Jessica E. Oberdick
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MA 2017 University of Louisville 
Specialization: Art (C) and Art History Critical and Curatorial Studies
MPA 2017 University of Louisville
Specialization: Non- Profit Management
BFA 2012 Shepherd University 
Specialization: Painting


November 2018 – Present: Exhibitions Assistant, Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

  • Manager of the Hite’s Campus and Downtown Art Galleries, acting as liaison between artists and curators. Design layout and Oversee and Install and de-install all art exhibitions, design posters, postcards and other signage. Handle gallery press and social media accounts. Manager of shipping, packaging, and handling of all artworks.
  • Oversee all gallery documentation including contracts, loan agreements and condition reports.
  • Manage the campus loan program, including inventory, art inspections and installing artworks at all campus buildings.
  • Supervise gallery employees and interns, manage schedules and timesheets.
  • Manage and oversee campus collections including care and inspection.
  • Organize, plan and oversee all gallery events, rentals and programs.
  • Maintain gallery appearance and maintenance including painting and patching walls.

June-October 2018: Administrative Assistant, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Louisville, KY

  • Manager of the Foundation’s conference facility including scheduling, setting up meetings, and ensuring working order of AV equipment
  • Liason between clients and staff, and contact person for (c)space office tenants
  • Go to person for all office tech issues
  • Manager of the foundation’s calendar and website
  • Ensures overnight arrangements are made for board and council members for meetings as needed, and ensures everyone is fed as needed
  • Editor of press releases, orderer of office supplies, and doer of anything and everything staff may need help with

 2015-2017 Gallery Manager, Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY 

  • Oversaw the successful organization and implementation of 10 exhibitions while working as liaison between curators, artists, designers, and gallery owners
  •  Oversaw each exhibition’s brochure design, edited curatorial text, artist bios, checklists, and press releases
  •  Assisted in exhibition installation and de-installation including printing and installing vinyl lettering and wall labels, removing artworks, and preparing walls for next exhibit
  •  Managed all gallery operations including bookkeeping, event planning and documentation, social media, and websites
  •  Maintained contact lists for artists, clients, and partner organizations
  •  Scheduled home + office art installations, managed invoices, and contracts
  •  Inspected in and outgoing artworks and documented new works
  •  Managed Inventory of over 500 works of art, and professionally installed, packed, and transported art to and from clients

2016-2017 Administrative Coordinator, IDEAS xLAB, Louisville, KY 

  • Made travel arrangements for entire team and scheduled meetings
  •  Filed all documents including expense documents, contracts, and tax documents
  •  Researched prospective grants, and assisted in grant writing
  •  Conducted research on various organizations, institutions, and social activism to support ongoing projects
  •  Worked with multiple partners, organizations and institutions to coordinate events, schedule meetings, and host artists in residence

2014-2015 Teaching Assistant, (Prof. Chris Fulton, Art History, Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville) 

  • Assisted in planning course work for Intro to Art Classes
  •  Assisted in lectures, leading class discussions and groups for Intro to Art Classes
  •  Graded papers and tests for students in Italian Renaissance, Mexican Art + Architecture, and Intro to Art classes
  •  Researched readings and essays for students reading/learning material

2014-2015 Gallery Assistant, Hite Art Institute and Cressman Center, University of Louisville 

  •  Prepared galleries for exhibitions including patching and painting walls, and conducting condition reports on new work
  •  Assisted in the layout and installation of multiple exhibitions, as well as de-installation and packaging of artworks
  •  Installed/de-installed vinyl lettering and wrote, printed, and placed labels for exhibitions

2014-2018 Visual Manager, Madewell, Louisville, KY 

  • Responsible for overall store appearance, designing and following visual directives, and creating store displays
  • Responsible for organizing back of house inventory
  •  Responsible for overseeing store associates, opening and closing store, and assisted in customer sales

2012-2014 Co-Founder, Exhibit, + Events Manager, Slant Factory Art Space, Charles Town, WV 

  •  Planned, organized, and curated monthly art exhibits, advertised all events and designed posters
  •  Installed and de-installed all artworks, scheduled drop off and deliveries, and handled artist contracts

Fall 2015Nonprofit Intern, Conrad Caldwell House Museum, Louisville, KY
Summer 2015Gallery Intern, Tim Faulkner Gallery, Louisville, KY
Fall 2013Gallery Intern, Transformer Art Space, Washington, D.C.


January-March 2020: Curator: Revolutionary: Being American Today, group exhibition at the Kennedy Heights Art Center, Cincinnati, OH.

June 2019: Curator, Resident, solo art exhibition featuring Renzo Velez, Houseguest Gallery, Louisville, KY

May 2017: Co-Coordinator: Rainbows and Roses Art Exhibit + Event to raise money for an LGBTQ+ Community Center in Louisville, KY, Play and Butchertown Grocery, Louisville, KY

July, 2017 : Curator: Objects and Others: Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality, Schneider Hall Galleries, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

August-December 2017: Co-Curator, Meet Your Neighbors, Feminist and LGBTQ+ Perspectives, 1619 Flux, Louisville, KY

May-July 2015: Co-Curator, The Beauty of a Block: Women Printmakers of the WPA Era, University of Louisville Hite Art Institute, Louisville, KY

March-April 2015: Co-Curator, Larry and Ladonna was Here: The Artist Collector Relationship, KMAC Museum Louisville, KY


2017 Outstanding Graduate Student, University of Louisville, Hite Art Institute

2017 Kentucky Foundation for Women Art Meets Activism Grant Recipient

2016 University of Louisville Hite Art Institute Graduate Student Travel Grant

2012 Jefferson County Arts and Humanities Alliance Grant Recipient, Charles Town, WV



“Maintaining the Momentum: The Evolving Climate of Louisville’s Art Scene” for Ruckus Louisville

“Unbounded Domains” Art Review for Ruckus Louisville


“Veils” Review for Ruckus Louisville

“The Good American” Review for Ruckus Louisville

“Grounding” Review for Ruckus Louisville

“Breaking the Mold” review for BURNAWAY

“Liminal Portraits: Finding Realism in Billboard” in Boshemia Vol 2 Issue 03: Bodies pg. 28-30

“Review of For Freedoms: Make America Great Again” in Ruckus Louisville

“Southern as a Verb” Q&A with Speed Museum’s Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art in BURNAWAY


“Ritual and Place: Review of Catherine Richards and Ahn Tran’s Plait” in The Hite Aegis Review

“The Feminine Spirit: Review of Sisters of the Moon at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft” in The Hite Aegis Review

“Her/Hair: Review of Her/Hair at the Huff Gallery”, in The Hite Aegis Review


“Cultural Identity and Artistic Imagination” In The Beauty of a Block: Women Printmakers of the WPA Era. University of Louisville Hite Art Institute.


2015 South Eastern Museums Conference Spotlight on Student Research Jacksonville, Florida



President: AEGIS Graduate Student Group, Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Co-Founder, editor and contributor of The Hite Aegis Review, an online forum for critical and creative writing for Hite Art Students and the city of Louisville, KY


Jury Panel, Madison Art Club Regional Fall Exhibition


Proficient with: Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, and Mac

Proficient with: MailChimp, Constant Contact, File Maker, WordPress and Squarespace + numerous other online social media platforms

Knowledge of proper art handling and hanging techniques

Knowledge of basic film and digital Camera operation and editing, and experience photographing events



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