Assistant Professor of Art
BFA emphasis in Sculpture (Magna Cum Laude), Minnesota State University, Moorhead; MFA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Jessica is a sculptor with an active studio practice. Recently she received second prize at the Tallahassee International hosted at the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts; the Three-Dimensional Award at the 36th Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition at the Augustana College Art Museum; and two Iowa Arts Council Grants supported through the National Endowment for the Arts. Teckemeyer’s artworks have been featured in six solo exhibits and shown in over 40 group exhibitions. Viewers in many cities have experienced her work, including: Monaco, France; Montevideo, Uruguay; New York; South Orange, N.J.; Santa Ana, Calif.; Chicago; Baltimore; Tallahassee, Fla.; Milwaukee; Savannah, Ga.; Cincinnati; Minneapolis; and Des Moines. Teckemeyer has fabricated sculptures for internationally known artist Siah Armajani since 2009. Prior to graduate school, Teckemeyer worked in the sculpting, mold making, and painting departments at "Tivoli Too" a 3D design and production studio located near Minneapolis. Her artwork can be viewed at: www.jteckemeyer.com.
The core of my philosophy is to engage students with critical thinking and technical ability. Projects in three-dimensional courses explore contemporary art themes through a variety of approaches. I am an effective professor because I have a deep understanding of the discipline rooted in experience, as well as knowledge of art history, contemporary art, and theory. My students are encouraged to take risks to lead to discover of artistic values.
CLARKE'S IMPACT ON JESSICA
Given the small class sizes, one-on-one time is abundant. This results in strong connections with students. Most alumni from the three-dimensional program stay in contact and we meet up occasionally for coffee!
JESSICA'S IMPACT ON STUDENTS
As a professor, I am responsible to set the tone for every class time. Approaching course content with excitement adds to an energetic atmosphere. As a teaching artist, I share insights into the practices of a working artist. Through my dedication and accomplishments, students are inspired to find their artistic voice.
Movie – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Book – The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson
Quote – “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” – Albert Einstein
Class in college – Theoretical Constructions of Space, Dr. Archer
Places traveled - France, Italy, England, Uruguay and several cities in the U.S.
Hobbies – Traveling and scrapbooking