'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 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 a housing redevelopment project that began in 2007 when she purchased a neglected property in a historic Black community and converted it into a creative community hub for Black artists and students.
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), 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 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, 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 Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, CA, Theaster Gates' Rebuild Foundation in Chicago, IL, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art + Culture in Charlotte, NC and The Pittsburgh Foundation in Pittsburgh, PA.
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.