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My work unfolds into pieces deeply enriched with symbolism and metaphor. I find myself gravitating toward the internal landscape as it relates to our outside world, and the negotiation between the two. Being heavily influenced by the nature of psychology, perception, and empathy, much of my work gives center stage to navigating these concepts and theories.
While photography is at the core of my work, it also paves the way to an in depth multimedia approach to collage, installations and other modern, mixed media works. I encourage viewers to do more than offer a passing glance, but rather to sit in conversation and contemplation with the subject matter. To that measure, the pieces I create often reveal more intimate layers the longer one stands in conversation with them.
Jessica DeMuro sees art in everyday life. As she says, “there’s no escaping it.”
A multimedia artist living and working in Chicago & Detroit she uses photography at the core of her contemporary work, which includes installations, collages and mixed media compositions.
Surrounded by creativity from the start, her family produced painters, woodworkers and ceramists. A chance encounter with her first camera would pave her way toward a creative career.
“I found my father’s old camera in a linen closet,” DeMuro recalled. “I took it to my high school photography class. The light meter didn’t work. I still have that old camera. It likely spawned my love for old, vintage cameras - which is something I still collect.”
A native of Ann Arbor, DeMuro earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism - with a focus on Photojournalism and Design - in 2004 from Michigan State University. A passionate learner, DeMuro studied abroad in Great Britain while at MSU, then later moved on to Chicago’s Harrington College of Design where, in 2007, she proudly served as the school’s commencement speaker and took home her associate’s degree in Digital Photography.
By 2010, DeMuro headed to Los Angeles to continue her art career and education. There, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Art Photography from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif. She taught classes and has been a guest critic, guiding undergraduate work at the school as well.
DeMuro returned to her home state, Michigan, in 2016 to continue focusing on her growing career. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Most recently DeMuro has been featured in shows at Detroit’s Women’s Work Gallery, Norwest Gallery and The Scarab Club.
In 2013, she earned the Premio Internazionale Bugatti Seganti International Art Prize in Milan. The following year, DeMuro received the Puffin Foundation Grant for her work, Unspeakable. Her installation, 3,650 Days was featured in the Casablanca Biennale in Morocco in 2016. And her works have been collected by the Rossi Foundation in Milan and the Biennale Internationale De Casablanca in Morocco.
DeMuro is a member of The Room Project, a space for women and non-binary writers and artists in Detroit, as well as the Los Angeles Center of Photography and the non-profit Society for Photographic Education.
When she’s not working at home, or in her studio in Detroit’s historic Fisher Building, DeMuro can be found reading, traveling or working on pottery, which is a meditative hobby for her. For the past 10 years she has studied Reiki and found energy work to be an important part of her life.
DeMuro identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and currently lives with her husband and two cats in Chicago’s west side.
Exploring Humanity, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA
Purple for Alzheimers, Auburn Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Covid 19 Artist Stories, Building Bridges Art Exchange, Los Angeles, CA
Mix with the Maker, Embrace Creatives & Bright Ideas, Royal Oak, MI
10th Annual Photography Exhibit, Downriver Council for the Arts, Wyandotte, MI
2020 Exhibition of Contemporary Photography, The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI
Detroit Window Design Classic, Norwest Gallery & Design Core, Detroit, MI
Surface, Women's Work Gallery, Detroit MI
Art Now: Photography ‘Nothing is Clear, Nothing is Certain’, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Women, Andy Art Center & Norwest Gallery, Detroit, MI
Mutiny, Norwest Gallery Of Art, Detroit MI
Fear vs. Freedom, One One Six Two Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Voice, Curator Love & Artsy, Los Angeles, CA
Place, Norwest Gallery, Detroit, MI
48 Hour Project, Focus Hope & Norwest Gallery, Detroit, MI
Detroit Design Crawl, Design Core Detroit, Detroit, MI
Creative Spaces Open Studio, Open Studios, Fisher Building, Detroit, MI
Grand Opening, Floor Four Creative Space, Fisher Building, Detroit, MI
"This Is Not the End", Album Cover, MILCK, Atlantic Records, Los Angeles CA
"I Can't Keep Quiet", Single Cover, MILCK, Atlantic Records, Los Angeles, CA
We The People, Biennale Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco
RESOLUTION_The Digital Print, Jai & Jai Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
FridaMania, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
Generazoni, Bice Bugatti Art Foundation, Milan, Italy
3,650 Days: An Installation, CeArte Cultural Center, Ensenada, Mexico
Unspeakable, Building Bridges Art Foundation, Santa Monica, CA
MFA 2012, Gallery 27, Santa Barbara, CA
Destination, The Fixx Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
XI, Around the Coyote, Chicago, IL
Salt and Pepper, D’Last Gallery, Chicago, IL
Spotlight, Barbara Marx Gallery, Chicago, IL
Master of Fine Arts, Fine Art Photography
Brooks Institute of Photography, 2012
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism
Michigan State University, 2004
Associate of Applied Science, Photography
Harrington College of Design, 2007
Featured Artist, Artsy.com, 2018
Honorable Mention, ’Best of Photography 2016’, Photographers Forum, 2016
Puffin Foundation Grant, 2014
54th Premio Internationale Bugatti Segantini Prize, The Rossi Foundation, 2013
Jessica DeMuro, Photographer, Mixed Media, Contemporary, Geometric, Texture, Sculpture, Black and White Photography, Energy,