Featured Artist Member

Featured Artist Member honors the artist members of Berkeley Art Center, highlighting the breadth and variety of mediums, processes and concepts engaged by our community. Only artists whose memberships are current will be considered. To become a member, please sign up HERE. To fill out our Artist Member Informational Survey , click HERE.

Featured Artist  November 2017

Jessica Phrogus

Jessica Phrogus is a Bay Area ceramicist, printmaker, bookmaker, Seminole doll-maker, and painter. Phrogus received her MFA in printmaking from Oakland's California College of the Arts and has held artist residencies from KALA Art Institute and the Berkeley Tuolumne Camp. Phrogus' work has been exhibited locally and internationally. Her ceramic mural, "Freedom of Speech" was selected as part of the State Department's Art in Embassies Program in Caracus, Venezuela. She also exhibits annually at the International Ceramics Museum in Faenza, Italy. Phrogus has taught for UCB Extension's visual arts program and continues to stay engaged and active in the local Bay Area art scene. 

Artist Bio

Jessica has lived in Berkeley, California for over 35 years after growing up in Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Moving a lot during her youth, she attended thirteen schools before graduating from high school. In high school when she discovered she excelled at art, making things suddenly meant something--she had a place. The interior world became more important, more relevant, as she grew up. Jessica has been influenced by traveling around the world, living in a mecca like Berkeley half her life, and the idyllic, dynamic and innovative Bay Area.

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The Elders, 4 dolls 5 x 2' made with fabric, palm fiber, beads, tomato cages and mops, 2017. photo by Catrina Marchetti



Kingress, 2015, ceramic mold low-fire (backview) 4 x 7", background: Joe of Hearts. photo by Catrina Marchetti

A Southern History, 18 x 13", 25 watercolors and prints, 2003. photo by Catrina Mrchetti

For a list of previously featured Member Artists, click the link for the Index of Featured Artists.