Jessica Labatte, M.F.A.

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Title: Director of the School of Art and Design and Associate Professor
Department: Photography
Office Location: Art Building, Room 314G

Educational Background

  • M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago


  • Photography

Courses Taught

  • ARTD 313: Beginning Photography
  • ARTD 413: Intermediate Traditional Photography
  • ARTD 419: Intermediate Digital Photography
  • ARTD 420: Design Field Experience
  • ARTD 468: Advanced Photographic Media
  • ARTD 468: Advanced Photographic Projects and Research
  • ARTD 460: Experimental and Alternative Photography
  • ARTD 464: Advanced Photography: Post Production
  • ARTD 465: Sequencing and Photobooks
  • ARTD 470: Photographic Lighting
  • ARTD 613: Photography I
  • ARTD 713: Photography II

Selected Shows

Solo Exhibitions

  • Underwater Highway, Western Exhibitions, Chicago
  • 12 x 12 New Artists/New Work, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  • NADA Art Fair, Golden Gallery, Miami, FL
  • Jessica Labatte, Humble Arts Foundation, New York, NY
  • Lazy Shadows, Golden Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Bright Branches, Scott Projects, Chicago, IL

Group Exhibitions

  • Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Conceptual Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  • The Newest Romantics: Sculptures of the Botanical in Photography, New Art Center, Newtonville, MA
  • Indecisive Moment, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Underlying system is not known, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
  • Indecisive Moment, Suwon Photography Festival, Suwon, South Korea
  • Tetrachromat, Metropolitan Capital, Chicago, IL
  • How High, Left Field, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Materials and Processes, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Habeas Corpus, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN
  • Aperture Summer Open: Photography is Magic, Aperture Foundation, New York City, NY
  • Pdf Objects, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL

Artist Residencies

  • Light Work, Artist Residency, Syracuse, NY
  • Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI
  • ACRE, Steuben, WI

Selected Publications

  • Labatte, Jessica. Black Cat. In Humble Cats, Atlanta: Yoffy Press: 2017, 78.
  • Garcia, Larissa and Labatte, Jessica. “Threshold Concepts as Metaphors for the Creative Process: Adapting the Framework for Information Literacy to Studio Art Classes.” Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America 34 (2015): 235-248.
  • Glasgow, Hamidah. Center Forward. Fort Collins: The Center for Fine Art Photography, 2015, 66.
  • Doria, Bastien Desfriches. FotoFilmic’15. Vancouver: Jukebox, 2015, 24.
  • Cristello, Stephanie. “Jessica Labatte,” Contact Sheet 182 (2015): 28-35.
  • Labatte, Jessica. Circularity. In How Color Works: Color Theory for the Twenty-First Century, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. Cover and 158-159.
  • Connell, Kelli. "The States Project: Illinois (Jessica Labatte)" Lenscratch, September 24, 2016. Accessed February 10, 2016, .
  • Lazarus, Jason and Sean Ward. PDF Objects. Chicago: Lulu. 2016. 64-65.
  • Labatte, Jessica. Cross Processed (Green to Red and Blue to Yellow). In Silver Eye Center for Photography Benefit Auction. Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA 2016. 41.
  • Labatte, Jessica. Ox-bow. In American Chordata 4 United Kingdom: American Chordata Foundation, 2016. 142-143.
  • Labatte, Jessica. Untitled_1. In Foundations of Color Tempe: Tempe Digital LLC, 2015. 75.
  • Labatte, Jessica. Tubes and Zots. In Gurl Don’t be Dumb: The Donut Shop, 2014.

Selected Works

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