Thursday, April 5 -- 12:30pm - 1:30 pm -- Bally's, Skyview 3


Queer Space is a gathering of LGBTQIA printmakers with the intention of creating and exploring. The connections we make are integral to who we are and how we see the world. Within the Queer community it is necessary to work with one another, to strengthen and support each other, so that all can succeed. LGBTQIA visibility affords us the opportunity to educate and allows for detailed examinations of the physical, emotional, and spiritual spaces we thrive in. By bringing together the Queer printmakers, we can examine our relationship to our community within the larger printmaking world and begin building a collective voice within SGCI.



With one successful solo exhibition already under her belt, Jessica Marie Mercy is already being recognized for her exceptional printmaking abilities. She was the featured artist in issue five of the Make Space Zine and went on to have a successful show at Generations during the release of the publication. Known for her obsession for queer spaces, social justice, and her aggressive LGBTQIA advocacy, her prints reflect her ability to spin a visual narrative while, simultaneously initiating a dialogue. She brings printmaking in to all aspects of her life, including professionally printing fabrics for a local small business, Bombsheller. While she is still completing her Associates in Fine Arts at North Seattle College, Jessica has still found the time to exhibit her work at their campus gallery, the International Center for Photography in NYC, the 18th annual NSC Art + Plus Craft Sale, and Alice Gallery in Georgetown WA.


She has been the recipient of the Seattle City Art Walk Award and several scholarships including: The John and Mary Ann Mangles Endowed Scholarship, Group Health Endowed Scholarship, and the Seattle Colleges Endowed Scholarship. Jessica has also created scholarships to further the accessibility of fine arts in the LGBTQIA community. Her obsession with community doesn’t stop with queers; Mercy is an active member of Seattle Print arts, SGC International, and the North Seattle College Art Group. She currently works and resides in Seattle, WA.