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Education

2004 MFA . Northern Illinois University.
Sculpture Emphasis, additional coursework in Printmaking.

2001 BFA with honors . University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Painting – Primary Emphasis. Printmaking – Secondary Emphasis.
Art History Minor.
Cum Laude.

Solo Exhibitions and Public Commissions
2017 Jessica Witte: Grounded.  Boyle Family Gallery.  Lindenwood University. St. Charles, MO. February 23-March 24th.
2016 Seed the Change.  Inaugural Public Works Project commissioned by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts.  400 ft long drawing with public participation in seed on the Riverfront at the Arch.  St. Louis, MO.  June 5, 2016.

2015  letting go, to seed. Schmidt Art Center.  Belleville, IL.

2014  Jessica Witte: (At) TendingContemporary Art Gallery.  St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.  St. Louis, MO. Aug 25- Sept 25, 2014.

2012 Sun and Gravity. The Dickson Window Project Space.  Waubonsee Community College.  Sugar Grove, IL.

2010 Porous Architecture. Mabee Art Gallery.  Culver Stockton College. Canton, MO.

2009 Installation: “Re:place,””Documents Upon Arrival, ”and “Natural Defenses.” Gallery One, Gallery Two and artspace 144. McHenry County College. Crystal Lake, IL.

2005 Holding Pattern . Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Satellite space. Nebraska City, NE.

2005 No Longer Holding Water . Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Satellite space. Nebraska City, NE.

2004 For Public Consumption . Gallery 214. Northern Illinois University. DeKalb, IL.

2004 Marking Time . Glass Gallery. DeKalb, IL. (Sponsored by Campus Visual Arts Committee.)

2003 Bloom with Baggage . Glass Gallery . DeKalb, IL. (Sponsored by Campus Activities Board.)

2002 Sat(is(f)action). Art Annex 211W. DeKalb, IL.

Invitational Exhibitions

2009 For A Limited Time Only . Olga Stefan, curator. Art Center Highland Park. Highland Park, IL.

2006 Under the Radar . Museum of Nebraska Art. Kearney, NE.

2004 Organically Grown in the Midwest . Maas Gallery. Purchase, NY.

Juried Exhibitions

2012 Midwestern Biennial.  Rockford Art Museum. Rockford, IL.

2011 Beyond the Stitch. Crossroads Art Gallery.  St. Charles, MO. (part of Innovations in Fiber)

2010 Honor Awards 2010. Carmon Colangelo, juror. Art St. Louis. St. Louis, MO.

2009 Interactive . Karen Hamner, juror. WomanMade Gallery. Chicago, IL.

2009 Momento Mori: Contemporary Manifestations . Eleanor Heartney, juror. Claypool Young Gallery. Morehead, KY.

2008 America the Beautiful and Beyond . Art St. Louis. St. Louis, MO.

2006 Majestic National 2006 .Julie Dummermuth, juror. Majestic Galleries. Nelsonville, OH.

2006 2 nd Annual Self-Portrait . 33 Collective Gallery. Chicago, IL. Ruth Crnkovich, Juror. Zhou B. Center, 3rd Floor. Chicago, IL.

2006 Rockford Midwestern Biennial . Rockford Art Museum. Rockford, IL. Gregory G. Knight, head of the Chicago Public Art Program and the Exhibitions Program at the Chicago Cultural Center, Juror.

2005 Mighty Midwest . New Visions Gallery. Marshfield, WI.

2005 Nothing New. The Textile Center. Minneapolis, MN.

2005 48 th International Juried Exhibition . San Diego Art Institute. San Diego, CA.

2004 Rockford Midwestern Biennial . Rockford Art Museum. Rockford, IL. James Rondeau, Associate Curator and Department Head for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, Juror.

2004 21 st Annual Exhibition. Berkeley Art Center. Berkeley, CA.

Group Exhibitions

2011 Cartographic. Roy C. Moore Art Gallery.  Gainesville State College.  Gainesville, GA.

2010 Art After Hours. Governor French Academy Gallery. Belleville, IL.

2009 SCC Art Department Faculty & Staff Exhibition. Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building Gallery. St. Charles Community College. Cottleville, MO. February 9 – March 5, 2009.

2009 Material Studies. Good Citizen Gallery. St. Louis, MO.

2008 Mountain , a Faketure Artist Consortium Project. Beverly Arts Center. Chicago, IL.

2008 Site/Unseen . THE LAND/an art site, Inc. Albuquerque, NM.

2008 Waubonsee Art Department Faculty Exhibition. Paramount Theatre. Aurora, IL.

2007 Faculty Art Exhibition . Arrowhead Room. Dickson Center. Waubonsee Community College. Sugar Grove, IL.

2007 Transience. Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Inc. Athens, GA.

2006 Faculty Art Exhibition . Arrowhead Room. Dickson Center. Waubonsee Community College. Sugar Grove, IL.

2006 Fall in… (group show with Chris Wood and Kristen Klecker). EXP Gallery. Chicago, IL.

2006 Inaugural . EXP Gallery. Chicago, IL.

2005 Til the End of Time . Bad Dog Gallery. DeKalb, IL.

2005 The MFA Show . Northern Illinois University Gallery. Chicago, IL.

2005 Superlative Exhibition . DeKalb Area Women’s Center. DeKalb, IL.

2005 Many Perspectives, Many Lives . Koehnline Museum of Art. Oakton Community College. Des Plains, IL.

2004 Tri-State Sculpture Celebration . J.E. Broyhill Park. Lenoir, NC.

2004 Collaborations . Collaborative performance with Ashley Newcome and Billie Giese-Vella. Northern Illinois University Art Museum Gallery. Chicago, IL.

2004 MFAs. Bad Dog Gallery. DeKalb, IL.

2004 Double Your Pleasure. Gallery #9. Elmhurst, IL

2004 Addressing Women. Group Exhibition. DeKalb Area Women’s Center. DeKalb, IL.

2004 Cold . Bad Dog Gallery. DeKalb, IL

2004 Biting Tongue in the Mirror . Collaborative performance. Northern Illinois University Gallery. Chicago, IL

2004 Graduate Group Show . Jack Olsen Gallery. Northern Illinois University Gallery. DeKalb, IL.

2003 Woman’s History Month Exhibition . DeKalb Area Women’s Center. DeKalb, IL.

2003 Graduate Group Show . Jack Olsen Gallery. Northern Illinois University Gallery. DeKalb, IL.

2003 Ars Nova Show . Jack Olsen Gallery. DeKalb, IL. Ed Pascke, juror.

2003 Grand Opening . Bad Dog Gallery. DeKalb, IL

2002 Printmaking 2002: Recent Works by Northern Illinois University Printmakers . Expression Graphics. Oak Park, Illinois.

2001 Visual Prozac 3 . Nicholas Street Gallery. Hot Shops Art Center. Omaha, Nebraska.

Selected Public Performances

2004 All That We Desire . Collaborative public performance. Northern Illinois University Gallery. Chicago, IL.
2004 Biting Tongue in the Mirror. Collaborative public performance. Northern Illinois University Gallery. Chicago, IL.
2002 Sat(is(f))action. Public performance inside an installation. Art Annex W105. DeKalb, IL.

Selected Exchange Portfolios

2002 Print Gumbo . Southern Graphics Council Print Exchange.
2001 Twenty . Organized among Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshops past participants and instructors.
2000 Artists in the Community: MAPC Exchange Portfolio . Organized by St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.
2000 Nineteen . National Juried Exchange Portfolio. Wayne Kimball, juror. Organized by Frogman’s Press Gallery in conjunction with Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshops.
2000 Double-Ought Sex . Organized among advanced University of Nebraska-Kearney printmakers.
1999 The Beginning and the End . Organized among all University of Nebraska-Kearney printmakers.

Selected Art Awards, Grants, Residencies

2009  Award of Merit. Art St Louis XXV, the Exhibition. Sheryl Conkelton, juror.  Art St. Louis.  St. Louis, MO.
2005 Best in Show. Mighty Midwest Biennial. New Visions Gallery. Marshfield, WI.
2005 Winter Residency. Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Nebraska City, NE.
2004 Juror’s Choice. Katherine Huntoon, Juror. Tri-State Sculpture Celebration. J.E. Broyhill Park. Lenoir, NC.
2001 Gold medal for two-dimensional entry. Kappa Pi/NAEA. Juried Exhibition. Walker Gallery. Kearney, NE.
2000 University of Nebraska-Kearney Undergraduate Research Travel Grant.
1999 Best of Show. Painting the Human Condition. Juried Exhibition. Union Gallery. Kearney, NE.

Grantwriting

2007 Illinois Arts Council ArtsTour Grant. Coauthored successful proposal to bring JASC Tsukasa Taiko ensemble to perform at Northern Illinois University.
2006, 2007 DeKalb County Community Foundation Grant . Authored 2 successful proposals for promotional poster production for eight cultural non-profits to be featured in hall displays at NIU Art Museum. Received full funding.
2006 DeKalb County Community Foundation Grant. Authored successful grant for display cases for Nehring Gallery.
2004 Graduate Colloquium Funding. (2) Authored successful colloquium proposal to bring Canadian artist Germaine Koh and Canadian artist Kelly Mark to Northern Illinois University.

Public Collections

Amity Art Foundation.
Harold Washington Library Archives. Chicago, IL.
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
St. Cloud State University. St. Cloud, MN.
University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Southern Graphics Council Archives at the University of Mississippi.

Articles of Mention

2011  “Vanishing Act- Ephemeral Installation Artists Part I.” Chicago Art Magazine. Stephanie Cristello. February 4, 2011.
2010   Artwork featured in “Transient Art.” Stylus (London-based innovation research and advisory firm).  Verity Magdalino.  December 1, 2010.  London, United Kingdom.

2010 “Jessica Witte.” Arts/Quincy. December 2009- January 2010; Volume 49, Issue 12. Quincy, IL.
2009 “Bright Spots.” St. Louis News Beacon.Ivy Cooper. September 21, 2009.
2009 “Newly reviewed.” River Front Times. Jessica Baran. September 14, 2009.
2009 “Interactive.” TimeOut Chicago. Lauren Weinberg. Issue 229: Jul 16–22, 2009.
2009 “Art Is Not Eternal.” Artslant Chicago. Katherine Born. March 9, 2009. http://assets3.artslant.com/chi/articles/show/5340
2007 “The Lightness of Being: ATHICA’s ‘Transcience’ reminds us of life’s constant change.” Athens Banner-Herald . Julie Phillips. February 8, 2006. Athens, GA. http://onlineathens.com/stories/020807/marquee_20070208001.shtml
2007 “Footprint in the Sand.” Flagpole . Beth Sale. February 7, 2007. Athens, GA. http://flagpole.com/Arts/ArtNotes/2007-02-07
2006 MONA curator praises new exhibit as quality, impressive” Kearney Hub. March 30, 2006. Kearney, NE.
2004 “Organic’ Art from Midwest on display at Purchase.” Greenwich Time , Friday, October 8, 2004. Greenwich, NY.
2004 “Museum Showcases Midwest.” Rock River Times . Susan Webb Tregay. Vol. 11, No. 24. Rockford, IL.
2004 “Four Artists’ Passion: A Preview of This Year’s Chicago Art Open.” Chicago Artist’s Coalition Artist’s News . Deborah Hawkins. October 2004. Chicago, IL.

Publications

2007 “Sculpture.” Success Strategies in Art and Design, with Mary Stewart.
2005 Artwork chosen for Winter Rockford Review cover. Rockford, IL.
2004 “Fusing Poetry, Printmaking, and Publishing: Perishable Press Limited and Black Sparrow Press Books at Northern Illinois University”. Rockford Review, with Kay Shelton. Rockford, IL. Summer.
2004 Artwork chosen for Towers literary magazine. DeKalb, IL. 2003, 2004.
2002 “The Private Press Collection Exhibit.” Founder’s Type. Issue No. 31 Winter 2002 Newsletter.
2001 “Unbelieving Expressions of Salvation: Marc Chagall’s White Crucifixion and Francis Bacon’s Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion”. UNK Undergraduate Research Journal, Vol. 6.

Speaking Engagements

2007 Panelist. 12 th Annual Conference for Young Women. Presentation about women’s collegiate experiences and career options in the fine arts. Northern Illinois University. DeKalb, IL.
2006 Artist Talk . Under the Radar . Museum of Nebraska Art. Kearney, NE.
2006 Artist Talk . “Best of the Midwest” in conjunction with The 2006 Rockford Midwestern.
2004 Presenter. Rockford Writers’ Guild Gala Reading. “Fusing Poetry, Printmaking, and Publishing: Perishable Press Limited and Black Sparrow Press Books.” Burpee Museum of Natural History. Rockford, IL. July 11.
2004 Artist Talk . Tri-State Sculpture Celebration . J.E. Broyhill Park. Lenoir, NC.

Teaching Experience

2009 St. Charles Community College. Adjunct Instructor.. Cottlesville, MO. 2008- present.
Art Appreciation.

2008 Waubonsee Community College. Adjunct Instructor. Sugar Grove, IL. 2005-2008.
Art Appreciation. Drawing I & II. Two-Dimensional Design. Authored Sculpture I & II courses.

2005 Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts . Summer Session.
Art instruction for groups of 5-7 year olds and 8-12 year olds.

2004 Northern Illinois University. Instructor of Record. DeKalb, IL.
Art 103 (Three-Dimensional Foundations).
Art 102 (Two-Dimensional Foundations). 2003.
Art 101 (Drawing with Color). 2003.

2004 Northern Illinois University. Visiting Artist Sponsor . Authored proposal to Graduate Colloquium Committee and received full funding for Canadian artist Kelly Mark, Spring 2004, and Canadian artist Germaine Koh, Fall 2004.

2002 Northern Illinois University. Printmaking Graduate Assistant . Maintained lithography and intaglio shop, assisted students. 2002-2001.

1999 Threlkeld Art Studio. Omaha, NE.
Co-teacher. Adult Watercolor Class. Summer.
Workshop Assistant. Junior Art. Summer.

Related Professional Experience

2008 Coordinator of Publicity and Education. Northern Illinois University Art Museum. DeKalb, IL. 2006-2008.

2007 Director. Nehring Gallery. DeKalb, IL. 2005-2007.

2006 Art Archiver. Waubonsee Community College. Sugar Grove, IL.

2005 Interim Executive Director. Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Nebraska City, NE. Summer.

2005 Juror. Metro Community College Photography Club Exhibition. Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Nebraska City, NE.

2005 Northern Illinois University. Rare Books and Special Collections Research Assistant . (Graduate Assistant 2002).
Prepare exhibitions, assist in collection management, research and author educational Web pages. 2002-present.

Curator. The University Collects: Objects and Visual Pedagogy across the NIU Campus Exhibit. Rare Books and Special Collections case. Jack Olsen Gallery. Organized by Professor Barbara Jaffee. 2003.

Curator. The Private Press Collection Exhibit. Selected 30 books, authored signage and prepared cases. Created corresponding online exhibition. 2002.

2004 Northern Illinois University. Graduate Colloquium Committee Student Representative. School of Visual Arts. 2002-2004.

2004 Presenter. Rockford Writers’ Guild. Gala Reading. “Fusing Poetry, Printmaking, and Publishing: Perishable Press Limited and Black Sparrow Press Books.” Burpee Museum of Natural History. Rockford, IL. July 11.

2003 DeKalb Area Women’s Center. Exhibition Co-organizer. Annual Women’s History Month Art Exhibition. DeKalb, IL.

2002 Edition Printer. Private Contract with David Driesbach. Completed an edition of 50 color-viscosity etchings for Southern Graphics Exchange Portfolio, Taboo X. DeKalb, IL.

2002 Northern Illinois University. Printmaking Graduate Assistant . 2001-2002.

2002 Juror’s Assistant. Mid-America Prints Council Show. Organized mailed entries and gave requested information during judging to Marc Pascal, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago. 2002.

2002 Visiting Artist Assistant. Oscar Gillespie. Three plate color etching and engraving. 2002.

2001 University of Nebraska-Kearney. Visiting Artist Assistant . Lloyd Menard. Relief and intaglio on handmade paper.

2001 University of Nebraska-Kearney. President/Organizer. Kappa Pi (art honorary organization) student show and related fundraising activities.

2001 Museum of Nebraska Art. Curatorial Intern. (Vada Kinman Oldfield Scholarship Fall Intern). Kearney, NE.

2000 Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshops. Workshop Assistant. Susan Goldman. Monoprinting. Vermillion, SD.

Computer Skills

Microsoft Word.
Working knowledge of Macromedia Dreamweaver.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Academic Honors

2004 Graduate Assistantship (full tuition and stipend). Northern Illinois University. 2001-2004.
2001 Outstanding Senior Award. Department of Art and Art History. University of Nebraska-Kearney.
2001 Board of Regent’s Scholarship. Full-tuition wavier. University of Nebraska-Kearney. 1997-2001.
2001 National Dean’s List. 1997-2001.
2000 Vada Kinman Oldfield Scholarship. Museum of Nebraska Art. Kearney, NE.
1997 Kearney Hub Newspaper-University of Nebraska-Kearney Honors Program Scholarship.

Workshops and Conferences Attended

2008 College Art Association Conference. Dallas, TX.
2007 Get More Bang for Your Buck Promoting Your Outreach Programs. Human Resource Services Training. Northern Illinois University.
2007 Understanding and Intergrating Teaching and Learning Styles. Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. Northern Illinois University.
2006 “Journey” Workshop II for Community Members with installation artist Jin Soo Kim. Northern Illinois University Art Museum. DeKalb, IL. (in conjunction with exhibition of workshop artwork at the museum)
2006 How to Write a Successful Grant/Fellowship Proposal. Janet Bloch of Womanmade Gallery, Chicago. Chicago Artist’s Coalition. Chicago, IL.
2005 College Art Association Conference. Atlanta, GA.
2003 Exhibiting Professionalism. Janet Bloch of Womanmade Gallery, Chicago. Northern Illinois University. DeKalb, IL.
2002 Performance Art Workshop. Conducted by A.K.A. members Janet Davidson-Hues and Tracy Tullius. Northern Illinois University. DeKalb, IL.
2002 Print Gumbo. Southern Graphics Printmaking Conference. New Orleans, LA.
2000 Artists in the Community: Mid-America Print Council Conference. Hosted by St. Cloud State University. St. Cloud, MN.
1999 Life Drawing with Steven Roberts. Threlkeld Art Studio. Omaha, NE. Summer.
1998 Life Drawing with Troy Muller. Threlkeld Art Studio. Omaha, NE. Summer.