Jessica Halonen creates sculpture and paintings that explore intersections between art, science, and history. She has engaged with topics such as genetic engineering in the pharmaceutical industry and the historical and metaphorical implications of the color blue. Her research-based work has been widely exhibited and was recently reviewed in Artforum.
Halonen received a MFA in Painting from Washington University in Saint Louis and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire; Kunstlerhaus Bethanian, Berlin; and Core Program, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions, notably at The Contemporary Austin, the Dallas Contemporary, the McNay Art Museum, the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Art Museum of South Texas, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Halonen was born and raised in Milford, Michigan and currently lives and works in Austin and San Antonio. Halonen is an associate professor of art in the Department of Art and Art History at Trinity University in San Antonio.
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