Jessica Fuentes

Fuentes smiling, wearing glasses, long wavy hair.M.A., 2013, Art Education
News Editor, Glasstire
Director, Kinfolk House
Studio Artist

A longtime Fort Worth resident, Jessica Fuentes is an artist, educator, author, and arts administrator. She holds a B.A. in art and performance from the University of Texas at Dallas (2004) and an M.A. in Art Education with an Art Museum Education Graduate Academic Certificate from UNT CVAD.

As an art educator with 15 years of experience, Jessica has taught all ages in formal and informal settings. She has worked in public schools, higher education and museums. At the Dallas Museum of Art, she was manager of gallery interpretation and at the Center for Creative Connections at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Dallas, as manager of School and Community Outreach. 

Fuentes has contributed to institutional publications and national blogs through her work in museums. Her first peer-reviewed publication, "The Need for Educators of Color in K-12 Museum Tours," appeared in the Journal of Museum Education, published in June 2021. She also authored the chapter “Representation Matters: Diversifying School Tour Curriculum” in the book "Creating Meaningful Museum Experiences for K-12 Audiences: How to Connect with Teachers and Students," published in October 2021 and edited by Tara Young.

She serves on the Make Art with Purpose board and the Education Planning Committee for the Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington, D.C. Fuentes is Glasstire online magazine's news editor and Kinfolk House executive director in Dallas.  

Fuentes is a former F6 Gallery Collective and 500x Gallery member. In 2016, her solo show "Tree House Divided" was noted as one of the Top 5 Exhibitions of the year by Fort Worth Weekly. In 2018, her work "My Only Homeland" was featured in the Deep Red Press, an online magazine. During the 2019-2020 academic year, she was an artist-in-residence at the Tarrant County College South Campus in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2021, her work was included in the public art exhibition "New Stories: New Futures," curated by Lauren Cross, a multidisciplinary artist, curator and CVAD faculty member. 

Art by Jessica of a photo collage.