Jake Fetterman

Artist Statement

Through a multi-disciplinary approach, Jake Fetterman brings into question the role of the facade in the queer experience, interrogating its necessity as a form of self defense and as a mode of self expression. Coming from the heritage of Eastern Europe as a first generation American, they reference western histories, mythologies, and aesthetics. Using these themes as a way to explore the politics of the queer body, its relationship to constructed space, and the ever shifting nature of identity.


  • Doug Jeck (3D4M: ceramics + glass + sculpture)
  • Michael Swaine (3D4M: ceramics + glass + sculpture)
  • Adair Rounthwaite (Art History)
  • Robert Yoder


Read the full commentary by Nicole Seisler.

Jake made their thesis show in no small part as a way to come out to their parents, parents who have always rejected queerness and are now confronting Jake’s gender dysphoria for the first time.

— Nicole Seisler


Jake Fetterman grew up in the Pacific Northwest and received their BFA from Western Washington University in 2015. They recently completed a post-baccalaureate at Colorado University, Boulder, in 2019, before coming to the University of Washington.



  • Master of Fine Arts, University of Washington, Seattle, 2021
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Western Washington University, 2015