After a lifetime of moving around the country, Jessica Wicken and her husband settled in Denver in 1996 and have made it their home. The beauty and light of Colorado and the West inspired her to go back to painting. Prior to moving to Colorado, Jessica exhibited her paintings in Pittsburgh, PA, and then Washington DC where she also worked as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill before moving to New York City, when she made the (strangely logical at the time) switch to acting. After thirteen years as an actress, singer, jeweler and office temp in New York City and Los Angeles, it was time to get back to her art roots.
Ms. Wicken received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah (major in painting and drawing, minor in art history) and also studied art in San Miguel de Allende and Saltillo, Mexico, as well as the Art Students League in Denver, CO. Her work has been juried into highly selective shows, has received numerous awards, and is held in numerous private collections internationally and across the United States. Of note in Colorado, her work is included in the Inkfish Collection, the Denver Library’s, Blair Caldwell African American Research Center, and selected by Marriott Corporation’s “Art on the Road” tour of ten American cities as one of Colorado’s outstanding artists. Her painting “Daylight Dissolving” was recently chosen by the Art in Embassies program to hang in the American Embassy in Athens, Greece, from 2011 through 2012.