Art Department
Faculty

Faculty

Jess Cross Davis

Contact

Jessica Cross-Davis
Student Art Center (SA) 201
410-543-6287 or ext 36287
jecrosssalisburyedu

Jess Cross Davis is a contemporary realist painter. Born in Freedom, Pennsylvania in 1981, Jess received her BFA in Painting from Salisbury University in 2004 and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2007. Jess returned to Salisbury to teach drawing and painting courses in 2007. Now full time, Jess not only teaches 2D studio courses, including Design Principles, she also coordinates the Foundations courses, working with a range of faculty across the department. Jess has also stepped into the position of Printmaking head, offering relief, etching, and silkscreen courses on a rotating basis. Her niche, studio art in traditional media, but with a sharp design edge, is very much in the spirit of an Art department that strives to maintain a balance between fine art and commercial design. She began exhibiting her work locally as a teenager including shows at The Baltimore Museum of Art and The Yellow Barn Gallery in Glen Echo, Maryland. Since receiving her Master’s Degree, Jess has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and has sold works internationally. Her work has been described as a "Modernistic take on portraiture, with a visionary play with shapes and light."

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Eclipse, Oil on Linen, 20 by 24 inches, 2012

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Solo Exhibitions

2013"The Immortals", Salisbury University Art Galleries Downtown, Salisbury, MD
2007"Transference of Memories and Myth", BlinkArt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2006"Projecting Identity" Qbix Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2006"Trigger Series by Jess Cross", East End Salon, Philadelphia, PA
2002"Seasons", City Hall Gallery, Gaithersburg, MD
2001"Paintings by Jess Cross", Yellow Barn Studio, Glen Echo Park, MD
2000"Paintings by Jess Cross", Yellow Barn Studio, Glen Echo Park, MD

Select Group and Juried Exhibitions

2013"Portraire" 386 Gallery, Albany, NY
2013"May Plein Air Show" Bishop's Stock Gallery, Snow Hill, MD
2013"Juried Members Show", Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD
2013Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Annual Member’s Juried Exhibition, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Silver Spring, MD
2013"Portrait Show", Featured Artist, Foyer Gallery, Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD
2013"Annual Art Department Faculty Exhibition", Salisbury University Gallery, Salisbury, MD
2012"The Lore Degenstein Gallery Fourth Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition", Lore Degenstein Gallery, Selinsgrove, PA
2012"Cavallaro and Cleary Visual Art Foundation Show", Powell Building, Salisbury, MD
2012"Annual Open Small Works Exhibition", N.A.W.A. Gallery, New York, NY
2012"Small Paintings From 7 Schools", Sarah Silberman Gallery, Rockville, MD
2012"Members Show", Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD
2011 "National Juried Show", Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD
2010"Delmarva Regional Exhibition", Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD
2010"BIG", Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD
2010"January Show", Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD
2009"Holiday Artist Show", Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD
2009"No Division", City Center Gallery, Salisbury, MD
2009"Faculty and Student Show", Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD
2008"SU Faculty Exhibition", Frostburg University, Frostburg, MD
2008"Faculty and Student Show", Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD
2007"Salisbury Faculty Artist Show", Rockville Campus Gallery, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
2007"Master’s Thesis Show", Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
2006July's Featured Artist, Bishop's Stock Gallery, Snow Hill, MD

Education

2007MFA Painting, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2004BFA Painting, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
2002University of Maryland Baltimore County Baltimore, MD

Teaching

2007 - PresentLecturer of Art Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland
2007 - PresentInstructor in Fine Art to Children ages 6-15 Art Institute and Gallery. Salisbury, MD
2007 Spring Semester Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Anatomy Drawing The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

 

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