Jessica Kallista
Jessica Kallista is an artist, teacher, juror, curator, and gallery director. She received her MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry from George Mason University in 2002. In November 2014 she founded Olly Olly, an alternative art space, in Fairfax, Virginia. She has served as Business Representative on the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts. Jessica has taught collage at the Corcoran School of Arts & Design GW and poetry at George Mason University. She is Gallery Director of Buchanan Partners Art Gallery at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Through her multi-faceted work in visual and literary art, Jessica seeks to disrupt the isolation of those living in suburbia and elsewhere by creating situations of surprise, play, and experimentation while instigating dialogue about gender, sexuality, feminism, embodiment, decolonization, commodity fetishism, spirituality, and interconnectivity. Jessica’s work has been shown at a variety of venues including Target Gallery, GRACE, The Fridge, Tempus Projects, NoMüNoMü, Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University, Galerie Kritiku, Watergate Gallery, and the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery.