Jess Graff is a mixed-media artist and educator who has participated in numerous gallery shows and residency programs at schools, art centers, and museums across the country. She has recently worked as the K-8 Art Teacher for Gardner School of Arts and Sciences, as Curator in Residence at Vancouver City Hall, and as a Teaching Artist with Young Audiences, the Lane Arts Council, Arts in the Gorge, and the Arts Center of Corvallis. Articles authored by Jess have been included in publications across the nation. She has also had the pleasure of presenting at arts and education conferences on the topics of creativity, collaboration, equity, and the power of play. She is passionate about creating equitable shared spaces and artworks that invite people of all ages and backgrounds to collaborate and communicate together. Despite all the travel, Astoria is very much home to this Oregon born artist. As an artist with both Western European and Middle Eastern heritage, Jess draws inspiration for her artwork from her personal history, the natural world, and from moments of shared creative exploration with the families she teaches.