Conrad Wilde Gallery




Jessica Drenk - Artist Statement

My work is a response to, and experimentation with, materials. Each series of work begins with a specific material: books, PVC pipes, rolls of toilet paper, or planks of wood, and my own desire to delve into that material—to play with it, reshape it, and change it into something new. Every material requires its own treatment, and I enjoy the process of innovating my own ways of working with each. Often I am surprised at what each material can become—shapes and textures I had not anticipated and am pleased to find. In the end, I strive for pieces that exhibit a balance; balance between the original material and my own vision, chaos and order, contrasting textures, the familiar and the new.



2007 MFA, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2002 BA, Art Major, Cum Laude, Pomona College, Claremont, CA


Solo and Two-Person:

  • 2010 Jessica Drenk: Materials in Balance”, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • “Before, During, After”, Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 2009 Archaeologica, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
  • 2008 Compelling Matter, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2008 Semi-permanent wall-installation, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2007 Beard Arts Center, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
  • 2007 MFA Exhibition, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
  • 2006 The Turning World, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2006 Imprints, Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2005 Reading our Remains, University of Arizona Library, Tucson, AZ
  • 2004 Curious Objects: An Installation by Jessica Drenk, The Forum Gallery, Claremont, CA
  • 2002 Thesis Exhibition, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
  • 2001 Remnants, POSA Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, CA


  • 2010 Anderson Arts Center, Anderson, SC
  • 2009 Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 2009 The Book: Wide Open, Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, CO
  • 2009 Continuum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • 2008 Penumbra, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2008 Book-Art Object 08, Belgrade, Serbia
  • 2008 Lana Santorelli Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2008 The Book Show, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2007 She Objects! II: Women Who Make Objects, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2006 Biennial Southwest, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
    Juror: Neal Benezra, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • 2006 Turning World, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2006 Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN
  • 2006 Art One Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2006 Casa Libre, Tucson, AZ
  • 2005 8th International Book Fair of Contemporary Creative Books, Marseille, France
  • 2005 Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, Curator: Siri Engberg, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2005 Residual Pull, Dinnerware Contemporary Arts, Tucson, AZ
  • 2005 Bound and Unbound: Artist Books and Other Paper Constructions, Tohono Chul Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2005 Hayward Area Forum of the Arts, Hayward, CA
  • 2005 Re-Visions III, Tohono Chul Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2005 Contents Interiors, Tucson, AZ
  • 2004 Pomona College Alumni Symposium, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
  • 2001 Pomona College Student Exhibition, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA


  • 2009 Artist Project Grant, Arizona Commission on the Arts
  • 2006 International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards
  • 2006 Arizona Artist’s Guild Scholarship
  • 2006 Creative Achievement Award for graduate work in Art, University of Arizona
  • 2006 Coris Family Trust Fine Arts Award, University of Arizona
  • 2006 Albert Haldeman Scholarship, University of Arizona
  • 2005 Centennial Sculpture Award, University of Arizona
  • 2005 Medici Scholars Award, University of Arizona
  • 2004 Graduate College Fellowship, University of Arizona
  • 2002 Phi Beta Kappa, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
  • 2002 Louisa Moseley Fine Arts Prize, Pomona College, Claremont, CA


  • 2009 East Valley Tribune, April 24: full page article on installation at Mesa Contemporary Arts
  • 2008 Tucson Weekly, July 24: review of Conrad Wilde Gallery
  • 2007 University of Arizona MFA Thesis Exhibition Catalog
  • 2006 Sculpture Magazine, October
  • 2006 The Albuquerque Tribune, October 5
  • 2005 Transformations, University of Arizona College of Fine Arts publication
  • 2005 “Arizona Illustrated”, KUAT-TV, PBS, Residual Pull
  • 2005 “Arizona Illustrated”, KUAT-TV, PBS, Arizona Biennial
  • 2003 Pomona College Magazine
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