, “Hoof Beats” and the “Independent Journal” newspaper of Marin County, California. Her work has also appeared on the cover of “Northern California Thoroughbred” and was included in the Bay Meadows Race Track Calendar. Bentley House Publishing commissioned the artist to do a series of watercolors depicting antique carousel horses. Adrienne also designed a larger than life mural for the race and sportsbook room at a South Lake Tahoe resort hotel and casino.
Awards include an Honorable Mention in the American Academy of Equine Art Equifest Art Show in Lexington, Kentucky. At The Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky the artist was awarded First Prize in Water Media in the 2005 Harness Tracks of America Art Competition and Auction. Adrienne’s work also won an Award of Special Excellence in the 2000, 2001, 2006 and 2007 HTA Art Competition and Auction at The Red Mile.
Most recent juried art exhibits include the 2003 Biological Illustration Show presented by the Oakland Museum of California called “The Art of Seeing.” In 2006 a watercolor was accepted into the American Academy of Equine Art Fall Open Juried Exhibition in the William G. Kenton Gallery at the International Museum of the Horse, Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. An acrylic painting was then accepted into the 2010 AAEA Fall Open Juried Exhibition in Georgetown, Kentucky. Two paintings were part of the 2011 AAEA Spring Invitational Art Exhibition at Spindletop Hall in Lexington. In 2007, many of her paintings depicting both horses and hounds were included in the Masters of Foxhounds Association Centennial Traveling Art Exhibition organized by the Cross Gate Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky.