Jessica Vaughn is an artist whose practice encompasses working with discarded and mass-produced materials and images to create artworks that convey complex histories of place, production and use.
Vaughn has had several exhibitions in museums and institutions, including Working Thought, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (2022); Lost in America, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Nbk) (2021), Berlin, DE; Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (2018); and Fore Studio Museum in Harlem (2012). In 2021, Vaughn had a survey exhibition, Our Primary Focus is To Be Successful, at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.
Vaughn is the recipient of a 2021 Creative Capital Award and a 2019 Graham Foundation grant. In 2020, she was a fellow at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. Vaughn’s work is included in the public collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of American Art; and Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, DE.
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2015
Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York, NY, 2013, Studio Participant
MFA, Time Based Media Certificate, University of Pennsylvania, 2011
BHA, Social History and Art (Painting & Printmaking), Carnegie Mellon University, 2006
Vaughn, J. & Onli, Meg. (Forthcoming). Jessica Vaughn: Our Primary Focus Is to Be Successful. University
of Pennsylvania, Institute of Contemporary Art.
Vaughn, J. (2021) Depreciating Assets. Printed Matter.
Editors. (2020, January). “Local Geographies: Jessica Vaughn Interviewed by Charlotte Ickes” [Interview].
Bomb Magazine. Retrieved from: https://bombmagazine.org/articles/local-geographies-jessica-
Vaughn, J. & Asimakis, M. (2019). “In Polite English One Disagrees by First Agreeing” [Interview]. Art
Carney, S. P. (2017, December 8). “Anatomies and Administration in Jessica Vaughn’s “Receipt of a Form”
[Review]. Humor and the Abject. Retrieved from: https://www.humorandtheabject.com/blog/2017/