Jessica Jacobs is an artist, designer and entrepreneur with extensive management experience in marketing and communication.
At Columbia, Jessica teaches courses in visual arts management and information management. She is currently working with department colleagues to develop a design management program. Jessica previously served as a full-time faculty member at Colby-Sawyer College and St. Norbert College, where she taught courses in photography, graphic design, and new media.
In addition, she has industry experience as a Marketing & Communications Manager at Northwestern University and as Director of Marketing for Transolid, a product manufacturer. In addition to her industry experience, Jessica maintains a photography and design studio. As a graphic designer and marketing consultant, Jessica creates print and electronic materials for a variety of clients in the corporate, non-profit and education sectors.
As a photographer and exhibiting artist, Jessica’s work explores the two-dimensionality of the photographic surface, using color, perspective and focus to disrupt the surface plane. Her work has been shown around the U.S., including solo and group exhibitions at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin, Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, Massachusetts. She was recently awarded an Illinois Arts Council grant.
In addition to her artistic work, Jessica is currently working on several other entrepreneurial design and art-related projects, including a critique website for artists. Jessica received a B.S. degree in Film from Northwestern University, and an M.F.A. in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. She is a member of the College Art Association and American Institute of Graphic Arts.