Jessica Halonen has taken several new approaches in her recent body of work, which comprises a range of material including paper, canvas, linen, wood and felt while also incorporating aspects of painting, sculpture and installation. The imagery of her work consists of representational renderings and distilled details of forms inspired by personal encounters. Halonen uses elements associated with dysfunctional biological systems to address issues of balance and control, in both a personal and a formal sense.
Jessica Halonen received her MFA in Painting in 1999 from Washington University, in Saint Louis, MO. Recent solo exhibitions include Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio; David Shelton Gallery in Houston and the McNay Museum of Art in San Antonio, TX. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions, notably at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Austin Museum of Art, Park Project in Los Angeles, University of Texas Dallas and Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, TCU. Her work is in the permanent collections of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Art Museum of South Texas and Fort Wayne Museum of Art. She was an Artist-In-Residence at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin (2015). Halonen was a fellow in the Core Program at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2000-2001) and MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire. Halonen lives and works in Austin and San Antonio where she is an Associate Professor of Art at Trinity University.
Lives and works in Austin and San Antonio, TX
MFA, Painting; Washington University; St. Louis, MO
BA, Studio Art; Kalamazoo College; Kalamazoo, MI
Universidad de Extremadura; Caceres, Spain
SOLO and TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
The Blue Hour (A clock stopped); Blue Star Contemporary; San Antonio, TX
The Blue Hour; David Shelton Gallery; Houston, TX
Jessica Halonen: Rx Garden (abbreviated sample); McNay Art Museum; San Antonio, TX
Jessica Halonen: Propagating Uncertainty; David Shelton Gallery; San Antonio, TX
Spinod: Vincent Falsetta and Jessica Halonen; Texas State University Gallery, School of Art and Design; San Marcos, TX
Sticky Ends; Catus Bra Space; San Antonio, TX
Rx Garden; Art Palace; Austin, TX
PLOT: Jessica Halonen and Emily Joyce; Park Projects; Los Angeles, CA
Zone 3 to 7; Garden Project, Dallas Contemporary Center for Arts; Dallas. TX
Picnic Baskets; Window Works Project, Artpace; San Antonio, TX
Scattered; Women and Their Work; Austin, TX
Still; Trinity University; San Antonio, TX
Picnic; University of Texas San Antonio Satellite Space; San Antonio, TX
A Satisfying Arrangement; Maxwell Freeman Contemporary Pictures; Houston, TX
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Prelude; David Shelton Gallery; Houston, TX
Art on Paper 2012; Weatherspoon Museum; Greensboro, NC
XYZ: The Geometric Impulse in Abstraction; Torrance Art Museum; Los Angeles, CA
Serie Print PRoject; Mexic-Arte Museum; Austin, TX
The Inaugural Perennial: Natural Abstraction, curated by Frances Colpitt; Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center; San Antonio, TX
Decoy; Parsons School of Art and Design; Paris, FR
Seedlings, curated by Regine Basha; Dallas Contemporary; Dallas, TX
Ladies First; Art Palace; Houston, TX
Bad Trucker; Guest Performer in performance by visual artist, Brad Tucker; Inman Galllery; Houston, TX
Material Culture, curated by Frances Colpitt; Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, TCU; Fort Worth, TX
Drawing: New Accessions to the Permanent Collection; Museum of Fine Arts; Houston, TX
High Five: Emerging Art in America, curated by Regine Basha; CW Channel Corporation Headquarters; Los Angeles, CA (Catalogue)
I-35; Dunn and Brown Contemporary; Dallas, TX
From/About; Keki Gallery; Budapest, HU
Rock, Paper, Scissors; Arlington Museum of Art; Arlington, TX
Southern Space Project; San Antonio, TX
Blue Star 20; Blue Star Contemporary Art Center; San Antonio, TX
Trickle Down ‘Invisible Attraction'; Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts; Burlington, VT
Gardens Real and Imagined; Austin Museum of Art; Austin, TX (2004 - 2005)
Draw_drawing; Gallery 32; London, UK
Piros Szoba Gallery; Balatonfüred, HU
Twang; Art Museum of Southwest Texas; Beaumont, TX (Travelled: McKinney Art Center, Dallas, TX, 2005)
Iron Gate Studio; Austin, TX
Building Blocks; Dallas Center for Contemporary Art; Dallas, TX
Floored; University of Texas at Dallas and University of Dallas; TX
Colorfast; Houston Community College; Houston, TX
Black Air: New Video Work from Houston; Aurora Picture Show; Houston, TX
Core Exhibition 2001; Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston; TX
COLORFORMS; Lawndale Art Center; Houston, TX
Daze; University of Texas; Dallas, TX
The Big Show; Lawndale Art Center; Houston, TX
Sculpture 2000: Site/Works; Chenevert Green; Houston, TX
Core Exhibition 2000; Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts; Houston, TX
Merged Realities; Central Arts Coalition; Tucson, AZ
Art Saint Louis XIII, Juror Jerry Saltz; St. Louis Design Center; St. Louis, MO
New Work: Jessica Halonen & Eric Conrad; Jaszkasino; Jaszbereney, HU
Creative Capital Foundation, New York, Visual Artist Grant Finalist 2012, 2008
Serie Print Project XIX, Coronado Studios, Austin, TX
Summer Stipend, Faculty Development Research Grant, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, 2012
Residencia Internacional de Artistas en Argentina, Buenas Aires, 2010 (deferred to 2011)
Visual Artist Award, San Antonio Artist Foundation, 2008-2009
Faculty Development Research Grant, Trinity University, 2009
Artpace, San Antonio, TX, Travel Grant 2008
MacDowell Colony, Artist Residency, Peterborough, NH, 2007
International Artist Residency Program, Balatonfüred, Hungary, July, 2004
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, New York, Biannual Artist Grant Nominee 2003
Core Artist Residency, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX, 1999-2001
The Eliza Randall Prize, Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX 2000-2001
The Wahlert Award, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1999
Graduate Teaching Fellowship (Painting), Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1999
School of Art Scholarship, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1997-1999
Andrews, Scott. "otany of a House on Fire", San Antonio Current, Art & Culture, January 25, 2012
Atwell, Wendy. "Hessica Halonen: Propagating Uncertainty", Fluent Collaborative ...might be good, Issue 183, Fabruary 10, 2012
McColluym, Caitlin G. "Jessica Halonen at Gallery I & II", Sister Space, November 5, 2010
Meehan, Margaret. "Out and About in Dallas" Glasstire: Texas Visual Art Online. Rainey Knudson, Jun. 2010. 29 Dec. 2010. <http://glasstire.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4281&Itemid=83>
"Fall Arts Preview" Austin American Statesman, Austin 360. 22 Oct, 2010. p20. (published image)
1 Sept 2010. 18 Jan 2011. <http://galleries.austin360.com/gallery/fall-arts-preview/>
Colpitt, Frances. "Material Culture." Material Culture. Fort Worth: The Art Galleries at TCU. 2009. 16. (Images pp. 8 & 41).
Evans, Ariel. "Sterling Allen and Jessica Halonen (Art Palace)." Art Lies (Contemporary Art Quarterly) No. 64 (Winter) 2009: pp 88-89.
Messer, Emily, "Jessica Halonen: Sticky Ends". San Antonio Express News, 15 Nov. 2009. 4G
Morrison, Emily. "Jessica Halonen: WindowWorks". 2004 ArtPace Residencies and Exhibitions. San Antonio: Artpace 2009. pp. 110-111.
Core: Artists and Critics in Residence, Houston: The Museum of Fine Arts Houston,
pp 88, 143.
Cuba, Nan & Robinson, Riley. Art at Our Doorstep, San Antonio: Trinity University Press,
Moore, Holly, Brinkley, Rob and Clairidge, Laurenn. Domestic Art: Curated Interiors. New York: Assouline.
Pagel, David. "High Five: Emerging Art in America" CW Channel Corporation. Burbank, California. (exhibition catalogue)
Wing, Carlin. "Jessica Halonen and Emily Joyce: PLOT at Park Projects" Fluent Collaborative:Might be Good, Issue 84, Feb 23 (www.fluentcollab.org)
Delaney, Elizabeth L. "Everything old is new again: rock, paper, scissors." Rock, Paper, Scissors, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX (exhibition catalogue).
Neff, Natalie. "Fateful Friends" Autoweek Magazine, Web Exclusive, December 27 (www.autoweek.com)
Dee Mitchell, Charles. "Accent not included." Dallas Morning News, March 19, pg. 14E
ed. "Blue Star San Antonio 20." Fluent Collaborative:Might be Good, Issue 48, July 8, Austin (www.fluentcollab.org)
Schutze, Jim. "Sculpture o' the South." Dallas Observer, Feb 24-March 2, pg. 32
Art Pace ‘Look for It' Project. "Jessica Halonen, Wobble." San Antonio Current, July 15-22, pg. 44
ed. "Art Accent on Texas Twang." Beaumont Journal (May 27-June 2). pg 4
ed. "Jessica Halonen: Scattered." Fluent Collaborative:..might be Good, Issue 25, June 4, Austin (www.fluentcollab.org)
Cohen, Rebecca. "Jessica Halonen, Scattered." Artlies 43 (Summer). pg 87
Horton, Sean. "Twang: Contemporary Art from Texas." Twang, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX (catalogue).
Pearson, Christopher. "Jessica Halonen: Scattered." Woman and Their Work, Austin, TX. (exhibition brochure).
Pearson, Christopher. "Visions in Plaid: Jessica Halonen's Picnic." Artlies (Summer).
Velliquette, Michael. "Jessica Halonen: Picnic." Glass Tire: Texas Visual Arts Online,
Reviews. May <http://glasstire.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=67>sect=Articles>cat=Review>
Tyson, Janet. "Building and Understanding." Building Blocks, The Dallas Center for
Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX (catalogue).
Daniel, Mike. ‘"Daze" at UT-Dallas.' The Dallas Morning News, Jan 26, p. 48 (GUIDE).
Davenport, Bill. "Tire Iron 9: Core Fellows 2001." Glass Tire: Texas Visual Arts Online. April.
The Glassell School of Art, Core 2001 (catalogue). Houston: Glassell School
of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
The Minute Maid Company, Minute Maid Collection (catalogue). Houston: The Minute
Maid Company and Museum of Fine Arts Houston, pg. 4.
University of Texas at Dallas, Floored (exhibition brochure). Dallas: University of Texas
Colpitt, Francis. "Report from Houston: Space City Takes Off." Art in America (October), p. 69.
Kalil, Susie. "2000 CORE." Core 2000, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX, pp. 6-9 (catalogue).
Kalil, Susie. "Interview." Core 2000, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX. pp. 18-23 (catalogue).
Klaasmeyer, Kelly. "Young at Art." Houston Press, April 13-19, p. 57.
Marshall, Keith. "Coming Into Focus: Artistic Objectivity, Process and Influence."
Core 2000, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX. p. 56 (catalogue).
Museum of Fine Art Houston; Houston, TX
The Art Museum of Southeast Texas; Beaumont, TX
Minute Maid Corporation; Houston, TX
The Museum of the wEird; Houston, TX
SELECTED PUBLIC LECTURES
Artist Talk, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, April, 2012
Artist Talk Gallery Walk-Thru, Parsons School of Art and Design, Paris, France. Nov 2010
Artist Slide Lecture, Texas State University, Department of Art and Design, Nov 2010
Artist Talk, Art Palace, Austin, TX, Aug & Oct 2009
Artist Talk and Slide Lecture, Travel Grant Recipient Presentation, Artpace, San Antonio, TX
Artist Workshop: Residencies, Panel Discussion (presenter). Artpace, San Antonio, TX. October, 2008
Artist Talk and Slide Lecture, Texas State University, Department of Art and Design, San Marcos, TX. November 2008
Slide Lecture, Columbia College, Department of Art and Design, Chicago, IL. February 2006
Artist Talk, The Contemporary, Dallas, TX 2006
Slide Lecture, Two to Watch, Artpace and Gemini Ink, San Antonio, TX. July 2004
Artist Talk, Women and Their Work, Austin, TX. May 2004
Slide Lecture, University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne, IL. March 2002
Artist Talk, Kalamazoo College, Psychology Department, Kalamazoo, MI. April 2001
Artist Spotlight, Panel Discussion, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. April 2000 & April 2001
Slide Lecture, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX. April 2001