Jessica Williams

Jeløya, Norway (US/NO)
b. 1986 Anchorage, Alaska, USA


2014   Master of Fine Art, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo (Kunstakademiet), Oslo, Norway
2008   Bachelor of Fine Art, The Cooper Union, New York City, USA
2007   Exchange, Malmö Art Academy, Malmö, Sweden

2024   pile at Kiosken Studio, Kiosken, Bergen
2023   (be)longing, House of Foundation, Moss
2023   (be)longing: open workshop, House of Foundation, Moss
2022   (be)longing: I find myself..., House of Foundation, Moss
2019   Hverdag Books at VITRINE, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, Oslo
2019   No Wrong Answers, Studio 17, Stavanger
2017   Å finne stemmen, Pamflett, Bergen
2017   Å vokse opp på Internett og papir, Deichmann Grünerløkka, Oslo
2016   Isolasjon, Galleri Storck, Oslo
2014   Pictures from Japan, Izakaya, Oslo
2013   Basic Needs, Good Press, Glasgow, UK
2012   Notes on Building a Bow, One Night Only, UKS, Oslo
2012   Diary, Domy Books, Austin, USA
2012   working title, Galleri Vitrine, KHiO, Oslo
2011   Full Circle, Galleri P0, KHiO, Oslo
2008   Missing The Moon, KRETS, Malmö, Sweden
2008   Simple Gestures, The Cooper Union, New York City, USA
2007   Let's Build A Home, Duduá, Barcelona, Spain
2006   Let Me Show You, The Cooper Union, New York City, USA
Selected Group Exhibitions

2024   TBA, KUBE, Ålesund
2023   MOMENTUM 12: Together as to gather, F15, Moss
2023   Nye Medlemmer, Norske Grafikere, Oslo
2023   Sommerutstillingen, Østfold Kunstsenter, Fredrikstad
2023   [Photography: The Web of the Future], Northing + Fotobokfestival Oslo, Pon Ding Space, Taipei, Taiwan
2023   Horisonter, Art Lab Gnesta, Sweden
2023   Vinterutstillingen, Østfold bildende kunstnere, Halden
2022   Betraktninger, ROM for kunst og arkitektur, Oslo
2022   Sommerutstillingen, Østfold Kunstsenter, Fredrikstad
2022   Jeg kaller det kunst, Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo
2022   Down to Earth, with TJ Shin and Gloria Fan Duan, Roots & Culture, Chicago, USA
2022   Vårutstillingen, Fotogalleriet, Oslo
2021   Risografi i Norge, curated together with Norsk Risoforening, Grafill, Oslo
2021   Fra skog til Google, Skiens kunstforening, Skien
2021   Art and Life on Paper, curated by BABF, Jugendstilsenteret, Ålesund
2021   Sommerutstillingen, Østfold Kunstsenter, Fredrikstad
2020   Tenthaus for sale, Tenthaus, Oslo
2019   Bergen Art Book Fair at NAP, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
2018   Group Hug #2, Low Standards, Oslo
2018   Food. Place. Memory., Low Standards, Oslo
2018   Engaged Editions, Booklyn, Brooklyn, USA
2018   SMØR Press Risografiutstilling, BABEL, Trondheim Open
2018   Summer Sun Day Dream, The Lab @ Silver Eye, Philadelphia, USA
2018   Between the lines, Kvinnemuseet, Kongsvinger
2018   Why Riso?, Tøyen Startup Village, Oslo
2018   RISOTTO'S RISO ROOM, The Lighthouse, Glasgow, UK
2018   Between the lines, Reception Gallery, KhiO, Oslo
2017   only to find, with Annie Bielski, High Tide, Philadelphia, USA
2017   Islands Of The Sun, curated by Mondo Books, Lofoten International Art Festival, Henningsvær
2017   China Meets Norway in a Bookshelf, Meridan Space, Beijing, China
2017   High Tide Zine Release at Ulises, Ulises, Philadelphia, USA
2017   Nature or Plastic?, Klimafestivalen § 112, Wizard, Oslo
2015   Goddag mann! Kunstsamling, Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger
2014   Precious Moments, Open Space, Baltimore, USA
2014   The unnamed feeling, Sept 12, Folkets bio, Umeå, Sweden
2014   COL•LATE, Flying Object, Hadley, USA
2014   Skrev Bokhandel pop-up, Demon's Mouth, Oslo
2014   Kunstakademiet MA Avgangutstilling, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
2014   Blog Re-blog, Austin Center for Photography, USA
2014   BYOP (Bring Your Own Plant), Wizard, Oslo
2014   Faces, Surfaces and Interfaces, Apr 23, Cinemateket, Oslo
2013   Open Academy, Kunstakademiet, KHiO, Oslo
2013   GSB 5 Years, Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden
2013   Blog Re-blog, Signal, Brooklyn, USA
2013   1986 - 2013 / En kunstner som samler kunst, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium
2013   Sraunus, Diffusion Festival, Cardiff, Wales, UK
2013   We Are All Here, Superclub, Edinburgh, UK
2012   Sraunus, NextArt, Gothenburg, Sweden
2012   The Family Show II, Good Press, Glasgow, UK
2012   Pluss Pluss, March 26, Black Box Teater, Oslo
2011   Open Academy, Kunstakademiet, KHiO, Oslo
2011   Attn: Library, curated by BOOKLET, Kosmos Lane Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2011   Communicate and Circulate, Good Press, Glasgow
2011   If inside, to get out—if outside, to get in, Holodeck, Oslo
2011   PIY 2, Maison d'Art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent sur Marne, France
2011   Chain Letter, curated by David Horvitz, Berlin, Germany
2011   You are My Favorite, Lokal, Hamburg, Germany
2011   Hunter/Gatherer, Booklyn, Brooklyn, USA
2011   Post, Affordable Art Fair, New York City, USA
2011   Cutters Edges, Gestalten Space, Berlin, Germany
2011   Sraunus, Drop In/Drop Out / BYOB, W2 Storyeum, Vancouver, Canada
2011   Pick Me Up, curated by Nous Vous, Somerset House, London, UK
2011   Assembly, The Book Club, London, UK
2011   Twice Removed: A Survey of Take Away Work, Golden Age, Chicago, USA
2011   Cutters/Cork, West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland
2010   Sraunus, Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden
2010   General Public Library, Art in General, New York City, USA
2010   even my mum can make a book, Manzara Perspectives, Istanbul, Turkey
2010   Publish It Yourself, Maison d'Art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent sur Marne, France
2010   Exhibition IV, Appartment, Berlin, Germany
2010   Saturday Sun, Capricious Space, Brooklyn, USA
2010   Being is what it is, 38 Elderfield Road, London, UK
2009   Salon, The Cave, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2009   Medium Rare, Golden Age, Chicago, USA
2009   Cutters, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
2009   Civilization and Its Discontents, The Junction, Toronto, Canada
2009   Everything is Possible, Space 15 Twenty, Los Angeles, USA
2009   I Don't Believe in Miracles, SpaceWomb, New York City, USA
2009   Involved, Socially, Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2009   Park Life: The New Utopia, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, USA
2009   Mistakes, Papa B Studios, Brooklyn, USA
2009   Live Archive, Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York City, USA
2009   Installation at PROJECT MINT, Seoul, South Korea
2009   Forms of Melancholy, SEGO Art Center, Provo, USA
2009   ASDF: In Real Time, Capricious Space, Brooklyn, USA
2008   The Canteen Reading Room, Pulse Fair, Miami, USA
2008   Papercut, Heist Gallery, New York City, USA
2008   Qompendium Time Capsule Series Feat. MANYSTUFF, Qompendium Work Shop, Berlin, Germany
2008   Meet Waradise: Fjord, New York City, USA
2008   Helsinki Biennale, Helsinki, Finland
2008   Summer Reading, Capricious Space, Brooklyn, USA
2008   RETURN TO SENDER, KRETS, Malmö, Sweden
2008   Means to an End, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, USA
2008   Deep in the Heart of Southie, LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, USA
2008   Ruffles & Rot, Mandrake Bar, Los Angeles, USA
2007   Emerging Lines, Temporary Gallery, New York City, USA
2007   White Light, White Heat, Mahan Gallery, Columbus, USA
2007   Årsutställning, Malmö Art Academy, Malmö, Sweden
2007   Forever Is Not Long Enough, EDA / Gallery 1250, Los Angeles, USA
2006   You're a Serpent; And There's No Use Denying It, Domy Books, Houston, USA
2006   Kontempora: Stereo, LINDA, Hamburg, Germany
2006   End of Year Show, The Cooper Union, New York City, USA
2006   A Clearing, with Erin Ikeler, The Cooper Union, New York City, USA
2005   My Back Pages, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, USA
2005   Paper!Awesome! Pigman Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2005   FIVE, Artguise, Ottawa, Canada
2005   He Said/She Said, Pr1mary Space Gallery, Detroit, USA
2004   All The Best, 37 Vestry Street Gallery, New York City, USA
2004   The Drama Presents: RPM, Zirkle House Galleries, Harrisonburg, USA
Residencies, etc

2024   Kiosken Studio, Kiosken, Bergen
2023   Art Lab Gnesta, Sweden
2021   Tenthaus P1 – Mobilt atelier, Tistedal School, Halden
2020   Hjemmefra artists-at-home residency, The Union, Oslo
2019   The Second International Congress of Artist-Run Spaces, Lofoten International Art Festival, Svolvær
2018   PRAKSIS: Taking Hold—The Double Bridge, Oslo
2018   Fordypningsrommet, Fleinvær
2017   Pamflett, Bergen
2004   Look-Look Magazine Photography Residency, SVA, New York City, USA
2003   Color Photography (darkroom), California College of the Arts, Oakland, USA
2002   Darkroom photography, Glassell School of Art, Houston, USA
Book Fairs (* present)

2023   Tsundoku Art Book Fair, PhotoIreland, Dublin
2023   Kunstbokmessen B*stard, Oppland Kunstsenter, Lillehammer *
2023   PhotoFairs Shanghai, Northing + Fotobokfestival Oslo, Shanghai, China
2023   Bergen Art Book Fair, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen *
2023   Reykjavik Art Book Fair, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland
2022   Kunstbokmessen B*stard, Lillehammer *
2022   Lyse Netter, House of Foundation, Moss *
2022   Bergen Art Book Fair, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen *
2021   Printed Matter's Virtual Art Book Fair, with Norsk Risoforening, online
2020   Artic Art Book Fair, Alfheim Swimhall, Tromsø
2020   Trondheim Art Book Fair, TKM Gråmølna
2020   Bergen Art Book Fair, online + Bergen
2019   Chicago Art Book Fair, Chicago Athletic Association, USA *
2019   Miss Read : Berlin Art Book Festival, Germany *
2018   Bergen Art Book Fair, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen *
2018   Kunstbokmessen B*stard, Oppland Kunstsenter, Lillehammer *
2018   Malmö Artists' Book Biennial, Victoriateateren, Sweden *
2017   abC Art Book Fair, Shanghai, China *
2017   Bergen Art Book Fair, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen *
2016   Bergen Art Book Fair, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen *
2014   SPRINT, O', Milano, Italy *
2014   Norway Focus at NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, New York City, USA *
2013   Grafixx Zine Fest, De Studio, Antwerp, Belgium*
2013   Toyko Art Book Fair, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Japan *
2013   Kunstpublikationer, Overgaden Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark*
2012   Kunstpublikationer, Overgaden Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark*
2011   Tekstallianse, 1857, Oslo *

Artist Talks + Panels

2023   Kollektive erfaringer gjennom kunstnerboken, avslutningsseminar til Kunstnerboken: unik og mangfoldig, Kristiansand Kunsthall
2023   (be)longing with Tarini Sethi and Tia Blassingame, House of Foundation, Moss
2023   (be)longing with Makda Embaie, Marina Dubia, and Shaon M, House of Foundation, Moss
2023   Å skape en egen verden - selvpublisering og distribusjon i det norske kunstbokfeltet, Kunstbokmessen B*stard
2023   (be)longing with Jelsen Lee Innocent and Robin Mientjes, House of Foundation, Moss
2023   Edition Taube, Hverdag Books and Bladr on Book Shops as Distribution Platforms, Bergen Art Book Fair
2023   Presentation of cheat sheet with Júlía Hermannsdóttir, Reykjavik Art Book Fair, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland
2023   Kunstnarbøker: Nær og fjern, Agenda Kunst og håndverk, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
2023   (be)longing with Júlía Hermannsdóttir and Vicente Mollestad, House of Foundation, Moss
2022   Book presentation: Oslofjord, with Issue Press, Bergen Art Book Fair
2021   utlikning i designdiskursen, Årets Vakreste Bøker fagdag , Sentralen, Oslo
2021   Talk with George Wietor of Issue Press, Norsk Risoforening, Printed Matter's Virtual Art Book Fair
2019   NARC: North American Risograph Conference, Cards Against Humanity Theater, Chicago
2019   Public Discussion: Artist-Run Spaces, Lofoten International Art Festival, Svolvær
2019   The Unwanted Fish? Scandinavian Publishing today, MISS READ, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2018   Self-publishing = Self-empowerment?, Panel discussion, Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger
2018   Kunstnerbøker i Fokus, Panel discussion, Norsk Litteraturfestival, Lillehammer
2018   Why Riso?, Panel discussion, Tøyen Startup Village, Oslo
2018   Every Shore is a Treasury, Talk, Westerdals ACT, Oslo
2017   Book Lunch, Talk, Bergen Art Book Fair, Bergen Kunsthall
2017   Artist in Riso-Residence, Pamflett, Bergen
2017   binding talk #02, Bananafish Books, Shanghai, China
2016   Bergen Art Book Fair 2016, Talk, Landmark, Bergen
2013   Publishing as (Part-time) Practice, Talk, Grafill R21, Oslo
2012   LENTYNA, Talk, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
2012   Kunstpublikationer 2012, Talk, Overgaden Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012   G.P. Talks, Talk, Glasgow School of Art + Good Press, UK
2011   Norsk Fanzinekongress 2, Talk, Landmark, Bergen
Workshops + Teaching

2023   Risograph workshops for children (holiday), Norske Grafikere, Oslo
2023   Activator for Work/Around by DesignInquiry during London Design Week, UK
2023   Sustainability, collage and artists' books workshop (for children), Norske Grafikere, Oslo
2023   Kunstcamp med Norske Grafikere, Ammerudklubben
2023   Workshop series in collaboration with Safemuse and Hvitsten Salong
2023   Self-publishing and artists' books workshop, Halden Bookworks
2023   2 risograph workshops, Lyse Netter, Moss
2023   Monsterverkstad #4, Art Lab Gnesta, Sweden
2023   Den kulturelle skolesekken (DKS) Viken: Natur eller plast?, Fredrikstad
2023   Riso workshop, Aggregat Kunstnerfellesskap, Ålesund
2023   Visiting lecturer, MFA in Material and Medium Based Art, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo
2023   Visiting lecturer, MFA in Art and Public Space, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo
2023   Visiting lecturer, Oslo Fotokunstskole, Oslo
2022   Hvor ekte er nettversjonene av oss?, Nitja Ung, Lillestøom
2022   Riso course, Oslo Fotokunstskole, Oslo
2022   Sen Fredag, Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo
2022   Kunstnerverksted, Galleri F15, Moss
2022   Risography workshop, UngKunst, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
2022   Risography workshop, UngKunst, Galleri F15
2022   Presentation of artists' books + workshop, UngKunst, Kulturskoler i Viken
2021   2 risograph workshops, Riso i Norge, Norsk Risoforening, Oslo
2021   Den kulturelle skolesekken (DKS): Fra Skog til Google, Vestfold og Telemark
2021   Tenthaus P1 – Mobilt atelier, Tistedal School, Halden
2018   Riso workshop with Miles Hamaker, Low Standards, Oslo
2016   Riso workshop with Tanya Busse, Kunstakademiet i Tromsø
2015   Print it with Riso! workshop with Ann-Kristin Stølan, Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen
2014   NSEW workshop with Camilla Skibrek, Trafo, Oslo
2013   Publishing workshop with Camilla Skibrek, Parallel Academy, Kunstakademiet i Oslo
2013   NSEW workshop with Espen Friberg, Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen
Artist Publications

2022   pile, published by Hverdag Books for/at Nasjonalmuseet
2022   Inheritance, red and black editions, published by Hverdag Books
2022   Oslofjord, expanded second edition, published by Issue Press
2021   Reimagining the data center as mycelium, published by Hverdag Books
2019   It me, published by Hverdag Books
2018   Intimate Narratives, published by Hverdag Books
2017   Å finne stemmen (Finding one's voice), published by Hverdag Books
2017   Not ready for this world, published by Hverdag Books + High Tide
2016   Oslofjord, published by Hverdag Books
2014   Slow Education, published by NSEW
2013   Sympathetic Objects, published by Mediabus
2013   work, drawings, self-published zine
2013   plantlife/oslo, published by Miniature Garden
2013   Leftovers, published by NSEW
2012   Diary, published by Nieves
2011   Zine Subscription, published by NSEW
2010   by myself / I was born / lil la-z-y boy, with Espen Friberg
2009   Glance, published by Mediabus
2009   Open Windows Open Doors, published by Medium Rare
2009   Tenderness, Books On Line
2009   My Favorite Items He Didn't Win, with Reference Library
2009   Wild Kindness, self-published zine
2009   Sensitive, self-published zine
2008   Imperfect Archives, self-published book
2007   Some Thoughts, published by Mediabus
2007   Yes, Goodbye, self-published zine
2007   Sverige, self-published book
2006   Maybe you're right, self-published zine
2006   One Year, self-published book
2005   A collection of snapshots, self-published zine
2004   make everyone happy pt.2, self-published zine
2004   wash your hair more #2, self-published zine
2003   make everyone happy, self-published zine
2003   wash your hair more #1, self-published zine
Bibliography / Press

2023   ABC Stampa, ABC [Artists' Books Cooperative]
2023   No Known Last Address, Artists' Postcard Edition, Multinational Enterprises
2023   Billedkunst, Urgent publications: "(be)longing" with Jessica Williams
2023   Frieze, Frieze New Writers Pick the Best Shows to See in Norway
2022   NUMER #128, Interview with Norsk Risoforening
2020   Kunstavisen, PAUSEROMSPLAKATER - Takk fra kunstnere til sykepleiere
2020   Kunstpluss, Fem Kunstnerbøker
2019   A Short History of Norsk Risoforening and Risography in Norway, Codex Polaris Texts
2019   Artists' Books in Norway, BABF Webzine for NYABF 2019
2019   Bibliotek Nordica, Codex Polaris
2018   Fragment, Blokk Forlag
2018   SPRTS, Chess Issue, Endless Editions, USA
2018   Mini Zine in Norway,Northing + Bananafish, Norway + China
2018   D2, Min arbeidsplass, 17/8
2018   Subjekt, Problemet med menn og minimalisme
2017   Fanfare #10 : Det teknologiske nummeret
2017   Deichmann Litteraturbloggen, Tiden det tar
2017   NUMER #111, Bergen Art Book Fair 2016
2017   Kreativt Forum Kudos, Natur til salgs
2015   The Blue Notebook: Journal for artists' books, UK
2015   FETT #1, 2015
2014   Artwort, Phases of Artwort #02 – Jessica Williams
2014   Phases Mag, Sympathetic Objects
2014   Hyperallergic, Is Norway an Artist Book Paradise?
2014   BOOK STAND, A Conversation with Jessica Williams
2014   Fantasy Art Now, Swimmers Group, Canada
2014   LVL 3 Media, Spotlight: NSEW
2014   I like this blog, Blog Reblog: Jessica Williams & Anthony Smith
2013   COMMON PEOPLE, Bronze Age + Museums Press, UK
2012   Meme Wars (Adbusters), Random House, Canada
2012   book of knots, Miniature Garden, USA
2012   Wilder Quarterly #2, USA
2011   Wilder Quarterly #1, USA
2011   Kunstkritikk, Big politics on a small scale
2011   Hyperallergic, Beyond the Book or Zine Hunting in Booklyn
2011   I Heart Photograph, Making Time
2011   Vow Magazine #1, Germany
2011   Cutting Edges, Die Gestalten Verlag, Germany
2011   Excerpt Magazine, Issue 01
2010   I like this blog, Hello, I would like to talk about #8
2010   White Label, curated by Jaakko Pallasvuo
2010   Kinki Magazine 31, Germany
2010   book of books, Miniature Garden, USA
2010   Brooklyn Diary, Lines & Shapes, USA
2010   SCHEMATIC #1, USA
2009   Interview Magazine, Two of (Paper) Hearts
2009   SF Gate, 'Involved Socially': Artists meld life and art
2009   Murren Vol. 6, Utrecht, Japan
2009   book of houseplants, Miniature Garden, USA
2009   Kingsboro Press #5, USA
2008   RE:UP Magazine #17, USA
2008   Lines & Shapes Vol. 4, USA
2008   Zine Parasita #5, Brazil
2008   Totally Rad, Something Secret, Canada
2007   (dik'sas) Volume 1, USA
2007   ‹VISION› China September, China
2007   Waterfall Magazine, Issue 4, Taiwan
2007   Semi-Permanent 2007, Australia
2007   babybabybaby #7, Mexico
2007   Ruby Mag Book #2, Argentina
2006   babybabybaby #6, Mexico
2005   The Great Escape, Die Gestalten Verlag, Germany
2005   The Drama Issue 4, USA
2004   The Drama Issue 2, USA
Selected collections

Nasjonalmuseet Bibliotek
Preus Museums Bibliotek
New York Public Library
Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo bibliotek
Kunst- og designhøgskolen i Bergen bibliotek
Høgskolen i Østfold
Deichmanske Bibliotek - Grünerløkka
Stavanger bibliotek - Sølvberget
Awards + Stipends

2023   Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond 1-year stipend
2023   Best work, Vinterutstillingen, Østfold Bildende Kunstnere
2020   Norsk Kulturrådet: midlertidig stipendordning COVID-19
2015   Norsk Kulturrådet: miscellaneous stipend for young artists
2009   Jean Claude Reynal Drawing Award (shortlisted)
2008   Ethel Cram Memorial Prize for Excellence in Art
Selected project grants and scholarships

2023   Viken Fylkeskommune, Kulturdirektoratet, OCA, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond
2022   Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Norsk Kulturrådet, Norske Grafikere
2021   Grafill, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Fritt Ord
2020   Norwegian-Icelandic cultural collaboration fund, Norsk Kulturrådet, Fritt Ord
2019   Norsk Kulturrådet
2018   Grafill, Norsk Kulturrådet, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, Oslo Kommune Kulturetaten
2017   Norsk Kulturrådet
2016   Oslo Kommune Kulturetaten, Grafill
2016   Norsk Kulturrådet, Oslo Soup microgrant
2014   Norsk Kulturrådet
2006   O'Brien Scholarship for Study Abroad
2004   Cooper Union Full Tuition Scholarship
2004   Conrad and Marcel Schlumberger Scholarship
2004   Look-Look Magazine Scholarship
2003   The HSPVA Art Guild's Summer Program Scholarship

Norske Billedkunstnere, Norske Grafikere, Østfold Bildende Kunstnere

English — C2 — native
Norwegian — C1 — "Godt Bestått" på Bergenstesten i 2016