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, USA
1978–1979
The Camden School of Art, London, England
1978–1979
Fine Arts & academic course work, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
1982
BFA, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
1984–1985
MFA Sculpture, Yale University, New Haven, USA
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, USA
Lives and works in New Haven, USA

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