b. 1984, Sebastopol, CA
lives and works in Queens, NY

Selected Exhibitions

Showfields x Nicholas Cueva, with Zoe Brice, Kat Chamberlin, Georgia Elrod, Priscilla Fusco, Jesse Greenberg, Robin Kang, Liz Nielsen, Gil Riley, Lily Rosen, Kathryn Shriver, Elisa Soliven, and Amanda Turner Pohan, curated by Nicholas Cueva, Showfields, New York, NY
The Fungus and the Future, with Yura Adams, Antonia Dias Leite, Daniel Fernandes, Ghost of a Dream, Sylwia Gorak, Catarina Lopes Vicente, Rachel Rampleman, and Jill Sigman, 601 Artspace, New York, NY

Shows in Spaces #11, with Florencia Escudero, Ryan Michael Ford, Ritual Howls, Ryan Frank, Nicholas Norris, IrisEyris / Nicole Pivirotto, Michael Sims, Kazue Taguchi, and Martijn in ‘t Veld, curated by Brent Birnbaum, 311 Beach 73rd Street, Arverne, NY 
Viel Feind, viel Ehr, with Jerry Blackman, Lutz Braun, Andreas Bunte, Andrew Guenther, Stef Heidhues, John Hodany, Jeroen Jacobs, Valentin Just, Michael Kirkham, Johnny Mullen, Hester Oerlemans, Mike Olin, Thomas Schroeren, Marike Schuurman, Gibb Slife, Raaf van der Sman, Heidi Specker, Barbara Westermann, and Anton Zolotov, curated by Johnny Mullen and Raaf van der Sman, Peninsula Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Graces, with Amanda Baldwin and Georgia Elrod, curated by Nicholas Cueva, 5-50 Gallery, Queens, NY
Skip/Salvage, with Fannie Allié, Vincent Dermody, Jason Douglas Griffin, Jack Henry, Timothy Mitchell, August Krogan Roley, and Alex Valls, curated by Audree Anid and Rachel Tretter, RATA Projects, New York, NY
Upstairs Art Fair, with Nikki Katsikas, Katherine Mangiardi, Matthias Merkel Hess, and Sophia Narrett, yours mine & ours, Amagansett, NY
BEER, SODA, CIGARETTES, AND LAMPSHADES, with Stephen Eakin, Paul Gagner, Heather Garland, Karen Lederer, Hilary Pecis, Polly Schindler, Jennifer Sullivan, and Heeseop Yoon, curated by Jessica Cannon, farbywide.com
Layers, with Aglaé Bassens, Alice Browne, and Stephanie Temma Hier, curated by Ian Giles, Global Committee, Brooklyn, NY

Uneven Stones, with Andrew Gayle and Jason Kachadourian, curated by Amanda Turner Pohan, TWOFORTY, Brooklyn, NY
Savage Hotel, with Abelardo Cruz Santiago, Jeffrey Dalessandro, Annabel Daou, Olivia Divecchia, Rachel Granofsky, and Matthew Whitenack, curated by Alexander Handler and Paul Pissarro, 56 Bogart Street 3C, Brooklyn, NY
King of the Cockroaches, with Becky Brown, Daniel Lichtman, and Bill Santen, organized by Becky Brown, Hercules Project Space, New York, NY
Archipelago, with Ernesto Burgos, Robin Cameron, Kiran Chandra, David de Tscharner, Andrew Erdos, and Mariana Garibay Raeke, curated by Clara Darrason and Jennifer Houdrouge, The Chimney NYC, Brooklyn, NY
A Little Air, with Kyath Battie, Alysha Farling, Jeremy Gordaneer, Zoe Kreye, Peter Morin, and Caleb Speller, Divided Space, Young Building, Camosun College, Victoria, Canada
King of the Cockroaches, with Becky Brown, Martha Clippinger, Rachel Goodwin, Daniel Lichtman, and Bill Santen, organized by Becky Brown, Guest Room Project Space, Carrboro, NC

It's in the making (with exhibition catalog), with Cedric Bomford, Jim Bomford, Nathan Bomford, Nicholas Galanin, Shelley Penfold, and Angela Teng, curated by Haema Sivanesan and Nicole Stanbridge, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, Canada
Representing Rainbows, with Olivia Booth, Katherine Bradford, G. Davis Cathcart, Tim Davis, Annie Ewaskio, Anoka Faruquee, Barbara Friedman, Elliott Green, Joanne Greenbaum, Stefanie Gutheil, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Julie Heffernan, Laurie Hogan, Lisa Hoke, David Humphrey, Jon Kessler & Mika Rottenberg, Todd Knopke, Siobhan McBride, James Rieck, Ugo Rondinone, Michelle Rosenberg, Lisa Sanditz, Judith Simonian, Elena Sisto, Shinique Smith, Barbara Takenaga, Robin Tewes, Jonathan Tracy, Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda, Leslie Wayne, and Jeremy Willis, curated by Lisa Corinne Davis, GP Presents, New York, NY
Baker's Dozen, with Michael Badour, Michael Bailey-Gates, Adam Basanta, Lorna Bauer, Carly Mark, Jenine Marsh, Kristie Muller, Walter Scott, Matt Sperdakos, The Loon, VSVSVS, and Lillian Paige Walton, curated by CK2, New York, NY
Fine words butter no parsnips however fine parsnips can butter words, with Mauricio Alejo, Octavio Abundez, Rachelle Bussieres, Reiko Hamano, Dave Hardy, Julio César Morales, José Luis Córtes Santander, Abelardo Cruz-Santiago, Birgit Rathsmann, Gabriel Rico, Keith Allyn Spencer, Theresa Sterner, Zach Trow, and Letha Wilson, co-organized by Alejando Almanza Pereda and Present Company, Present Company, Brooklyn, NY

Soft Slice Corral,
with Audrey Hope, Goodnight Projects, San Francisco, CA (duo)
Receptive Fields,
with Farrell Brickhouse, Ariel Dill, Sarah Faux, and Clint Jukkala, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY
25: Multiples Toward a Past and Future, Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria, Canada
Underdonk and Friends, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY

The Shortest Distance Between Two Points, an exhibition-specific multi-artist web project Deux Faces organized by Parallelograms, Syndicat Potentiel, Strasbourg, France
Regolith, Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria, Canada (solo)
Recollections of the Artist: A Portrait of Collage, curated by Gart Darley, Ministry of Casual Living, Victoria, Canada
Underdonk Selects, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY
Synthetic Zero, curated by Mitsu Hadeishi, BronxArtSpace, New York, NY
Conveyor Melt, Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

All of the Above, curated by Keena Gonzalez and Michael Berube, Church of St. Paul the Apostle, New York, NY
Opening Show, curated by Jule Korneffel and Alfons Knogl, Zusi Graham, Cologne, Germany
Split Me Open with Devotion, with Jenna Westra, Johanna Jaeger, and Sophie Grant, Little V, New York, NY
The Amateur Astronomers Society of Voorhees Salon, curated by Emmy Catedral, Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York, NY

Can't Stop Rock Lobster, curated by Merkx & Gwynne, Shoot the Lobster, New York, NY

Transparent Trophies,
with Jonathan Tracy, 4707 Telegraph, Oakland, CA (duo)
curated by Kara Joslyn, 4707 Telegraph, Oakland, CA
Southern Exposure's 10th Annual Monster Drawing Rally, Verdi Club, San Francisco, CA
Division of Labour, with Jonathan Tracy, Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria, Canada (duo)

Lost Wisdom, Bruce Gallery, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Conflation, PLAySPACE Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Buddy System, Rare Device Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Friends’ Fucked-Up Faces, The Fifty Fifty Arts Collective, Victoria, Canada (solo)

Public Performances and Presentations

2018 Visiting Artist Lecture, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
2018 Medium Emotions: a Reading/Viewing, with Natasha Marie Llorens, Printed Matter, New York, NY
2017 Nicholas Cueva in Conversation, with Maddie Reyna, Alex Sewell, and Zach Seeger, Five Myles, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Belong to You, a collaborative visual/audio piece developed and performed with Jule Korneffel, Hercules Project Space, New York, NY


2021 work included in Mnemosyne Atlas (2020) by Freya Powell, New York, NY. Print.
2018 Medium Emotions, 108 page monograph including text by Natasha Marie Llorens, published by Colpa Press, San Francisco, CA. Print.
2017 work included in It's in the making, 40 page catalogue published in conjunction with a museum exhibition of the same title at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, with Cedric, Nathan and Jim Bomford, Nicholas Galanin, Shelley Penfold, and Angela Teng, curated by Haema Sivanesan and Nicole Stanbridge, printed in Canada. Print.
2016 work included in Six Screenshots, Ginger Zine, Issue 3, pgs 34-37, New York, NY. Print and Web.
2015 work included in Mnemosyne Atlas (2014) by Freya Powell, New York, NY. Print.
2014 Two Places at Once, 32 page artist book in an edition of 100 self-published in New York NY. Print.
2012 Back-Ups, 85 page artist book self-published in New York, NY. Print.
2009 White Space/Time, 40 page artist book published in the series Buddy System by Little Paper Planes in San Francisco, CA. Print.
2005 The First Four Months, 50 page zine of art and writing self-published in Victoria, Canada and featured as one of the 4 best zines of Winter 2005 in Broken Pencil, Issue 27, page 21, Toronto, Canada. Print.

Selected Press

2018 Ibarra, Genesis. “True art is a path best travelled alone.” The Hofstra Chronicle. October 29.
2018 Steinhauer, Emily. "Jess Willa Wheaton: helping us visualize the 'luscious' sounds of Sugar Candy Mountain." Beyond the Music. May 9.
2018 "Favorite Album Covers and the Artists Who Made Them." Beyond the Music. February 21.
2016 "Must Sees This Week." Canadian Art. Oct 27.
2015 Joy, Christopher and Zachary Keeting. "Jess Willa Wheaton" (video interview). Gorky's Granddaughter. May 4.


2014 MFA in Painting, Hunter College, New York, NY
2009 BFA in Painting and Drawing, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2006 Certificate in Visual Arts, Camosun College, Victoria, Canada


2019 Sanskriti Foundation Residency, New Delhi, India
2016 nominee, Griffin Gallery International Residency, London, UK
2014 Camosun College Artist in Residence
2014 nominee, Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture
2013 Kossak MFA Travel Grant for independent travel to Paris
2009 Richard K. Price Scholarship
2009 California College of the Arts Trustees’ Scholarship
2007-2009 California College of the Arts Scholarship
2007-2009 Faculty Honors Scholarship
2006 Camosun College International Endowment Award
2006 Jessie Allan Forsyth Memorial Award of Excellence in Art
2005 Monday Magazine Visual Arts Award
2002 California Governor's Scholar Award
2000 California Arts Scholar in Creative Writing Award