MFA, Tufts University; BFA, Massachusetts College of Art; AB (magna cum laude), Harvard University.
Jesseca Ferguson has worked with pinhole photography and hand-applied 19th century photo processes since 1990. Her pinhole photographs and collaged "photo objects" have been included in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and the UK. Her work has been included in a number of books and publications concerning the current renaissance in hand-made photography. International museums holding her work include the Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, France; the Museum of the History of Photography, Krakow, Poland; Brandts Kladefabrik, Odense, Denmark; and the Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, Chippenham, UK. In the US, her work has been collected by the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; and the Ransom Center for the Humanities, Austin, TX, among others. Recent solo shows include Handmade Pictures by Jesseca Ferguson, Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock, England in 2011 and Jesseca Ferguson: Museum of Memory, Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY in fall 2012. In winter 2012 she was visiting artist-in-residence at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME.
Ferguson has received grants to support her work from the LEF Foundation; the Engelhard Foundation; Art Matters, Inc.; Polaroid Corporation: and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Artist residencies include MacDowell Colony and 3rd International Artists' Colony of Debrecen, Hungary. Ferguson's work has been published in a number of books, catalogues and articles on the subject of handmade photography in the US and abroad.
Since 1998 she has been engaged in cultural exchange with Poland, through the medium of pinhole photography. She has exhibited her own work in Poland and has also facilitated and organized exhibitions of work by contemporary Polish photographers in the US. Ferguson has also proposed and organized a number of art-related events, such as exhibitions (here and in Europe), international artists exchanges (between Poland and the US), and panel discussions (for the annual College Arts Association conference, and for New England Women in Photography, based at Simmons College, Boston, MA). In summer 2011 she became involved with Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, and worked with other Boston area artists to bring all 250 international books to Cambridge, MA for a series of three exhibitions and related events which lasted from January – June, 2013.
Ferguson lives, works, and teaches in Boston, Massachusetts. She has given workshops and artist lectures in Krakow, Warsaw, Katowice, and Poznan, Poland, as well as at various schools and venues in the US. Ferguson's teaching experience includes Massachusetts College of Art, Clark University, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, where she has taught since the late 1980s.