Jarrod Houghton was born in Winfield Kansas. He attended the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture with distinction in 1999. With a full tuition Scholarship from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, IL, Houghton received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2002 in Sculpture. He is currently a Lecturer in Foundations at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Jarrod has exhibited nationally in Unites States and Internationally in Surinam, Canada, Belgium, Mexico and New Zealand. Arts at the Embassy has selected his collaborative artwork with Sisavanh Phouthavong-Houghton for a permanent collection at Paramaribo, Surinam. He has been published in Studio Visit magazine and has been recognized as a New Superstar of Southern Art by Oxford American. His research has been funded several times by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Houghton is the fabricator/production designer for Sisavanh Phouthavong-Houghton's projects for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts' Educator for Community Engagement; the Oasis Center; and CRIT, the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee.
The genesis of my work grows from my life long obsession with my collection of discarded objects. As a very shy and introverted child these objects or artifacts, served as a connection to a person or a place and another time. These collecting habits and my love for the transformative effects of display have become my vehicle for interpreting the world just as much as the collector (myself).