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Born in the United States, Jessica Speckhard was raised abroad, moving between Belarus, Belgium, France and Greece until her move to New York in 2010 and then Washington DC in 2013. Her nomadic lifestyle has often served as a catalyst for her artwork, which frequently depicts travelers exploring the worlds she creates for them. She has attended several art institutions, including Parsons Paris and Parsons New York. She has participated in wide variety of group and solo shows worldwide. In 2009, she presented work alongside Louise Bourgeouis at the Bad Girls Don't Go to Heaven show, a part of Remap2 in Athens, Greece. Her first solo exhibit took place at the Adam Gallery in Kolonaki, Greece in June of 2009. Her second solo show took place a one year later as a parallel event to Athens Xclusive Designers Week. Many of her works have sold to private contemporary art collectors internationally. She works in a variety of fields, most often manipulating digital photographs and videos, as well as staging performance work. Her most notable performance piece took place at Art Athina, where she climbed inside sculptures created from salvaged trash from the streets. Speckhard's most recent solo exhibition, Urban Nirvana, which took place in October of 2010, addresses ideas of urban chaos, youth, metamorphoses, and the city as a fantasy environment with endless possibilities. Her characters, mostly children and young men and women, break the rules of their spaces as they search for enlightenment. The works relate not only to the shift between childhood and adulthood, a recurring theme in her work, but also to the current feelings of uncertainty and tension many Athenians are presently facing.


Deree College, B.A. in Visual Arts Studies          2008-2009
Parsons Paris Foundation Year                                2007-2008
Parsons New York Summer Session                       2006
University of Maryland                                               2004-2007
Atelier Malou, Brussels, Belgium                          2004-2005
Belarussian Junior Academy of Fine Arts           1999-2000

Solo Exhibitions
Urban Nirvana with WIN Hellas amd AXDW      October 21-26, 2010
     Athens Intercontintental Ethniki Asfalastiki Center
Perfomance at Art Athina                                       June 13, 2010
   Tae Kwon Do Stadium
Break the Space                                                          March 2010
    At Athens Xclusive Designers Week
Women: Lost and Found                                           June 2009
     At the Adam Gallery, Neofytou Vamva, Kolonaki Athens



Group Exhibitions
Salon Des Refuse

     Artion Gallery, 275 Water St, New York, NY 11.19.13 - 

Some Girls
      Launch F18, 373 Broadway, New York, NY        12.10.11-01.15.12
Serenity Now
      MIlavec Hakimi Gallery, 51 Cooper Sq. NY        11.01.11-01.04.12
Group-in-Fusion                                                              08.10.11-29.10.11
      Kalamada 7, Athens, Greece
Massive Group Show
       Orchard Windows Gallery; New York                 01.08.11-07.08.11
The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn
Koizumi Yakumo Museum; Matsue, Japan             Permanent Collection
(also shown in NYC @ the Nippon Club Oct. 2011)
Bad Girls Dont Go to Heaven                                       7.09.09-4.10.09
in association with ArtAZ and part of Remap2
Adam Gallery Re-opening Exhibition                       12.09.09-12.09.09
Boarding Gate at  K-Art Gallery in association with artAZ                                 
54 Sina St. Kolonaki                                                       19.3.2009-11.4.2009
Participant in Athens Art for the Homeless event EKPLHXH          
City of Athens Technopolis                                          14.2.2009

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