KCJ was born in Charleston, South Carolina, grew up in New England and moved to Jacksonville, Florida where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Printmaking and Art History at the University of North Florida. She is currently in her final year as an MFA candidate at the University of Louisville in Kentucky with a concentration in glass and print. Her work investigates the intersection of Jewish legacy and lived experience- asking questions about what we choose to embody, embrace, or deny from our inherited legacies. She was recently the 2018 recipient of the The Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art and will spend part of the year traveling to complete an enrichment experience of her design to further her artistic career. Over the summer she interned at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington and did research at the Holocaust Center and The Jewish Contemporary Museum in San Francisco. She exhibits her work regularly across the country and recently received merit and juror awards for the 10 x 10 x 10 show in Tieton, Washington and The Blue Grass Biennial in Morehead, Kentucky. In addition to mounting her thesis exhibition, she continues to be a graduate teaching assistant and will soon be a visiting artist to Georgetown University in Georgetown, Kentucky.