'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, 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.
As an artist, Jessica reimagines new frameworks and strategizes ways to build, maintain and sustain Black autonomous spaces devoted to the survival, resistance and healing of Black people. Her dedication to Black space stems from The Roll Up CLT, a housing redevelopment and artist residency project that began in 2007 when she purchased a neglected property in a historic Black community.
Her artwork is in the collections of 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 grants 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), and The Office of Public Art (2021).
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 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, Theaster Gates' Rebuild Foundation, DreamWorks Animation, and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
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.