A longtime Fort Worth resident, Jessica Fuentes is both an artist and art educator. She received a BA in Art and Performance from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2004 and a MA in Art Education from the University of North Texas in 2013. She is a former member of 500x Gallery, co-founder of ACT(Artists Coming Together)united, and associated with The Mother Load Project’s community of artists. Her work has been exhibited throughout the DFW area and in 2016 her solo show Tree House Divided was noted as one of the Top 5 Exhibitions of the year by FW Weekly. In 2018 her body of work entitled My Only Homeland was featured in Deep Red Press.
Jessica is the Manager of School & Community Outreach at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art where she leads the teaching team overseeing experiences for students and teachers, cultivates learning partnerships with local organizations to reach diverse audiences, and integrates work with local artists into educational opportunities within the museum and in the community. Formerly, she was the Manager of Gallery Interpretation and the Center for Creative Connections at the Dallas Museum of Art. Jessica worked for three years as Adjunct Professor of Art at Tarrant County College and four years as a Middle School Art Teacher. Though much of her passion and work is directed at her local community, in 2017 she was invited to assist the Education Planning Team at the Smithsonian Latino Center, and recently she was named the Representative-Elect for the Western Region of the Museum Division of the National Art Education Association. In her down time she can usually be found with her daughters enjoying an art museum or making art in their home studio.
Though most of my work is photographic in nature, I am constantly experimenting with the way my images are presented. Whether working in photography, mixed media, or narrative writing, my work explores the concepts of time and memory and the distortions of both.
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