Artist Statement/Bio

I think of my work as transitional and let the materials tell the story. Literal blank canvases that are begging to become and embody a story, memory or feeling. Whether telling tales of female subjugation or questioning current socio political norms, I subvert tension by using humor and abstraction to draw viewers in. Printmaking is the way in which I create a matrix from which beautiful abstractions come to life, creating a visual narrative which evokes feeling. I also have a love of vintage photos, magazines, and ephemera hence collage is one of the ways I practice sustainability.

Jamie Capps was born in Los Angeles County, California. After completing her AA  from Holyoke Community College in 2018, she was granted a full tuition scholarship to study Art at Mount Holyoke College from where she earned her BA in 2021. Jamie’s Mexican-American heritage, travels, motherhood, and career experiences in warehousing and transportation management, retail, compliance and finance, have all impacted her studio practice, which spans mixed media collage, printmaking, and book arts. She lives and works in South Hadley, Massachusetts. 

EDUCATION

TBD   MFA, University of Iowa Center for the Book, Iowa City, IA

2021 BA, Magna Cum Laude, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

2019 AS, High Honors, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021

Long Distance Relationship, Mount Holyoke College Museum, Virtual Exhibit, South Hadley, MA 

Connections, Virtual Exhibit, South Hadley, MA

In These Times, Virtual Performance and Art Exhibit, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA

Valley Creation Stations Project, Multi Town Exhibit, Western MA 

2020

Boundaries, Mount Holyoke College, Virtual Exhibit, South Hadley, MA

2019

Arts Beyond Mount Holyoke, Blanchard Art Gallery, South Hadley, MA

Student Art Exhibition, Taber Art Gallery, Holyoke, MA 

HONORS/AWARDS/GRANTS

2021

University of Iowa Arts Fellowship, University of Iowa Center for the Book, Iowa City, IA

Phyllis Walsh Crocker Memorial Scholarship, Mount Holyoke College, MA

2019-2021

Frances Perkins Full Tuition Scholarship, Mount Holyoke College, MA 

2019

Phi Theta Kappa, Holyoke Community College, MA

Visual Art Faculty Prize, Holyoke Community College, MA

Visual Art Award, Holyoke Community College, MA

James F. Connors Scholarship