ABOUT

          Jessica Saunders received her B.F.A. in painting with a minor in art history from the Herron School of Art and Design, a school of Indiana University, in 2017. As an undergraduate student, she exhibited in multiple juried shows in the Berkshire, Reese, and Paul Galleries at Herron, was the recipient of the Joseph L. Van Sickle scholarship, and she was awarded with high distinction in her graduating class. In April of 2018, she had the honor of being a featured artist with a solo exhibition at the Harrison Center during their Hoosier Women in Arts conference. The Indiana Arts Commission later recognized Jessica as a 2019 Hoosier Women Artist honoree, which resulted in her painting titled "Desire" being chosen by the Lieutenant Governor of Indiana to hang in the Treasurer of State’s office for one year. Her paintings have been the subject of numerous group exhibitions throughout Indiana, including “Onyx + East” at the Harrison Center, “Together We Can” at the Circle City Industrial Complex, “Hoosier Women in Art: Resistance” at the Garfield Park Arts Center, and “Color” at Blackline Studio located in Fountain Square. She currently lives and paints out of her private studio in Brownsburg, IN and works as a full-time graphic designer. 

EDUCATION

2017

B.F.A., Painting, Herron School of Art + Design, Indianapolis, IN. 

Minor in Art History, Herron School of Art + Design, Indianapolis, IN. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2018 - 2019

2017

2016

Graphic Designer, Sincerely Hers, Bainbridge, IN. 

Photography Studio Assistant, Sincerely Hers, Bainbridge, IN.

Photography Intern, Cathy's Concepts, Indianapolis, IN.

EXHIBITION RECORD

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Reflected Light 2019, Gallery of Bread of Life Ministries, Avon, IN.
Featured Artist, LoFi Lounge, Indianapolis, IN.
Blue, Garfield Park Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN.
Featured Artist, Garfield Brewery, Indianapolis, IN.
Hoosier Women in Art: Resistance, Garfield Park Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN.
Hoosier Women Artists, Indiana Statehouse, Indianapolis, IN.
A Herron Student and Alumni Exhibition, Barnes & Thornburg Building, Indianapolis, IN.
Growth: Healing Through Art, Garfield Park Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN.
An Imprompt Promt Show, Circle City Industrial Complex, Indianapolis, IN. 
Black and White Ball, Exposition Hall, Danville, IN.
Winter Wonderland, Studio Alchemy Gallery, Indianapolis, IN.
Onyx + East, Harrison Gallery, Indianapolis, IN.
Color, Blackline Studio, Indianapolis, IN.
Together We Can, Schwitzer Gallery, Indianapolis, IN.
Well Traveled, Fletcher Place Arts, Indianapolis, IN.
Cry It Out & Silent Sky, Phoenix Art Gallery, Indianapolis, IN.

Reflected Light 2018, Gallery of Bread of Life Ministries, Avon, IN.
Candor: a solo exhibition by Jessica Saunders, Speck Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
Featured Artist, Wasser Brewing Company, Greencastle, IN.
Manifestations of Energy, Peeler Art Studio Lobby, Greencastle, IN.
Featured Artist, Conspire: Contemporary Craft Retail Boutique, Greencastle, IN.

Emerald City, Harrison Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
DYNAMO, Circle City Industrial Complex, Indianapolis, IN.
Filters, Putnam County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greencastle, IN.
Indy Fringe, Theatre on the Square, Indianapolis, IN. 

This to That: A Herron Senior Thesis Exhibition, Central Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN. 

Indiana's Emerging Artists, Circle South Gallery, Indianapolis, IN.
Herron Undergrad Exhibition, Basile Gallery, Indianapolis, IN.  

Art Against Trafficking, The Irving Theatre, Indianapolis, IN.      

This is Painting, Marsh Gallery, Indianapolis, IN.

Herron Undergrad Exhibition, Basile Gallery, Indianapolis, IN. 

Hands: Shaping Our Worlds, Cultural Arts Gallery, Indianapolis, IN.

Continuing the Party, Cultural Arts Gallery, Indianapolis, IN. 

Scholastic Art & Writing Exhibition, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN.

PRESENTATIONS & ARTIST TALKS

2018

2017

A Panel Discussion with Herron Alumni, Herron School of Art + Design, Indianapolis, IN.
Monotype Printmaking Workshop, Putnam County Public Library, Greencastle, IN.
Artist Talk, Circle South Gallery, Indianapolis, IN. 
     

HONORS & AWARDS

2019
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2017
2013 - 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

Hoosier Women Artist Honoree, Indianapolis Arts Commission, Indianapolis, IN.
People's Choice Award, Gallery on the Square, Danville, IN.

High Distinction, Class of 2018, Herron School of Art + Design, Indianapolis, IN. 
Dean's List, Herron School of Art + Design, Indianapolis, IN.

Joseph L. Van Sickle Scholarship, Herron School of Art + Design, Indianapolis, IN. 

Joseph L. Van Sickle Scholarship, Herron School of Art + Design, Indianapolis, IN. 

Hoosier Family Scholarship, Indianapolis University Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN. 

Silver Key, The Scholastic Art & Writing Award, South Bend, IN.

PRESS

2019

Stage and Stuff, Radio Interview, WYRZ (98.9 FM), Brownsburg, IN.
Hoosier Women Artists, Article, WYRZ (98.9 FM), Brownsburg, IN.

 

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