B I O G R A P H Y
Jessica Teckemeyer creates mixed-media animal sculptures to explore the multiplicity in human nature. Her highly finished artworks feature dramatic, glossy human eyes to clue viewers to the introspective nature of her ideation. Some sculptures utilize hidden technology to create unexpected encounters. Her research is immersed in psychology, literature, film, media and contemporary monster theory. The resulting concepts reveal the collective unconscious through portraying archetypes. Jessica is fascinated by our imperfect nature and works to capture vulnerabilities. According to Curator Laura Burkhalter, "Touching on broad themes of primal emotion and ancient mythology to specific current issues such as gun violence, Teckemeyer's art engages and unsettles on multiple levels."
Jessica maintains an active studio practice and is an Associate Professor of Art at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in May 2010. Her sculptures have been featured in eleven solo exhibitions and shown in more than fifty-five group exhibits. Significant solo exhibits included "Recent Work" at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, "Sinners and Saints" at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, and "Iowa Artist 2015: Jessica Teckemeyer" a four-month long exhibit at the Des Moines Art Center. Viewers in many cities have experienced the work, including Monoco, France; Montevideo, Uruguay; New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Baltimore, MD; Santa Ana, CA; Tallahassee, FL; South Orange, NJ; Indianapolis, IN; Milwaukee, WI; and Minneapolis, MN. She has received numerous accolades including "Best of 3D" award at the "Art of the Heartland" exhibit at the Indianapolis Art Center, Best in Show for the "Social and Politically Engaged Art" at the Reece Museum in Tennessee, and Second Prize at the "27th Tallahassee International" hosted at the Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University. Additionally, Jessica has been awarded $10,000 in grant support from the Iowa Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts.
Teckemeyer fabricated sculptures for internationally-known artist Siah Armajani from 2009 until 2013. Prior to graduate school, she worked in the sculpting, mold making, and painting departments at "Tivoli Too" a 3D design and production studio located near Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2004.