'SOB, SOB' by Kerry James Marshall at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2016

J E S S I C A  

G A Y N E L L E   


B.F.A., M.A., M.S.L.

Jessica Gaynelle Moss (b. 1987) is an artist, independent curator and arts worker. She has an extensive background in production and fabrication, nonprofit leadership, and the advancement of equitable development.

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 dilapidated 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), and The Heinz Endowment (2020). 

As an arts worker, Jessica has experience with a diverse roster of institutions including The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, 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. 

Photo: Mitchell Kearney / Website @ 2023 by Parker Owen

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