Each week, The Cummer will be highlighting each of the 50 artists represented in the upcoming Folio Weekly Invitational Artist Exhibition, on view at the Museum from August 24 – December 2.
Jessie Barnes is currently a senior at the University of North Florida, majoring in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, and minoring in Art History. Prior to UNF, Barnes attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and graduated as an AP Scholar and as the president of the school’s chapter of the National Art Honor Society. In addition, she has participated in the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Summer Pre-College program, and a Governor’s Summer Art program at Jacksonville University. She is expected to receive her BFA in the spring of 2013, and intends to continue her education by attending graduate school to obtain her MFA.
Barnes is a recipient of the prestigious Lazzara Scholarship, and most recently won Best in Show for her painting, Sarah, at the Ponte Vedra Cultural Center in 2011. She then was given a solo exhibition, entitled Collectivity, which opened in May at the Center’s newest gallery. Her body of work focuses on the magnification of a unique collection of found photographs, and seems to speak to the notions of the human condition, nostalgia, and the loss of the private, tangible photograph to the vast world of contemporary digital media.
For more information about the artist and her work, visit her website.