JESSICA A. REHFIELD (b. 1982 JUNEAU, AK) began drawing 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.
Learning from reproduction of famous works and application of a lifelong sketching practice, Jessica’s work features varied influences and styles, including sculpture and social practice projects. Recognized in schools for exceptional artistic ability, Jessica was placed in specialized art classes and trained with fine art and craft technique from elementary through high school, achieving multiple awards. Her talent and ambition led to fully-funded college opportunities, and a year of studying in Lille, France where she was able to witness contemporary artwork and the concept of funding the arts through the government. She achieved her BLA in Art at University of Alaska Southeast, after studying French language and Studio Arts materials and production. In Juneau, her birthplace, 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 her pastels and oils has been recognized as bold and communicative of a desire to create and share beauty that speaks to common internal experiences and shared worlds. Jessica sought opportunities to exhibit, experience and engage with the world through artwork including teaching, creating commissioned works and joining an artist’s studio in the Phil Mechanic Studios in the River Arts District, Asheville, NC in 2013.
Jessica has facilitated and taught arts foundations in public schools, therapeutic residential programs and programs that serve vulnerable populations including seniors, adult learners and pediatric oncology patients, and received multiple honors for her work with non-profits. The internationally-acclaimed exhibition, "Jamaica People" addresses themes of economic injustice in the post-colonial community in Kingston with a series of portraits that pays each participant 50% of all sales.
After the experience of this project, Jessica returned to school to work toward becoming a teaching arts professional full-time and moved to Portland, OR to pursue graduate studies. Her MFA in Craft with emphasis in Drawing and Painting was completed at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2019. Jessica currently works in drawing, painting, digital photography and illustration and would love to hear from you, especially to talk about art, contemporary arts issues or following your dreams.
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2019 MFA in Craft, Oregon College of Art and Craft. Commitment to Excellence Scholarship
2006 BLA Art, University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau, AK. Dean's List, 2005
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.
2019 Re|Solve MFA in Craft Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR.
2018 Impetus Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR.
2017 Winter Artists Showcase 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 Members Show Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League, Swannanoa, NC.
2002-2005 Student Art Show University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau, AK.
2016-2018 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, Hendersonville, NC
2011 1,000 Easels Participant, Regional Area Arts Council & City of Asheville, Asheville, NC
2008 Drawing Instructor, Private Family, Fairbanks, AK
2007 Pastels Workshop, 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