Jessica Spence (b. Westchester, NY) is a Jamaican-American artist whose work is inspired by her lived experiences and the women around her. She received her BA in Studio Art from Hartwick College and an MA in Art Education with a concentration in Painting from Lehman College, The City University of New York (CUNY). She works predominantly in portraiture and is based in New York.

Her work has been exhibited at the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY; Fordham University, Bronx, NY; The Andrew Freedman Home, Bronx, NY; Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Bronx, NY; and Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York, NY.

Spence’s artwork has been featured in publications such as The Oprah Magazine, Colossal, The Jealous Curator, Essence GU, Nieman Reports by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, Vice, and more. Her work has also been featured on Black Parade Directory and the Amazon Original series, HARLEM.

(photo courtesy of the artist)

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Lana Lin

Visiting Scholar

Shana Lutker

Visiting Artist

Mari Spirito

Visiting Artist-Curator, MFA Visual Art

Michael Rakowitz


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Visiting Scholar, MFA Visual Art