Biography and Contact
Jessica Anne Summers received her BFA in 2-Dimensional Studies and Art Education from Bowling Green State University in 2004. After teaching high school art for six years in both Southern Indiana and Charlotte, North Carolina, Jessica moved back to Northwest Ohio in 2011, and started pursuing her MFA. In 2014, Jessica graduated with her MFA in 2-Dimensional studies from Bowling Green State University. She currently lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters, where she makes work and teaches private art lessons out of her home studio.
Since changing gears in 2011 to pursue an artistic career, Jessica’s work has been chosen for a number of national and international exhibitions, including Drawing Connections at the Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy, the Contemporary Realism Biennial at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in 2012, for which she was included in the exhibition catalog, Who We Aren’t at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, IL, Tapped and Nude at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH. In 2014, Jessica was invited by Ohio’s First Lady, Karen Kasich to be the Fall Spotlight Artist at the Ohio Governor’s Residence, where she delivered an artist talk that was later televised. She has also had solo exhibitions at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts in Findlay, Ohio, Durham Arts Council in Durham, North Carolina, Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia, The University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio and Gordy’s Fine Art Gallery in Muncie, Indiana, Portland Arts Place in Portland, Indiana and the Peachtree City Library in Peachtree City, Georgia. In addition, Jessica has participated in a number of invitational small group shows including The Suburb’s Eyes: Picturing the Sprawl at Indiana University South Bend, Woman at Flow Artspace in St. Paul, Minnesota, All Play and No work at The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, Perpetual Now at the Valade Gallery at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan and the traveling exhibition On Being: Realism and the BGSU Painting and Drawing Program. Finally, Jessica has been featured in both Studio Visit Magazine and Creative Quarterly.
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