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Artist Jessica Wicken


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Biography


The arts have saturated Jessica's life through music, painting and theater, each getting their focused time in accommodation with earning a living.  Since moving to Colorado 1996, the beauty and light of the West inspired her to dedicate her attention primarily to painting, with more recent musical activity (recording and performing in retirement homes) giving some satisfaction in that area as well.
 
Prior to moving to Colorado, Jessica exhibited her paintings in Pittsburgh, PA, and then Washington DC where she also worked as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill before moving to New York City, when she made the (strangely logical at the time) switch to acting.  After thirteen years as an actress, singer, jeweler and office temp in New York City and Los Angeles, it was time to get back to her art roots.
 
      Ms. Wicken received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah (major in painting and drawing, minor in art history) and also studied art in San Miguel de Allende and Saltillo, Mexico, as well as the Art Students League in Denver, CO.  Her work has been juried into highly selective shows, has received numerous awards, and is held in numerous private collections internationally and across the United States.  Of note in Colorado, her work is included in the Inkfish Collection, the Denver Library's, Blair Caldwell African American Research Center, and selected by Marriott Corporation’s “Art on the Road” tour of ten American cities as one of Colorado’s outstanding artists.   Her painting “Daylight Dissolving” was recently chosen by the Art in Embassies program to hang in the American Embassy in Athens, Greece, from 2011 through 2012.
          She is the illustrator of two children’s books:  “Can I Kayak Daddy?” by Joyce Autrey,  and "You Are Not Alone" by Dorothy Davis. Other art related jobs have been [...]

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