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Jessica McCain (b. 1965)

Sculptor and painter based in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Born in California, but raised in Alaska and Tennessee, she was taught by her father, the artist Buck McCain (b. 1943), then studied at the Art Students League, the Old Lyme Academy, Connecticut, and Scottsdale School of Art. In addition to her expressively treated figurines, she has undertaken a number of public commissions for life-size bronze figures, including St Mary and St Joseph for the church of St Thomas the Apostle in Tucson, and Mourning Heart, a group depicting the grieving widow of a dead serviceman and her children, erected at the Old Post Cemetery, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, in 1996. Outside St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh, Scotland, is her bronze figure of ‘Bum’ the Dog (2006–07).

Primary source: email correspondence with the artist.

Bibliography: P.L. Allen, ‘Sculpting women into history’, Tucson Citizen, 6 August 1996; Fine Art America website: ‘About Jessica McCain’; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 2, pp. 340–42.

Ray McKenzie 2018