Jessica Simorte (b. 1988) completed her MFA with an emphasis in painting at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning in 2014. She is currently living in Texas where she teaches within Sam Houston State University’s WASH program. She has shown regionally, nationally, and internationally and has been included in numerous publications including Looking At Painting and Maake Magazine. Simorte’s practice serves as an ongoing examination of how art making can function as a mode of placemaking. Having experienced hypersensitive connections to her inhabited surroundings her entire life, the work ultimately focuses on drawing and painting as a means of navigating physical and intangible places.