October 24 - December 11, 2022
“About the Artist and Collaborator
Jessica Halonen’s research-based work explores 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. Halonen’s current project, PM, is a series of paintings that co-mingles abstraction and trompe l’oeil informed by a collection of toxic wallpaper samples.
Jessica Halonen was born in Milford, Michigan and lives and works in Austin and San Antonio. She received an MFA in Painting from Washington University in Saint Louis and has been an Artist-in-Residence at Artpace, San Antonio; Kunstlerhaus Bethanian, Berlin; the MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire; and the Core Program, Glassell School of Art. Her work has been widely exhibited, 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 is a Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at Trinity University in San Antonio.
Kelly Baum is the Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has worked as a curator for over twenty years, holding positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Princeton University Art Museum, where she established the institution’s first department of modern and contemporary art. She has curated and co-curated dozens of group and single-artist exhibitions, most recently Alice Neel: People Come First and Hew Locke: Gilt. She received her PhD from the University of Delaware in 2005 and was a 2018 fellow in the Center for Curatorial Leadership.”
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