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
The Roll Up CLT Artist Residency, Charlotte, NC | FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR | March 2016 – Present
A network of art incubators integrated into vulnerable neighborhoods mired in persistent poverty and concentrated disadvantage across the United States.
Received more than $150,000 in support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Reemprise Fund, Foundation of the Carolinas and Arts and Science Council since 2018 (specifically for the development of the Charlotte incubator); Manage donor database, campaigns and records; Coordinates over 50+ volunteers and staff of four; Develops all fundraising, cultivation and stewardship events, including the annual campaign; Oversight of all administrative, operational, program and fiscal management (including grant recording, monthly reports, programs, services, and spending) between artists, community partners, fiscal sponsor, Homeowners Association and local Housing Board.
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.
Development of course syllabus, comprehensive lesson plans, lectures, field trips, studio visits and seminars with local and international arts and community leaders for four-credit undergraduate-level course 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
Founded in 1974 to honor the contributions of African- Americans in visual and performing arts.
Managed a $500,000 annual budget; Organized monthly donor engagement opportunities; Achieved significant increases in daily admissions (81%), event registration (72%), programming revenue (162%) and annual giving (361%); 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 three 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 2016
A 14,000 sq ft. space 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; 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 summers of 2015, 2016, 2017.
I N T E R N S H I P E X P E R I E N C E
Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL Gallery Assistant | June – October 2015
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL Fundraising and Stewardship | June – December 2014
Arts Alliance Illinois, Chicago, IL Communications and Policy Development | January – May 2014
DreamWorks Animation, Glendale, CA Feature, TV & Technology | June – August 2008
Smithsonian, The National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C. Exhibit Design and Installation | June – August 2006