I was born in the Midwest where there are no mountains and no sea. The power and beauty of that landscape lies in the Zen like emptiness of the light-filled air, the wild sky splitting thunderstorms, and the endless stars. Light, space and motion have been defining features of my work from the very beginning. My formal artistic training began at Schiller European University in Strasbourg, France. I received my BFA from Maine College of Art and my MFA from the University of Iowa. Body based disciplines have also been of foundational importance to my work. I studied ballet with Tatiana Bechanova of the Original Ballet Russe, modern dance at the University of Iowa, under Chester Wolensky of the Jose Limon Company, and at Ram Island Dance Company. I studied and taught karate at the Japan Karate Association in Chicago, receiving my first degree black belt from Nishiyama, and my second degree black belt from Sugiyama. I currently dance tango. I have been awarded two artist residency grants from the Vermont Studio Center, and a Here and Now grant from the City of Urbana. I have shown my work in Portland Maine, Chicago, New York, and Champaign-Urbana Illinois.
Jess's ArtPrize Entries
These are Jess's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Jess's Past Work
These are images of past work that Jess has done.