Jessica Stockholder (American-Canadian, b.1959) is a sculptor whose installation exhibits have made an impact on the art world by blending painting, sculpture, and the display environment into a single piece of artwork. Stockholder was trained in art at Yale University, eventually earning her MFA at the institution. She is considered to be a pioneer in the installation art movement, a movement that blends consumer and household items with traditional art elements. Each of Stockholder’s installations is created specifically for the site in which they're placed. This makes her art incredibly unique, as moving it from site to site often alters its impact, especially when some of her installations extend through site doors and windows. The artist uses the site as a base for her work, building onto it to complete her installation. At Yale, Stockholder held dual positions as a director and as a professor of graduate studies in sculpture, until 2011, when she accepted a faculty chair at the University of Chicago, chairing the school's department of visual arts.

Stockholder's work has been widely exhibited all over the world. It's been seen at the Dia Center for the Arts in New York, SITE in Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, among other locations. Some of her best-known works include Peer Out to See, produced in 2010, and Growing Rock Candy Mountain-Grasses in Canned Sand, created in 1992.

Throughout her career, Stockholder has produced several articles on art techniques and figures as well as a collection of poems. Some examples of her writings include Swiss Cheese Field-and Sculpture Mingled, covering the concept of the field in artwork, Elizabeth Murray at MoMA, speaking on an influential figure in art, and TV Tipped Toe Nails & the Green Salami, a sample of her poetry.

Stockholder's work has earned her an honorary DFA from the Emily Carr College of Art. Her work is represented by several galleries throughout North America and Europe. These galleries are Michell-Innes & Nash in New York, 1301PE in Los Angeles, Barbara Edwards Contemporary in Toronto, Carreras Mugica in Bilbao, Max Estrella Galeria de Arte Madrid, Galerie Nachst St Stephan in Vienna, Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris, and Galleriea Raffaella Cortese in Italy.

Timeline

1959
Born in Seattle, WA
1978–1979
The Camden School of Art, London, England; four month program
1978–1979
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Fine Arts & academic course work
1982
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada; BFA-1982
1983–1984
Yale University, New Haven, CT, painting; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Fine Arts & academic course work
1984–1985
Yale University, New Haven, CT; sculpture, MFA-1985
1996
John Solomon Guggenheim Fellowship Award, Visual Art
2001
August Seeling Preis, Freundeskreis Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum e.V., Duisburg, Germany
Currently Director of Graduate Studies in Sculpture at Yale University, New Haven, CT
Lives & works in New Haven, CT

Exhibitions

2010–2011
Peer out to see, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Palacio de Cristal, Madrid, Spain
2009
La Pintura y sus Alrededores, Galerie naechst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria
2007
Connecticut Contemporary, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, USA
2007
Jessica Stockholder, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin (solo)
2007
Connecticut Contemporary, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, USA
2007
Like Color in Pictures, AAM - Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA
2007
Paint, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2006
Space Between, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris (solo)
2006
Jessica Stockholder, Kissing the Wall: Works, 1988-2003, Blaffer Art Gallery, University of Houston, Texas, Commissaires Terrie Sultan and Nancy Doll (cat.) (solo)
2006
Jessica Stockholder, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York (solo)
2006
Jessica Stockholder: Of Standing Float Roots in Thin Air, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center - MoMA, New York (solo)
2006
Jessica Stockholder, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York (solo)
2005
Air Padded Table Haunches, Art Unlimited, Basel
2005
Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark, survey exhibition (solo)
2005
Sculpture and prints, Galleria Civica D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino, Italy (solo)
2005
Rawhide Harangue of Aching Indices As Told By Light, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (solo)
2005
Gallerie d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Torino, Palazzo Massari Ferrara (solo)
2004
Sam Ran Over Sand or Sand Ran Over Sam, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Texas (solo)
2004
New sculpture, Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Canada (solo)
2004
Galleria Civica D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino, Italy (solo)
2004
GAM Torino, Italy (solo)
2004
Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Texas (solo)
2004
Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Canada (solo)
2004
Kunst Stoff, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna, Austria
2003
Under Pressure:Prints from Two Palms Press, The Cooper Union School of Art, New York;
2003
Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York, NY (solo)
2003
TV Tipped Toe Nail & the Green Salami, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY (solo)
2003
Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2003
CAPC, Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France (solo)
2003
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
2003
Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany (solo)
2002
Baltic Art Center, Visby, Sweden, curated by Lynne Cooke (solo)
2002
Galleria Raffaela Cortese, Milan, Italy (solo)
2002
Art Downtown: New Photography, Wall St Rising, New York, NY
2002
Print Publisher's Spotlight, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
2002
Beyond the Pale: Material Possibilities, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
2002
Under Pressure: Prints from Two Palms Press, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
2001
Camera Works, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
2001
American Art from Sammlung Goetz, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
2001
Prints & Multiples, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY
2001
Objective Color, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
2001
Galerie Nächst St.Stephan,Vienna, Austria (solo)
2001
Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York, NY (solo)
2001
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France (solo)
2000
Vortex in the Play of Theatre with the Real Passion (for Kay Stockholder) and installation: Pictures at an Exhibition,
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland (solo)
2000
Bucknell Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA (solo)
1996
Tom Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles, CA
1996
Studio la Città, Verona, Italy
1996
Nott Memorial Art Museum Union College, Schenectady, NY
1995
Una nuova tradizione americana, Galleria Oddi Baglioni Rome, Italy
1995
Re-Fab: Painting Abstracted, Fabricated, Contemporary Art Museum University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
1995
Elena Sisto, Lisa Hoke, Jessica Stockholder, Dru Arstark Gallery, New York, NY
1995
Color in Space: Pictorialism in Contemporary Sculpture, David Winton Bell Gallery, List Art Center Brown University, Providence, RI
1995
New York - Positionen Aktueller Malerei, Studiogalerie Kunstverein Mus. Schloss Morsbroich Leverkusen, Germany
1995
On Target, Horodner Romley Gallery, New York, NY
1995
Sweet for Three Oranges, Sala Montcada de la Fundacion 'la Caixa' Barcelona, Spain
1995
Jay Gorney Modern Art, Jay Gorney Modern, Art New York, NY
1995
S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1995
Painting outside Painting: 44th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1994
John Dunn, Adelheid Mers, Carla Preiss, Jessica Stockholder, John Dunn, Adelh, N.A.M.E. Gallery Chicago, IL
1994
Information Service, Goethe House, New York, NY
1994
Untitled, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
1994
The Beauty Show, Four Walls, New York, NY
1994
Don't Look Now, Thread Waxing Space New York, NY
1994
The Little House on the Prairie, Marc Jancou Gallery, London, England
1994
Balkenhal, Dunham, Gilliam, Hirst, McCaslin, Stockholder, Weinstein, Dunha, Baumgartner Galleries Washington, D.C.
1994
Herr Schlelermachers Sista Dröm: Förställningar om Måleriet, Galerie Nordenhake Stockholm, Sweden
1994
Joan Snyder/Jessica Stockholder, Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York, NY
1994
Reveillon '94, Stux Gallery, New York, NY
1994
Joe's Garage, TZ'Art & Co. New York, NY
1994
Ethereal Materialism, Apex Art, New York, NY
1994
Symphonie en Sous-Sol, Galerie Renos Xippas, Paris, France
1994
Country Sculpture, Installation: Ho, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
1994
Unbound: Possiblities in Painting, Installation: Fa, Hayward Gallery, London, England
1994
Pink Lady, Weatherspoon Art Gallery University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
1993
Galerie Ludwig, Galerie Ludwig Krefeld, Germany
1993
Edge of Hothouse Glass, Galerie des Arènes, Carré d'Art Musée d'Art Contemporain de Nîmes, France
1993
As Long as it Lasts, Installation: Ca, Witte de With Rotterdam, Netherlands
1993
Testwall: Small 3 Dimensional Multiples, TZ'Art & Co. New York, NY
1993
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France
1993
Jours Tranquilles à Clichy, Tennisport Arts, New York, NY
1993
Ordnung und ZerStörung, Lothringer Strasse 13, Munich, Germany
1993
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.. a Modest Proposal, Galerie Jousse Seguin Paris, France
1993
John Good Gallery, New York, NY
1993
Anniversary Exhibition, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1993
Mettlesome & Meddlesome: Selections from the Collection of Robert J. Schiffler, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
1993
American Fine Arts, New York, NY
1993
Simply Made in America, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
1992
Transgressions in the White Cube: Territorial Mappings, Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
1992
Cultural Fabrication, John Good Gallery, New York, NY
1992
Women Artists not included in Documenta 9, Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
1992
Sea Floor Movement to Rise of Fire Place Stripping, Kunsthalle Zürich Zürich, Switzerland
1992
SpICE BOXed Project(ion), Galerie Metropol, Vienna, Austria
1992
Flower Dusted Prosies, American Fine Arts Co. New York, NY
1992
Growing Rock Candy Mountain - Grasses in Canned Sand, Westfälischer Kunstverein Munster, Germany
1991
1991 Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, Installation: Re, Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY
1991
Peter Nadin and Jessica Stockholder, Warren Adelson Gallery, New York, NY
1991
Outside America: Going into the 90s, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1991
UNTITLED Seepage: Sandwashed, Sundried & Shrinkwrapped, Ezra and Cecile Zikha Gallery, Center for Arts Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
1991
Skin Toned Garden Mapping, The Renaissance Society at the Univ. of Chicago Chicago, IL
1991
Near Weather Wall; Making a Clean Edge II, Witte de With Rotterdam, Netherlands
1991
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1991
Jürgen Meyer, Jessica Stockholder, Franz West, Christine Burgin Gallery New York, NY
1991
American Artists of the Eighties, Palazzo delle Albere, Trento, Italy
1991
Plastic Fantastic Lover (object a), Blum Helman Warehouse, New York, NY
1991
Awards in the Visual Arts 10, Traveling Exhibit, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem
1991
Sculptor's Drawings, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
1991
The Museum of Natural History, Barbara Farber Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1991
Physicality: an Exhibition on Color Dimensionality in Painting, The Gallery, New York, NY
1990
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, New York, NY
1990
Information, Terrain, San Francisco, CA
1990
Pop 90, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
1990
Stuttering, Stux Gallery, New York, NY
1990
The Technological Muse, Katonah Museum of Art Katonah, NY
1990
Contigent Realms, The Whitney Msueum of Art at Equitable Center, New York, NY
1990
Detritus, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
1990
Stendhal Syndrome: The Cure, Andrea Rosen Gallery New York, NY
1990
Les Choix des Femmes, Le Consortium and L'Espace Frac et l'Usine, Dijon, France
1990
Mary Heilmann and Jessica Stockholder, Isabella Kacprzak Gallery Cologne, Germany
1990
Where it Happened, American Fine Arts, New York, NY
1989
Mixing Food with the Bed, The Mattress Factory Pittsburg, PA
1989
Berkshire Art Association 1989 Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
1989
American Fine Arts Company, New York, NY
1989
A Climate of Site, Barbara Farber Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1989
Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
1988
Artists and Curators, John Gibson Gallery, New York, NY
1988
Indoor lighting for my father, Mercer Union Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1987
It's not over 'til the fat lady sings, Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver, Canada
1985
Wall Sandwich, Installation, Melinda Wyatt Gallery, New York, NY
1984
In-side Out, Art Culture Resource Center Toronto, Canada
1982
No Title, Open Space Gallery Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (solo)

Literature

2003
Jessica Stockholder, Kissing the Wall: Works, 1988-2003 Copyright 2003 by Blaffer Gallery
2003
Cohen, David. Arts & Letters: Gallery-Going, in: The New York Sun, 5 Nov; p. 15
2003
Smith, Roberta. Review: Jessica Stockholder, in: The New York Times, 31 October; p.E41
2003
Yablonsky, Linda. Art Reviews: Jessica Stockholder, in:Time Out New York, 23 – 30 October; p. 79
2003
Dannatt, Adrian. Contemporary Commercial Galleries: Jessica Stockholder Table Top Sculpture, No. 140, October; p. 3
2003
Tumlir, Jan. Trespassing: Houses x Artists, in: Frieze, Summer; p. 120
2003
Yablonsky, Linda. Even the Kitchen Sink, in: ARTnews, May; pp. 136-139, cover
2002
Strati, Maria Cristina. Stockholder at Raffaella Cortese, Arte & Critica, nr. 30/31
2001
Mitchell, Charles Dee. Making the Case for Pleasure, in: Art in America, November; pp.122-129
2001
Schjeldahl, Peter. Desert Songs: A Maverick biennial in Santa Fe, in: The New Yorker, 13 August.
2001
Rush, Michael. Santa Fe, Searching for the Meaning, in: The New York Times, 8 July; p.AR 31