J E S S I C A G A Y N E L L E M O S S
B.F.A., M.A., M.S.L.
j e s s i c a g a y n e l l e m o s s @ g m a i l . c o m
E D U C A T I O N
The University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Master of Studies in Law (MSL), 2018
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Arts (MA), Arts Administration, Policy and Management, 2015
Carnegie Mellon University, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, 2009
P R O F E S S I O N A L W O R K E X P E R I E N C E
Sibyls Shrine: An Arts Residency for Black Creative Mothers, Pittsburgh, PA | ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR
October 2019 – Present
A four-tiered artist residency program for Black women, womxn, trans women, and femmes who are mothers and identify as artists, creatives, and/or activists.
Raised over $300,000 from The Heinz Endowment, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Opportunity Fund and Neighborhood Allies since 2019; Designed vision and framework for multi-year plan that facilitates organizational growth and expansion; Responsible for all grant writing and reporting; Oversight of all fiscal management (budget, annual and long-term fundraising plans, outreach); Lead all administrative duties including day-to-day operations, physical site maintenance, consultant and vendor management, website and social media maintenance; Manage, develop, and implement all related programming and exhibitions; Identify potential Visiting Artists and community partners; Coordinate all Visiting Artist logistics including travel, housing accommodations, and stipends.
The Roll Up CLT Artist Residency, Charlotte, NC | FOUNDING DIRECTOR
March 2016 – Present
A neighborhood-embedded artist residency invites Black artists from outside the state to collaborate with North Carolina-based artists, residents and organizations.
Raised over $230,000 from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Reemprise Fund, Foundation of the Carolinas, The Arts and Science Council and The McKnight Foundation since 2017; Responsible for all administrative, operational, and fiscal management (including annual budget, fundraising and stewardship events, donor database and records, hiring and staff management, grant writing and reporting); Manage over 50+ volunteers and staff of 4; Design and manage all artist’s programs, events, exhibitions, programs, collaborations with universities and arts organizations across the state; Liaison between artists and organization partners, Homeowners Association and local Housing Board.
The Pittsburgh Foundation: Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh, PA | PHILANTHROPIC FELLOWSHIP, ARTS & CULTURE
February 2020 – March 2021
A joint grant making program by TPF (one of the oldest) and THE (one of the largest) philanthropic organizations in the US, dedicated to supporting local artists and artwork rooted in the Black experience.
Awarded over $626,000 to Pittsburgh-based individual artists and art programs during the 2020 grant cycle; Established program precedent awarding all applicants small grants of $500 for simply applying; Redesigned entire grant making program for 6 unique funding streams including all guidelines, applications, and revised final report structure; Created partnerships with multiple local and national foundations and funders; Coordinated grant recommendation panel process including panelist selection, communication, scheduling, agendas, record keeping and minutes; Administered and tracked life cycle of all grants from application through approval or decline, reporting, and closure.
Queens University of Charlotte, NC | ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
August 2018 – December 2018
A small, private, co-ed, masters-level liberal arts university founded in 1857.
Developed course syllabus, comprehensive lesson plans, lectures, field trips, studio visits and seminars with local and international artists and arts leaders for 4-credit undergraduate-level course, ‘Leadership in the Arts’, designed to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in leadership through engaging curricula (from developing proposals, budgets, and project timelines) and non-traditional teaching methods.
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Charlotte, NC | CREATIVE DIRECTOR
July 2016 – July 2017
A collecting museum founded in 1974 to honor the contributions of African- Americans in visual and performing arts.
Managed a $500,000 annual budget; Served on curatorial team for exhibitions including Jordan Casteel: Harlem Notes and Alison Saar: The Nature of Us; Achieved significant increases in daily admissions (81%), event registration (72%), programming revenue (162%) and annual giving (361%); Organized monthly donor engagement opportunities; Solicited, cultivated and closed major gifts with new donors while sustaining long time donors; Responsible for donor database management and systems; Oversight of Annual donor Report; Managed team of 3 to increase engagement, elevated exhibitions and events focused on stewarding new prospects; Developed 32 public programs and events; Produced 7 exhibitions [both on and off site]; Coordinated 44+ artist-led workshops.
Rebuild Foundation, The Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago, IL | SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER
August 2015 – March 2017
A 14,000 sq ft. museum and archive for contemporary art in the Southside community of Greater Grand Crossing, initiated by artist and urban planner Theaster Gates.
Participated as a part of Rebuild Foundation’s first ever senior leadership team; Managed $350,000 annual budget and staff of 12; Serve on curatorial team for exhibitions including Carlos Bunga: Under the Skin and Noah Davis: 1975 Paintings; Created and executed the Arts Bank’s first multigenerational, interdisciplinary artist in residence program; Developed and coordinated monthly community-based programming, workshops and events; Managed over 400+ volunteers, all third party vendors and numerous teaching artists; Oversaw planning, development and implementation of annual Black Artist Retreat [B.A.R.], including the coordination of over 350 guests over a 3-day period during the summers of 2015, 2016, 2017.