- BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 2002
- M.Arch, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI 2006
Jessica Frelinghuysen sculpts objects to help negotiate social anxieties and continually seeks to reconcile the separation between the individual and society. When encountering a new place, she will usually spend a long time observing, sketching and trying to figure how she fits into a particular environment. She is not afraid of the absurd; in fact, she appreciates the importance of humor as a vehicle.
She has traveled and lectured extensively and often conceives of projects, like Germination Corps. (www.plantbackpacks.com) that take her all over the globe working with different communities.
Her work has been shown at the International Print Center in New York and other nationally important venues including the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh, Public Pool Gallery, in Hamtramck, and The Aspen Art Museum. She has been awarded artist residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts in California, SIM residency in Reykjavik, Iceland, Sculpture Space in New York, Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts in Colorado, Vermont Studio Center and Philadelphia Art Hotel. Jessica's multimedia and participatory work has been reviewed in publications that range from Artforum Magazine to Infinite Mile, a journal of Art and Culture in Detroit, and Wired UK.