Jessie Gillespie


Born in 1979 Boston, MA.

"When I begin work, it is essential that I do not know the outcome of the project. Not knowing provides room for chance to intervene and to present me with the very thing I am looking for but have not defined. This practice, or praxis, of finding out what I am doing through doing it, requires working fast, ignoring rationality and pursuing things that develop on the periphery, to the right or left of intention." 


2013 July, Praxis Pascal Hall 86 Pascal Avenue Rockport, ME

2013 June, Fresh Zenith Gallery 1429 Iris Street Washington, D.C.

2012 March, Radius Belfast Aarhus Gallery 50 Main Street Belfast, ME

2012 July, Interstices Pascal Hall 86 Pascal Avenue Rockport, ME 

2012 October, The Uncommon Beauty of Common Things Craft Gallery 12 Elm Street Rockland, ME

2008 April, The Gleaners (curator/artist) Center for Maine Contemporary Art 162 Russell Ave. Rockport, ME.

2007 December, Tiny Whitney Art Works 492 Congress Street Portland, ME.

2005 February, Building References Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery University Of The Arts 333 South Broad StrStreet Portland, ME.

2004 October, Studio 355 Revisited, Gilbert Gallery 1315 Cherry Street Philadelphia, PA

2004 December, Junto Invitational ExhibitionFleisher-Ollman Gallery 1616 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 

2003 August, Elan Fine Arts 8 Elm Street Rockland, ME.

2002 August, Center for Maine Contemporary Art Rockport, Maine 50th Anniversary Exhibition Past - Present - Future



The Lois Carlson Landscape Residency Lancaster County, Pennsylvania


The Elena and Will Barnet Prize For Abstract Art

The Charles Toppan Prize For Drawing

The Benjamin Lanard Memorial Award For Assemblage

The Cecilia Beaux Memorial Prize For Portraiture

The Henry J. Schiedt Memorial Travel Scholarship


1999-2003 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Four Year Certificate Program

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