Born in Seattle in 1959, Jessica Stockholder lives and works in Chicago, United States.

As Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Chicago University, she is one of the most important sculptors of her generation. She has had important solo exhibitions at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield (2011), the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid (2010), the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York (2006), the Dia Art Foundation in New York (1995), and The Renaissance Society, Chicago (1991).

In France her work has recently been presented at the Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne in Wide Eyes Smeared Here Dear (2012) and in Nantes for the FRAC des Pays de la Loire in Hollow Places Court in Ash-Tree Wood (2012). Her outdoor installations created as public commissions for the Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York (Flooded Chambers Maid, 2009) and Color Jam for the Loop Alliance in Chicago (2012) met with great public and critical success. She has received the Smithsonian's Lucelia Artist Award (2007), the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (1996), the National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Sculpture (1988) and the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in Painting (1989).

Her works are included in important collections, such as those of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago), the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover), the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), the British Museum (London), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Museum Ludwig (Vienna), the Saatchi & Saatchi Collection (London), the Centraal Museum (Utrecht), the Musée Picasso in Antibes, the FRAC Limousin (Limoges), the Carré d'Art (Nîmes), and Le Consortium (Dijon).