Doctoral Candidate / Graduate Teaching Associate / Production Assistant
Ohio State University / Roto
Thesis: "Decoding Artifacts for the Museum Viewer: A Case Study of a Virtue from the Cathedral of Notre Dame at the Nasher Museum of Art"
Advisor: Caroline Bruzelius
Biographical information: Jessica received her bachelor’s degrees from Penn State University, studying integrative arts and classical archeology, and minoring in international art. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a prop, set and costume maker for Hollywood films and TV shows like Glee, Castle, Chuck, the Hunger Games series, the rebooted Star Trek films and a handful of Marvel superhero movies. During this period, Jessica also worked as a graduate assistant, site photographer and digital artist on an archeological excavation site in Egypt for several summers which led her to pursue graduate studies in art history and future research in museum education. While at Duke, Jessica worked with sculptor Simon Verity to document and explore traditional medieval stone carving tools, techniques and processes while researching and creating an interactive museum iPad display for the Nasher Museum of Art. Currently, Jessica is a PhD candidate in the Arts Administration, Education and Policy doctoral program at The Ohio State University with a research focus on museum education and interactive media design. Her dissertation explores divergent learning experiences in virtual reality art installations within the context of art museums. She also currently works at Roto, a museum exhibition design company in Dublin, OH, and is a photographer, designer and digital artist.