3500 Parkdale Ave Bld 1, Suite 24, Baltimore, MD 21211
 //     www.hometosargassosea.com


2001   MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, (MICA) Hoffberger Graduate School of Painting
1997   Post -Baccalaureate Program, MICA


Dec. 2019   Visions-Verses-Voices, Paintings by Jessica Damen and Poems by Four Poets Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick, MD
2018   Home to Sargasso Sea: Paintings of Jessica Damen, Poems of Maj Ragain, Downtown Gallery, Kent State, University of OH, Kent OH
2009-2010  The Other Story, Galerie Francoise, Baltimore, MD
2006   No Face Dolls, Antreasian Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2005  Heroines and Heroes – Mythological to Mundane, Howard Community College Art Gallery Columbia, MD
2004   Vision to Verse - Verse to Vision: A Visual and Poetic Dialogue withpoet Maj Ragain, Verde Gallery, Champaign, Illinois
2002   A Record of Baby’s Days: an Environmental Installation, Montpelier Cultural Arts
Center, Library Gallery, Laurel, MD Juror: Doreen Bolger, Director, The Baltimore
Museum of Art
2002 Through Children’s Eyes, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center
(FAWC), Provincetown, MA

4/3 – 5/20/22 Oh, Heart, Here Is Your Healing, with Jessica Damen, Judith Kornett & Pamela Phillips, Greenbelt Community Center Art Gallery, Greenbelt, MD
2011-2012 Altered Truths – Fractured Myths, with Oletha DeVane, sculptor,City Arts Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2018 Launch, Function Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2017 Femina, Zenith Gallery, Washington DC
2015 Blood Red, The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery, Columbia, MD, Curator: Alex
French, Assistant Director & Curator, Gallery 788 and Rebecca Bafford, Gallery
Director, Associate Professor, Howard County Community College
2014 Things That Scare Me, Columbia Association Art Center Gallery, Columbia, MD, Curators: Liz Henzey, Director & Trudy Babchak, Asst. Director
2013 The Body Beautiful, Featured Artist, Capitol Arts Network, Rockville, MD
Curator: Judith HeartSong, Executive Director, CAN 2007-2008 Expanding Circles: Family, Friends and Community, Delaware Center
for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE. Curator: Dr. J Susan
Isaacs, Adjunct Curator, DCCA
2004 - 2005 Grace Hartigan’s Choice: Athena’s Daughters, Maryland Art Place Baltimore, MD, Juror: Grace Hartigan

SELECT NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITIONS2017   Resist: Nationally Juried Show, Zenith Gallery, Washington DC. Jurors: Carol
Rhodes Dyson, Founder “Social Impact Arts Collective, Margery Goldberg, Founder
& Director, Zenith Gallery & Celinda Lake.
2016   Third Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition (BMRE), UMUC Arts
Program Gallery, Adelphi, MD. Jurors: Gretchen Schermerhorn, Artist & Artistic
Director, Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring,MD; Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, PhD,
Curator/Interim Director, Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA; Nina Chung
Dwyer, Adjunct Professor of Art, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
2016   Stormy Weather, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis, MD Juror: Nora Sturges,
Head of Painting and Drawing in the Depart. of Art+Design, Towson University,MD
2014-2015   Emergence 2014 International Artists to Watch, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD
Jurors: Sharon Burton, Founder, The Artinista Art Advisory; Robert Devereux,
Founder, African Arts Trust & Frieze Events & Magazines Ltd., London, England;
Deana Haggag, Director, The Contemporary (Museum) of Baltimore; Makgati
Molebatsi, Board Member, Bag Factory Artists Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa
2014  Hill Center 2014 Regional Juried Exhibition, Hill Center Galleries,
Washington DC, Juror: Phillip Kennicott, Art & Architecture Critic, The
Washington Post
2014   Myths & Legends: Telling Fantastical Stories Through Art, Annmarie Sculpture
Garden and Art Center, Solomon’s Island, MD
2012   Wanna Play, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL, Juror: DavidVan Alphen, Curator, Rotofugi Gallery, Chicago, IL 2011 Gender Matters / Matters of Gender, Freedman Gallery, Albright
College, Reading, PA. Juror: Judith Tennenbaum, Curator of
Contemporary Art at the Museum of Art, RISD
2010 53rd Chautauqua Annual National Exhibition of Contemporary Art,
Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, Chautauqua, NY. Juror: Kim Foster, Director
Kim Foster Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2008 Mythological Renderings, Nationally Juried Show, Brickbottom Artists Association,
Somerville, MA. Juror: George Shackelford Curator of Modern Art at the Museum
of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2006 Remix: East – West, Currents in Contemporary Art, Arlington Arts
Center, Arlington, VA, Jurors: Claudia De Monte Independent Curator,
Debra Diamond, Associate Curator, Freer Gallery & Sackler Gallery,
Smithsonian, Carol Lukitsch, Curator, Arlington Arts Center
2005 6th Annual Shippensburg University Exhibition, Kauffman Gallery
Shippensburg, PA, Juror: Roger Ricco, Director of Ricco/Maresca
Gallery, New York, NY
2003  Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
(DCCA) Wilmington, DE. Juror: George Ciscle, Curator, Maryland Institute College
of Art
2002   Art Maryland 2002, Howard County Center of the Arts Juror: Jay Fisher, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Baltimore Museum of Art
2002  Twenty-eight Juried Exhibition, Allentown Art Museum Allentown, PA. Juror:
Hugh M. Davies, PhD, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
2001   The Future is Now, Regional MFA Exhibition DCCA, Wilmington, DE,
Juror: John Shipman, Interim Program Director DCCA
2001  MFA Juried Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Juror: Elizabeth Turner,
Chief Curator, Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
2000   Art Maryland 2000, Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, MD. Juror:
Dr. Susan Rosenberg, Assistant Curator for Modern & Contemporary Art, The
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2000 2nd Annual National All-Media Exhibition, Touchstone Gallery, Wash.DC
Juror: Joann Moser, Senior Curator National Museum of American Art


2011 Vermont Studio Center, Resident Grant (partial), Johnson, VT
2010 Deborah Andersen Award, 53rd Chautauqua Annual, Chautauqua, NY.
Juror: Kim Foster, Owner/Director Kim Foster Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2003  Ragdale Foundation Resident Grant, Lake Forest, IL
2003  Juror’s Choice, Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition, DCCA. Juror: George Ciscle,
Curator-in-Residence, MICA, Baltimore, MD
2002 Juror’s Choice, Art Maryland 2002. Howard County Center for the Arts
Ellicott City, MD. Juror: Jay Fisher, Deputy Director Curatorial Affairs
Baltimore Museum of Art
2001 Maryland Institute College of Art, Resident Fellow at FAWC, Provincetown, MA.
Juror, Elizabeth Turner, Chief Curator, The Phillips Collection, Washington DC
2000 Honorary Mention Award, 2nd Annual National All-Media Exhibition at Touchstone
Gallery, Washington DC. Curator: Joann Moser, Senior Curator of Graphic Arts,
National Museum of American Art, Wash. DC


- Kearney Co., Alexandria, VA
- Ginsberg, Feldman & Bress, Attorneys, Washington, DC
- GRE Insurance, Inc., New York, NY
- IIT Research Institute, Chicago, IL and Fairfax, VA
- The Polinger Company, Chevy Chase, MD
- Rust Insurance Company, Washington, DC
- Peter J. Sharp Foundation, New York, NY
- Pat and Jeanne Turner, Baltimore, MD
- United States Department of State, Art in Embassies Program, 1990-1994
- Sidwell Friends School, Washington DC
- Sunwest Communications Inc., Dallas, Texas
- Zuckerman, Spaeder, Goldstein, Taylor & Kolker, Vienna, VA


Catalyst Contemporary Gallery, 523 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD, Liz Faust, Curator
2014- 2019 Board member of Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD


- “Gender Matters: Matters of Gender- A National Juried Exhibition-March 23 – April  20, 2011”, Exhibition Catalog, Albright College, Reading PA, May, 2020 (to 
commemorate the 10th anniversary of the national juried exhibition.)
-“Home to Sargasso Sea: A long journey of loving collaboration. Paintings by
Jessica Damen and poetry by Maj Ragain”, Exhibition Catalog, Wick Poetry Center,
Kent State University, Kent, OH 2018
- Cover image of “Clouds Pile Up in the North: New & Selected Poems, by Maj
Ragain, Press 53 LLC, Winston-Salem, NC, 2017
- “Studio Visit: Ted Hendricks in Conversation with Painter Jessica Damen”,

Bmoreart.com, http://www.bmoreart.com/2016/08/studio-visit-jessica- damen.html
- “Vision to Verse – Verse to Vision: A visual and poetic dialogue”, Exhibition
Catalog, Maj Ragain, Poet, Jessica Damen, Painter, Verde Gallery, Champaign, IL


-“Visions Verses Voices – Sources and Synergy”, at Delaplaine Art Center,  Frederick MD. December 7, 2019
-“Home to Sargasso Sea: A long journey of loving collaboration – How it Came to  Be”, June 1, 2018 at KSU Downtown Gallery, Kent, OH

December 7 – 29 2019

Artist Talk: Dec. 7, 2 - 3 pm
Opening Reception: Dec. 7, 3 - 5 pm
Meet the Artist: Dec. 14, 3 - 5 pm

The Delaplaine Arts Center

40 South Carroll Street
Frederick, MD 21701

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Poetry By:
Maj Ragain
Janet Lewis
Wilfred Owen
Tim Joyce
Paula Meehan

Audio and Technical Assistance:
Lindsay Bottos
Jessica Damen

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