Photo by  Morgan Barrie

Photo by Morgan Barrie

About Jessica

Jessica Tenbusch (b. 1984) is inspired by the animal and plant species that live near humans. She explores the relationships between species and how they shaped her experience as a human animal. Her work is an observation on our role as ecosystem builders and destroyers. These works are fragments of our daily environment, showing just how close nature is in our everyday lives, embedded in our homes and neighborhoods. In her childhood, she was lucky to share her home with a multitude of other animals and hundreds of houseplants. Outside was always inside.

She loves to work in the spaces between two-dimensional and three-dimensional representation and uses color pencil, ink, acrylic paint, wood, metal, and found natural and man-made materials to create sculpture and works on paper.

Jessica received her BFA in 2011 and MFA in 2014 from Eastern Michigan University where she concentrated in metalsmithing and drawing. In addition to exhibiting her work nationally, she is active in the local arts community curating shows and coordinating events. She lives and works in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her practice is located within Ypsi Alloy Studios, a 3D arts studio she co-owns and runs with two other local artists.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2014 MFA Eastern Michigan University - Interdisciplinary, Summa Cum Laude
2011 BFA Eastern Michigan University - Metalsmithing


Solo/Two-Person Exhibitions

2015 Lacuna: Life Through Death - Chin-Azzaro Gallery, Ypsilanti MI
2014 Die/Grow Grow/Die Thesis Show - Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti MI
2013 Jessica Tenbusch & Suzanne Boissy - Bona Sera, Ypsilanti MI


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 You Can't Touch A Ghost - Galleri 2987, Detroit MI

2018 Thinking With Animals - River House Arts, Toledo OH
Peaceable Kingdom - Higher Art Gallery, Traverse City MI
Written Into Rock - Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI
The Infinite Undoing - Galleri 2987, Detroit MI
Sanctuary - Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI
Alumni-18: Sculpture - Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti MI

2017 Emergent Effect - Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI
Sacred Spaces - Higher Art Gallery, Traverse City MI
Gathering: A Venison Magazine Retrospective - Abrams Claghorn Gallery, Albany CA

2016 Alter+Combine - (SCENE) Metrospace, Lansing MI
Borders - Walter Terhune Gallery, Owens Community Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Perrysberg OH
Never Not Broken - Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI
Re: Formation, dual-site exhibition - Toledo OH & Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI
Echoes - 22 North Gallery, Ypsilanti MI
 
2015 CLOSER - (SCENE) Metrospace, Lansing MI
Potato, Potahto: Sides of Midwestern Life - 22 North Gallery, Ypsilanti MI
Forage: A Collection of Honey Bee Inspired Art - 22 North Gallery, Ypsilanti MI
 
2014 Master Pieces - Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati OH

2013 The 91st Annual All Media Exhibition - Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI
Rodin Spring Show - Rodin, Detroit MI
Metals 2013 - Walter B. Ford Building, Center for Creative Studies, Detroit MI
 
2012 Embodiment - Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI

2011 Emergence 11 - Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti MI
Real People 2011 - Old Court House Art Center, Woodstock IL


Curation and Professional Activities

2015 - Present Owner/Operator : Ypsi Alloy Studios - Ypsilanti MI

2018 Co-curator : Thinking With Animals - River House Arts, Toledo OH, Co-curated with Morgan Barrie
Curator: Sanctuary - Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI
Juror : Forage VI - 22 North Gallery, Ypsilanti MI
Coordinator: Ypsi Alloy Studios Pop Up - Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI

2017 Curator : Emergent Effect - Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI
Juror : Forage V - 22 North Gallery, Ypsilanti MI
Co-curator/Juror : Chimera - 22 North Gallery, Ypsilanti MI, Co-curated with Morgan Barrie
Coordinator: Ypsi Alloy Studios Holiday Market - Ypsi Alloy Studios, Ypsilanti MI

2016 Curator : Echoes - 22 North Gallery, Ypsilanti MI
Juror: Forage IV - 22 North Gallery, Ypsilanti MI


Publications

2019 Artist Profile, Create! Magazine, Annual International Women's Issue, Issue XIV, March/April 2019
2018 "Thinking with Animals," Rustbelt Arts [link]
2016 "Jessica Tenbusch," Venison Quarterly, Summer 2016 Issue [link]
Alter+Combine Group Show Catalog, (SCENE) Metrospace, Lansing MI
2015 CLOSER Group Show Catalog, (SCENE) Metrospace, Lansing MI
2014 MANIFEST Gallery, Season 10 Manifest Exhibition Annual Catalog
 

Awards and Honors

2016 Second Place Award - Borders, River Arts Gallery, Perrysberg OH
2013 Teaching Assistantship - Eastern Michigan University, 3D Design
2012 - 2013 Arthur Rockall Scholarship
2011 - 2014 Graduate Assistantship - Eastern Michigan University
2011 - 2012 Dorothy Lamming Graduate Student Scholarship
Arthur Rockall Scholarship
Fellowship Award for Symposium Participants