Jessica Kallista is an artist working in collage, video, sound, and performance. She is also an educator, curator, and gallerist. 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. Jessica has taught collage at Corcoran School of the Arts & Design and poetry, critical theory, aesthetics, and writing for artists at George Mason University. In summer 2020 she began curating and co-moderating CVPA's Arts in Context Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group. She serves on the GMU Presidential Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force.
Through her multi-faceted work in visual, literary, sound, and performance art, Jessica seeks to disrupt the passive nihilism intrinsic in much of everyday life by creating situations of surprise, play, pleasure, and experimentation while instigating dialogue and experience around embodiment, identity, race, sexuality, feminism, decolonization, commodity fetishism, spirituality, and inter-connectivity.
Jessica has exhibited work at a variety of venues including Tempus Projects, Galerie Kritiku Prague, Rhizome, VisArts, Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art, Watergate Gallery, Target Gallery, The Torpedo Factory Art Center, The Fridge, Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, and the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery. She is the 2022 recipient of George Mason University's Margaret C. Howell Outstanding Achievement Award.