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BIOGRAPHY
 

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

 

As an artist and practicioner, her creative vision transcends traditional art boundaries, merging fine art with real estate development, philanthropy and institution-building, all underpinned by a deep commitment to artists.

 

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 Theaster Gates' Black Artists Retreat and space like the Stony Island Arts Bank, Mel Chin's Fundred Dollar Bill Project, 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 managing director and curator.

 

In 2023, Jessica was awarded the prestigious 40 Under 40 award in two US cities recognizing her dedication towards advancing equity within the arts beyond borders. She has been honored by Forecast Public Art as a 'Leading Voice in Public Art' , SCOOP Magazine as 'Charlotte Women to Watch', and the YWCA presented her with  a 'Woman of Achievement' award. Jessica's impactful works and contributions have been acknowledged with grant awards and honors from distinguished foundations including The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Heinz Endowment and The Ford Foundation.


As the founder of her own curatorial and arts consultancy, Jessica has cultivated a client portfolio including institutions like The NAACP, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Joan Mitchell Center, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation, among others. As a philanthropic advisor, Jessica has partnered with The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Grantmakers in the Arts and the Office for Public Art to help make better investments in our artists communities by reimagining grant making as a bridge for artists towards access and advancement.

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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