Jessica Williams
Palettes Book

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1983, Los Angeles CA

Lives and works in Los Angeles


2008   MFA, Painting, Columbia University, New York, NY

2005   BFA, Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2001   H.S. Diploma, Visual Arts, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2011  Stick Like Glue, Important Projects, Oakland, CA

 I’m Coming Over, Young Art, Los Angeles, CA 

2008  Hard Light, Heist Gallery, New York, NY 


2007  No Melody Harder (with Allison Katz), Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2012   Prince at the Forum, Beacon Arts Building, Inglewood, CA

2011   Embarrassment II: Theory, Gallery KM, Santa Monica, CA


2010   Embarrassment I: Vulnerability, Gallery KM, Santa Monica


                  Plastic Theatre (curated by Jessica Williams), The Barn, 

                  Los Angeles, CA 

2009   Now That’s What I Call Painting (curated by Joel Dean), Scott Projects, Chicago, IL

Smithumenta (organized by Bruce High Quality Foundation), Ray Smith Studio, Brooklyn, NY

2008   Portrait (curated by Brion Nuda Rosch), Hallway Bathroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Columbia MFA Thesis Exhibition (curated by Joao Ribas), Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY

2007   Space is a Place (curated by Rob Halvorson), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

  Columbia MFA First-Year Exhibition (curated by Daniel Bozhkov), Wallach Gallery, New York, NY

2006   Explore Your World, Roots and Culture Center for Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

  Animal Magic, The Peanut Gallery, Easthampton, MA

2005   RISD Painting Department Show, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI

          Believe in Things and They Will Believe in You, Benson Hall Gallery, Providence, RI


2011  Category Winner in Painting, Art Takes London/ Scope Art Fair 


Merit Scholarship in Painting, Columbia University

2007  Merit Scholarship in Painting, Columbia University                  

2004          Oxbow School of Painting Summer Fellowship

2001  Women’s Painter’s West First- Prize, Los Angeles, CA


2012           Teenvag Issue No.2

2011   Tuck, Geoff., February 3


                  Tuck, Geoff., January 25

2008   Gannon, Victoria. “Hallway Bathroom Gallery”,, November 23

  White, Logan. “The Affordable Art Fair NYC 2008”,, June 13

Coburn, Tyler. “The Rundown: Columbia University’s 2008 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition”,, May 14

Sanders, Charlotte. “I’ll Let You Be In My Dream If I Can Be In Yours”, Lula Magazine, Spring/Summer 

2007   “Highlighted Listings: No Melody Harder”, The New Yorker, September 3-10

  Kugel, Seth. “Summer’s Seven-Day Week”, The New York Times, July 29