Jessica Burnam received her BA with highest honors in sculpture from the University of Virginia in 2015 and was a recipient of the Aunspaugh Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship at the University of Virginia from 2015 to 2016. Jessica has had residencies at Anderson Ranch (2016), Red Dirt Studio (2017-18), and Second St. Gallery. (2019). She has had solo exhibitions at Hillyer Art Space, Washington, D.C. (2017), at Red Dirt Studio, Mt. Rainier, MD. (2018) and at Second Street Gallery, Dove Gallery. (2019) Currently, she is pursuing a MFA in Scenic Design as a teaching fellow at the University of Virginia. Jessica is also a puppet artisan & designer, scenic painter and props artisan, pursing opportunities in theatre, film, and community outreach.
Jessica Burnam creates families of abstracted bodies and souls to explore how vulnerability, growth, and decay etch themselves on the landscape that is the body. She is fascinated by science fiction, the symbolism of boats and of ladders, and by all manner of small and significant things: appendages and apertures, biomorphic systems and fantastic abnormalities, cold glass and little buds that bristle.