'SOB, SOB' by Kerry James Marshall at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2016
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Jessica Gaynelle Moss (b. 1987) is an artist, independent curator and arts consultant to institutions and private clients. She has an extensive background in program management, production and fabrication, nonprofit leadership, grant writing, community engagement, education, and the advancement of equitable development. Jessica is committed to developing innovative, ethical and responsible solutions to improve the conditions that directly affect Black people, women and underrepresented artists.
Her artwork can be found in both private and public collections including The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Baltimore, The Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection (JFABC) and The University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC). She is the recipient of grant awards from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (2017), United Way of Central Carolinas (2017), Foundation For The Carolinas (2019, 2020), The Arts & Science Council (2018, 2019, 2020), The Heinz Endowment (2020), The Pittsburgh Foundation (2020), The Opportunity Fund (2020), The Office of Public Art (2021), The McKnight Foundation (2021), Neighborhood Allies (2021) and is a 2021 Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh grantee.
Some of her curatorial projects have included Sibyls Shrine: Taking Care (2021) at Silver Eye Center for Photography, Southern Constellations (2019) at North Carolina A&T State University, Black Blooded (2018) at the New Gallery of Modern Art, Chris Watts: Blahk on Blahk on Blak (2017) at Gallery Twenty Two, mood:BLACK (2017) at Goodyear Arts, Noah Davis: 1975 Paintings (2016) at the Stony Island Arts Bank, and MONSTER ROSTER: Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago (2016) at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago.
As an arts worker and consultant, Jessica has experience with a diverse roster of institutions including The Joan Mitchell Center, The City of Pittsburgh, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, The National Portrait Gallery, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art + Culture, The Center for Craft, Rebuild Foundation and DreamWorks Animation.
Jessica received a bachelors in Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University; a masters in Arts Administration, Policy and Management from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a masters in Studies of the Law from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.