Jessica Houston teaches drawing and art history at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where she has also trained graduate art students at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has lectured at McGill University, Concordia University, and Ontario College of Art and Design in Canada, The International Polar Year Conference in Oslo and The Art Institute of Florence. She exhibits both in the United States and abroad, and her work is in private collections worldwide. In 2011, she was nominated for a Rema Hort Grant and in 2010 she exhibited in the New Jersey MOCA inaugural exhibition. She has participated in residencies in Italy with the artist-collaborative Rosenclaire, and William Kentridge. She was awarded residencies at NES in Skagaströnd, Iceland and at the CAMAC Centre d’Art in France; she was an artist aboard a Cape Farewell voyage to the Arctic; and she appears in the expedition documentary by Big Heart Media, London, UK. Jessica Houston’s site-specific installation work uses color, light, and sound to explore the physical and immaterial nature of perception. She was trained classically in drawing, painting and sculpture in Florence, Italy, where she lived for many years. She holds a MA from Teachers College, Columbia University in art and art education.