Jessica Martin’s multi-media work explores the creative act of remembering. Projects draw from ongoing interviews with others, her own life, geology, and research on memory and forgetting.  

Recently,  Martin has been creating a series of paintings and murals that consider our relationship to geological time, climate change, and the millinea contained in the melting strata of glaciers.  Other projects include a book on people's cherished personal belongings, a sound piece in collaboration with children on stories trees might tell, and a painting and kinetic sculpture series based on interviews about places from our past. 

Martin received an MA at California College the Arts and a BA in Anthropology from Vassar College.  Her work has been shown at Headlands Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Traywick Contemporary, Pro Arts, The Lab, the diRosa Preserve, and New Langton Arts.  She lives and works in Healdsburg, California.

In addition to her own art work, Martin is co-founder of Roving Venue, an itinerant gallery and curatorial program that creates large-scale, community-centered arts events.  

Martin is also the lead teaching artist and program curator for the West Side School arts program.

Curatorial projects:  http://rovingvenue.com

Education program: https://westsideartprogram.wixsite.com/mysite

Full Expression Podcast interview about Jessica Martin’s work: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-8-jessica-martin-the-vocabulary-of-shapes/id1565574472?i=1000544195436

JESSICA MARTIN          www.JessicaMartinArt.com         @jessicamartinart.com 

EDUCATION 

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

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

2022

Legion Projects, solo show (September)

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

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

2021

Legion Projects, “Jessica Martin and Patrick Rhodes” 

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

2020  

Voices project, Healdsburg (public murals and kinetic installation)

Amelie Maison d’Art, Paris,  “Miracolo”

2019

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

2017
Upside Dance Company. “Anatomy of Happiness” presentation and screening of film, “I Wish I Could Fly” 

2016
“Out Here” Performance and Installation, Healdsburg, CA 

2015
Mendocino Film Festival. "Friends, Food, Land" film screening
428collective– Friends, Food, Land: a collaborative film and book project with Flora Skivington for the 428CSA 

2014
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 

2013
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 

2010

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 

2009
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 

2008
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 


2007
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 

2006
The Lab, San Francisco– The Postcard Show
 Sopa Fine Art, British Columbia– Elemental 

2005
Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco—White Box
Southern Exposure, San Francisco–The Unexpected in Public Space (collaborative) 

2002
Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco 

2001
Blue Shield, Sacramento–mural commission 


PUBLIC PROJECTS AND EVENTS

2022

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

2020-present- 

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,    www.artinhealdsburg.com

2019-present

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

2019

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.

2010-present

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

2014

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.


AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
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 


SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Blue Shield of California
 salesforce.com

Seattle Paramount Theatre

 Woodberry Events, Inc., San Francisco 


ADVISORY ROLES/ JURY PANELS

2021- advisor for The Imaginists, Santa Rosa

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

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


TEACHING 

2017-present:  Lead teaching artist for West Side Elementary

2015- Resident teaching artist, Healdsburg SHED

2008-2010- Founder and lead teacher, Studio Project


PUBLICATIONS

Swanson, Charlie: https://bohemian.com/healdsburg-lights-up-with-public-art-project/
Rebman, Dana:  https://www.sonomamag.com/illuminated-art-installations-brighten-winter-nights-in-sonoma-county/?gSlide=1
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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