B. 1982, St. George, ME

Lives & works in South Portland, ME



2016            MFA Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2004            BS Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY



2019 New Works, Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, ME

2018              Clear Blue Morning, Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Falmouth, ME 

2016              Structures, Friedman Gallery, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2015             Farmhouse, Gallery 49, Oxbow Blending & Bottling, Portland, ME



2019. SPF 32, Curated by Madeleine Mermall, Brooklyn, NY

2 person show w/ Galen Cheney T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier, VT

Boston Key Party, Curated by Jaws Group, Stove Factory Gallery, Charlestown, MA

Part of The Summer Never Dies, Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Portland, ME

Seam Set: Tessa Greene O’Brien & Jenny Plante, The Magenta Suite, Exeter, NH

Salad Days, Young Space, Juried Online Exhibition

2018             Curious Nature | 2018 Alumni Triennial Exhibition, Curated by Shannon Rankin, Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, ME

                     Narrative Landscapes, Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Falmouth, ME

                     Hewnoaks Alumni Show, Gallery 49, Oxbow Blending & Bottling, Portland, ME

2017             Modern Summer, Ocean House Gallery, Cape Elizabeth, ME

                     Midtoast, Curated by John Bisbee, w/ Katherine Bradford, Gideon Bok, Meghan Brady, Nick Benfey, Quincy Brimstein, Sam Gilbert, Anne Ireland, Richard Keen,

Elijah Ober, Will Sears, Andrea Sulzer, Ian Trask  Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth, ME

                     Selvedge, Curated by Tessa O’Brien, w/ Elizabeth Fram, Cassie Jones, Beth Kleene, Erika Licea-Kane, Susan Metrican, Maria Moltini, Isabelle O’Donnell, & Martha

Tuttle,  Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, ME

                     Joseph A. Fiore Painting Prize Exhibition, Juried by Elizabeth Finch, Firehouse Center Gallery, Damariscotta, ME

       COLLECT: Invitational Summer Art Sale, ICA at Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

      Far Away/ Home, Chocolate Church Art Center, Bath, ME

      Inside View, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Belfast, ME

2016            New Talent, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA

Genuine Article, Curated by Leon Benn, Space Gallery, Portland, ME

                    New England Village: Rethinking Regional Identity, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum, South Berwick, ME

                    Hole History Show, Asymmetrical Arts, Rockland, ME

                    Big Picture, 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH

                    Structures, Friedman Gallery, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME (Solo Show)

2015            Collect, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

                    Boston Young Contemporaries, 801 Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA

                    Ode to Letters, Engine, Biddeford, ME

2014            Rumpus Revival, Engine, Biddeford, ME

                    Collect, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

                    Hurricane Island 50th Anniversary Auction, Rockland, ME

2013            Erstwhile, Lot F Gallery, Boston, MA

2004            Thesis Exhibition, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY



2019        Water Sheds to the Lake,  City Hall Park, Burlington, VT

2018        Chaval Mural, West End, Portland, ME

2015         Red Circle Mural, East Bayside, Portland, ME


2019 Studioworks Residency at the Tides Institute, Eastport, ME

2019 Joseph A. Fiore Residency at Rolling Acre Farm, Jefferson, ME

2018             Open Studio Residency, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

2018             Monson Arts Residency, Monson, ME

2017             Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2017             Hewnoaks Artist Colony, Lovell, ME

2017             Pace House Residency, Stonington, ME



2018 Project Grant, Maine Arts Commission

2017             Vermont Studio Center Merit Award, Johnson, VT

2017             Joseph A. Fiore Painting Prize

2016            Commencement Speaker, MFA Program, Maine College of Art

2016            Visiting Artist, Bowdoin College

2015            Visiting Artist, Bowdoin College

2015            Professional Development Grant, Maine College of Art

2015           Community Project Grant, Allagash Brewing Company (Portland Mural Initiative)

2015            Project Grant, Maine Arts Commission (Portland Mural Initiative)

2015            Presidential Scholarship, Maine College of Art

2014            Kindling Fund Grant, SPACE Gallery (Portland Mural Initiative)

2014            Presidential Scholarship, Maine College of Art



2016     Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA

2014     Portland Press Hotel, Portland, ME



2019 Co- Director, Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, ME

2018             Co- Owner, Better Letter Hand Painted Signs, Portland, ME 

2016- 18 Studio Manager, Aaron Stephan Studio, Portland, ME

2014             Co- Founder, Portland Mural Initiative, Portland, ME 

2003- 12  Principal Painter, Music Festival Visual Design Team. Northland Design & Construction, Waitsfield, VT


Daniel Kany, Art Review: Tessa O’Brien takes a leap forward at Elizabeth Moss, Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday

Telegram, December 23, 2018

Dana Sawyer, Inquisitive Views of a ‘Curious Nature’, Curious Nature Catalog, ICA @ MECA Publications, August 2018

Nick Schroeder, A Show of Support: Able Baker’s ‘Selvedge’ Sees Painting Through a Totally Different Grain, July 18, 2017

Daniel Kany, Fiber and painting grow closer in exhibit at Able Baker Contemporary, Portland Press Herald, July 30, 2017

Jessica Skwire Routhier, Visual Arts Profile: Tessa Greene O’Brien, Maine Womens Magazine, July 28, 2016