Upcoming:

2020 Terni, Italy | Frescoes Project with Studio Balma- Women of Faith Fresco Cycle

2021 Art for Everyone, featured artist, textbook, 2nd Ed., Chemeteka Press and Oxford University Press

Education:

May 2004                           MFA | Painting/Drawing; Minor in Printmaking | University of Iowa

July 2002                           Scoula Internzionale della Grafica, Venice, Italy

Sept-April 2001                  Associate Artist |  Studio Balma | Minneapolis

Sept 1997- May 1998        Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

May 1993- May 1996         Apprenticeship |  Studio Balma: The Frescoes of the University of St. Thomas | Minneapolis

Dec 1996                           BFA | Painting | University of Minnesota | Minneapolis

 

Selected Solo and Two-person Exhibitions: (Solo exhibitions in bold)

2019       Indirect Portraits on Panel, Teaching Galleries at the GuangXi Arts Institute, Nanning City, China

2015       Recent Allegories and NudesLeedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO

               Natura Vita | Natura Morte with Scott Seebart   Jules Maidoff Palazzo, SACI, Florence, Italy

                                                                                           Il Piccolo Lupo, ICA, Montecastello di Vibio, Italy

2011        Hardcore Painting: Confessions and Premonitions, with Julie Farstad 

         UNO Galleries at the University of Omaha, (A Retrospective), Omaha, NB

         Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO

2009        Idolatry, Hiestand Galleries at Miami University, Oxford, OH

2006        Aesthete; Reframing the Forlorn with Sarah Vandersall, Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO

                Aesthete, Marvin Cone Gallery, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

2004        Oulous Repair Shop Contemporary, Mr. Hoof, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

                Flora/Fauna; with Scott Seebart, Lo River Arts, Beacon, NY

2003        Lo River Arts, Realities, Beacon, NY

                Recent Work, Eve Drewelowe Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 2003, 2002, 2001

1997       The Divine Comedy Paintings with Scott Seebart, Sexton Studios, Minneapolis, MN

1996        BFA Exhibition, with Scott Seebart, Studio Arts Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2019        Look Me in the Eye, Epsten Gallery, Kansas City, MO

                Materialist, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO

                Lineage and Impact: KCAI Faculty Past and Present, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO

2016        Moving Boundary, Jigang Galleries, Sanmin Arts Village, Nanning, China

                SunSet |SunRise: Work from Studio Nong, Wienberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO

                SunSet |SunRise: Work from Studio Nong, the Hyde Gallery at the Memphis College of Art, Kansas City, MO

2015        SunSet |SunRise: Work from Studio Nong, Belger Crane Yard Gallery, Kansas City, MO 

                Dialoghi dell’Arte: 2014-15 International Tour

                    Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO, June 6th -July 6th, 2014

                    Guilin Museum, Guilin, China | Works on Paper April 5th-10th, 2015

                    Palazzo dei Cartelloni, SACI, Florence, Italy, May 22nd- June 25th, 2015

                    Galleria Bocca al Lupo, ICAMontecastello di Vibio, Italy, July 4th, 2015

2014        SunRise |SunSet: Work from Studio Nong, Exhibition | Rust Hall at the Memphis College of Art 

                PartyLines: A 3rd Year MFA Exhibition with Distinguished Alumni and Faculty, SmartClothes Gallery, NY, NY

                TAPPED 4: An exhibition of Student/Teacher Pairings, with Amy Erickson, (KCAI Painting 2014), Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2013        Sunrise-Sunset: An International Collaboration in Sculptural Form, NiXing Pottery Museum, Qinzhou, China

   Decadence and Luxuriant, a collaboration with Misty Gamble at:

         Duane Reed Gallery St. Louis, MO 

         Echt Gallery, Chicago. Il

         Sherry Leedy Contemporary, Kansas City, MO

2012        Divergent Methodologies, Faculty exhibition at the Dodge Painting Galleries at the Kansas City Art Institute. Kansas City, MO

                Dialoghi Dell’Arte, McMaster Gallery at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

2011        Between Thee and Me: A response to the Van Ackerman Collection, the Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst Univ, Kansas City, MO

                Narrow Margins, H&R Block ArtSpace at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

2010        2010+1 Young Painters: The Miami University 21st Century Painting Collection, Heistand Galleries at Miami Univ, Oxford, OH

2008        New, Three, H&R Block ArtSpace at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

                Kansas City Flatfile, H&R Block Artspace Gallery at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO 2005,2008

                2008 Miami University Young Painters Competition- Hiestand Galleries, Miami University- Oxford, OH       

2007        KCAI Biennial, H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute,Kansas City, MO

                Beasts, Greenease Gallery at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO

2006        Other Views, Dodge Painting Gallery, KCAI, Kansas City, MO

2005        Iowa Artist’s Exhibition, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA

                Finale: A 21st Century Salon, Lo River Arts, Beacon, NY

2004        Recent Work by Gallery Artists, Claire Oliver Fine Arts, New York, NY

                MFA Exhibition, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA

2003        Oulous Repair Shop, Factorial Debut, Chinatown-Los Angeles, CA

                New American Paintings-The MFA Annual 2003, Juried Exhibition in Print, Juror: Lawrence Rinder,   

                      Curator of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

2002        Iowa Artist’s Exhibition, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA

2001        Another Twist, Watkins Gallery, Winona State University, Winona, MN

                Minnesota with a Twist, Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN

                Group Show, Gus Lucky's Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

1998        Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts-PAFA Gallery, Graduate Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

                Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts-PAFA Hallway Gallery, The Anonymous Exhibitions, Philadelphia , PA

1997        The Unbroken Line- The Fellowship Exhibition, The Museum of American Art, Philadelphia, PA

                The Anonymous Exhibitions, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts-PAFA Hallway Gallery, Philadelphia , PA

1995        The Apprentice Show, The University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN and the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, MN

Curatorial Projects:

Dialoghi dell’Arte: 2014-15 International Tour

                    Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO, June 6th -July 6th, 2014

                    Guilin Museum of Art, Guilin, China | Works on Paper April 5th-10th, 2015

                    Palazzo dei Cartelloni, SACI, Florence, Italy, May 22nd- June 25th, 2015

                    Galleria Bocca al Lupo, ICAMontecastello di Vibio, Italy, July 4th, 2015

Site as Seen: KCAI in Florence, Italy | student work from the Studio Art Centers International

                    Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO, Fall 2013, Fall 2018

Disegno Exhibition Series: Contemporary Undergraduate Drawing | 2006-present

                   Disegno 9: California College of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art

                   Disegno 8: California College of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art

                   Disegno 7: California College of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art

                   Disegno 6: Kansas City Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art, Memphis College of Art, Univ. of S. Carolina

                   Disegno 5: Kansas City Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Univ. of S. Carolina

                   Disegno 4: Kansas City Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Univ. of S. Carolina

                   Disegno 3: Kansas City Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art, Univ. of S. Carolina

                   Disegno 2: California College of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art

                   Disegno 1: Kansas City Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Princeton University

Visiting Critic | Lectures | Gallery Talks | Panel Discussions:

2019      Visiting Artists Lecture | A Painter's Approach to Technical Narrative, GuangXi Arts Institute, Nanning, China

2018      Visiting Critic, Senior Thesis Exhibition, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

2017      Charlotte Street Resident Mentor 2016-17 

2016      Panel Discussion | The Art History Department at the GuangXi Arts Institute Discusses Contemporary Motives in Making with Studio Nong,

                                             Jigang Galleries, Sanmin Arts Village, Nanning City, China in conjunction with Moving Boundaries

               Visiting Artist Lecture | Recent Painting, Drawings and Sculpture, Studio Nong, Sanmin Arts Village, Nanning City, China

               Charlotte Street Resident Mentor 2015-16

               Gallery talk, SunSet |SunRise: Work from Studio Nong, Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art

2015       Studio Nong | Master Sculptors from the GuangXi Arts Institute: Current Perspectives Lecture Series, KCAI

               Visiting Artist Lecture | Recent Allegorical Paintings, Sculpture and Curatorial Projects, Teatro della Concordia, Montecastello di Vibio, Italy

               Visiting Critic | International Center for the Arts, Montecastello di Vibio, Italy, July 2015

2014       Gallery Talk | SunRise | SunSet: Work from Studio Nong, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

2012       Visiting Artists Lecture | Senior Drawing Project and Graduate Painting Critiques, McMaster School of Art- University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

               Visiting Critic | Charlotte Street/Urban Culture Project Studios, Kansas City, MO

2011       Gallery Talk: Hardcore Painting- Materials and Methodology | UNO Galleries, Omaha, NB

               Visiting Artists Lecture | Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Kerr Hall, Boothbay Harbor, ME

                                    Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts- AIA Summer Residency Program

               Gallery Talk | Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, Hardcore Painting; Confessions and Premonitions

2010       Visiting Artist-in-residence | Visual Arts and Design Academy, Santa Barbara, CA

2009       Guest Critic | Summer Intensive PCAL Program, KCAI- Painting

2008       The Noon Thing Gallery talk with artists from the New, Three exhibition | HR Block ArtSpace, Kansas City, MO

2007       Visiting Artist Lecture | International School of Painting, Montecastello di Vibio, Italy

               SLIDESHOW Series Visiting Artists Lecture | Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

2006       Juror | The Messiah Exhibition, Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS

               Visiting Artist Lecture and Painting Critiques, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

               Panelist | KCAI International Painting Symposium: Hybridity in Contemporary Painting

               Visiting Artist Lecture | St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

2005       Visiting Artist Lecture | Current Perspectives Lecture Series | Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

2004       Visiting Artist Lecture | Sophomore Critiques, the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

International Programs:

An Exquisite Corpse: KCAI at SACI | Studio Art Centers International, Florence Italy | 2018, 2015, 2013, 2011

Studio Nong International Sculpture Collective and Residency Program | USA/CHINA | 2019, 2016, 2015, 2013

Professional | Teaching Experience:

2016-present         Full Professor in Painting, Kansas City Art Institute

2020-25                 Associate Artist with Studio Balma | Terni Frescoes

2020-21    KCAI Full-Year Sabbatical

2020         Leave of Absence | Terni Frescoes

2018-19    Visiting Professor | Cultivation of Talents for Oil Painting of Ethnic Minorities in GuangXi

                             A collaboration between the Chinese Central Government and the Painting Departments at the GuangXi Arts Institute, Nanning and the Central                                          Academy of Fine Arts, GuangXi- hosted by the GuangXi Arts Institute, Nanning.      

2012-16    Associate Professor, Kansas City Art Institute

2013-14    KCAI Full-Year Sabbatical

2007-12    Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing, the Kansas City Art Institute

2011-12    Acting Chair in Painting

2008-9      Summer Intensive Educators Art Lab at the Kansas City Art Institute- Painting 

2005-7      Instructor of Painting and Drawing, the Kansas City Art Institute

2005-6      Summer Intensive Educators Art Lab at the Kansas City Art Institute. Painting

2004-5      Assistant-Adjunct Professor, University of Iowa. Painting and Drawing

2002-4      Teaching Assistant, Teacher of Record, University of Iowa. Painting and Drawing

1998         Teaching Assistant, Temple University, Philadelphia. Drawing

                  Co-leader and developer, Graduate Drawing Seminar, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Awards:

2018        KCAI Faculty Development Grant: Research Fellowship and Visiting Artist-in-Residence, GuangXi Arts Institute, Nanning City, China

2017        Finalist, BP British Portrait Award Exhibition, National Gallery of Art, London UK

                KCAI Faculty Development Grant: Materials and Models in the Studio, Kansas City, MO

2016        KCAI Faculty Development Grant: Madrid, The Prado

2015        LIAEP Grant for the 2015 Studio Nong Residency Program

                KCAI Faculty Development Grant: Dialoghi dell’Arte- International Tour

2014        Full-Year Sabbatical, Kansas City Art Institute

                KCAI Faculty Development Grant: Dialoghi dell’Arte- Exhibition Catalog

2013        KCAI Faculty Development Grant: Studio Nong at the Guangxi Arts Institute, Nanning, China

                                                                       Qinzhou NiXing Pottery Factory, Qinzhou, China

2012        KCAI Faculty Development Grant: NCECA 47th Annual Conference in Seattle, WA

2011        KCAI Faculty Development Grant: AIA Summer residency at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME

2010        KCAI Faculty Development Grant: Studio Expenses | Kansas City, MO

2009        KCAI Faculty Development Grant: Bellini at the Sciudere de Quirinale, Rome, Italy

2008        KCAI Faculty Development Grant: Studio Expenses | Kansas City, MO

                William and Dorothy Yeck Purchase Award, 2008 Miami University Young Painters Competition- Juror Peter Plagens

2007        Nomination: Charlotte Street Award, Kansas City, MO

                KCAI Faculty Development Grant: Ecorche at Studio Incamminati, Philadelphia, PA

2002-4     Graduate Fellow: Mildred Pelzer-Lynch Fellowship, University of Iowa

2001-2     Graduate Fellow: Virgil M. Beall Fellowship, University of Iowa

Residencies:

2019        Studio Nong, Sanmin Arts Village, Nanning City, China (2019, 2016)

                Visiting Artist-in-Residence | GuangXi Arts Institute, Nanning, China, Painting Department 

2018        Artist in Residence | Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy (2018, 2015, 2013, 2011)

2015        Studio Nong at the Memphis College of Art and the Kansas City Art Institute, Memphis TN and Kansas City, MO

2013        Studio Nong at the Qinzhou NiXing Pottery Factory, Qinzhou, China

2010        AIA Summer residency at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME

                Artist-in-residence | Visual Arts and Design Academy, Santa Barbara, CA

Bibliography:

2021       Art for Everyone, featured artist, textbook, 2nd Ed., Chemeteka Press and Oxford University Press

2018       MEA 10, vol 10, Annual Exhibition Catalog, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2017       TBA, Television Series and Press from Studio Nong 2016

2016       Lowrance, Chrisopher, MW Capacity, Interview, March 18th

2015       Surgery in Clay: A Visit to the Kansas City Art Institute, film editorial, August 18th, Kansas City Star

               Studio Nong at the Kansas City Art Institute, film editorial, August 6th, Kansas City Star

               Ferrell, Katie, Professors from China and Kansas City come together to Build Impressive Sculptures, August 2nd, Fox 4 News, Kansas City

               Evans, Matt, Chinese Artists Visit KC to Create, Learn. Cross-cultural Program Run Through KCAI, Aug 2nd, KMBC 9 News, Kansas City

               Evans, Matt, Studio Nong Arrives at the Memphis College of Art, July 24th, Memphis Flyer

               Bear Review, Vol 1, Issue 2, pg 34, Madonna and Child/The Discovery of Yellow

               Brophy, CarrieKC Studio Magazine, Art Ambassadors- Featured Article/Cover, March/April Issue

               Dialoghi dell'Arte 2014-15 International Tour, Exhibition Catalog

2014       The Daily Palette, University of Iowa School of Art and Art Hist, Intermedia & the Humanities, Disitnguished Alumni Updates, Sept 8th | Dec 10th 

2013       Canfield, Anne, KCAI President’s Report 2012-13: KCAI Faculty Member Travels to China to Study Sculpture

               Qinzhou 980: An Arts and Culture Magazine, Sunrise-Sunset: Sculpture Exhibition and Speeches at the Nixing Museum, Aug 9th

               Exhibition Opening at the Qinzhou Nixing Museum: An International Collaboration with Four Artists from the United States

                      Post of China, Taiwan Travel, August 9th

         Qinzhou Post, Beibuwan Post, Qinzhou Official Government Website, August 8th

               Qinzhou Post, International Artist’s Residency at the Huayi Nixing Pottery Factory, August 6th

2012       Book Release. Les Femmes Folles: The Interviews, 2011. March 14th 2012

2011        Linda Lay Interview for Narrow Margins: KCAI Group Faculty Exhibition at the H&R Block ArtSpace, October 2011,  

                      FruitFlyLife, on-line Magazine based in Los Angeles, CA, http://www.fruitflylife.com/

               Bembnister, Theresa, Between Thee and Me, Kansas City Star, Sept 7th, 2011.

               Deskins, Sally, Hardcore Painting at UNOs Gallery Lives Up to its Title, The Reader, Omaha, NB, September 11th, 2011.

               La Femme Folles: Celebrating Women in Art Sept 19th Interview by Sally Deskins. femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com/

               Self, Dana, Traditional Meet Modern, The Kansas City Star, March 3, 2011.

               Packham, Chris, Get in the Van Gogh: Hardcore Painting at the Greenlease Gallery, The PITCH Weekly Reader, March 10th, 2011.

               Kloeppel, Tara, Feminine Fancies: Farstad and Fisher, REVIEW on-line magazine, http://ereview.org/, Kansas City, MO, Mar 26th.

2009       Catalogue: Kansas City Art Institute at 125, pp. 44,45, Kansas City Art Institute.

2008       Jones, Richard, Young Painters Competition Winner Moves from Imagination to Realism, Journal News, Cincinnati OH, Dec 19th

               Pearce, Sara, Miami Displays Winning Work: Ohio Young Painter’s Prize, The Cincinnati Inquirer, Jan, 24th.

               Kansas City Star- New, Three: A Review

2007       Self, Dana, Wild Things: The Greenlease Gallery's Beasts brings out the animal in all of us, The Pitch, Kansas City, MO. Feb 8th.

               MW Capacity- Art Blog for No-Coasters, http://mwcapacity.wordpress.com/

2006       Sue Coe reviews “Aesthete”, a recent solo exhibition of work at Coe College for REVIEW Magazine, Kansas City, MO. December.

               The Art of Food: Artists Speak on the Use of Food as Subject Matter, Relish Magazine, Des Moines, IA.  December.

               Crass Menagerie: Jessie Fisher and Sarah Vandersall at Paragraph, The Pitch, Kansas City, MO.  October 19th-24th.

               Exhibition Preview, Jessie Fisher and Sarah Vandersall in AESTHETE at Paragraph, REVIEW Magazine; October 2006, pp30-33.

               Pleiades A Journal of New Writing, Pleiades Press: Central Missouri State University, May and December Covers.

               New American Paintings, Volume 65- Midwestern Edition 2006.

                      Curated by Carl Belz, Director Emeritus of the Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University. Catalogue

2005       Betancourt, Michael, Whatever Happened to Post-Modernism?, ArtScene, August 2005.       

               Duncan, Jim, Art Pimp-Young Guns, Citiview Magazine, June 9, 2005.       

               Duncan, Jim, Summer of the Dead Queens- Who is Jessie Fisher?, Citiview Magazine, June 2, 2005.           

               Duncan, Jim, Art Pimp- Aces High, Citiview Magazine, May 12, 2005.

               Iowa Artists 2005, Des Moines Art Center, 2005. Catalogue

               Pierre, Amanda: Wit and Imagination Fuel Art Exhibition, Des Moines Register, May 8, 2005.

               Edwards, Nicole, Gallery Crams Space for Salon Exhibition”, Poughkeepsie Journal, Feb 11, 2005.

               Flora/Fauna to open at LoRiver Art,Putnam County News and Recorder, Cold Spring, NY, Sept 8, 2004.

2004       Maresca, Dean;  A Nerveracking Menagerie- Jessie Fisher‘s ‘Bunny on Bull’“, Fran Magazine; April 2004.

               The Daily Palette, University of Iowa School of Art and Art History | Intermedia | & the Humanities, Jessie Fisher, Summer 2004

2003       Spire, Todd;  Jessie Fisher at Lo River Arts, New York North Arts-http://www.nynarts.com, September 2003.

               Zevitas, Steven T.,Ed: New American Paintings, The MFA Annual 2003; Open Studios Press; December 2003.

2002       Iowa Artists 2002, Des Moines Art Center, 2002. Catalogue

1997       The Unbroken Line-The Fellowship Centennial Exhibition 1887-1997, The Museum of American Art. Catalogue

Public Collections:

Studio Nong, SanMin Arts Village, Nanning, China

Jigang Studios, SanMin Arts Village, Nanning, China

Qinzhou NiXing Pottery Factory, Qinzhou, China

Teaching Collection at the GuangXi Arts Institute, Nanning City, China

Miami University, Oxford, OH

Mind's I Project Archive

Private Collections:

Wendel P. Oulous Repair Shop Gallery Collection, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oliphant-Barnhouse Collection, Minneapolis, MN

Crysler-White Collection, Iowa City, IA

Annie Zander Collection, Kansas City, MO

Jessie Fisher

born 1971, lives and works in Kansas City, MO