I am an observer and a maker. My work is a reflection of the world as I perceive it and therefore takes on a narrative quality. I have always been most articulate visually, and the physical process of making facilitates the examination of my initial observations as a kind of therapeutic research method. Working in contemporary craft, primarily metals and jewelry, carries a tangible, familiar quality that allows me to speak intimately about the human experience.
Jessica Todd received a Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry / Metals / Enameling under Kathleen Browne from Kent State in 2014, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art with a concentration in Metal Art and Technology under James Thurman from Penn State in 2008. In 2008-09 she earned a Diploma of Hispanic Studies from the University of Barcelona. Jessica received a Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Educational Endowment Scholarship in 2013, and has exhibited work and taught workshops locally and nationally. Publications include Cast: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process (Schiffer Publishing), Humor in Craft (Schiffer Publishing), and Fabric Printing at Home (Quarry Books). She currently serves on the Conference Program Committee and 50th Anniversary Committee for SNAG. Jessica is the Residency Manager for the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, FL. The residency is a program of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and serves over 70 artists from around the country and world to live and work for five weeks at the former home and studio of the late artist Robert Rauschenberg. Jessica is passionate about building the creative infrastructures that support artists and arts organizations, as well as studying and addressing issues of equity, access, and inclusion in the fields of contemporary craft, artists’ communities, and beyond.