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

Selected Exhibitions

2021
That Surface in Which We Are, Greg Carideo, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Chris Domenick, and Jess Willa Wheaton, organized by Jess Willa Wheaton, The Catskills, New York, NY
Studio Jamz III, Caitlin Berndt, Tess Bilhartz, Eli Bornowsky, Sam Branden, Ricardo Cabret, Jaqueline Cedar, Kat Chamberlin, Paul Corio, Christopher Dunlap, Jeff Fichera, Paul Gagner, Glenn Goldberg, John Greiner, Meredith Iszlai, Elizabeth Livingston, Daniel Mantilla, Björn Meyer-Ebrecht, Nora Maité Nieves, Jeremy Olson, Livia Ortiz, André Marcel Pagán, Camille Rouzaud, Tom Sanford, Peter Schenck, Maria Stabio, Kelli Thompson, Richard Tinkler, Jonathan Torres, Rob Ventura, Chuck Webster, Jess Willa Wheaton, and Tim Wilson, curated by Jeff Fichera, Fernando Pintado, and Peter Schenck, 46-55 Metropolitan Ave, 3rd Floor, Queens, NY

2020
Showfields x Nicholas Cueva, Zoe Brice, Kat Chamberlin, Georgia Elrod, Priscilla Fusco, Jesse Greenberg, Robin Kang, Liz Nielsen, Gil Riley, Lily Rosen, Kathryn Shriver, Elisa Soliven, Amanda Turner Pohan, and Jess Willa Wheaton, curated by Nicholas Cueva, Showfields, New York, NY
The Fungus and the Future, Yura Adams, Antonia Dias Leite, Daniel Fernandes, Ghost of a Dream, Sylwia Gorak, Catarina Lopes Vicente, Rachel Rampleman, Jill Sigman, and Jess Willa Wheaton, 601 Artspace, New York, NY

2019
Shows in Spaces #11, Florencia Escudero, Ryan Michael Ford, Ritual Howls, Ryan Frank, Nicholas Norris, IrisEyris / Nicole Pivirotto, Michael Sims, Kazue Taguchi, Jess Willa Wheaton, and Martijn in ‘t Veld, curated by Brent Birnbaum, 311 Beach 73rd Street, Arverne, NY 
Viel Feind, viel Ehr, 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, Jess Willa Wheaton, and Anton Zolotov, curated by Johnny Mullen and Raaf van der Sman, Peninsula Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

2018
Graces, Amanda Baldwin, Georgia Elrod, and Jess Willa Wheaton, curated by Nicholas Cueva, 5-50 Gallery, Queens, NY
Skip/Salvage, Fannie Allié, Vincent Dermody, Jason Douglas Griffin, Jack Henry, Timothy Mitchell, August Krogan Roley, Alex Valls, and Jess Willa Wheaton, curated by Audree Anid and Rachel Tretter, RATA Projects, New York, NY
Upstairs Art Fair, Nikki Katsikas, Katherine Mangiardi, Matthias Merkel Hess, Sophia Narrett, and Jess Willa Wheaton, yours mine & ours, Amagansett, NY
BEER, SODA, CIGARETTES, AND LAMPSHADES, Stephen Eakin, Paul Gagner, Heather Garland, Karen Lederer, Hilary Pecis, Polly Schindler, Jennifer Sullivan, Jess Willa Wheaton, and Heeseop Yoon, curated by Jessica Cannon, farbywide.com
Layers, Aglaé Bassens, Alice Browne, Stephanie Temma Hier, and Jess Willa Wheaton, curated by Ian Giles, Global Committee, Brooklyn, NY

2017
Uneven Stones, Andrew Gayle, Jason Kachadourian, and Jess Willa Wheaton, curated by Amanda Turner Pohan, TWOFORTY, Brooklyn, NY
Savage Hotel, Abelardo Cruz Santiago, Jeffrey Dalessandro, Annabel Daou, Olivia Divecchia, Rachel Granofsky, Jess Willa Wheaton, and Matthew Whitenack, curated by Alexander Handler and Paul Pissarro, 56 Bogart Street 3C, Brooklyn, NY
King of the Cockroaches, Becky Brown, Daniel Lichtman, Bill Santen, and Jess Willa Wheaton, organized by Becky Brown, Hercules Project Space, New York, NY
Archipelago, Ernesto Burgos, Robin Cameron, Kiran Chandra, David de Tscharner, Andrew Erdos, Mariana Garibay Raeke, and Jess Willa Wheaton, curated by Clara Darrason and Jennifer Houdrouge, The Chimney NYC, Brooklyn, NY
A Little Air, Kyath Battie, Alysha Farling, Jeremy Gordaneer, Zoe Kreye, Peter Morin, Caleb Speller, and Jess Willa Wheaton, Divided Space, Young Building, Camosun College, Victoria, Canada
King of the Cockroaches, Becky Brown, Martha Clippinger, Rachel Goodwin, Daniel Lichtman, Bill Santen, and Jess Willa Wheaton, organized by Becky Brown, Guest Room Project Space, Carrboro, NC

2016
It's in the making (with exhibition catalog), Cedric Bomford, Jim Bomford, Nathan Bomford, Nicholas Galanin, Shelley Penfold, Angela Teng, and Jess Willa Wheaton, curated by Haema Sivanesan and Nicole Stanbridge, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, Canada
Representing Rainbows, 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, Jess Willa Wheaton, and Jeremy Willis, curated by Lisa Corinne Davis, GP Presents, New York, NY
Baker's Dozen, Michael Badour, Michael Bailey-Gates, Adam Basanta, Lorna Bauer, Carly Mark, Jenine Marsh, Kristie Muller, Walter Scott, Matt Sperdakos, The Loon, VSVSVS, Lillian Paige Walton, and Jess Willa Wheaton, curated by CK2, New York, NY
Fine words butter no parsnips however fine parsnips can butter words, 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, Jess Willa Wheaton, and Letha Wilson, co-organized by Alejando Almanza Pereda and Present Company, Present Company, Brooklyn, NY

2015
Soft Slice Corral,
Audrey Hope and Jess Willa Wheaton, Goodnight Projects, San Francisco, CA (duo)
Receptive Fields,
Farrell Brickhouse, Ariel Dill, Sarah Faux, Clint Jukkala, and Jess Willa Wheaton, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY
25: Multiples Toward a Past and Future, Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria, Canada
Underdonk and Friends, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY

2014
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)

2013
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, Jenna Westra, Johanna Jaeger, Sophie Grant, and Jess Willa Wheaton, Little V, New York, NY
The Amateur Astronomers Society of Voorhees Salon, curated by Emmy Catedral, Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York, NY

2012
Can't Stop Rock Lobster, curated by Merkx & Gwynne, Shoot the Lobster, New York, NY

2010
Transparent Trophies, 
Jonathan Tracy and Jess Willa Wheaton, 4707 Telegraph, Oakland, CA (duo)
Multi-Occulti,
curated by Kara Joslyn, 4707 Telegraph, Oakland, CA
Southern Exposure's 10th Annual Monster Drawing Rally, Verdi Club, San Francisco, CA
Division of Labour, Jonathan Tracy and Jess Willa Wheaton, Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria, Canada (duo)

2009
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

Publication

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.

Education

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

Awards/Honors/Residencies

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