Resume

Jessica M DeStefano – Sculptor

EDUCATION:

1964 – 1968 – Edinboro State University – Art Education – Edinboro, Pa.
1968 – 1970 – Apprenticed under Kahlil Gibran – Sculptor, Boston Mass.
1970 – 1974 – Apprenticed under National Sculpture Society member Richard Duhme – Chautauqua, New York
1981 – 1983 – Apprenticed under National Sculpture Society member Jean Carlson, Cornwall, New York.

Jessica DeStefano Resume

FINE ART AND COMMERCIAL ART TIME-LINE:

1970 – 1975 – Warren Art League member– Warren, Pa. – hometown —numerous art shows and awards.
1972 – 1974 – Kathy Armstrong’s Gallery and Jewelry Shop Chautauqua, New York – featured summer artist.
1974 – Whirley Industries, Warren, Penna. Industrial design dept.
1975 – 2020 – Opened J Destefano Designs – a private design studio, Warren, Pa. creating fine art sculpture, portraits, custom jewelry, private commissions, retail and mail order sales
1977 – JDeStefano Designs – Began sculpting collectible political chess sets – completed first Watergate Chess set – bronze casting – Trippe Gallery, Easton, Md.
1981 – Historic Providence Mint, Providence, Rhode Island – mail order
Collectible designs – Frogg
1982 -1983 – Danbury Mint, Norwalk, Connecticut – Bob Capria – collectible designs – historic spoons – fairytale bells – Queen Mab
1983 – Published in National Sculpture Review – Winter 1982-83 Review by Richard Frazier
1983 – Franklin Mint, Franklin Center, Pa. – collectible alphabet thimbles
1983 – 1984 – Curtis Publishing – Saturday Evening Post – anatomical sculpted heart – Norman Rockwell Santa Claus- Bob Capria
1986 – 2008 – J. Destefano Ltd – Created “Tillie the Frog” – environmental mail order collectible (continued over 20 years)
1988 – Woodstock, New York – The Zodiac Shop – New Age Pendants
1988 – 2004 – Rawcliffe Corp., Providence, Rhode Island – Joe Karas – Licensed proprietary collectibles – Bubble Fairies, Yoga figures, Fantasy Sculpts
1989 – The Snooty Fox, Nyack, New York, retail shop – Bubble Fairies
1989 – Published in NSS Sculpture Review – Woodstock Weaver
1993 – Pen and Brush, NY NY – Best of Show
1996 – Hudon Creek – Licensed collectibles – Sea Myst Mermaids
1998 – J. DeStefano Ltd. _ Political Chess Sets – Clinton Scandal Chess Set – Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinski, Ken Starr
2003 – 2012 – Sawdust Festival, Laguna Beach, CA. – juried fine art – sculpture, portraits, commissions
2010 – 2014 – Cheryl Ekstrom Fine Art Studio – Laguna Beach, CA. assistant sculptor – larger than life bronze installation – Earth Warriors, Las Vegas, Nevada
2013 – 2015 – Festival of Fine Art – Laguna Beach, CA – juried -international fine art festival – Freedom of Choice – permanent collection.
2020 – Dorsky Museum – State University of New York at New Paltz, New York – permanent collection.
2022 – World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, Missouri – Moby Dick Chess Set – Clinton Scandal Set – permanent collection
2023 – Watergate Chess Set accepted into National Portrait Gallery – permanent collection – Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
2023 – Published in National Sculpture Society “Sculptureview” Fall issue – The Importance of Small Realistic Sculpture in The Post Modern Abstract Art World.