Jessica Mallios lives and works in Austin. She holds an MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Her work has been presented in many solo and group exhibitions including Artpace San Antonio, TX; Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, OR; the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin; the Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, CA; and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX. She is currently Assistant Professor in the School of Art & Design at Texas State University.


Born 1976 Austin, Texas


2005 M.F.A Photography The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, New York
2000 B.F.A Photography Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
1997 Florence Program L'Accadamia Di Belle Art; Instituto Statale d'Arte, Florence, Italy


Solo | Two or Three-Person Shows

2015 Local Time COR&P (The Center for Ongoing Research & Projects), curated by Kris Paulsen and Ryland Wharton, Columbus, OH (solo)

2014 SIGHTINGS: Kevin Cooley and Jessica Mallios, curated by Rachel Adams, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR (two-person)

2014 Sight lines, Artpace International Artist-in-Residence, curated by Rita Gonzalez, San Antonio, TX (solo)

2012 For An Experience of Wholeness, curated by Leah Bedrosian Peterson, The Digital Media Gallery, Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA (solo)

2010 Perspectives 168: with Anna Krachey and Adam Schreiber, curated by Toby Kamps,
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX (three-person)

2007 Cruise to Nowhere,, Powerhouse Books, Brooklyn, NY (solo)

2006 My Bureaucracy,, Powerhouse Books, Brooklyn, NY (solo)

2000 REUSABLE SPACE, Steuben Third Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (two-person)

1997 Three American Artists, Instituto Statale d’Arte, Florence, Italy (three-person)

Selected Group Exhibitions


Strange Pilgrims, Curated by Heather Pesanti, Senior Curator, The Contemporary Austin Museum, Austin, TX


The Mobile Archive, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK

Photography Sees the Surface, Curated by Aspen Mays, Higher Pictures Gallery, New York, NY


Fragments of an Unknowable Whole, Curated by Tim Smith, Urban Arts Space, The Ohio State University,
Columbus, OH

Reproduction Request, Curated by Ry Wharton & Kris Paulsen, COR&P Space
(The Center for Ongoing Research & Projects), Columbus, OH


The Mobile Archive, Steiricherherbst Festival, Graz, Austria

Additions 3 + 3, Urban Arts Space, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Artifact/Souvenir, Texas Biennial 2013, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX

Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive, Lakes Were Rivers Collective, The Harry Ransom Center,
Austin, TX


(Re)Collection: Lakes Were Rivers re-envisions images from the Harry Ransom Archive, Brand 10/And X Gallery, Fort Worth, TX

Dark Matter, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, TN

Inosculation, Urban Arts Space, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Photo Forum 2012, The Museum of Fine Arts,Houston, Houston, TX

X Y Z - The Geometric Impulse in Abstract Art, The Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

The Mobile Archive, Tranzitdisplay, Prague


Lakes Were Rivers presents: (Re)Collection, Selections from the Harry Ransom Center, E.A.S.T - Rosewood House, Austin, TX

Texas Biennial, 816 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

Lakes Were Rivers #1, Book Launch and Slide Show, Domy Books, Austin, TX

The Ambiguous Object: Cantanker Issue 11, Pump Project Art Complex, Austin, TX

Voxel Vision 1.0 Video Festival, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


E.A.S.T. Studio Tours, Peacock Studios, Austin, TX

Combined, Visual Arts Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Trace Elements, San Antonio College, San Antonio, TX

Panta Rei, Houston Fotofest, Box 13 Art Space, Houston, TX

31 Women in Art Photography, Affirmation Arts Foundation, New York, NY

Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Politics, in association with Temporary Services, Domy Books, Austin, TX


I am not so different, Art Palace, Austin, TX

10th anniversary of 5 x 7, Arthouse at the Jones Center; Austin, TX


Project Space, Okay Mountain Gallery, Austin, TX


Beginnings, Why & Wherefore Online Exhibition,

AAF Contemporary Art Fair, Powerhouse Gallery, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY

Free Frisbee, Circus of Books, Los Angeles, CA

Free Frisbee, Art Basel Miami: Frisbee Art Fair, The Cavalier Hotel, Miami, FL

August 2006 / No.6, Group Show Project Gallery, Humble Media Foundation, New York, NY


Five, Scalo Project Space, New York, NY


The Warm Weather is Holding, Bard College, UBS Exhibition Space, M.F.A. Thesis Show, Red Hook, NY


8.5 x 11, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, New York

MFA Exhibitions, Fisher Gallery, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY


Women's Collective Art Exhibition, Peter Schein Space, New York, NY

MFA Exhibitions, Fisher Gallery, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY


2000 EXHIBITIONS, The Rubelle & Norman Schafler Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


CITY SEGMENTS/Body Fragments, Gallery 221, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Minneapolis, MN


Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, Israel

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2010 Gala Fundraiser, Houston, Texas

Grants, Awards, & Residencies

2014 Artpace International Artist-In-Resident Program, San Antonio, TX

2012 Idea Fund Grant, The Andy Warhol Foundation

2011 Austin Critics' Table Award: Best Video Work of Art (1:1, 2011)

2008 Can Serrat Residency, Visual Arts Resident, El Bruc, Spain

2004 Fulbright Finalist, Greece: Photography

2002-3 Bard College M.F.A Fellowship

2003 College Art Association: Honorable Mention Award

2002 Robert Rauschenberg Change INC. Artist Grant

2001 Fulbright Finalist, Greece: Photography

2000 Distinguished Achievement Award in Photography

1999-00 Media Arts Fisher Award: Photography

1997 Florence Honors Program: Travel Grant


Adams, Rachel. “Review: Jessica Mallios at Artpace San Antonio,” Modern Painters, May 5th, 2014 (

Fisch, Sarah. “Artpace’s International Artists-In-Residence Geek Out,” San Antonio Current, March 26th, 2014 ( artists-in-residence-geek-out-1.1656893)

Webster, Lee. “Lakes Were Rivers: Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive,” Glasstire, July 13th, 2013( photographic-practice-and-the-archive/)

Van Ryzin, Jeanne Claire. “Archives inform modern photographers' work in Ransom Center exhibit” Austin American-Statesman, July 13th, 2013 (

Irwin, Matthew. “This photography exhibition at the Ransom Center demonstrates the life of archives” Austin Chronicle, July 19th, 2013. ( 07-19/contemporary-photographic-practice-and-the-archive/)

Aielli, John “Lakes Were Rivers interview with Eklektikos” NPR/KUT, June 27th, 2013.

Tate, Jordan. Jessica Mallios: Work from Disassociate, Contemporary Art Blog Post, i like this art, March 13th, 2013 (

Ng, Emily. “XYZ: The Geometric Impulse in Abstract Art, The Torrance Art Museum,” Might Be Good, Issue #199, October 26th, 2012 (

Bush, Brian. "Artist Jessica Mallios exhibits in digital gallery at Lyco College," Sun Gazette, March 25th, 2012 (

Tisdale, Jennifer. “Old Inspires the New, ” Blog Post, Cultural Compass at the Harry Ransom Center, December 13th, 2011

Scot, Michael. 1:1, Blog Post, The White Loupe, May 27th, 2011

Fisch, Sarah. “Texas Biennial at 816 Congress: Office Space,” Glasstire, May 14th, 2011

Boehl, Dan. “Texas Biennial: Austin Venues,” Might Be Good, Issue #168, April 29, 2011

Stone, Barry. Jessica Mallios, Blog Post, I Heart Photograph, March 29, 2011

Donogue, Katy. “31 Women in Art Photography.” Whitewall Daily, March 4,2010

Vogel, Wendy. “Anna Krachey, Jessica Mallios, & Adam Schreiber -Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.” Might Be Good, Issue #139, January 15th, 2010

Schulze, Troy. “ Capsule Art Reviews: Perspectives 168: Anna Krachey, Jessica Mallios, and Adam Schreiber.” Houston Press, January 12th, 2010

Watson, Kate. “I Am Not So Different.” Glasstire, July 20, 2009

Ripple, Sean. & Stone, Barry “I Am Not So Different.” Might Be Good, July, 2009


2016 Disjecta Exhibition Catalog, Exhibition Catalog 2014 – 2015, Curated and essay by Rachel Adams, Associate Curator at the UB Art Galleries in Buffalo, NY. Published by Disjecta, Portland, Oregon

2015 Strange Pilgrims, Group Exhibition Catalog, Organized by The Contemporary Austin Museum, Organized and introduction by senior curator Heather Pesanti, with essays by Ann Reynolds, Lawrence Weschler, and Alva Nöe, Published by University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas

2015 Jessica Mallios: Local Time, Artist Monograph, Curated by Ry Wharton and Kris Paulsen, Published by The Center for Ongoing Research & Projects (COR&P), Columbus, Ohio

2014 Artpace International Artist-in-Residence, Online Exhibition Catalog, Curated and with an essay by
Rita Gonzalez, San Antonio, TX

2013 Texas Biennial 2013, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Exhibition Catalog, Austin, TX

2012 X Y Z - The Geometric Impulse in Abstract Art, Exhibition Catalog, The Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2011 Texas Biennial, 2011 Exhibition Catalog, Austin, TX

2011 Lakes Were Rivers #1, Collective Book Project, Curated by Barry Stone with essay by Katie Geha, Austin, TX

2010 Cantanker Issue 11: The Ambiguous Object, Exhibition Catalog, Curated by Rachel Cook and Claire Ruud, Austin, TX

2009 Perspectives 168: Anna Krachey, Jessica Mallios, and Adam Schreiber, Exhibition Catalog with essay by
Toby Kamps, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

2009 The Collector's Guide To Emerging Art Photography, Exhibition Catalog, Curated by Alana Celii, Jon Feinstein
& Grant Willingwith introductions by Ruben Natal-San Miguel and Jon Feinstein


2015 The Contemporary Austin Museum in conjunction with The Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas, Panel Discussion (Strange Pilgrims Publication & Swan Cycle: Chapter Three Publication)

2014 Artpace, San Antonio, Texas Artist Talk & Panel Talk (w/ curator Rita Gonzalez, and artists Rosa Barba and Liz Glynn)

2014 Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas Artist Talk & Studio Visits

2013 The Harry Ransom Center, Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive, Public Talk on Exhibition

2013 Wexner Center for the Arts, Double Take Series: More American Photographs, Columbus, Ohio, Exhibition Talk w/ Professor Trevon D. Logan of Economics

2012 Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, Artist Talk

2012 Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA, Artist Talk

2011 The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Artist Talk

2011 International Center of Photography, New York, New York, Visiting Artist Talk & Critic

2010 The University of Texas at Austin, Artist Talk

2010 Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas, Artist Talk w/ Curator

2008 Can Serrat Artist Residency, El Bruc, Spain Artist Lecture

2005 Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, Visiting Artist & Critic

2005 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, Visiting Artist & Critic

2004 The Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, Mt. Kisco, New York, Artist Talk


2014- Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, Assistant Professor of Art

2012-2014 The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Assistant Professor of Art

2011 Lesley University, The Art Institute of Boston, Low Residency M.F.A. Program, Graduate Mentor

2010-2012 St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas, Lecturer

2008-2012 Texas State University San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas, Full-time Lecturer

2007-2010 The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, Lecturer