Life inspires me to look around, to be present, and to soak up the sights, sounds, and smells.

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About Jessica Wachter

Born in Bismarck, ND, Wachter graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Dakota State University with degrees in Art and Interior Design. Wachter currently resides in Bismarck, ND practicing as a full-time artist. Wachter works in her studio, where she paints, draws, screenprints and continues to explore with new mediums and the scale of her work. Her contemporary mixed media

work is strongly gestural, often containing personal celebrations, struggles, joys, loves, and losses. Wachter expresses these personal experiences through her use of color, texture, and composition. Working with abstraction, the artist seeks to imbue the work with a tangible essence and mystery while keeping it open enough for the viewers own response

 
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In many ways, my work is not about art, it’s about life. This is why people find meaning in a painting. They can’t explain it but they can feel it.

 

Wachter serves as a member of the North Dakota State University, Bison Arts Board of Directors and the NDSU Architecture and Landscape Architecture Advisory Board.

Previously, she was an assistant/consultant at ecce gallery for four years. She worked with the students at Charism, a neighborhood charity program where she mentored and taught Charism: Faces, an after-school art class for underserved female youth in the Fargo/Moorhead, ND area. She was also awarded an apprenticeship at Experience Institute in Chicago. At Tedx Des Moines, Wachter gave a Tedx talk entitled “Everyone is an Artist.”

 
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In many ways, my work is not about art, it’s about life. This is why people find meaning in a painting. They can’t explain it but they can feel it.

Everyone’s an Artist
TED X Talks

Education

2013
Experience Institute/Apprenticeship Chicago, II

2012
P.E.A.R.S. Printmaking Workshop Printmaking, Education and Research Studio

2009
North Dakota State University (NDSU)
Magna Cum Laude
Bachelor of Science-Art Major, Minor Interior Design

2009
P.E.A.R.S. Printmaking Workshop Printmaking, Education and Research Studio

2004
Bismarck High School Graduated with Distinction, Honor Student

 

Featured

2018
Featured on AZTV

2017
Featured article in Inspired Women Magazine

2017
On cover and featured article in Bismarck Magazine

2016
Art on Cover of Design & Living Magazine, Fargo

2015
People’s Choice Award Winner of Best Local Artist, Fargo-Moorhead - on cover and featured in article in Design and Living Magazine, Fargo

2015
City Magazine, Bismarck - article

2015
Design and Living Magazine, artist Q&A article

2013
Area Women Magazine, Fargo-on cover & featured cover article

2013
Fargo Forum, Fargo newspaper-article

2013
NDSU Magazine-art featured on cover

Awards and Honors

2018
Artist of the Year Highlight For Prairie Public

2017
Design & Living People’s Choice Award Winner for Best Local Artist, Fargo-Moorhead, ND

2016
Design & Living People’s Choice Award Winner for Best Local Artist, Fargo-Moorhead, ND

2015
Design & Living People’s Choice Award Winner for Best Local Artist,
Fargo-Moorhead, ND

2013, 2012
Plains Art Museum Gala Auction, Selected Artist-Artwork

2009
Graduated Magna Cum Laude from NDSU

2009
John T. Schneider Peace Memorial Scholarship, College of AHSS, NDSU

2009
People’s Choice Award, NDSU Juried Student Art Exhibit, featured in NDSU Magazine Spring 2009

2009
Carolyn Nelson Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship

2009-2005
Dean’s List, North Dakota State University

2009-2007
Blue Key Honor Society

2009-2007
Bison Ambassador

2008
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

2007
North Dakota State University Homecoming Court

2007
Mortar Board

2005
North Dakota State University National Residence Hall Honorary Student of the Month

2004
Bismarck High School Scholarship Recipient

2004
Best of Show-All City High School Annual Bismarck Art Show

Selected Exhibitions

2018
Celebration of Fine Art Juried Show, Scottsdale, AZ

2016-2018
Art Featured in Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach, CA

2017
Solo Exhibition, Capital Gallery, Bismarck, ND

Art on the Rockies, Vail, CO

Solo Show, Glass House Gallery, Salt lake City, UT

Laguna Beach Ritz-Carlton Juried Collection, Laguna Beach, CA

Celebration of Fine Art Juried Show,
Scottsdale, AZ

2015
Solo Exhibition, ecce Art Gallery, Fargo,
ND

Medora Artist in Residence & Solo
Exhibition, Medora, ND

2014
Art Basal, Miami, FL - Group Show

2013
Newvember Group Show ecce Gallery

TEDx Talk, Des Moines, IA interactive art
installation

Solo Exhibit, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND, “Beyond Convention, New Works by Jessica Wächter"

McCulley Optix Gallery, Fargo, ND
Benefit Dinner, Auction & Exhibit, ND
Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND

2012
Solo Exhibition, ecce Art Gallery, Fargo, ND

Solo Exhibition, Private Residence, Bismarck, ND

2011
Solo Exhibition, ecce Art Gallery, Fargo, ND

2010
Solo Exhibition, ecce Art Gallery, Fargo, ND

2009
Senior Solo Baccalaureate Show, NDSU
Memorial Union Gallery, Fargo

Tri-College Baccalaureate Juried
Exhibit, Upfront Gallery, Fargo, ND

Bismarck Art & Galleries Assoc. Member Artist’s Holiday Art Show

Autumn Art Auction & Exhibit, ND
Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND

Bison Arts Exhibit, NDSU

“Personal is Political,” NDSU Women’s Week Art Show, Reineke Gallery, Fargo, ND

NDSU Juried Student Exhibit, Memorial Union Art Gallery, Fargo, ND