(updated  May 2020)
education

June 2022         Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science
                             University of California, Irvine (UCI)

1996                     MFA Art
                              California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

1990                    BA Sociology/Fine Art
                              University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

1990-1993         Post Baccalaureate Studies
                             School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1988-1989         Painting & Sculpture Certificate
                             Skinnskatteberg Art College, Sweden

awards/grants/fundraising
2019 LA County Arts Commission Organizational Program Grant for fruiting bodies
          Programming, Descanso Gardens, CA
2018 Faculty Project Grant, Art Center College of Design
2017 Teaching Advancement Award, Art Center College of Design
2014 California Community Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship
2014 Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant
2014 Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation (a better nectar catalog)
2013 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Fellowship
2012 Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) ARC Grant
2010 Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) Artistic Innovation Grant
2009 Kickstarter.com campaign for “Take Me to the Apple Breeder”
2007 Durfee Foundation completion grant for “Song to Snore,” Los Angeles, CA
2003 Bridge Residency, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
2001 Durfee Foundation completion grant, Los Angeles, CA
2001 Metrolab, LA Metro Transportation Authority commissioned project grant
1996 California Institute of the Arts Scholarship and DAFCA Project Grant
1995 California Institute of the Arts Scholarship and DAFCA Project Grant

professional experience
2013-2021
Associate Professor, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
2015-2016
Adjunct Faculty & Wood Shop Director, Chapman University, Orange, CA
Adjunct Faculty, California State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2012-2014
Visiting Faculty, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Visiting Artist Faculty, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2007 -2015
Teacher, California Summer School for the Arts, Valencia, CA
2000-2012
Managing Editor, International Documentary magazine2001-2008
Cataloger, American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films, Los Angeles
1996-1997
Gallery Educator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

solo exhibitions and special projects
2019 fruiting bodies, a survey of four projects, Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, CA
2019 a better nectar, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA
2018 a better nectar, Hand Art Center & Gillespie Earth Science Museum, Stetson University, Deland, Florida
2017 a better nectar, The College of New Jersey Art Gallery, Trenton, NJ
2017  Jessica Rath, Center for Art and Environment Archive, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada
2017 take me to the apple breeder, El Dorado Arts Council, Placierville, CA
2016 The Oscelots of Foothill Boulevard (with Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood), Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA
2015  a better nectar, California State University Long Beach Art Museum, CA
2014 Buzz Pollinate: Slits, Pores, and Valves, Theodore Payne Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Single Species Translations (with Laura Cooper), Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
2012 take me to the apple breeder, Jack Hanley Gallery
2012 take me to the apple breeder, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
2009 3 Solo Projects, Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Westchester, CA (catalogue)
2008 Song to Snore, Torrance Art Museum, curated by Kristina Newhouse, Torrance, CA
2006 CALL JAPAN!, with Christie Frields, Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA
2005 Shifting Monuments, Matrushka, Los Angeles, CA
2004 Wooden Shores, curated by Brent Zerger, LAEyeworks, Los Angeles, CA
2002 Return Engagement to Garment City, Metro Transportation Authority, LA, CA
2003 Wooden Shores, Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2001 Stirs and Urges, London Street Projects, Los Angeles, CA

gallery representation
2015-2017      Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles
2012-2015       Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY

group exhibitions
2019
Breaking Bread, OxyArts, Highland Park, CA

2017
Cross Pollination, 516ARTS, Albuquerque, NM

2014
Daughters of Bad Girls, Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY
City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Fellowship Exhibition, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles
Pop Culture, Boca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, F

2013
heroes, co-organized with David McDonald, Carter & Citizen, LA
Something about a Tree, curated by Linda Yablonsky, Flag Art Foundation, NY
Weird Science, Jack Hanley Gallery, NY

2012
Food for Thought, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
The New Naturalists, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN

2011
California Art: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
One Night Stand, Piazza Delle Cinque, Rome; Via Toscanella 11, Florence; Luxreest Vinice sas, Venice, Italy

2010
Under the Influence of Fashion and Finance, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

2009
Wonder Lands, Crossroads School, Sam Francis Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Just Sculpture (damn it), Samuel Freeman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Art and Illusion, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA; Roseville Arts, Roseville, CA;
Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA; originated in 2004 at Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

2008
Art of Thought, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA
Photo and Fantasy, Beverly Hills Municipal Gallery; Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA; originated in 2006 at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

2007
Made in California, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA; originated in 2003 at Weisman Foundation Works, Cal. State-Bakersfield, CA (catalogue)
Eclectic Eye, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, CO; originated in 2007 at Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA Juried Exhibition, curated by Annie Philbin, Gallery 825, Beverly Hills, CA

2006
Accretion, curated by John O’Brien, Kellogg Gallery, California State PolytechniqueUniversity, Pomona, CA (catalogue)
Fair Exchange, Millard Sheets Gallery, curated by Irene Tsatsos, Pomona, CA (catalogue)
LA Art Scene, Beverly Hills Municipal Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
SoCal Photo, Long Beach Arts, curated by George Dinhaupt, Long Beach, CA

2004
Schindler Sashay, curated by Kimberli Meyer & Fritz Haeg, Mak Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
Mail-In Show, curated by Jim Ovelman, London Street Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2001
Cross-Cuts, curated by Ann Ayres, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Westchester, CA
A Family Affair, show with parents Bill & Ann Dugan, Harlin Museum, West Plains, MO

1999
Room Service, curated by Jeanne Patterson, Living Room, Santa Monica, CA
Concoctions, curated by Katie Silvers, Sidestreet Projects, Santa Monica, CA

1998
Shot, George’s, Los Angeles, CA
In the Polka Dot Kitchen, curated by Ann Ayres, Otis College of Art and Design, Westchester, CA (catalogue)

1996
Trans/Inter/Post: Hybrid Spaces, curated by Pamela Bailey, UC-Irvine, Irvine, CA
Hush, curated by Robert Jacobs, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL

1995
Play, staging of Beckett play with director Noah Reibel, CalArts, Valencia, CA

1994
Fashioned, performance fashion show, curated by Kimberli Meyer, CalArts, Valencia, CA

1991
Juried Exhibition, Indiana State Arts Commission, NEA, Michigan City, IN

publications
Antonia Szabari and Natania Meeker, Who Will Remember Us, Plants and the Archive, Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming.
Jessica Rath with Kristina Newhouse, A Better Nectar, catalogue, University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach, 2015.
Jessica Rath, Dancing Through Life, The Art of Ann Sims Rath Dugan, catalogue, Harlin Museum, West Plains, MO, 2008.
Meg Linton, 3 Solo Projects, catalogue, Otis College of Art and Design, 2009.
Peter Frank and Billie Weisman, Made in California, Selected Works from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, catalogue, 2003.
Jessica Rath, Return Engagement to Garment City, newspaper, 2002.
Anne Ayres, Ingrid Calame, In the Polka Dot Kitchen, catalogue, Otis College of Art,

bibliography

  • Jeanette Marantos, “Confront your fear of bumblebees: Nose into human-size nests at Descanso Gardens,” Los Angeles Times, Jan 16, 2020. (link)
  • Liz Goldner, “Fruiting Bodies” (Editorial Feature), Visual Art Source, Mar 2020. (link)
  • Erik Knutsen, “Farm Unfixed Interview,” RootSimple Podcast, May 22, 1919. (link)
  • Chris Michno, “The Ocelots of Foothill Boulevard,” Artillery, Feb 23, 2016. (link)
  • Liz Goldner, “Jessica Rath,” Artillery, May 5, 2015. (link)
  • Lisa Napoli, “An Artist Eavesdrops into the World of Bees,” KCRW Which Way LA (radio interview), April 8, 2015. (link)
  • Asia Morrris, “UAM’s Three Newest Exhibitions Raise the Bar for the University as a Whole,” Long Beach Post, March 13, 2015. (link)
  • Evan Senn, “Cross Pollination: Jessica Rath’s ‘A Better Nectar,’” KCET ArtBound, April 6, 2015 (link)
  • Katharine Gammon, “What’s It Like to be a Bee? This Exhibit Will Help You Find Out,” LA Weekly, March 30, 2015. (link)
  • Molly Enholm, Artist Profile, ArtLtd, March/April 2015. (link)
  • Shirle Gottlieb, “A Better Nectar,” ArtScene, February 2015 (link)
  • Meghan Gambino, “Sculptures of Giant Tomatoes Are Ripe for the Picking,” Smithsonian Magazine (online), Aug. 20, 2014.
  • Sandra Barrera, “COLA Individual Artist Fellowships exhibition captures L.A.’s creative spirit,” LA Daily News, May 1, 2014.
  • Ellen Birrell, “Figures and Ground: Jessica Rath: take me to the apple breeder,” X-TRA review, Summer 2013.
  • Marcel Hurtut, Ripe Prints featured at Untitled Prints and Editions, Printmaking LA, 2013.
  • Ken Johnson, “Art in Review: Weird Science,” New York Times, Apr. 25, 2013.
  • Nicola Twilley and Geoff Manaugh, “Of sisters and clones, an interview with Jessica Rath,” venue, a portable media rig and landscape research base, Feb. 2013.
  • Holly Meyers, gallery review, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 15, 2013.
  • Annie Tucker, “Jessica Rath turns the science of apple breeding into art,” LA Weekly, Dec. 6, 2012. 43.
  • Emily Hall, “Jessica Rath at Jack Hanley,” Artforum, Nov., 2012. 278-79.
  • Brienne Walsh, “Jessica Rath at Jack Hanley,” Art in America, Nov, 2012.
  • Evan Kleiman, Interview, Good Food, KCRW Radio, Santa Monica, CA, Nov., 2012.
  • Willy Blackmore, “Unnatural selection,” Tasting Table online, Nov. 2, 2012.
  • Jessica Ritz, “Experimental Apples of Jessica Rath,” Artbound interview, KCET online, Oct. 22, 2012.
  • Megan Gambino, “Sinfully Delicious Apple That You Should Never Try to Eat,” Smithsonian online, Oct. 5, 2012.
  • Sam Dean, “The Art of Apples,” Bonappetit online, Sept. 6, 2012.
  • Sheila Taylor, “Breaking Bread at the Wignall Museum,” ARTicles, Feb. 2012.
  • Stacy Davies, “Consumption Junction,” Inland Empire Weekly, Feb. 29, 2012.
  • Amanda Garris, “Art meets horticulture as photographer finds beauty in apple trees,” EZRA, Jun. 2011.
    Amanda Garris, “Photo exhibit features Cornell genetics-generated apple architecture in silhouette,” Cornell University Chronicle, Jun. 2011.
  • Andrew Simons, “Take Me to Your Apple Breeder,” LA Weekly, Oct. 12, 2010.
  • Marideth Sisco, “Exhibit to Celebrate Art of Ann Dugan,” West Plains Daily Quill, Oct. 28, 2009.
  • Leah Ollman, “3 Solo Projects Review,” LA Times, May 1, 2009.
  • Meg Linton, 3 Solo Projects, catalogue, Otis College of Art and Design, Jun. 2009.
  • Jim Farber, “System Sequence,” Daily Breeze, Feb. 1, 2008.
  • Jon Leaver, “The LA County Fair: Paradise Lost,” x-tra comtemporary art quarterly, Spring 2007.
  • Irene Tsatsos, Fair Exchange, The Souvenir Catalogue, 2006.
  • Ron Athey, “Mak Daddies,” LA Weekly, Oct. 22-28, 2004.
  • “A ‘Showdown’ on the Runway,” LA Times, Oct. 31, 2004.
  • Charlene Roth,”Mail-In Show at LSP,” Artweek, Mar. 2004.
  • “Return Ticket,” Public Art Review, Spring/Summer 2002.
  • Claire Luna, “Art on the Move,” LA Times, May 2, 2002.
  • Paul Birchall, “Return Engagement to Garment City,” L.A. Weekly, Feb. 14-20, 2002.
  • Peter Frank, “Art Pick of the Week,” LA Weekly, Nov. 2-8, 2001.
  • David Pagel, “Down to Earth and Eye-Catching,” LA Times, Oct. 16, 2001.
  • “Daughter Sculpts Trenchcoats in Killing Poses,” West Plains Daily Quill, Sep. 4, 2000.
  • William Wilson, “Preserved with a Twist ‘In the Polka Dot Kitchen’,” LA Times, Oct. 20, 1998.
  • Cathy Curtis, “Distinguished Marks,” LA Times, Oct. 22, 1996.
  • “Haute Couture: Randolph Street Gallery Gets a Face Lift,” Chicago Reader, May 12, 1994.

publications by the artist
“Michael Arata review,” Sculpture Magazine, Aug 2012
“Rebecca Ripple: Orgy in the Sky,” feature for Sculpture Magazine, Dec 2010
Going, Going Going, 80 page retrospective catalog on artist Ann Dugan, (Rath’s mother) Oct 2009
“No Purchase Necessary,” feature on relational aesthetics and Artist Pension Trust artists), Insight, Vol. 4, Fall 2008
“Mom Talk,” interview with artist mothers, Walker Center for the Arts website, Summer 2007
“Talk Sun To Me,” a review of Alice Konitz at University Art Museum, CalState Long Beach, CA, ArtUS, January 2005
“Stand,” online essay of Christie Frield’s work, Glendale Community College website, April 2006
Garment City Register, mock period newspaper for Rath’s Return Engagement, Feb 2002

lectures/workshops/programming

2020

  • Native Bee lecture, walk with Jessica Rath and composer Robert Hoehn connecting native bee research to Fruiting Bodies exhibition, Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge, CA
  • elkology sign projects, with area CSU-LA, Occidental and ArtCenter students, Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge, CA
  • Fruiting Bodies Forage, with ecological systems engineer nance klehm led specially designed plant forages, Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge, CA
  • Bee Song Master Chorale Performances–World renowned CSU-Long Beach Chamber Choir performed a special arrangement of Resonant Nest Score, Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge, CA

2019

  • At the plant’s pleasure, CalTech, Pasadena, CA
  • Elkology poster workshops, College of the Canyons, Pomona College, Occidental College
  • a better nectar, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA

2018

  • Plenary Speaker, Libertine Botany, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Interdisciplinary Work with Science, Music, Insects, Hand Art Center, Stetson Univ., Deland, FL
  • Foraging Translations, Gillespie Science Museum, Stetson Univ., Deland, FL
  • Collaborating with Scientists, Biological Sciences Department, Stetson Univ., Deland, FL

2017

  • Species Umvelt, 516ARTS, Albuquerque, NM
  • Apple Breeding and the University, El Dorado Arts Council, Placierville, CA
  • Cows film screening and lecture, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
  • COLA Salon Conversations, LA Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles
  • Visiting Artist in Residence + Lecture, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
  • Visiting Artist in Residence + Lecture, Wassaic Artist Residency, Wassaic, NY
  • a better nectar lecture, The College of New Jersey Art Gallery, Trenton, NJ

2016

  • Melancholia and end of species with Dana Sherwood, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

2015

  • bioArt panel with Suzanne Anker and Mick Lorusso, Crossroads School, Santa Monica, CA
  • LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talk, UCLA, Westwood, CA
  • Family Day, a better nectar, California State University, Long Beach
  • Umwelt: Human Eavesdropping into a Bee’s World, California State University, Long Beach ( Wayne Wright, California State University, Long Beach; 
Dr. Natania Meeker, University of Southern California
; Dr. Anne Leonard, University of Nevada; curator Kristina Newhouse
  • Sound Panel for a better nectar, California State University, Long Beach (with Conductor Jonathan Talberg, Composer Robert Hoehn, Sound Engineer Rychard Cooper; Artist Steve Boyer

2014

  • COLA Artist Talk, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles
  • Buzz Pollination Talk, Theodore Payne Foundation, Sun Valley, CA

2013

  • Visiting Artist Lecture, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Art Center College of Art and Design, Pasadena, CA
  • take me to the apple breeder panel, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
  • take me to the apple breeder, Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

2012

  • Foodprint Symposium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
  • take me to the apple breeder, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
  • Tart and Tang: Beautiful Antiques to Eat, Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • Apple Breeder, Visiting Artist Lectures, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

2011

  • TEDx, Los Angeles, CA
  • Visiting Food Science + Art lecturer, cookbook, Los Angeles
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, California State University, Northridge, CA

2010

  • Visiting Artist Lecture, California State University, Northridge, CA
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

2009

  • Arts and Culture Lecturer, California Summer School for the Arts, Valencia, CA
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, East Los Angeles Community College, Los Angeles

2008

  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Art Center College of Art and Design, Pasadena, CA.
  • Casting Workshop, CalArts, Valencia, CA

2002

  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

professional service
2015-2016
Faculty Council, Art College of Design, Pasadena, CA
2015-2016
Student Academic Policy Committee, Art College of Design, Pasadena, CA
2011-2014
Awards Panel, Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles
2011
Admissions Advisory, California State Summer School for the Arts, Los Angeles

studio classes
Beginning Sculpture
Advanced Sculpture
2D
3D
Drawing
Ceramics
Watercolor

seminar classes
Re-Thinking Art Art of Research for Fine Artists
Writing Tandem to Art and Design
Professional Practices for Fine Artists
Eat This: the art, politics and curating of food
Contemporary Media, Art and Visual Language
Professional Practices for Fine Artists
Second Nature: defining of nature through power
Graduate Critique
Independent Studies