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Jacob Pesci is a practicing photographer, artist, and educator. Heavily influenced by his experiences with isolation, violence, love, and connection, as well as his time as a combat medic in the US Navy; Jacob's studio practice focuses on themes surrounding the human condition and personal connections. Through the mediums of film photography, print, and bookmaking, his work aims to visualize memories and emotions to understand the nature of identity both personal and collectively; while finding healing and awareness, of the body, the spirit, and the world we inhabit. 

 

Working with young people as an arts educator, he finds his skills and passion intersect in the classroom, inspiring and collaborating with future generations to guide loving, creative, and confident humans. 

 

Fighting for truth and justice, equality and inclusion; his work focuses on developing social and emotional intelligence through creative exploration to impact the world for the better and create opportunity, freedom, and prosperity for all.  

 

Education

 

Columbia College Chicago 

2018 - 2021 

BA Fine Art Photography 

 

Awards

 

2021 Albert P. Weisman Reciepient 

Around The BLOC 

 

2019 Annie Leibovitz Studios Internship

 

Exhibitions

 

2022 Portraits

Solo Show

The Lab at Silver Eye

 

2022 Around The BLOC 

Solo Show 

The BLOC Chicago 

 

2022 Around The BLOC

Albert P. Weisman Award Group Show 

The Hokin 

Columbia College Chicago

 

2020 Guess I'll Get Started 

Solo Show 

PVC 

 

2019 Art on the Wall 

4 Calla Lilies 

Group Show 

Studio Racine

 

Select Press, Publications, Projects

 

2022 Lucie Foundation

Carte Blanche Open Call Finalist: Portraits

Avion. West Side Chicago.

 

2022 Ain’t Bad

Feature

Around The BLOC

 

2022 Around The BLOC 

Self Published Artist Book 

 

2021 Collective Impact Talks 

Panel Member - Engaging Youth Columbia College 

 

2021 Musee Magazine 

Photo Journal Monday 

Around The BLOC

 

2021 i-D Magazine 

Feature 

What your March 2021 looked like

 

2020 LAT ITU DE Chicago 

Artist Talk 

 

2020 Guess I'll Get Started 

Self Published Zine 

 

2020 LATITUDE Chicago Postcard Book Irises: 1 Month in Quarantine. 

 

2020 Antihero Press 

Feature - Photographs