Stockholder, Jessica

International artist and University of Chicago Department of Visual Art head Jessica Stockholder discusses the “unpredictable” nature of the market, and the importance of both talking about and not talking about one’s own work.

“The art world reflects the rest of the world: there’s a smaller and smaller group of wealthy artists being supported by lots of money, and there’s a smaller and smaller group of wealthy dealers, and there isn’t a lot of middle…. It’s sad that that world has become so difficult for people to enter, that the criteria have become so fashion oriented. You just never know. You just have to do what you really care about and then take stock of what the best way to interest the world with it is.”

Jessica Stockholder is a writer, educator, and artist who works primarily with painting and sculpture. Stockholder was born in Seattle in 1959 and grew up in Vancouver. She attended the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, then lived in Toronto for a year before going to Yale University for her MFA. After graduating, Stockholder moved to New York City. She began showing regularly and eventually accepted a teaching position at the School of Visual Arts. In 1999 Stockholder began teaching at Yale, and in 2010 she received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Emily Carr College of Art. The following year Stockholder moved to Chicago to become the faculty chair of the University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Art. Stockholder has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. Her work has been collected by such institutions as the The British Museum, London; the Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Le Consortium, Dijon; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Art Institute of Chicago. Stockholder has shown extensively in galleries, museums, and public locations. Her solo and two-person exhibitions have been at such spaces as Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York; Madison Square Park, New York; the Palacio de Crisal, Reina Sofia, Madrid; Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Toronto; Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin; Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan; Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris; and White Cube, London. Stockholder will deliver the Keynote Address at the College Art Association’s 102nd conference in Chicago in February of 2014.