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Publications & Exhibitions


Art & Antiques Magazine, "Tradition - With a Twist", April 2004


Emotional Design: Why We Love or Hate Everyday Things, Donald A. Norma, Basic Books, 2004


The Workshop: Celebrating the Place Where Craftsmanship Begins, Scott Gibson, photos by Randy O'Rourke, Tauton Press, 2003


The Roanoke Times, "Meet Jake, a "non-Artist' Who Makes Art", by Joanne Pointdexter, July 21, 2003


The Washington Post, "Tongue-and-Groove and Tongue and Cheek", Paul Fitzgerald, 1/15/01


Art as Evidence, Jules David Prown, Yale Univerity Press, 2001


There's a Bed in the Piano: The Inside Story of the American Home, Myrna Kaye, Little, Brown & Co., 1998


The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design, Galen Cranz, Norton Pub. Co., 1998


Fine Woodworking Magazine (back cover), February, 1996


American Art Magazine (illustration in "Promise and Perils of Context", Summer, 1997


The Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/21/95


The Washington Post, 'Washington Home' section, 5/25/95


Woodcarving Magazine (England), Vol.2, 1992



Served as one of three judges at the Sixth Annual Texas Furniture Makers Show, Nov. 5th & 6th, 2005


"The Chair Show", Southern Highlands Craft Guild, NC, 1995


Alleghany Arts and Crafts Center, Covington, Va., 1995


Towson State University, Baltimore, MD, 1994 Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA, 1990



Museum Exhibitions

Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian), "Right at Home: American Studio Furniture", April 2, 2004 - Jan. 17, 2005


International Arts & Artists, 2000-2003


Ohio Craft Museum, 2000


Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburg, PA, 1999


Art Museum of Western Virginia, "By Heart and Hand: Collecting Southern Decorative Arts", 10/2/98 - 2/17/99


Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL, 10/9/98 - 3/2001


Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC, 1995


Mischief-Making: Contemporary Craftsman Jake Cress, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA, 1/28/2011 - 6/19/2011



Worcester Center for Crafts, Krikorian Gallery, Worcester, Mass., "The Chair", 10/12/02 - 11/23/02, juried by Sam Maloof


Urban Artware, Winston-Salem, NC, 1993-1994


Michael B. Tusing Gallery, Staunton, VA, 2000 - present


Sandar Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1985, 1996-1997


Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 1994


Museum Acquisitions

"Oops!" #9 - Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian), Permanent Collection


"Hickory Dickory Clock, gift from Jacob Cress to the Art Museum of Western VA, Roanoke, VA, sold to benfit the Acquisitions Fund by Sotheby's, NY, NY, 1/19/01


"Oops!", Taubman Museum, Roanoke, VA, 2000


"Hickory Dickory Clock", Indianapolis Children's Museum, Indianapolis, IN, 2000


"Oops!" and selected miniatures, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL, 2000


"Oops!" Yale Permanent Collection, New Haven, CT 2004



Ralph and Terry Kovel, Ohio


R.J. Reynolds, North Carolina


Meirhoff, Maryland


Leigh Keno Antiques, New York


John Nye, New York


John Beverly, Virginia


William McIlhenny, Paris


Ben and Susan Grigsby, Virginia


Marion C. Burke, Conneticut


Michael and Melissa Platt, Kentucky

Marguerite Kiely and Ted Ashby, Staunton, Virginia

Charlotte Hagan, Fincastle, Virginia

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