JESSICA A. REHFIELD (b. 1982 JUNEAU, AK) began drawing and creating at an early age. She is the grand-daughter of two painters from the Depression era, a blueprint-maker and a civil engineer who was a contributor to the original plans for Levittown, PA.
“It is our job to learn and continue learning to the best of our ability.“
-Jessica Rehfield, 2018
Recognized in schools for exceptional artistic ability, Jessica was placed in specialized training classes and exposed to fine art and craft technique from elementary through high school. Jessica’s talent and ambition led to a fully-funded college scholarship and a year of studying in Lille, France where she was exposed to contemporary French art and the concept of arts funding from the government. She achieved a BLA in Art from University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, AK, where a sense of the essentiality of a pristine environment for human health informed her political and cultural viewpoints. The paintings and work from her twenties, also influenced by travel and exposure to many histories and traditions in art, exhibit a strong, colorful style and speak directly to a primary source of inspiration in the Impressionists and Fauves. Use of "luscious color and strong line" in pastel and oil has been recognized as bold and desiring to create and share beauty which speaks to common internal experiences and shared worlds. After achieving her degree, Jessica sought opportunities to exhibit, experience and engage with the world through artwork including teaching, creating commissioned works and joining an artist’s studio building in Asheville, NC, the Philmechanic Studios in the River Arts District.
After receiving multiple honors and working professionally with non-profit arts organizations, Jessica was inspired to work socially in her art. She has facilitated and taught arts foundations in public schools, therapeutic residential programs and an oncology program. In her solo, internationally-acclaimed exhibition, "Jamaica People," the work addressed themes of economic injustice and human dignity with a series of portraits. The project was based in collaboration and benefitted each participant with 50% of sales. After the experience of producing a project with international focus and scope, Jessica rerouted to fulfill a lifelong ambition of becoming a full-time teaching arts professional, and was accepted into a number of MFA programs across the USA. She moved to Portland, OR to pursue her degree in 2016.
Jessica continues to work towards her MFA degree in Craft, to be completed in Spring 2019. Once matriculated, she hopes to continue working as a teacher and will look for appointments in Foundations of Art and Craft. She would love to hear from you, especially to talk about art, artists or following your dreams.
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In Progress—2019 MFA in Craft Oregon College of Art and Craft
2006 BLA Art. University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau, AK. Dean's List
2005 Teaching Artist’s Residency and Workshops; Alaska School System. Juneau, AK
2000 Rising Star Participant. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2017 Monotypes & Prints Aria Gin Tasting Room, Portland, OR.
2016 Certificate of AwKward Oregon College of Art and Craft, OR.
2014 The Jamaica People Project Buncombe County Public Library, Asheville, NC.
2005 Jessica Rehfield New Works The Friendly Planet Loft, Juneau, AK.
2018 Impetus Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR.
2017 Everything Must Go Erickson Gallery, Portland, OR.
2017 Graduate MFA Student Showcase Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR.
2017 Printmaking Portfolio Exhibit Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR.
2014-2015 Open Studio Phil Mechanic Arts Bldg., River Arts District, Asheville, NC.
2013 Annual Members Show Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League, Swannanoa, NC.
2002-2005 Student Art Show University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau, AK.
2016 Commitment to Excellence Scholarship. Oregon College of Art and Craft
2008 Juror's Choice Award. Fairbanks Arts Association Juried Art Show
2005 People's Choice Award. UAS Student Art Show
2004 Juror's Choice Award. UAS Student Art Show
2000 Full Honors 4-Year Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design
2000 Rising Star Illustration Student Award, SCAD
2013-2014 Arts For Life Volunteer, Mission Children's Hospital
2012 Drawing Instructor, Residential Boarding Facility
2011 1,000 Easels Participant, Regional Area Arts Council & City of Asheville, Asheville, NC
2008 Drawing Instructor, Private Family, Fairbanks, AK
2007 Pastels Workshop Instructor, Art in the Park, Fairbanks Arts Association Fairbank, AK
2005-2006 Teaching Artist Workshop Facilitator, Teaching Artists Institute for Alaska School System, Juneau, AK
The Jamaica People Project
Asheville Citizen Times: http://blogs2.citizen-times.com/photography/2014/04/29/go-look-asheville-photography-exhibits/
Mountain Xpress: http://mountainx.com/arts/state-of-the-arts/
AshVegas Blog: http://www.ashvegas.com/tag/jessica-rehfield
First Friday Solo Exhibition