Jess Kiel-Wornson is a Minneapolis based multimedia artist. Using immersive sculptural installation (often depicting familiar environments: a suburban bedroom, an old porch, a beauty shop, etc), collaged cultural artifact, and embodied action of viewers, she addresses the insidiousness of the systems of power in our surroundings. Her work speaks to the material consequence of trauma in our bodies and buildings and asks us to reframe our conversations about goodness, success, and identity away from individuals and toward the systems that allow and promote violence toward some bodies distinctly from others. She received her MFA from University of Illinois Champaign Urbana. She is an activist, educator, and shop tech and sometimes wonders how her life would be different if she had found feminist theory before anti-depressants. She is tired of being told by the dominant paradigm that her heartbreak will make her stronger.

 

Get a hold of her at jkwornson{at}gmail.com

Group Exhibitions:

Transparency, Image Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2017

This Machine: Not My President's Day, locations variable, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN 2017

Mining Light: Not My President's Day, Ohio Tavern, Madison, WI 2017

ABRVTN, Figure One Gallery, Champaign, IL 2016

UIUC MFA Exhibition, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL 2016

40@100, Hunt Gallery, St. Louis, MO 2015

TimeShare, Figure One Gallery, Champaign, IL 2015

New Terrains Symposium Exhibition, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL 2015

Make, Perform, Show + a Little Concert, CoLab, Urbana, IL 2014

Le Premier Etage, Hunt Gallery, St. Louis, MO 2014

Where the Tracks End, Bone Yard Arts Festival, Champaign, IL 2014

Parsing Desire, Ugly Stepsister Gallery, Chicago, IL 2013

Upside Down, Left to Right, Figure One Gallery, Champaign, IL 2013

Download/Destroy, Fortress to Solitude, Brooklyn, NY 2010

Agent Form, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA 2009

When We Build, Let Us Think We Build Forever, Luminary Center for the Arts, St. Louis, MO 2009

Classic Covers, Bluebird Gallery, St. Louis, MO 2008

Statistical Records of Performance, Metropolitan Gallery, St. Louis, MO 2008

Nouns, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, St. Louis, MO 2007

 

 

Solo/Two-Person Exhibitions:

Other Rooms, Near To Me, Maltese Embassy + Satellite 66 with Anja Udfelt, San Francisco, CA 2011

Saudade, PSTL Gallery, St. Louis, MO 2009

Sleep with Stairs No. 1, Snowflake Gallery Drive-By, St. Louis, MO 2009

 

 

Related Activities:

Artist in Residence, The Future, Minneapolis, MN 2017

Designer, Chiri Knits Des Moines, IA/Arequipa, Peru 2011-present

Dancer, collaborator, Social Animal: Please Tame Me, Lailye Weidman Champaign, IL 2015

Artist in Residence, Year of Living Collaboratively, University Park, MD July 2012

 

Awards:

Conrad Fenwick Grant, UIUC 2016

School of Art and Design MFA Creative Research Award, UIUC 2014-2015

School of Art and Design Event Travel Award, UIUC 2014

Graduate College Block Grant Fellowship, UIUC 2013-2014

 

 

Press:

Shelly Change, Walking Talking and Looking in Bathtubs, Smile Politely, Champaign, IL 2016

Sam Logan, Figure One Asks and Answers, Smile Politely Champaign, IL 2015

Jessica Baran, St. Louis Art Capsules, Riverfront Times St. Louis, MO 2009

Jessica Baran, St. Louis Art Capsules, Riverfront Times St. Louis, MO 2008