Jessica Lee Ives

From May 26 to October 8, 2023, Lupine Gallery presented ‘Light Shapes Life’, a solo exhibit of oil paintings by Jessica Lee Ives at the Island Inn on Monhegan.

Jessica explores people in motion through the natural world. Her paintings are filled with adventure, vitality, natural beauty and wonder. In these paintings, Monhegan is more than a landscape, it is an immersive experience. Jessica conveys, with energy and playfulness, people as they move through, play in, and bask in the vibrant, fluid, light-filled world around Monhegan.

Jessica Lee Ives (née Jessica Stammen) received her B.F.A. from The Cooper Union School of Art and was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women of 2003. Her work as an artist-in-residence at Ground Zero in New York City after September 11, 2001 earned her the Clark Foundation Fellowship with which she pursued her self-directed M.A. at New York University’s Gallatin School. Jessica also studied anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, clinical massage and movement.

Jessica’s current studio is located in Camden, Maine where she and her husband, Jonathan, own and operate Making Movement, a clinical massage practice serving artists and athletes.

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M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Visual Culture/Religion/Public Service), New York University, New York, NY B.F.A., The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY Figure Drawing with Peter Cox, The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY Certificate in Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Orthopedic Treatment, Sage School Of Massage, Bend, OR Spatial Medicine with Tom Meyers, founder of Anatomy Trains and Kinesis Myofascial Integration, Walpole, ME (Pending) Movement education and therapy with Tim Anderson, founder of Original Strength, Fuquay-Varina, NC


2018 TBD / Portland Art Gallery / Portland, ME TBD / Peterson Roth Gallery / Bend, OR
2017 Watermark / Courthouse Gallery / Ellsworth, ME
2016 Fire & Water / Courthouse Gallery / Ellsworth, ME
2014 Maine: Work & Play / Blue Gallery, Bowdoin College / Brunswick, ME
2012 All New / Ten High Street / Camden, ME
2009 New Work / Courthouse Fine Art / Ellsworth, ME
2005 Light To Fall / Elan Fine Arts / Rockland, ME
2003 4o Days And 4o Windows, Reflections / The Cooper Union / New York, NY
2002 To See A Landscape / The Cooper Union / New York, NY


2017 Interiors: Place and Belonging / with Gideon Bok, Allison Rector, and others / Waterfall Arts / Belfast, ME
2016 The Portland Show / Greenhut Galleries / Portland, ME Monhegan…The Muse / Common Street Arts / Waterville, ME
2014 Welcome Spring! / Gleason Fine Art / Boothbay Harbor, ME Pop Up / with Margaret Rizzio / The Good Supply / Pemaquid, ME The Figure In Water / Sam Shaw Gallery / Northeast Harbor, ME
2013 Recent Work: A Matter Of Nature / with Susan Williams / Pascal Hall / Rockport, ME
2011 Art To Collect Now / Center for Maine Contemporary Art / Rockport, ME
2010 Painting Mount Desert Island / Courthouse Gallery / Ellsworth, ME Grid Works / Aarhus Gallery / Belfast, ME
2009 Just Look At Yourself! / Center for Maine Contemporary Art / Rockport, ME
2008 Betwixt & Between / Curator: Bruce Brown / Courthouse Gallery / Ellsworth, ME
2007 A Variety of Gifts / Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts / New York, NY Start Here / Center for Maine Contemporary Art / Rockport, ME
2006 Gala Opening Exhibition / Elan Fine Arts / Rockport, ME CMCA Juried Biennial / Center for Maine Contemporary Art / Rockport, ME UMVA Invitational Exhibit / Union of Maine Visual Artists / Rockport, ME
2005 Far and Away / Elan Fine Arts / Rockland, ME
2003 Recent Acquisitions / The New York Historical Society / New York,NY
2002 Since September 11th / Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts / New York,NY
2001 Advanced Painting / Curator: Susanna Coffey / The Cooper Union / New York, NY


2016-Current 2010-Current 2007-Current
Editor and Contributor to The Bend Blog / An online resource for artists and athletes who are curious about movement habits and routines to benefit their creative and performance practices. Research essays, interviews, and art published in collaboration with husband, Jonathan Ives. w Curator and Editor of The Maine / “An artful dialogue about the wonders of the state.” / Contributors include Kristen Lindquist, Dave Morrison, Scott Kelly, Carl Little, Sharon Kitchens, Simon van der Ven, Jim Dugan, Polly Saltonstall. 9/11 Debris Project / Commissioned fifty artist and writers (including Kate Breastrup, Susan Williams, Alan Crichton, Bruce Herman, Monica Kelly, Irwin Kremen and James Traub) to re-imagine individual paper

debris pieces salvaged from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan for inclusion into a large-scale installation piece for traveling exhibition. St. Paul’s Communion Chalice / Created an edition of seven memorial communion chalices from salvaged World Trade Center steel; coordinated the technical, artistic, and financial community for project support, working with eleven different parties including individual artists, a marine construction company in Maine, a steel galvanizing company in Ohio, a bronze casting facility in Colorado, the New York City Mayor’s Office, and the New York Historical Society. Chalices are included in the collections of The New York Historical Society, St. Paul’s Chapel, and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, all in New York City; also the parish of Maiano in Florence, Italy and in the private collection of patron Massimo Ferragamo.


2018 “Participate In Landscape: Water Bodies And Bodies Of Water” / Courthouse Gallery Fine Art / Ellsworth, ME
2017 Panelist / “Interiors” / Moderator: Abbie Read / Waterfall Arts / Belfast, ME
2016 “Kinesthetic Intelligence: Can Art Move Us To Move More?” / Courthouse Gallery Fine Art / Ellsworth, ME
2013 Panelist / “Artists On Art” / Moderator: Colin Page / Farnsworth Art Museum / Rockland, ME 2009 Presenter / Pecha Kucha Night MidCoast Maine Vol. #4 / Waterfall Arts / Belfast, ME
2005 Key Note Lecture / Agape Symposium / New York University / New York, NY Key Note Address / Women and Philanthropy Conference / The Greater Cincinnati Foundation / Cincinnati, OH
2003 Panelist / “What do Christians, Muslims and Jews have to say to each other? How can they think and act creatively together in the world after September 11?” / General Convention of the Episcopal Church / Minneapolis, MN. Commencement Speaker / The Cooper Union School of Art / New York, NY


2013 Farnsworth Art Museum Studio Crawl / stops also included the studios of Tim Higbee and Colin Page
2011 Art In Embassies Program / The United States Embassy, Banjul, The Gambia Islesboro Swim / completed a 3.2 mile open-water ocean swim documented by photographer Jim Dugan that inspired the Islesboro Crossing fundraiser, now raising over $250,000 annually for Lifeflight of Maine / h ttps://
2009 Marilyn & James Rockefeller Grant / Maine Community Foundation
2003-7 Clark Foundation Fellow / The Clark Foundation “Women Change The World Every Day” / Eileen Fisher Fall Ad Campaign Top 10 College Women of 2002 / Glamour Magazine Molly Levenstein Scholar / D urbin Scholar / Herb Lubalin Scholar / The Cooper Union, New York, NY 2003 Senior Captain / as a woman, played and led a Division III collegiate men’s basketball team / The Cooper Union, New York, NY
2002 Unwavering Spirit / permanent exhibit acquisition / St. Paul’s Chapel, New York, NY New York Historical Society / permanent collection acquisition / New York, NY


2017 “Bodies In water are the subject of Camden painter’s solo show” / fall arts planner cover feature by Bob Keyes / Maine Sunday Telegram 7/27 Artist Interview / Art Maine 2018 Annual Guide Ones To Watch / Maine Home+Design Magazine, November Issue
2016 “37 Artists to Keep Your Eye On This Year” / Maine Home+Design Magazine, April Issue
2015 “Artist Of The Outdoors” / Interview with Carl Little / Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors, June/July Issue
2013 “The Artist at Work and Play” / c over feature by Bob Keyes / Maine Sunday Telegram 8/25
2010 The Canvas / feature by Suzette McAvoy / Maine Home+Design Magazine, March Issue
2002 Hometown Heros / television interview / NY1
2000 Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel / television interview / Season 7, Episode 3 / HBO “The List: 63 reasons why sports are better than almost anything” / c over story feature, reason #39 / ESPN The Magazine, July Issue


2017-Ongoing Stone Coast Wellness / Resident manual and orthopedic therapist treating sports injuries and coaching athletes to move better and more mindfully.
2015-2016 Swan’s Island Company / Commissioned to create a series of paintings for exhibition, print, and publication