Through her practice Jessica Rath considers how we shape the aesthetics of agricultural production and of our immediate landscape. In 2014 she received the California Community Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship and grants from the Reed Foundation, Metabolic Studios, and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation for her solo exhibition A Better Nectar. Based on the symbiosis between bumblebees and the plants they pollinate, this traveling exhibition originated at the University Art Museum, California State University-Long Beach, CA in 2015 and includes a 96-page catalog detailing her collaborations and process.
Recent solo exhibitions include take me to the apple breeder at Jack Hanley Gallery in New York (2012) and the Pasadena Museum of California Art (2012); Single Species Translation with Laura Cooper at the Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota (2013); and 3 Solo Projects at Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design (2009). take me to the apple breeder, based genetic work at Cornell University Agricultural Research Station, garnered reviews in Art in America, Artforum, Xtra Contemporary Art Quarterly, and LA Times; articles in Bon Appetit, Garden Design, Smithsonian Magazine and Treehugger; and interviews by KCRW’s Good Food (radio) and Columbia University’s Venue blog among others.
In 2013, Rath received the City of Los Angeles (COLA) Fellowship and exhibited the resulting work, Ripe, at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (2014). Rath’s awards also include a Center for Cultural Innovation Artistic Innovation grant, Durfee Foundation ARC grants, a MTA Metrolab Commission, and the Bridge Residency Award from Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA. Her work is included in the Center for Art and Environment Archive Collections at the Nevada Museum of Art. She currently teaches at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA and received her B.A. from University of Missouri and her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts.