Jessica Wildman Katz is a visual artist living and working in Highland Park, MI. Born and raised in the quasi-rural lakes area suburbs of Detroit, Wildman is a self-proclaimed "lakebilly". Initially concentrated in photography and video, her vocational training as a builder apprentice specializing in historic home restoration dramatically influenced her art practice. Both labor and process are critical to her work which draws influence from personal history and the material culture of the Great Lakes region. Wildman's creative research earned her an Award of Excellence from the Academy of Scholars at Wayne State University in 2013 where she graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in sculpture and photography that same year. She completed a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and Graduate Research Assistantship to Associate Professor Lauren Kalman at Wayne State University earning her MFA in Fibers in 2018. As an avid gardener, Wildman recently completed the Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener Program, and when not in the throes of art making can be found with her hands in the soil of community gardens and her own backyard.
Jessica's ArtPrize Entries
These are Jessica's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Jessica's Past Work
These are images of past work that Jessica has done.