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Born in Chicago in 1967, Jeffrey Conroy was raised in various parts of the country following his father’s career. Some of his earliest memories were watching his mother paint and sculpt and at an early age his creative talents were evident. He spent his childhood drawing and sketching whatever amused or interested him about the world. In his early twenties he began teaching himself how to sculpt and paint. It was not long before Conroy’s work gained attention for its vibrant palate and unique style. His work began popping up in galleries in Washington D.C. and Virginia. In 1994 Conroy returned to the city of his birth to begin a career as a stationary engineer. He continued his art and added a few successful exhibitions to his resume. In 1997 he accepted a engineering position at Foote, Cone, and Belding's Chicago office. Two weeks before FCB purchased a cow to exhibit in the Cows on Parade, a chance conversation with an FCB Creative Director lead to a viewing of Conroy’s portfolio. So impressed by his work were FCB executives that they asked him to join an agency wide competition to design FCB’s cow. Conroy submitted 11 drawings the following morning and won the competition. His cow, Mirroriam, was wildly popular. It was named “Udder Best Cow” in a heard of over 400 that “grazed” the city’s streets in the most successful public art show in Chicago’s history. Mirroriam also set an auction record as the highest price paid for a sculpture online in 1999, fetching $65,500.00, as reported by Art and Auction magazine summer 2000 issue. Conroy was then invited to design a cow for Cow Parade New York. In the summer of 2000 his New York cow, Cowleidoscope, was a huge hit. It was displayed in midtown Manhattan’s Bryant Park and went on to earn $30,700.00 in the auction that followed the event. That was the sixth highest winning bid in a field of almost 500, with scores of cows designed by internationally acclaimed artists. Conroy's work continues to be seen in highly acclaimed exhibitions across the country including SOFA CHICAGO (2015, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2004, and 2000) and SOFA NEW YORK (2012, 2011, and 2000). His work is part of several prominent collections, including the Kamm Teapot Foundation, and has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and cultural centers throughout the United States.

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