Jessica MacMillan (b. 1987, New Hampshire, USA) is an artist and amateur astronomer based in Oslo, Norway. Through kinetic sculpture, 3D animation, and installation, MacMillan's work investigates concepts in astronomy and planetary science. Using optical instruments, geophysical orientation, and ordinary found objects, she focuses on bridging the gap between our everyday lived experience and the context that contains us: on a tiny and fragile planet, in a massive solar system, within a galaxy among billions.


Contact: jessmacmillan [at] gmail [dot] com



SOLO EXHIBITIONS
 
2021    Everyday Moons, Billedkunstnerne i Oslo og Akershus (BOA), Oslo, NO
2018    Radii, Galleri 54, Gothenburg, SE
2017    Corrected Vision, Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Seyðisfjörður, IS
2017    Antiplanet, Studio 17, Stavanger, NO
2016    Averted Vision, White Box Galleri, KHiO, Oslo, NO
2015    Axis Calibration, Galleri Seilduken, KHiO, Oslo, NO
2010    [in] between, with Emmy McIntosh, President's Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021    (Upcoming) Extension.no, Triumph Gallery, Moscow, RU
2018    Høstutstillingen, Kusntnernes Hus, Oslo, NO
2018    Farfuglar, Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Seyðisfjörður, IS
2017    Sequences VIII: Elastic Hours, “Blikk,” Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Seyðisfjörður, IS
2017    Høstutstillingen i Inkognitogata, Inkognitogata 4, Oslo, NO
2017    Here and Not, Atelier Nord ANX, Oslo, NO, with artists Richard Alexandersson and Pete Fleming
2017    Screengrab, Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO
2017    Seven Black Holes, Blomster & Bureau, online exhibition: blomsterogbureau.com
2016    Ora or Labora, MFA Avgangsutstilling, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO
2016    Forårsudstillingen, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DK
2015    Let’s Wait for the Group, Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO
2015    14,8 x 21, Benefit for Dråpen i Havet, P0, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, NO
2015    Chambre d’Amis, Semperdepot, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Vienna, AT
2015    Utstilling, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, NO
2015    EXCESSIVE AND IRRATIONAL, Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO
2015    Beasts and Pets, Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO
2015    Beasts and Pets, Studio 17, Stavanger, NO
2014    IF (The Show Is All Words), click here to see the virtual exhibition
2012    PLAY, Sixteen Tons, Brooklyn, NY
2012    MassArt's 23rd Annual Benefit Art Auction, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, MassArt, Boston, MA
2012    HUNDREDS, Lincoln Arts Project, Waltham, MA
2011    Type Show, Lincoln Arts Project, Waltham, MA
2011    Chain Letter, samsøn, Boston, MA
2010    plus minus time divides, Brant Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA
2010    Graduating Senior Exhibition, Paine Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA
2010    MassArt's 21st Annual Benefit Art Auction, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, MassArt, Boston, MA
2010    Sculpture All School Show, Arnheim Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA
2009    Type, Graphic Design Society, MassArt, Boston, MA
2009    Out of the Woods, Godine Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA
2009    Away, Student Life Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA
2009    The Boston Biennial, Atlantic Works Gallery, East Boston, MA
2009    MassArt's 20th Annual Benefit Art Auction, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, MassArt, Boston, MA
2008    Away, Student Life Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA
2008    Haystack, Student Life Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA
2008    Artists Speak Out! Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA
2008    All School Show Awards Exhibition, Student Life Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA
2008    Sculpture All School Show, Student Life Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA
2007    Just Fine, Student Life Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA



SELECTED PRESS + INTERVIEWS

2021    Kunstavisen  “Overhodet ikke hverdagslig” by Mona Gjessing
2021    Kunstkritikk  /  “Sightseeing på månen“ by Eirik Zeiner-Henriksen 
2021    Morgenbladet  /  “Et univers av ting” by Espen Hauglid / Click here for a PDF
2021    Klassekampen  /  “perspectiv: MacMillan,” January 8
2018    NRK P2 Radio, Verdibørsen  /  “Har kulturen blitt natur?” 46:00–49:11
2018    Universitas  “Mennesket mot naturen” by Vera Maria Gjermundsen
2018    Subjekt “Høstutstillingen er ingen kuratorisk drøm, men det trenger den heller ikke være” by Ingrid Tellefsen Relling 
2018    Dagbladet  “På det beste er Høstutstillingen et underholdende og litt rart og viltert eventyr” by Arve Rød
2018    Intervju film med Jessica MacMillan, produced by Galleri 54, Gothenburg, SE
2017    Klassekampen  /  “perspectiv: MacMillan,” June 16
2016    KUNST, No. 4  /  “Avgangsstudenten: Jessica MacMillan” by Lill Charlotte Sætren
2016    Billedkunst, No. 5  /  “Divergerende Tilnærminger” by Nicholas Norton
2016    Klassekampen  /  “Spredt Avgang” by Line Ulekleiv
2016    Kunstkritikk  /  “Så mye sensualitet” by Simen Joachim Helsvig
2016    Aftenposten  /  “Langt mellom høydepunktene på årets masterutstilling” by Kjetil Røed



RESIDENCIES + WORKSHOPS

2021     (Upcoming) Artica Svalbard, six-week residency, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, NO
2019     ÖRES: Örö Island Residency Program, two-month residency, Skärgårdshavets Nationalpark, FI
2019     NBK Ny-Ålesund Research Station residency, Svalbard, NO
2018     Project Room, Atelier Nord ANX, Oslo, NO
2017     Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, two-month residency, Seyðisfjörður, IS
2015     Nida Art Colony, “Creative Collaboration,” KUNO, Nida, LT
2014     Malmö Art Academy, “Artists Teaching Artists,” KUNO, Malmö, SE



AWARDS + HONORS

2021    Two-year stipend for young artists, Arts Council Norway / Kulturrådet
2020    One-year stipend, Norwegian Visual Artists Fund / Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, NBK
2020    Stipend for young artists, City of Oslo / Oslo Kommune
2019    Ny-Ålesund Research Station residency grant, Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond
2019    One-year stipend, Norwegian Visual Artists Fund / Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, NBK
2018    Project Support Grant, Norwegian Visual Artists Fund / Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, NBK
2018    One-year stipend, Norwegian Visual Artists Fund / Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, NBK
2017    Art and Technology Grant, Arts Council Norway / Kulturrådet
2017    One-year stipend for young artists, Arts Council Norway / Kulturrådet
2017    Project Support Grant, Norwegian Visual Artists Fund / Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, NBK
2017    Exhibtion Support Grant, Arts Council Norway / Kulturrådet
2016    Project Support Grant, Norwegian Visual Artists Fund / Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, NBK
2016    Art Publications and Manuscript Development Grant, Arts Council Norway / Kulturrådet
2016    Kunstnernes Hus Studio Grant, Fondet for Kunst- og Designstudenter ved KHiO
2016    Stipend for Newly Graduated Artists, Arts Council Norway / Kulturrådet
2015    Development of Practice Grant, Fondet for Kunst- og Designstudenter ved KHiO
2010    Helen Blair Crosbie Sculpture Award, First Prize, MassArt
2010    Foundation Auction Award, MassArt
2009    Silver Award for Sculpture at The Boston Biennial, Atlantic Works Gallery, East Boston, MA
2009    Special Projects Grant for Public Art, MassArt



EDUCATION

2017                  Arizona State University, Astronomy: Comparative Planetology
2014 - 2016     The Academy of Fine Art, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO), MFA Fine Arts
2005 - 2010     Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), BFA Sculpture and Art History



MEMBERSHIPS

2018 - Present     Visual Artists Association of Oslo and Akershus / Billedkunstnerne i Oslo og Akershus (BOA)
2017 - Present     The Planetary Society
2016 - Present     Association of Norwegian Visual Artists / Norske Billedkunstnere (NBK)