Jessica Burleson's interest in art began early on, when she won the American Visionary Award with Scholastic and was invited to an awards ceremony in New York city. Following her passion she graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Art, concentration in painting, and a Minor in Art History from the University of Tennessee.
I create works that are conscious of surface spaces which I accomplish with impasto textures or by suspending my creations from the wall or ceiling. By invading the viewers space the piece draws you in and pushes you out; connecting you with curiosity in the details and disconnecting you with a play on space, texture, and surface. Taking note from the masters of the past, I explore the divinity of my 'Madonna' with a haloed crown upon her head while simultaneously stripping her of any gender nuances. She is more then a woman. She is the complete embodiment of divinity.
Awards, Shows, & Recognitions
MADE IN UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL
Exhibited and sold in Gateway Center Mall in Salt Lake City UT
ALUMNI SHOW, BAGWELL GALLERY
Exhibited in Pellissippii State Community College first ever Alumni Show which was held at the Bagwell Gallery in Knoxville TN
TWELVE PAINTERS PAINTING, FLORESCENT GALLERY
Exhibited in the Junior Painting Show “Twelve Painter Painting” at Florescent Gallery in knoxville TN
Participated in Knoxville's First Friday, a night of artistic appreciation hosted by Knoxville's finest restaurants and galleries. Exhibited in solo show “Patternable”
STUDENT ART SHOW & RECOGNITION IN STUDENT ART MAGAZINE
Chosen to exhibit in the 2009 Student Art Show at Pellissippi Community College in Knoxville TN. Was also recognized in the schools 2009 Art Magazine
RECOGNITION BY KNOXVILLE MUSEUM OR ART
Honorable Mention recognition in the 2007 Student Art Exhibit at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Was also chosen by KMA to be featured on the cover of the 2007 Student Art Exhibit Magazine.
AMERICAN VISION AWARD & HONORABLE MENTION, SCHOLASTICS
Received an Honorable Mention Award in the 2005 Scholastics Regional Student Show in Knoxville TN . Also received the 2005 American Vision Award in the Scholastics National Student Show in Carnegie Hall, New york NY
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE; KNOXVILLE
2009 - 2012
Obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art Painting Concentration, and a Minor in Art History.
STUDIO ART CENTERS INTERNATIONAL; FLORENCE ITALY
Studied Abroad taking courses in Advanced Painting and Art History
PELLISSIPPI STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE; KNOXVILLE TN
2007 - 2009
Received an Associates Degree of Science