jes schrom

about Jes


Jes Schrom received a Bachelor of Arts from Minnesota State University Moorhead and an MFA from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis). Her artwork has been exhibited at Soo Visual Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN), University of Wisconsin (LaCrosse), Ceres Gallery (New York, NY), Torpedo Factory Art Center (Alexandria, VA), Bejing Film Academy (China), and the North Dakota Museum of Art (Grand Forks), among others. Schrom joined Louisiana Tech University’s School of Art (Ruston) as Assistant Professor of Photography in 2008. She also serves on the Board of the Society for Photographic Education: South Central Region as Secretary, the Twin City Art Foundation/Masur Museum board, and is the Director of the Louisiana Tech University School of Art galleries.


As a child, I often came home after school to an empty house and had several hours of unrestricted play before my mother arrived from work. From assembling complex environments to devising narratives, I subconsciously used the act of play to comprehend the world around me. Everyday experiences and the impulses of childhood guided my after school constructions. Often times, characters represented actual people in my life. Surrounded by the stories of my own making, I was able to feel the presence of others in spite of the fact that I was completely alone. The act of creation-as-connection continues to be a significant influence.

As an adult, my artistic practice enables me to have interactions that would not exist otherwise. The act of producing an art work from others’ contributions, presence, or even the memory of them, intensifies my connection and reserves a quiet space for exploration. The process of creation itself becomes more intimate and revealing for me than our everyday exchanges.

Art making allows me to mull over our common struggles and achievements with unconventional results. Humor, heartache, intimacy, detachment, destruction, and regret often fuse together. The very act of creating something, whether it be an object or an idea, moves beyond typical associations. My work is frequently a collaboration or manifestation of my contact with others. Projects oscillate between collective group works requesting the trust and participation of the public to private investigations alone in the studio. Using labor-intensive and repetitive actions, it is the process that remains the most fundamental aspect of my practice and regularly functions as an homage to these distinctly human experiences and emotions.

Regardless of media, my photographs, videos, drawings, sewings, and installations invariably come back home: analyzing my role within family history, relationships, and society. Although my works span a variety of techniques they all exist within these conceptual territories. Each project is the result of material drawn from others resulting in a range of approaches tailored to fit the experience. Often what is left is a gesture that uses process as a way to examine and understand my connection to others while the physical evidence of those processes reflect the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of what it means to be human.


2006 University of Minnesota, Master of Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN
2002 Minnesota State University Moorhead, Bachelor of Arts, Moorhead, MN
2001 University of Oregon, Photography, Eugene, OR

EXHIBITIONS (· = solo or two-person exhibition)
Computer Aided, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
* Confession, Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, Georgia
RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, California
The Violent Bear It Away: 12 Artists Respond to Violence , Biola University, La Mirada, CA

Center Forward, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO (jurors: Ann M. Jastrab + Hamidah Glasgow)
Summer Juried Exhibition, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA (juror: Sylvia White)
Slow Motion, PROVE Gallery, Duluth, MN
Spaces and Places, Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville, CA (juror: DeWitt Cheng)
· Connective Gestures, Enterprise Center, Ruston, LA
· Bry Art Gallery, University of Louisiana, Monroe

· Livaudais Gallery, Monroe, LA
ISTORIA: Exploration in Contemporary Narrative, University of Texas at San Antonio Satellite Space
· Secrets of Atlanta, Flux Projects public art project + Youngblood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Southern Open, Acadiana Center for the Arts, LA (juror: Amy Mackie)
48th Annual Juried Competition, Masur Museum, LA (juror: Alison de Lima Greene)
· I Hate Myself, Will You Please Love Me?, Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN

Untitled 7 Too, St. Cloud State University, MN
September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, LA
Untitled 7, SOO Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
South Arkansas Art Center Annual Juried Competition, El Dorado, AR
Masur Museum 47th Annual Juried Competition, Monroe, LA
9th National Juried Exhibition, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
Give Me a Minute, The Shirey, New York, NY

SPE South Central Member Exhibition, Ameen Art Gallery, Thibodaux, LA
A Million Little Pictures: Documentary, Art House Co-op, Atlanta, GA
Masur Museum 46th Annual Juried Competition, Monroe, LA
$99 Fund-raiser, Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
Fresh: An Exhibition of Contemporary Urban Art, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA

ArtWise: Bridging 15 Years of Kulture Klub Collaborative, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
Remembering Dakota, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND

Bamboo Festival, Bejing Film Academy, Anji, China
Minnesota Emerging Artists Exhibition, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
$99 Fund-raiser, Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
Ten Second Film Festival, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
· Decorative Entertainment, Art-A-Whirl at CW Lofts, Minneapolis, MN
Slideluck Potshow, Casket Arts Building, Minneapolis, MN
Glamour Shots, First Amendment Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Art Shanty Projects, Medicine Lake, MN

Nature Calls, University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, WI
Untitled 5, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
· Reconstructive Memory: an alteration, Gallery 13, Minneapolis, MN
Can You Say/MFA? Thesis Exhibition, University of Minnesota Regis Center for Art, Minneapolis, MN
Celebrating the Link Between Art and Information, University of Minnesota Wilson Library, Minneapolis, MN

Alternative Realities, PhotoPlace Gallery, On-line Gallery Annex and catalog (juror: Laura Moya)

"What are the Secrets of Atlanta?", interview with Savanna Keo, Creative Loafing Culture Surfing Blog, July
"Artist Collecting Atlantans’ Secrets", interview with Jim Burress, WABE Atlanta radio/online, March where the camera is, exhibition catalogue, PhotoPlace Gallery
PhotoPlace Gallery, On-line Gallery Annex (juror: Julie Blackmon)

Creative Quarterly Magazine, New York, NY June
Creative Quarterly Magazine, New York, NY April

Mr. X Stitch online, August
"Scientific Blogging", Stitchgasm online, August

Minnesota Bound, KARE 11 TV, St. Paul, MN, February
Minnesota Daily, Minneapolis, MN, February
Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN, February
City Pages, Minneapolis, MN, January
Metropolis, New York, NY, January

North East Louisiana Arts Council Volunteer of the Year Award Nominee (nominated by Masur Museum)

Juror’s Honorable Mention, Center Forward, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Presidential Honor Roll Nominee for community service, My Vision My Voice, Louisiana Tech University

1st Place, South Arkansas Art Center Annual Juried Competition, El Dorado
2nd Place, September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, LA
Flux Projects public art grant, Atlanta, GA
New Talent Winner Award in Photography, Creative Quarterly Magazine
Merit Award in Fine Art, Creative Quarterly Magazine

Art Shanty Projects grant, Minneapolis, MN

2008 - present
Assistant Professor of Photography and Gallery Director, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston

Adjunct Faculty, Normandale Community College, Bloomington, Minnesota

2006 - 2008
Education Director, Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2006 - 2007
Gallery Coordinator, Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2005- 2006
Instructor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Image Maker Presenter, Society for Photographic Education, South Central Conference
2011 - present
Member, University Senate, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston
2010 - present
Gallery Director, Louisiana Tech University School of Art, Ruston, LA
Board Member, Twin City Art Foundation, Monroe, LA (exhibition and education committees)

Creative Capital and Louisiana Division of the Arts Internet for Artists Workshop Participant, Baton Rouge, LA
Juror, Downtown Art Fest, Monroe, LA

2009 - present
Faculty Advisor, Club Photo, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA

2008 - present
Louisiana Tech University School of Art Gallery Committee, Ruston, LA
Board Member (Secretary), Society for Photographic Education, South Central Region
Newsletter Editor, Society for Photographic Education, South Central Region

Guest Critic, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN
Guest Critic, Arts International, Minneapolis, MN
Visiting Artist, Bethel University, Arden Hills, MN
Review Panelist, Minnesota Projects Gallery, Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis

Juror, Art Shanty Projects, Minneapolis, MN
Visiting Artist, New City School, Minneapolis, MN

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