J.J. McCracken was born in 1972 in Mifflin, PA and lives and works in Washington, DC.
McCracken creates sculptures, performances and immersive installations focused on free speech, social justice and resource equity.
McCracken’s recent work, The Mouth of the Scold (2016), was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery for the "IDENTIFY: Performance Art as Portraiture" series. The piece is one chapter in a body of research and performance on the history of the “common scold” offense, a gender-based misdemeanor charge used to punish “outspoken” women. Subsequent to the performance, McCracken’s sculpture, The Dunlevy Medallion, was exhibited in the Gallery’s Great Hall.
J.J. McCracken received her M.F.A. from The George Washington University (2005) and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2012). Her numerous awards including a Juror’s Choice Award (United in Passion & Pride exhibition, 2016), a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Sculpture (2014), a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2011/12), and two grants from the Puffin Foundation (2013 and 2011).