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­­­Jess Perlitz makes work focused on considering landscape and the ways in which we define and seek to recognize ourselves within it.  Grappling with how space gets articulated, her projects take many forms - traversing performance, sculpture, and drawing.  The work has appeared in a variety of venues such as playgrounds, fields, galleries, and museums, including the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Socrates Sculpture Park in NY, Cambridge Galleries in Canada, and De Fabriek in The Netherlands.  Born in Toronto, Canada, Jess is a graduate of Bard College, received her MFA from Tyler School of Art and clown training from the Manitoulin Center for Creation and Performance.  Jess is currently based in Portland, Oregon where she is Assistant Professor of Art and Head of Sculpture at Lewis & Clark College.  Jess was recently named the 2018 Joan Shipley Fellow from the Oregon Arts Commission and was an artist in residence in Omaha, NE at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.  Her project, Chorus, is currently installed at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA as part of the museum’s ongoing artists installation series.