Jessica Nissen is a native New Yorker who escapes frequently to the mountains and the ocean. Since 1991 she has exhibited extensively in New York galleries, and has participated, both as an artist and as an organizer/curator, in several large-scale interdisciplinary art events.

Nissen received an MFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art, a BA from Middlebury College and earned undergraduate credits from the Rhode Island School of Design and Tyler. She has been a fellow at The Corporation of Yaddo and the Chautauqua Institution.

Jess also owns a red electric guitar that she likes very much.


2013                 Co-Director - Swell Sound and Vision - Multi-media and interactive event
1994                 Co-Director - @Mustard, Inc. - A non profit arts space, Brooklyn, NY
1991                  Co-Director - Brand Name Damages Gallery - Brooklyn , NY


2016               COLOR - curated by Lilian Tone of MoMA, Bwac, Brooklyn, NY

                       The Persistent Nature of Urgency - Mayson Gallery, 526 west 26th, NYC

2015               Variations - Gallery EOSS, Providence, RI
2013-14        7 Women Painters - Big Town Gallery, Rochester, VT

                  Lotus Outreach Benefit Auction - San Fransisco, NYC & online

                  Fathoming The UnderBelly - The Gallery at Wren, Bethlehem, NY

                  Solo Show: All in Our Head - Gallery at Halsey, Brooklyn, NY

                  20th Anniversary Exhibition Pierogi 2000 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

                  Swell Sound & Vision - Multi media event, Fire House Space, Brooklyn, NY
                        2014 Gala and Season Preview - Wren Gallery, Bethlehem, NH 
2012                Sweet- Group show, Studio Arts Place, Burlington, VT
                        Paintings-Three person show, J.O.G, Philadelphia, PA
2011                 All in Our Head" Rorschach Drawings - 4 Heads Art Fair, Govenor's Is. NY
2010                 All in Our Head" Rorschach Drawings - The Fire House Gallery, Burlington, VT
                        Solo Show: "Voices of Central City" - Central City Artist's Project, New Orleans, LA
                        The Meat Show - organized by Circle Arts, NY
                        Art Hop  - Juror selected artist, Burlington, VT
2009                Solo Show: "Uncommonly Selected: Rorschach Blot Drawings"  - The Kelly Writer's
                        House, U of Penn, Philadelphia, PA
                        Small Works Show - 440 Gallery, Brooklyn , NY
2006                Smaller - 10-63 Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2003                Flat Files - Pierogi 2000 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2000                Flashlight - Flipside Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1998                 Recent Works - Temple University Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1996                 Living Room - 558 Broadway Gallery, NYC
1995                 SoHo Biennial - 8th floor Gallery, 475 Broadway, NYC
                        Other Rooms - Group show, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NYC
                        The Bat Room - Group show, Brooklyn , NYC
                        Gene Pool's Hardware Show - Crest Hardware, Brooklyn , NY
                        The Deviant Playground - Immersive art and performance, NYC
                        Not for Sale Auction - Laura Cottingham Project, Flaningo East, NYC
1994                 DYAD - Sponsored by World Art magazine, Sauce Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
                        Entropy, Detritus from the late 20th Century - FPU Gallery, NYC
                        Page 5, Books by artists, writers and curators - 450 Broadway Gallery, NYC
                        Paintings and Unrelated Stories, Co-Curator - @ Mustard, Inc.Brooklyn, NY
1993                 Outdoor Sculpture 1993 - Manhattan Psychiactric Center, Wards Is, NY
                        Organism - Artist and Co-Curator, inaugural event, @Mustard, Brooklyn, NY
                        Out of Town, The Williamsburg Paradigm - Krannert Museum, University of Illinois
                        Small Works - 80 Washington Square East Galleries, NYC
                        Fear of a Jewish Planet ( Let My People Show!) - Four Walls Gallery, Brooklyn , NY
1992                 Cat's Head - Artist and Co-Curator, Immersive event, Dublin, Ireland
                        Group Show - Cold Fish Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
                        Salon of the Mating Spiders - Test Site Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
                        Bug Prints - Four Walls Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1991                 The Liquification Show, Brainstain -mural, Immersive event, The Bank, NYC
                        Residual Light - Brand Name Damages Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
                        Fly Trap - Artist and Co-Organizer - Immersive event Brooklyn, NY
                        Group Show - Minor Injury Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
                        Two People - Brand Name Damages Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1998-Spring     Project Completion Grant - Temple University, PA

Articles and Reviews:
2011-Mar/Apr   Amy Rahn, Window into the Artist's Mind, Art New England
2011-Mar          Madeline Gibson, Artist Gets, "All in Our Head,"  UVM The Cynic
2010-Oct          Nathalie Mattheim, Les Voix de Central City, Le Monde
2010-Fall          Ari Braverman, Neighborhood Amplification, NOLA Defender
1994-Fall          Melanie Hahn, The Cat's Head: Contructing Utopia in Brooklyn and Dublin
                        The Drama Review, v.139
1994-Winter     Medea De Vise, The Evolution of Warehouse Events in Williamsburg
                        Breukelen Magazine, v. 1 no.3
1991-April         Kit Blake, In The Darkness of Isolation, Worm, issue #20

1994                       The Corporation of Yaddo - Saratoga Springs, NY

Employment (Non Teaching)
2000-Present            Scenic Artist - United Scenic Artist Local USA 829

2013-Winter              Visiting Instructor, Middlebury College - "Alien Eyes," Intro to Drawing
2009-2011                 Visiting Instructor, Middlebury College - "Out of Line," Drawing with Line 
                                 as concept in both 2-D and 3-D.
2005-2007                Visiting Instuctor, Middlebury College - "Big Noise,"  Building amplified
                                 instruments out of found objects.
2004-Winter/Spring  Visiting Assistant Professor, Middlebury College - Abstract Oil Painting,
                                 Intro to Studio Art (2-D and 3-D), Advanced Oil Painting
2001-Winter              Visiting Instructor, Middlebury College - Collage
2000-Fall                  Adjunct, New York University - Introduction to Drawing
1997-98                    Assistantship, Tyler School of Art - Intro to drawing, Painting

MFA                         Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA - Painting
Summer                    The Studio School for Painting and Sculpture, NYC
BA (cum Laude)        Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT - Painting/Sculpture
Fall                           Rhode Island School of Design, R.I. - Painting, Drawing, Holography
Summer                    Rhode Island School of Design, R.I. - Pre- College Program