Jessica Martin is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Northern California.  Her work explores our relationship to nature, time, and joy. 

Jessica studied Anthropology at Vassar College and did her field work in Madagascar and France. She received her MA at California College of the Arts. Jessica has been Artist in Residence for Google, and her work has been shown throughout the Bay Area and abroad, including Amelie Maison Paris, Headlands Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Traywick Contemporary, Pro Arts, The Lab, the diRosa Preserve, New Langton Arts, and national film festivals.  She has been a guest on Full Expression Podcast and co-hosted the Headspace Podcast to talk about creativity as a tool for life.  Her work has been awarded grants from the NAEA, Creative Sonoma, and California Arts Council.   In 2022, she created the viral hotline of kids life advice called Peptoc.  It received over 10 million calls in its first 9 months, and continues to get thousands of calls today (call 707-8-PEPTOC!).

In addition to her studio work, Jessica is the founder and director of Roving Venue (RV), an itinerant gallery that produces innovative community-based public art projects in rural Sonoma County.  Projects include a pie parade, sound tours, large scale puppet performances, building projections, and a box car regatta with rolling art sculptures.

Jessica is also the lead teaching artist and arts program curator for West Side Elementary, a small K-6th public school in rural Healdsburg, CA (home of the Peptoc hotline!).

For more information about Jessica’s work, go to  or to Instagram at @jessicamartinart.

For sample art projects for West Side Elementary, go to



2006 MA California College of the Arts
2001 BA in Anthropology, Vassar College
2000 Art History, La Sorbonne, Paris 



Google, Artist in Residence mural commission

Legion Projects, solo show

Harmon House, “Histories/Futures” five 35ft temporary murals on 3 floors of hotel

Studio Miracolo/ Amelie Maison d’Art, Paris—Éditions Limitées 


Legion Projects, “Jessica Martin and Patrick Rhodes” 

Legion Projects, “Something to Look Forward To” group show and custom mural


Voices project, Healdsburg (public murals and kinetic installation)

Amelie Maison d’Art, Paris,  “Miracolo”


Roving Venue, “Subject-Object” group show
Roving Venue, “The Mill” group show 

Upside Dance Company. “Anatomy of Happiness” presentation and screening of film, “I Wish I Could Fly” 

“Out Here” Performance and Installation, Healdsburg, CA 

Mendocino Film Festival. "Friends, Food, Land" film screening
428collective– Friends, Food, Land: a collaborative film and book project with Flora Skivington for the 428CSA 

West Coast Craft, San Francisco– Jessica Martin and Victoria Wagner: new work
TedX Sonom–Risk or Dream interactive installation and film screening of "I Wish I Could Fly"

428collective–Dear Things: an interview and book project for 428CSA 

Studio Blomster, Guerneville–Everything Possible Everything Yours: new work by Jessica Martin
 Gallery Lulo, Healdsburg–Summits: Jessica Martin
 Perdita Productions, Geyserville: Falling Dark 

2012 Studio428–Product 


Slate Contemporary– After All We’ve Done: Recent Work by Jessica Martin
Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley–2D/3D
 ProArts, Oakland– Concept+Craft
Southern Exposure, San Francisco–Monster Drawing Rally
The Affordable Art Fair, New York 

Slate Art, Oakland–Jessica Martin: Recent Painting and Sculpture
Gump’s, San Francisco–Pearl, curated by Natasha Boas
The Affordable Art fair, New York
Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek–Working in Wax 

Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito–Close Calls
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art– Monotype Marathon
Affordable Art Fair, New York
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art–Crater Bay Area
The Drawing Center, New York–Online Viewing Program 

New Langton Art–group exhibit
Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose
Di Rosa Preserve Museum, Sonoma–3×3 

Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose– Monoprint Marathon

Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa– group

Davis Art Museum, Davis University, CA–group 

The Lab, San Francisco– The Postcard Show
 Sopa Fine Art, British Columbia– Elemental 

Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco—White Box
Southern Exposure, San Francisco–The Unexpected in Public Space (collaborative) 

Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco 

Blue Shield, Sacramento–mural commission 



Creator of the viral public art hotline project, Peptoc (

Flying Goat Coffee—10ft x 65ft exterior mural and two 20ft interior wall murals

Acre Pizza—5 interior murals

2021- 10ftx24ft exterior mural for Legion Projects, Healdsburg


Project curator, organizer, and artist for Voices, Healdsburg, an 8-month series of large-scale interactive public art programs with over 15 artists for the city of Healdsburg, CA.  Personal projects include two kinetic light installations,


Founder, Roving Venue.  Principal curator and lead artist for site-specific public art events.


Endangered Animals March.  A collaboration with students at West Side Elementary, featuring a march of 185 puppets of different endangered species, staged in public streets and displayed at Healdsburg Center for the Arts.


Co-founder, 428 Collective. Women’s artist group based in Sonoma County.  Site-Specific performance art, collaborative shows, publications.  


TedX, Sonoma County.  Pubic interactive installation and film projection:  “Risk or Dream.”  

“Dear Things” interview-based public art project and publication on personal objects and corresponding stories.


Google, AIR program, 2022

Creative Sonoma, Creative Reopening Grant, 2020-2021

California Arts Council, Artists in Schools Grant, 2018-2019, 2019-2020

Official Selection, Mendocino Film Festival. For "Friends, Food, Land" 2015 

Juried Winner, ArtSlant Prize 2013 

Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, residency 2010

Bedford Gallery Juror’s Award, Working in Wax exhibition, 2009

California College of the Arts scholarship award

Cum Laude in liberal arts, Vassar College 


Blue Shield of California

Seattle Paramount Theatre

 Woodberry Events, Inc., San Francisco 


2021- advisor for The Imaginists, Santa Rosa

2017-2019, Wildlands Art Residency, advisor and jury panelist

2017, 2019- jury panel member for “Discovered” award, Sonoma County


2017-present:  Lead teaching artist for West Side Elementary

2015- Resident teaching artist, Healdsburg SHED

2008-2010- Founder and lead teacher, Studio Project


(For list of press on Peptoc, go to

San Francisco Magazine, State of the Arts. Jessica Martin: Dispatch. 2022/2023

Beck, John. "A haven for Art." Sonoma Magazine, Jan/Feb 2023.

Rebmann, Daniel, Illuminated Art Installations Brighten Winter Nights in Sonoma County.  Sonoma Magazine 2021

Swanson, Charlie:
Rebman, Dana:
Cheng,DeWitt. “Craftswomanship at Pro Arts.” East Bay Express. October 13, 2010.
 Cheng,DeWitt. “Editorial Recommendation, 2d/ 3d.” Visual Art Source. September 2010.
 Cheng, DeWitt. “Space Invaders at Traywick Contemporary.” East Bay Express. August 25, 2010.

Brown, Patricia Leigh. “Bay Area Embrace.” Architectural Digest. April, 2010. pp. 106- 111.
 Grant, Daniel. Quoted in “The Business of Being an Artist.” P.32 Allworth Press. 2010 

Casey, Laura.“SLATE gallery showcases emerging local artists.” July 7, 2009. Contra Costa Times.
 Fiset, Alissa. “Editor’s Pick: Bay Area Native Brings New Art Back Home.”
 Ascarelli, Bret. “About Face,” The Bohemian, Santa Rosa, June 2006. 

Boas, Natasha. “Monochrome,” Domino Magazine, November 2005. 

Kinmont, Ben. “Exhibito Chimerica” Antinomian Press, Sebastopol, 2005. 

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