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ABOUT JESSICA
 

Jessica Gaynelle Moss is an artist, curator, consultant and custodian of artwork.

 

As an artist and practitioner her creative vision transcends traditional art boundaries. Her work -- merging fine art with real estate development, philanthropy and institution-building -- has been defined as social practice, creative place-making and public art. Jessica's work, however, defies singular classification, embracing multiple mediums and disciplines. She draws upon both quantitative and qualitative methods, weaving together people, data, histories and lived experiences within autonomous spaces.

In addition to her role as founding director of The Roll Up CLT, a neighborhood embedded artist residency program she launched in 2016, Jessica has collaborated with notable artists, contributing to social practice, public art and community engaged projects like Mel Chin's Fundred Dollar Bill Project, Theaster Gates' Black Artists Retreat and the Stony Island Arts Bank, and Alisha B Wormsley's Sibyls Shrine, an artist residency and network of 100+ Black artists who have m/othering practices, where she currently serves as the collective's managing director and curator.


As the founder of her own art consulting, curatorial and advisement firm, Jessica excels at forging relationships, building bridges between different parties, and creating diplomatic ties where none existed before. Her ability to navigate these challenges with finesse and empathy makes her an outlier in the field. Jessica and her team have cultivated an impressive client portfolio including institutions like The NAACP, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Joan Mitchell Center, Heinz Endowments and The National Trust for Historic Preservation. Her work and projects have been featured in Architectural Digest, The Root, Black Art in America, and Bloomberg News. 

 

Jessica has been acclaimed as a 'Leading Voice in Public Art,' honored as a 'Woman of Achievement,' and recognized among 'Women to Watch.' She has been awarded the prestigious 40 Under 40 award in multiple US cities, recognizing her dedication towards advancing equity within the arts beyond borders. Her impactful works and contributions have been acknowledged with grant awards and honors from distinguished funders including The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation,  The Black Art Futures Fund and The Ford Foundation.

Jessica received a bachelors in Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009; a masters in Arts Administration, Policy and Management from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015; and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2018.

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