Photo by Robert Dumon

Photo by Robert Dumon


Using traditional materials like oil paint and charcoal, Jill Eberle creates realistic works that explore personal narratives and human interactions. Having taught for over a decade at East Carolina University, she enjoys delving deeply into the process of figurative drawing, painting and anatomy. She balances sensitive rendering and subtle expressions with bolder graphic shapes or tightly woven compositions. The models are often friends or actors, either rehearsing or asked to act out situations. Thus her work may have a staged appearance, a holdover from her initial training and work in set design and scene painting for theater. Currently, she teaches occasional small classes and workshops while focusing on her studio work in New Bern, NC.

Solo Exhibitions

2017     Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC, Nothing's Black or White 

2014     The Arts Center, Kinston, NC, Multiplicity

2013     New Bern Artworks, New Bern, NC, Imaginings

2012     New Bern Artworks, New Bern, NC, Threads: Connections & Conversations

2009     Imperial Centre, Rocky Mount, NC, Real People, Still Lifes

2007     Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC, Recent Work

2004     The Arts Center, Kinston, NC, Recent Works

2003     The Arts Center, Kinston, NC, Bound and Unbound (Graduate Thesis Show)


Selected Invitational Exhibitions

2017     Tar River Arts Council, Baskerville, NC, Inheritance, with Kiki Farish, Jane Wells Harrison & Jerry Jackson

              Bank of the Arts, New Bern, NC, Through the Portalwith Michael Dorsey, Tom Grubb and Elizabeth Darrow  

2014     Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, NC, Concertina Interpreted

             Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC Women Artists of North Carolina

2013     Greenhill Center for the Arts, Greenhill, NC, Animated!

             Theater Art Galleries, High Point, NC, Surfacing Connections

             Wilson Arts Council, Wilson, NC, Uncommon Ground

2012     Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, NC, Friends

             Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC, A Women’s Place

2011     Wilson Arts Council, Wilson, NC, Invitational Show

2010     Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC, & Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC, Paul Hartley Legacy

2009     Bank of the Arts, New Bern, NC, Three Women

2008     Wilkes Art Gallery, North Wilkesboro, NC Eye Candy

2007     Imperial Center, Rocky Mount, NC, First Fifty

2005     Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, NC, Beneath the Surface

2002     University of Nebraska Art Museum, Lincoln, NE, The Liquid Language of Book Arts

2000     Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC, Women Only


Selected Competitive Exhibitions

Portrait Society of Atlanta “Portraits for a Small Wall”, Gallery Hall, Sandy Springs. GA, 2016, Third Place 2016

Carolina’s Got Art, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC, 2013, 2015

Annual Juried Show, Craven Arts Council Bank of the Arts, 2012, First Place 2012

Annual National Art Exhibition, Rocky Mount, NC, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2016, First Place 2016, Merit Award 2011

Raleigh Fine Arts Society Artist Exhibition, Raleigh, NC, 2002, 2004, Best of Show 2004


Selected Honors

Curator, "Refresh: New Artists, New Views", Fine Art at Baxter's, New Bern, NC 2017 (upcoming)

Resident Artist, Winter Residency, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, 2016, 2017

Studio Assistant for Steve Early Figure Painting Workshop, Artspace, Raleigh, NC, 2012, 2013

Grant recipient, North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant, 2009, 2012

Studio Assistant for Beverly McIver & Michael Dixon, Portrait Painting, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, 2012

 Cecilia Beaux Forum sponsored mentorship with Linda Tracy Brandon, 2010



2003-2015                East Carolina University School of Art & Design, Greenville, NC, Adjunct Professor

                                 Drawing, Figure Drawing, Artistic Anatomy, Painting, Illustration, Design, Independent Studies

Fall 2014, 2015  Italy Intensives, ECU’s semester abroad program in Certaldo Italy, Instructor

                                 Drawing, Painting, Illustration


Selected Workshops Presented

2018     Anatomy & Écorché, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC (upcoming)

2017     Fundamentals of 3D Drawing, Adult Enrichment Program, New Bern, NC

2016     Head & Portrait Drawing, Adult Enrichment Program, New Bern, NC

2013     Drawing Bodies, Figuring It Out, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC  

2012    Painting Composition, Bank of the Arts, ArtFest, New Bern, NC


Corporate Collections

Nash Community College, Rocky Mount, NC

City of Rocky Mount, Rocky Mount, NC

Hatteras Yachts, New Bern, NC

First South Bank, Washington, NC



2003     MFA, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.   Claire E. Armstrong Merit Scholarship

1981     MA, New York University, New York, NY.   Full Fellowship and stipend

1977     BFA, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.   Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors