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After a lifetime of moving around the country, Jessica Wicken and her husband Pat Krohn (author of The Krohnicles: Life of a Beatnik Boy) settled in Denver in 1996 and have made it their home. The beauty and light of Colorado and the West inspired her to go back to painting. Prior to moving to Colorado, Jessica exhibited her paintings in Pittsburgh, PA, and then Washington DC where she also worked as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill before moving to New York City, when she made the (strangely logical at the time) switch to acting. After thirteen years as an actress, singer, jeweler and office temp in New York City and Los Angeles, it was time to get back to her art roots.
Ms. Wicken received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah (major in painting and drawing, minor in art history) and also studied art in San Miguel de Allende and Saltillo, Mexico, as well as the Art Students League in Denver, CO. Her work has been juried into highly selective shows, has received numerous awards, and is held in numerous private collections internationally and across the United States. Of note in Colorado, her work is included in the Inkfish Collection, the Denver Library's, Blair Caldwell African American Research Center, and selected by Marriott Corporation's "Art on the Road" tour of ten American cities as one of Colorado's outstanding artists. Her painting "Daylight Dissolving" was recently chosen by the Art in Embassies program to hang in the American Embassy in Athens, Greece, from 2011 through 2012.
She has also illustrated a children's book "Can I Kayak Daddy?" by Joyce Autrey, worked as a publicity artist for cabaret and theater productions, as an illustrator in the fashion industry, and created holiday-themed paintings for a card company.
"In a world of more and more restrictions, my theme song would be "Don't Fence Me In." The beauty and open and spaces of the West inspire me to paint, with the delight of color, both subtle and bold, being the most auspicious aspect of my work. Subjects that appeal to me are animals, farmland, coastal areas- how the seasons, weather and the time of day, make each moment visually unique. People are my other favorite subject. I strive to capture their qualities, a moment in life, and that human essence that we all share. My paintings are closest in style to the Impressionists."
Jessica Wicken - Fine Artist
Juried Shows and Exhibitions
2010-2013 American Embassy, Athens Greece (Selected by the U.S. Art in Embassies)
2011 American Art Awards, 2 Awards, Animal and Asian catagories, international competition
2008 and 2010 Denver Plein Air Arts Festival, Denver Public Library
2009 Gateway to the Rockies Exhibition, Aurora History Museum - Award
2007 “Invited Artists”, and “Bierstadt Collection” RL Foster GalleryGallery, Denver, CO
2004 CWS State Watermedia Exhibition, Denver History Museum – Award
Stephen Quiller Juror, Denver, CO
Standing in the Storm - Women's Art exhibition 2003, Denver CO
War and Peace in response to Sept. 11, CORE Artists Space, Denver, CO
2000 CWS State Watermedia Exhibition, Denver History Museum – Polly Hammett Juror
Color and Light Gallery, Denver, CO “Here and Now” Award
Colorado Visions – Westminster Community Artist Series, Juror: Carl Dalio, Westminster, CO
National Miniature Show – Aurora History Museum, Colorado
Portraits for Alice Neel – selected by Alice Neel, Washington Women's Art Center, Washinton, DC
Thirty-two Pieces of Paper – Washington Women's Art Center, Carol Nordgren, Juror
Artwork in numerous private U.S. And International collections; including the Ink Fish Collection, and the permanent collection of the Denver Library, Blair Caldwell African American Research Library. Marriott Corporation’s “Springhill Suites: Art on the Road” one of two of Denver’s featured artists, 2012.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Abend Gallery – Holiday Miniature Shows 2009-2012
AUM Gallery, Denver, CO – invitational shows 2011-2012
Great Western Art Gallery, Denver, CO – 2009-2012
Artwork Network, Denver, CO ; Masten Fine Arts Framing, Gifts and Gallery
Russian Ark International Gallery, Denver (co-owner, 2006-2009
Core Gallery – various juried shows, Sonyo Gallery – invitational exhibits
Entler Hotel Gallery – Shepherdstown, W. Virginia (during artist-in-residency at
Shepherdstown Old Grist Mill – summer 2004)”
Children’s Book Illustrator “Can I Kayak Daddy” By Joyce Autrey
Greeting cards for Latitude North Card Co.; Freelance illustrator – Ship and Shore Fashions in NYC
Freelance publicity artist for cabaret and theater productions in NYC and Los Angeles
Commissioned art – portrait, landscapes, travel memories, in media of oil, watercolor, and new pastel
Illustrator, Auerbach's Dept. Store, Salt Lake City, Utah
Education and Current Art Associations
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Utah
Art Students League of Denver, Studies in Mexico in Saltillo and San Miguel de Allende Current member of: Oil Painters of America, and Art Students League of Denver
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