Jessica Joy London



Contact Information

Crane Arts
1400 N. American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
tel: 954-298-1918
e-mail: Jessica Joy London
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Bio

She has exhibited in the United States and internationally, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Artcomplex Center of Tokyo (Japan), the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center and the Kennedy Center’s Hall of States (Washington, D.C.), and the Tampa Museum of Art.

Currently, she is working out of her studio at the Crane Arts building.

Artist Statement

“Wonder and the sublime are both experiences tied to the visual taken in a deeply intellectual way; they both lead us back to reflection on ourselves and on our human powers”

-Phillip Fisher ‘Wonder, The Rainbow and the Aesthetics of Rare Experiences.’

I imagined if it rained color the landscape would look like my paintings. Shades of blue would flow from leaf to fallen leaf picking them up and repositioning them on bright green blades of grass and grey concrete in harmonious compositions. Passersby would step in puddles of yellow tracking footsteps across the landscape changing blues into greens and reds into oranges. Pinks and oranges would flow between spaces of rocks too heavy to be carried away, staining them and evaporating back into the clouds.

I am interested in combining the aesthetics of glass, light, color and translucency with biology to elicit an interest in natural phenomena. Thousands of plastic circular forms are arranged according to their opacity, hue, and form to create larger organisms. They draw on memories of coral and the fantastical. My paintings take a different approach. They are tasked with revealing invisible or often overlooked artifacts of our physical world. Using processes gleaned from working in a bio-medical lab I document my process of experimentation. Variables such as method of dispersion, amounts and types of pigment, diluent and ancillary materials such as grass, rocks, and allium remnants are used in small scale. I use this information to orchestrate pieces of integrated natural circumstance. Each artifact of this process is isolated and presented as a specimen. My goal is to reframe the viewer’s experience of the natural world and position them to seek out details of the world at large.

Selected Exhibitions

State of Wonder, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

Transplanted Wonder, North Campus Research Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Natural Phenomena/Synthetic Wonder, River Gallery, Chelsea, MI

Artifacts of Adjacent Possibilities, Hatcher Library, Ann Arbor, MI

Phenomena, Slusser Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

Phenomena (excerpt), Chicago Loop Alliance, Chicago, IL

Going Away, Flat Iron Building, Chicago, IL

Live Coverage, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

Biology and Art in Creative Minds, Rackham Graduate School, Ann Arbor, MI

Play, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

International Exhibition, Slusser Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

Petri Dish, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA

10th Annual All Student Show, Slusser Gallery Ann Arbor, MI

Next Step Gallery, Ferndale, MI

April Invitational, Art Effects Gallery, Detroit, MI

Revolution: Making Art For Change, Union Art lounge, Ann Arbor, MI

The Welcoming Party, Art Effects Gallery, Detroit, MI

Touch, WORK • Detroit, Detroit, MI

9th Annual All Student Show, Slusser Gallery Ann Arbor, MI

On Hand Show, Warren Robbins Gallery Ann Arbor, MI

4th Annual Winter Exhibit, Morpho Gallery Chicago, IL

Smart Show, Flat Iron Building, Chicago, IL

The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Andersonville Arts Festival, Chicago, IL

Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL

Griffin Theater Silent Auction Charity, Chicago, IL

Collaborative Show, Curated by Jessica Joy @ Mojoes Cafe Chicago, IL

The Whole 9, Culver City, CA

This Is Not My Show, Flight 19, Tampa, FL

Spring Collaborative, FMHI, Tampa, FL

2006 – 2008
Destination Anywhere, Traveling Exhibition
   University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN
   Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
   Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, St Peter, MN
   Miami University of Ohio Art Museum, Oxford, OH
   Smithsonian, S. Dillon Ripley Center, Washington DC
   Rayburn House Washington DC

Kennedy Center’s Hall of States, Washington DC

Temple Terrace Library, Tampa, FL

Static Fashion, William and Nancy Oliver Gallery, Tampa, FL

Red Hot Crumb Lovin’, Covivant Gallery and Studios, Tampa, FL

A League of Their Own: A Double Header of Women Artists and the New York Yankees Exhibit, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL

The Alter Me Experience, USF Art Department, Tampa, FL

Transcendance, Center Gallery, Tampa, FL

29 Annual Temple Terrace Arts Festival, Tampa, FL

The Paris In Us, Center Gallery, Tampa, FL

Take A Break From Reality and Throw Away Your Xanax, William and Nancy Oliver Gallery, Tampa, FL

DNA Art & Science – the Double Helix, Contemporary Art Museum Tampa, FL

Awards & Honors

Smucker Wagstaff Grant

Artist in residence at the Sandwich Factory in Kyoto, Japan

Art & Design Travel Grant

Graduate Assistantship in Art & Design

1st Place in 42-Hour Design Competition

Smucker Wagstaff Grant

Graduate Assistantship in Art & Design

Art & Design Materials Grant


Schaefer, Mari A. “Health Hack aims to solve health care issues” The Inquirer

Becherer, Joseph “ArtPrize 2013 Exhibition Center review: UICA offers opportunity to interact with exhibits” mLive

Cantu, John Carlos “River Gallery Showcasing Intriguing Paintings of Jessica Joy London” The Ann Arbor News

River Gallery “Jessica Joy London Natural Phenomena/Synthetic Wonder” The Chelsea Patch

Eberbach, Jennifer “Chelsea: Artist Exhibits Scientific Experiments” Chelsea Standard

“Surface” University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design

Germack, Elyse “The Science and Art of Healing” The Detroiter

Weider-Roos, Kath “Touch This Glue” Play Blog


Permanent Collection of the North Campus Research Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. David Canter, Director of the North Campus Research Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Joseph Rosa, Director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art
Envision Diagnostic, Novi, MI
Stephanie Moore, Director of VSA Arts, Washington DC
Bob Foley, Director of Florida Programs, Delmarva Foundation, Tampa, FL
Dr. Robert M. Friedman Professor and Interim Dean FMHI Tampa, FL
Leslie Hudson, MBA Alumni of the Kellogg School of Business, Chicago, IL
Permanent collection at The University of South Florida Marshall Center, Tampa, FL
Several Private Collections


University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design, Ann Arbor, MI
MFA Candidate

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting & Drawing
Graduated Cum Distinction

Continuing Education
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Multimedia Arts

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