Jessica Jackson Hutchins

Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts 2018

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Jessica Jackson Hutchins Photo: Harold Hutchinson


Sculpture, collage, ceramics, glass


Practicing artist 


Her practice centers on a deliberate defiance of overt signification and a rigorous commitment to silence or, paradoxically, strident polyvocality, as a specific and “audible” type of information in the work. Solo and group shows have included Berlin; London; Innsbrook; Venice; Rome; Lyon; Brussels; Los Angeles, New York City; Milwaukee, Wis.; East Lansing, Mich.; Boston; Atlanta; Louisville, Ky.; Seattle; Philadelphia; and Portland, Ore. She has been featured in the Whitney Museum of American Art (2010) and Venice 55th Biennale. Critics feature her work in, Artforum, Art in America, New York Magazine, Vulture, Artnet News, Art Review, W Magazine, Boston Globe, New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Time Out London, Bom Magazine, Artnet Magazine, New Yorker and Modern Painters. Public institutions collect her work: Brooklyn Museum, Hammer Museum, Museum of Modern Art (New York City), Whitney Museum of American Art, Eli & Edythe Broad Museum, Portland Art Museum, Tang Museum, Seattle Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago). Marianne Boesky Gallery represents her.

Jackson Hutchins received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Oberlin College and a Master of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Artist Quote:

“I want my sculptures to contain a sense of ‘priorness’ that suggests that the emotional or narrative content is already there in the materials in the world. In this way the work becomes about a shared activity of recognition. As the objects are transformed they gain significance beyond the literalness of their materials (their ‘factness’), and the act of making meaning is itself made subject.”


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