Biography           Awards


Solo Exhibitions 

Pen and Brush Club, New York, NY, 1953
Stony Brook Lodge, Stony Brook, NY, 1957
The Three Village Art Shop, Setauket, NY, 1957
Xaverian High School
, New York
, NY, 1957
Museum, Brooklyn, NY, 1966
Panoras Gallery
, New York
, NY, 1970
Suffolk Museum
, NY
, 1974
The Gallery Machias, Machias, ME, 1976
The Gallery, ME, 1977
Grist Mill Gallery, Chester, VT, 1977
Taylor Gallery, New York, NY, 1979
Miriam Perlman Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1980
American Society of Contemporary Artists, New York, NY, 1980
Birdsnest Gallery, Bar Harbor, ME, 1981, 1996
Belanthi Gallery “Landscapes: Poetry and Power”, Brooklyn, NY, 1982
Little Gallery, Hotel Barbizon, New York, NY (year unknown)
Brookhaven Gallery at Bald Hill Park “A Splash of Nature”, Farmingville, NY, 1991
Public Library, Shoreham, NY, 1992-3, 2001
Carlyle Furniture Gallery
, New York
, NY 1994

Combined Exhibitions 

Washington Square Park Annual Spring Exhibition, New York, NY, 1952—late 90’s
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New York, NY, 1955, 1957, 1973-4, 1981
Brooklyn Society of Artists (later to be renamed American Society of Contemporary Artists, traveling exhibit), Centary College, Austin State College, Northwest Missouri State College, 1956
Annual Outdoor Art Show, NY, 1959
American Society of Contemporary Artists, 1960, 1968, 1985
Westchester Outdoor Art Exhibition, Scarsdale, NY, 1962
National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY, 1965, 1968, 1973-4, 1977, 1980, 1982
American Watercolor Society, New York, NY, 1962
Allied Artists of America, New York, NY, 1967, 1977
National Arts Club, New York, NY, 1968
Brooklyn Society of Artists at the Brooklyn Museum, 1976
“Nude and Owl” exhibition at Jeanne Taylor Gallery, New York, NY, 1977
Finlandia Foundation, Half Hollow Hills Community Library, Dix Hills, NY, 1977
The Nature Center, Crestport, CT, 1980
Warner Communications, Inc., New York, NY, 1983
Contemporary Artists Guild, New York, NY, 1984-5
Independent Art Society, Hicksville, NY, 1992
“Irene Aunio and Gustav Rosenlof: Watercolors”, Finland Center, New York, NY, 1998
FinFest USA at University of Southern Maine, 1998
Salmagundi Club, co-exhibit, Aunio and Rosenlof, New York, NY, 2008

Prizes and Awards

National Association of Women Artists
Goldie Paley Watercolor Prize, 1952
Grumbacker Award, 1958
Jane C. Staley Memorial Prize, 1958
NAWA Windsor Newton Prize, 1960
NAWA Leonebel Jacobs Prize, 1967, 1974
Allied Artists of America
Honorable Mention, 1952
Jury of Selection in Watercolor, 1953
Pen and Brush Club
Award of Solo Exhibition, 1953
Second Prize, 1957
National Academy of Design, Henry Ranger Fund Purchase Prize, 1953
Art Students League of New York, winner of Robert Ward Johnson Merit Scholarship Competition, 1954
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
Gold Medal for Watercolor, 1955
Second Place Deslemme’s Award, 1957
Rosenthal’s Award, 1958
Honorable Mention, 1961
Gold Medal for Landscape, 1962
Hall University
, Michael Engel Award, 1958
New Rochelle
Exhibition, First Prize for Best Watercolor, 1962
Broadcast Music, Inc., Art Award, 1962
American Watercolor Society, Merit Award, 1962
Third Jamaica Festival, First Prize, 1969
North Bellmore
Arts Council, First Prize, 1969
Marshall-Vogency Exhibit, First Prize, 1970
Washington Square
Outdoor Art Exhibit
Third Prize in Watercolor, 1972
Honorable Mention, 1974-7
Honorable Mention, 1981
Barbara Vassilief Memorial Award (year unknown)
American Society of Contemporary Artists
Distinctive Merit Award, 1975
Dorothy L. Feigin Award for Oil Painting, 1979
Brookhaven Arts Council, Best in Show (year unknown)
National League of American Pen Women (Suffolk County Branch), Award of Excellence (year unknown)
Independent Art Society Fall Exhibition, Award of Excellence, Hicksville Public Library, 1992

Member Organizations

Full member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS)
National League of American Pen Women
The Pen and Brush Club
Allied Artists of America
National Association of Women Artists
American Society of Contemporary Artists, Inc.
American Artists Professional League
Catherine Lorillard Art Club
The Art Students League (lifetime member)


Art Students League of New York, NY
National Academy of Design, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, IN
Reading Museum of Fine Art, PA
Museum of Fine Art (now the Chrysler Museum), VA
College, VA
Seton Hall University
, NY
The National Bank of Detroit, Rockford, IL
Standard Federal Savings, Detroit, MI
Edison, IL
Macky Bell, Detroit, MI
St. Joseph
Mercy Hospital, Detroit, MI
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
, New York
, NY
Public Service Electric and Gas, NJ
Katz Communications of N.Y., NY
American Hospital Supply Corp., Chicago, IL
Community Hospital, Chicago, IL
Quaker Oats Company, IL

Workshops and Classes

New Utrecht High School, after-school Adult Education, NY, 1958
Seth Low Jr. High School, after-school Adult Education, NY, 1958
New York
Board of Education Adult Education Project, NY, 1957
Valenti’s Art and Camera Shop, NY, 1964
Self-Directed Irene Aunio Watercolor Workshop, seasonally between1995-2004 in NH, NY and ME
Pilgrim Pines Elderhostel, Swansey, NH, 2002-5


National Academy Galleries for the American Society of Contemporary Art, 1957, 1966
Stony Brook Lodge, 1957
Gimbles Art Festival, 1963
Brookhaven Art League, 1969
National Association of Women Artists, 1977
Saddlebrook Art Association, 1979
National Art Club, 1980
Recreation Center
, 1986
Wet Paints Studio Group, 1991
National League of American Pen Women, 1994


Listed in Marquis:
     “Who’s Who of American Women”
     “Who’s Who in American Art”
     “Who’s Who in the East”
     “Who’s Who in the World of Women”
     “Who’s Who in the United States