Jessica Vaughn

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My practice attends to the details of how people occupy space, and the accumulation of discarded materials in spaces where I have lived.  I work across mediums: many of my recent artworks are sculptures and photographs.  These artworks place pressure on segregation and exclusiveness in these spaces by creating value out of material that appears to have none. My artworks expose the systems of value and control that are emblematic of material used by institutions to regulate and authenticate bodies, and scrap material left from the assembly line of the manufactures that produce it.

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture 2015
Skowhegan, ME

Whitney Independent Study Program 2013
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

University of Pennsylvania 2011
Master of Fine Arts, MFA

Carnegie Mellon University 2006
Bachelor of Humanities and Arts, BHA


Jessica Vaughn, Arts Incubator, Art + Public Life, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 2015
Toppled, University of Maryland Gallery, College Park, MD 2009


Standard Forms, Kresge Gallery, Ramapo College, Mahaw, NJ (forthcoming) 2017
Group Exhibition, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY (forthcoming)
Invisible Man, Martos Gallery, New York, NY
InPractice: Material Deviance, Sculpture Center, New York, NY

The New York Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, New York, NY 2016
Folly, or Vestiges in Greene, Brooklyn, NY
Group Exhibition, Rebuild Foundation, Chicago, IL

Harlem Postcards, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY 2015
Made In Woodstock VI, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
3rd Annual AIM Biennale, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY

Itinerant Belongings, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA 2014

Come Together: Surviving Sandy Year 1, Brooklyn Rail, Brooklyn, NY 2013
Round 39: Looking Back, Moving Forward, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX
The New York Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, New York, NY
ff Presents The Oracle, The Wand, Berlin, DE
Group Exhibition, Whitney Independent Study Program, TEMP Gallery, New York, NY

Fore, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY 2012
Do Anything, Double Break Gallery, San Diego, CA

VOX VII, Vox Popuil Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2011
Watchwords, Cauldron Projekts, Birmingham, AL
MFA 2011 Thesis Exhibition, Ice Box, Philadelphia, PA

A-Game, The Park School of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD 2010

LATITUDE, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY 2009

Artadia New York Grant Program Finalist, New York, NY 2017
Visiting Artist in Residence, Skidmore College
Visiting Artist, Cornell University, School of Architecture and Art

Visiting Artist, Northwestern University, Department of Art Theory + Practice, Spring Semester 2016
John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, Nomination

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Workspace Residency, New York, NY 2015-16
Cole Fellowship Visiting Artist, Wellesley College, Wellesley MA

Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Artist Emergency Grant, New York, NY 2015
Artist in Residence, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Grant Nomination-New York, NY
Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY
IdeaFund Grant, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX

Center for Photography at Woodstock Residency, Woodstock, NY 2014

Visiting Artist, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX 2013

Exhibitions/Curatorial Fellowship, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY 2011-12

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, Department of Studio Arts, Artist Lecture 2017
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Department of Art, Artist Lecture (Fall/Spring semester)

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Department of Art Theory + Practice, Artist Lecture 2016
New School, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, Artist Lecture (Spring and Fall semesters)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Artist Presentation (Spring semester)
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, Department of Art and Art History, Artist Lecture (Spring semester)

Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, Department of Art and Art History, Artist Lecture (Fall semester) 2015

Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, Jessica Vaughn in conversation with Karen Beckman, PhD and 2014
Louis Massiah, The Bombing of Osage Avenue
Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY, Artist Lecture

Project Row Houses, Houston, TX, Artist Lecture 2013

Sarget, Antwaun. June 21, 2017. ‘Invisible Man’ Inspires Conceptual Art About Blackness. Creators Project, Vice Magazine

Pedro, Laila. June 9, 2017. “When Conceptual Art Makes You Acutley Aware of Your Body.” Hyperallergic

Editors. June 2017. “Invisible Man at Martos Gallery”. Contemporary Art Daily.

Heinrich, Will. May 28, 2017. “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week.” New York Times. an_NYT_5.25.17.pdf

Scher, Robin. April 27, 2017. “Mika Tajima and Patricia Treib Named Artadia 2017 New York Winners”. ArtNews

InPractice: Material Deviance. Wilkinson, Alexis. SculptureCenter, New York, NY. March, 2017

Bui, Phong, Flam, Jack. Come Together Surviving Sandy, Year 1. Skira and Dedalus Foundation. 2015

“Bronx Museum Showcases (and Helps) Emerging Artists.” New York Times, July 10, 2015

Itinerant Belongings Exhibition Catalog. Cortez, Iggy, Ickes, Charlotte. Slought Foundation. November, 2014

“Project Row House at Twenty.” Dennis, Ryan. Studio Museum Magazine. Winter/Spring 2014

Shannon, Chelsea. January 17, 2014. “Project Row Houses: Recovering and Teaching Houston’s History.” Golf Coast Magazine.

Curatorial Staff. November, 2013. “Jessica Vaughn, Featured Artist.” Sculpture Center. http://sculpture-

Russeth, Andrew. May 28, 2013. “9 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before June 2nd.” Gallerist.

Merjian, Ara. Winter, 2013. “Critic’s Pick: Fore.” Artforum.

“Racial Redefinition in Progress. ‘Fore’ at Studio Museum in Harlem.” Cotter, Holland. New York Times. Nov. 30, 2012

“An Artist Portfolio. 6 From Fore.” Indrisek, Scott. Modern Painters Magazine. November, 2012

FORE Exhibition Catalog. Haynes, Lauren, Keith J. Naima, Lax, Thomas. Studio Museum in Harlem. November, 2012

Toppled Exhibition Catalog. Milad, Jackie. University of Maryland, Union Gallery. October 30, 2009

LATITUDE Exhibition Catalog. Lax, Thomas. Rush Arts Gallery. January 30, 2009