About

Jessica Page was born and raised in rural Michigan. Growing up climbing trees, exploring the woods and playing in the river has continued to play a significant role in Page’s artwork. In 2009 she received her BFA in photography from Kendall College of Art and Design along with earning the Studio Excellence Award for Photography. From there, Page moved on to working in a Fine Art Gallery and Frame shop, LaFontsee Galleries, in Grand Rapids, MI refining her craft and aesthetic eye. In 2016 she moved to Arizona with her partner, Anthony, and their two cats, Bug and Emma. Avid hikers, they explored the great wonders and expanses that the American West offers, fueling Page’s inspiration. Recently, Page and family have moved to Kentucky so that she can further pursue her passion in art by attending school to earn her Master’s of Fine Art. She is endlessly fascinated in the natural world and the connectivity of memory and emotions.

Please send any questions to jpage402@gmail.com

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C.V.

Jessica Page (Jessica Mead)

EDUCATION

School of Arts Visual Studies

            University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY Master of Fine Arts in Art Studio                           Present

            with an emphasis in Photography                                                                             

Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids MI                                                                          2009

            Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography with Honors

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor of Record Digital Art – University of Kentucky                                                                   2020

In class demo for Digital Arts: Class taught by John Norris                                                                2020

In class demo for Advanced Black and White class: Class taught by Carey Gough                           2020

Continued Education Meetings – Frame Design: LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI        2015-2016

Photography Tutor: Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids MI                               2009-2011

Boy Scouts of America – Camp Rotary – Director of Handicraft Area & Instructor of Art                  2006

            and Photography classes Clare, MI                                                                                         

Sterling Elementary Summer School Teacher Sterling, MI                                                    2004 & 2005

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Graduate Teaching Assistant – University of Kentucky                                                             2020-2021

University of Kentucky Photo Lab Manager                                                                               2019-2021

University of Kentucky Photo Lab Monitor                                                                                2019-2020

Budget and Contract Management – Escrow Assistant – Empire West Title Agency                2017-2019  

Continuing Education Instruction – LaFontsee Galleries                                                            2011-2016  

Fine Art Printing Services – LaFontsee Galleries, Elizabeth Mayville Artist                                2014-2015

Artwork and Project Photography  LaFontsee Galleries                                                            2009-2016

Digital Editing/Restoration – LaFontsee Galleries, private clients                                              2011-2016

Art Handling/Preparations  – LaFontsee Galleries                                                                      2009-2016

Exhibition Design – LaFontsee Galleries                                                                                     2009-2016

Freelance Photography (Family, Newborn, Senior Portraits, and Wedding Photography)     2008-Present

Employee Trainer – LaFontsee Galleries, Stewart Title Agency, Empire West Title Agency       2011-2019

Artist Coordination – LaFontsee Galleries                                                                                  2011-2016

Employee Handbook Co-Author/Editor – LaFontsee Galleries                                                   2015-2016

Photography Lab Monitor/Technician – Asbury University, University of Kentucky                 2004-2007                                     

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

MFA Show 2021 – Bolivar Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY 2021

48hNeukölln – International Juried Exhibition, Berlin, Germany                                                2020

Light Sensitive – Juried Exhibition – Art Intersection – Gilbert, AZ Juror – Brett Abbott      

Perception Martine’s Pastries – Lexington KY                                                                                  2019

Little by Little – Juried Exhibition – Art Intersection – Gilbert, AZ Juror – Peter Bugg

Intersection – Graduate Exhibition – Bolivar Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY Curated by Holly Poole

No Strangers – Annual Members Exhibition – Art Intersection, Gilbert AZ                                         2018

All Art Arizona– Art Intersection, Gilbert AZ                                                                                                  

Little by Little – Juried Exhibition – Art Intersection, Gilbert AZ – Juror – Dr. Julie Sasse,                   2017

            Chief Curator at the Tucson Museum of Art                                                                                      

No Strangers – Annual Members Exhibition – Art Intersection, Gilbert AZ                                        

Spring Cleaning – Dinderbeck Studios, Grand Rapids MI                                                                   2016

In Your Face – Dinderbeck Studios, Grand Rapids MI                                                                        2015

Noun – Urban Institute of the Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids MI            

The Things That Shape Us *(Solo Exhibition) – 101 Gallery Division St, Grand Rapids MI    

Forms of Production – Devos Place, Grand Rapids MI

A/Political – Urban Institute of the Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids MI                                                     2013

Free Radical – 122 S. Division, Grand Rapids MI                                                                                

Fortified-Site:Lab Blandford – Dinderbeck Studios Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids MI    

A Closer Look – Craft House Gallery, Grand Rapids MI                                                            

Destination 1111 (Juried Spring Salon) – Destination 1111 Gallery, Grand Rapids MI – Jurors – Geary         Jones, Israel Davis, Nicholas   Szymanski, Jason Quigno, and Tom Duimstra     

Studio Excellence Exhibition – Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids MI                            2009

Once Upon a Time – Senior Thesis Show – Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI    

Exhibition at the Governor’s Mansion – Jennifer Granholm’s Governor’s Residence,             2009 – 2010

            Lansing MI                                                                               

West Michigan Photo Works Photo Club Exhibition  – West Michigan Photo Works, Holland MI      2008

Photography Club Exhibition  – Division Avenue Artist Cooperative, Grand Rapids MI                      2007

PRINT EXCHANGES

Near & Far – Transylvania University                                                                                                    2020

Across State Lines – Invited by Kelsey Reiman, Tempe, AZ                                                               

In Your Face – Organized by Dinderbeck Studios, Grand Rapids MI                                                   2015

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Art Intersection Community Darkroom, Member, Gilbert, AZ                                              2016-Present

Arizona Artists Guild Member, AZ                                                                                               2017- 2019

Dinderbeck Studios Member, Grand Rapids, MI                                                                          2013-2016

Avenue of the Arts Member and Volunteer, Grand Rapids, MI                                                   2013-2016

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Mentor and Volunteer, Grand Rapids, MI                   2009-2013

WORK EXPERIENCE    

Teaching Assistant and Instructor of Record – University of Kentucky Present

SA/VS Photo Lab Manager                                                                                                     2019-Present

            – Maintain photo lab and enlargers

            – Train lab monitors

            – Update Manuals and Instructional Sheets

            – Help Students working in the lab

Empire West Title Agency                                                                                                         2017- 2019

Escrow Assistant/Processor

            – Open contracts, order HOA statements and payoffs

            – Closing desk – balance, file and disburse funds to agents, clients, and payoff all invoices

            – Banking – Process and deposit client funds, receive and send incoming and outgoing wires

            – Maintain client and realtor relations

Stewart Title Agency (Formerly Title365)                                                                                   2016- 2017

Escrow Assistant/Processor

            – Open contracts, order HOA statements and payoffs

            – Closing desk – balance, file and disburse funds to agents, clients, and payoff all invoices

            – Banking – Process and deposit client funds, receive and send incoming and outgoing wires

            – Maintain client and realtor relations

            – Train new hires on processing files and banking procedures

True North Title Agency                                                                                                                      2016

Escrow Assistant

            – Open new contracts

            – Closing desk – balance, file and disburse funds to agents, clients, and payoff all invoices

            – Banking – Process and deposit client funds, receive and send incoming and outgoing wires

            – Maintain client and realtor relations

LaFontsee Galleries                                                                                                                    2009- 2016

Art Sales and Framing

            – Artwork installation for main gallery exhibitions

            – Gallery Maintenance                       

            – Frame Design for clients and exhibitions

            – Poster collection and display management

            – Photography of artwork and projects for promotion, documentation, and clients

Grand Rapids Public Library                                                                                                    2007- 2010

Librarian Assistant II

            – Provided customer assistance to patrons

            – Main Reference Desk                      

            – Front Information Desk

            – Helped with Collection Development                     

Camp Rotary Boy Scouts of America                                                                                                  2006

Handicraft Director

            -Supervised staff members

            -Instructor of Art and Photography classes

            -Maintained the Handicraft building

AWARDS

Graduate Teaching Assistantship University of Kentucky                                                          2020-2021  

Studio Excellence Award Winner in Photography                                                                              2009

            Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI

Scholarship of Merit

            Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI                                                     2006-2009

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