Jessica Mueller

Art form(s): Interdisciplinary Art

CAPE Teaching Artist since 2008


2018 | Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL

2004 | Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration, American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL


Jessica Mueller is a faculty member in the Design Department at the American Academy of Art. Since 2004, she has been a teaching artist with Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), After School Matters, Gallery 37, and Chicago Public Schools. Jessica holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She is a member of the Chicago ACT Collective and MotherArt: Revisited. She exhibits locally and nationally, and her work is part of the permanent collections at the School of the Art Institute’s Flaxman Library, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Columbia College’s Center for Book and Paper Arts, and the Library of Congress. Jessica is a recipient of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) 2019 Heart of Gold Award and is a 3Arts 2021 Make A Wave grantee.

Artist Statement

My work provides visibility for experiences of motherhood that are less than glamorous, shows the absurdity and value in the domestic mundane within actions of care and service, and offers a space for collective thinking. I investigate intersectionality as I experience it while tending to my tri-cultural/dual-language/blended-parent household, negotiating the world of academia and everything else while toggling between individual and collective making. I am an interdisciplinary artist with my work taking form through a variety of materials including embroidery, video, printmaking, performance, and sculpture.