Jessica Jacobs is currently an Assistant Professor in the Business & Entrepreneurship Department at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches courses in design management, visual arts management, project management, self-management and freelancing, and information management. Jessica previously served as a full-time faculty member at Colby-Sawyer College and St. Norbert College where she taught courses in photography, graphic design, art history, advertising and new media.

Research Interests

Jessica’s cross-disciplinary scholarship and professional endeavors explore integrating both business and art knowledge to help artists and designers succeed. Her research interests include:

  • Arts and design entrepreneurship
  • Creative processes and transferable skills of artists
  • Synergies between art and business utilizing methods and language from the creative process
  • Business models for artists and designers
  • Design management pedagogy


“Teaching the Business of Design Across Disciplines.” Accepted with Revisions, 2015.
“From Design Thinking to Art Thinking.” Submitted for Initial Review, 2015.

Courses Taught

Columbia College Chicago: Business of Design, Business of Visual Arts, Self-Management & Freelancing, Information Management, Project Management, Independent Research Projects

St. Norbert College: New Media Art, Beginning Photography and Digital Imaging, Advanced Photography and Digital Imaging, The Photographic Aesthetic, Independent Research Projects

Colby-Sawyer College: Professional Practices and Portfolio (Senior Capstone), Advertising and Promotional Design, Computer Applications for the Artist, Creative Expression, Beginning Photography, Photography II, III, IV, and V, Photography and Reality (First-Year and Sophomore Seminars), History of Photography, Independent Research Projects                                                                                                                 ,

Selected Exhibitions

* indicates solo or two-person exhibition

Looking Glass: Exploring Self-Portraiture, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN, Curated by Gray Lyons and Linda Wilson, 2015
StudioShift, Botti Studio, Evanston, IL, Invitational, 2015
Slideshow, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, IL, Juried, 2014
StudioShift, Botti Studio, Evanston, IL, Invitational, 2014
Of the Land, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, Juried by Heidi Norton, 2013
Beginnings, Black Cloud Gallery, Chicago, IL, Juried by Barbara DeGenevieve, 2011
* Jessica Jacobs, James Watrous Gallery at Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI, 2007
Wisconsin Triennial, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art,  Madison, WI, Juried by Jane Simon, Curator, 2007
Review Santa Fe, Santa Fe Center for Photography, Santa Fe, NM, 2006
* Jessica Jacobs, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT, 2005
* From a Different Angle, Anderson-Soule Gallery, Concord, NH, 2004
PRC Members’ Exhibition, Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, Boston, MA, Juried by Rachel Rosenfeld Lafo, Curator, 2004
* Jessica Jacobs, The Derryfield School, Manchester, NH, 2004
The Power of Woman, ArtMetro Gallery, Cleveland, OH, Invitational, 2004, Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Juried by Rixon Reed, 2004
New England Photographers ‘03, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, Juried by Rachel Rosenfeld Lafo, Curator, 2003, Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Juried by Rixon Reed, 2004
* Figment, Bromfield Art Gallery, Boston, MA, 2003
Claiming the Spirit, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, Juried by Wendy Tarlow Kaplan and E. Linda Poras, 2002
Natural Selection, Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, Juried, 2002
* Figment, Oglethorpe Row Gallery, Savannah, GA, 2001