Jessica Silverman founded the Jessica Silverman Gallery upon completing her MFA in Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts in 2007. The gallery is known for discovering emergent artists in California and bringing them to an international audience as well as introducing foreign artists to the San Francisco Bay Area. The gallery has a strong concept-driven roster that embraces both rigorously abstract and hyper-figurative work.
Before opening her gallery, Silverman took part in a curatorial residency at the Frankfurter Kunstverein and collaborated with the Martha Rosler Library. This informed the gallery’s first year of exhibitions that paired established artists with emergent ones. Desiree Holman’s work was shown with that of Lynda Benglis and Joan Jonas while Christopher Badger’s sculptures were placed in dialogue with works by Robert Smithson and La Monte Young.
In 2008, the gallery relocated and its roster expanded to include Matt Lipps, Hugh Scott-Douglas, Hayal Pozanti and Dashiell Manley. Work by gallery artists have been acquired by notable public collections including MOMA NY, LACMA, the Hammer Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and SFMOMA. The gallery has participated in a number of international art fairs, including Frieze (London), FIAC, NADA (Miami Beach, New York & Cologne) and Dallas Contemporary. Its shows are regularly reviewed in international publications such as Frieze, Artforum, Flash Art, and Modern Painters.
Jessica Silverman was listed in ArtInfo’s 2012 “Top 30 under 30,” a ranking of the top international art professionals under the age of thirty. She sits on the San Francisco Arts Commission and is committed to bringing art to a broader audience.