January 24, 2020

Professor Alisha Wormsley’s Collaborative Project Receives $150K Grant

CMU School of Art: “Sibyl’s Shrine,” a collaborative project by Naomi Chambers, Jessica Gaynelle Moss (BFA ’09), and Professor Alisha Wormsley, is one of six projects to receive a grant from the first iteration of The Heinz Endowments’ Just Arts program. “Sibyl’s Shrine” is a Hill District-based residency program will offer technical and professional development opportunities for black mothers who identify as artists, creatives, and activists.

January 16, 2020

Heinz Endowments announces $434K for creative projects that amplify social justice issues

The Heinz Endowments: Sibyl’s Shrine (Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, $150,000) – lead artists: Alisha B. Wormsley, Jessica Gaynelle Moss, Naomi Chambers. The Hill District-based residency program will offer technical and professional development opportunities for black mothers who identify as artists, creatives and activists. 

January 16, 2020

Pittsburgh Artists Receive Grants for Social Justice Projects BY Garret Roberts

The Heinz Endowments awards money to a variety of Pittsburgh artists’ projects concerned with social reform.

November 04, 2019

The Roll Up CLT Connects Artists to Their Craft and the Community By Bernie Petit

ASC Charlotte: Founder Jessica Moss acquired the property for The Roll Up CLT in 2016. She spent a year rehabbing what had been a vacant property for more than a decade into a habitable home, gallery and workspace for artists.

June 18, 2019

Center for Craft Announces Two New $20,000 Craft Research Fellowships for Mid-Career Artists

PRESS RELEASE: This new fellowship evolved out of a two-day meeting on July 26-27, 2018, when nine national leaders in the fields of art, craft, and philanthropy met at Center for Craft to discuss grantmaking strategies to increase the award’s impact on the field of craft.

May 23, 2019

Keynote Discussion: When Art & Activism Collide BY Alaetra Chisholm

TTTMedia: As part of the 2019 Charlotte SHOUT! festival, the discussion was lead by Jessica Moss, founder of The Roll Up CLT, which is an interactive art space that aims to highlight marginalized art culture and its significance through activism, artist residencies and creative community building.

May 10, 2019

KEYNOTE BY JESSICA MOSS AND PANEL DISCUSSION: WHEN ART & ACTIVISM COLLIDE

CHARLOTTE SHOUT: Artists have always held a mirror up to society. But when do artists cross the line and become activists? Or does that line not exist? Join us as for a provocative talk and discussion led by artist and entrepreneur Jessica Moss, founder of The Roll Up CLT.

April 25, 2019

Charlotte Goes BOOM with 3-Day Arts Festival BY EMIENE WRIGHT

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Visual arts curator Jessica Gaynelle Moss Invites artists and audience to explore their community beyond traditional borders with this highly instagrammable series of mobile art galleries. 

April 23, 2019

Charlotte's arts scene is growing - and at a crossroads BY Mae Israel

UNCC - “We’re not New York, and that’s the best thing about us,” said arts advocate Jessica Moss, whose projects include the Roll Up residency program for artists of color. “We are uniquely us. There is so much opportunity to figure out what that is and what that looks like.”

April 21, 2019

2019 BOB Awards: Explore The Best of Arts, Culture, and Entertainment in Charlotte BY ANDY SMITH

CHARLOTTE MAGAZINE: Jessica Moss is the curator/art world dynamo behind The Roll Up. These community redevelopment projects, with a sister site in Pittsburgh, allow artists to both work in and become part of vulnerable neighborhoods. 

April 19, 2019

3-day festival aims to be the most diverse and inclusive arts explosion around

CHARLOTTE FIVE: Jessica Moss, founder and director of The Roll Up, will bring together local, national and international artists to share their interpretations of a single instruction: Think outside the box.

March 27, 2019

Like Water, Jessica Moss Can Flow & Crash

CREATIVE MORNINGS CLT: Charlotte is Creative, The Biscuit: Jessica Moss and her father, Joseph, at the meeting of CreativeMornings/Charlotte on Friday, March 8 at NoDa Brewing.

March 20, 2019

Creativity and flexibility powers welcome space for artists Jessica Moss expands Charlotte for newcomers

THE CHARLOTTE POST: Jessica Moss, founder of The Roll Up CLT with fellow Carey J. King, and resident artist Zun Lee. The Roll Up CLT brings creatives to Charlotte for fellowships and residencies.

January 02, 2019

9 Charlotte arts moments hit us in 2018 – but what’s next in 2019? via THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: What grabbed our attention in 2018? And how will those moments roll forward or be matched in the new year?

December 23, 2018

Inside a North Carolina Thrift Shop Turned Edgy Living Museum by Danielle Hyman & Adam Aronson

THE DAILY BEAST: We came to Greensboro, North Carolina to attend an art exhibition in a former thrift store. We discovered a poetic intersection of art and travel.

September 10, 2018

Charlotte Arts ’18-19: Visual arts via THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

​THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Sphere Series’ Art History Lectures "Held at different venues around town, these monthly casual lectures/mini-courses – a collaboration of Hilary Burt, Liz Faison and Jessica Moss – each focus on a specific art movement and explore its cultural, political and historical context. Attendees sign up for the entire series, not individual events. (Once a year, larger panels open to the public are organized by Jen Edwards and Neely Verano.) www.sphereseries.com."

August 31, 2018

This year, activism – in varying intensities – takes the stage BY LAWRENCE TOPPMAN

​THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Inside Charlotte’s ’18-19 arts season

"...a handful of visual and cross-categorical artists are at work across several Charlotte neighborhoods, notably on the west side – some aiming at relationships first, art second; some creating art designed to lift up local history and heritage, or help students raise their own voices; some nurturing community folks who may not realize they can be artists – yet."

August 27, 2018

Well-known photographer at work in West Charlotte says, ‘We want people to roll up’ at The Roll Up BY EMIENE WRIGHT

​THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: The Roll Up CLT artist residency was designed as an ethical community redevelopment project, based in the Camp Greene neighborhood on Charlotte’s West Side. It differs from traditional artist-in-residence programs in that founder Jessica Moss wanted to emphasize artists helping develop skills and activation in the community, rather than being cloistered away to create. 

July 24, 2018

Jessica Moss Connects, Houses Artists in Charlotte and Beyond BY ANDY SMITH

CHARLOTTE MAGAZINE: The Roll Up is Moss’s residency project in Charlotte, occupying a duplex she owns in Camp Greene, and this year, the site received more than $50,000 from the Knight Foundation. 

June 28, 2018

Roundtable Charlotte: (Special Edition) Black Blooded art exhibit (LIVE)

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: This month, we have a panel of black women, the artists and the curator of the Black Blooded exhibit. The exhibit was hosted at The New Gallery of Modern Art in uptown Charlotte this summer (exhibit is now over). It was built like a family photo album with close to 70 pieces by 50 artists. The group exhibition demonstrated the diversity and nuance within narratives of tradition, consanguinity, and origin. Enjoy this public conversation with artists Stephanie J. WoodsBrianna RobinsonCarmen Neely , and curator Jessica Gaynelle Moss about their work, life, and education and how it tied into the show Black Blooded. 

June 14, 2018

‘BLACK BLOODED’: An exhibition that’s ‘undeniably, unapologetically black’ BY EMIENE WRIGHT

​The Charlotte Observer: Artwork from both well-known and rising artists is on display in ‘BLACK BLOODED,’ a show curated by Jessica Moss at New Gallery of Modern Art. Moss also talks about an artist residency program called The Roll Up.

June 13, 2018

The Roll Up: Charlotte’s New Artist Residency Program BY JIMESE ORANGE

Pride Magazine: "A unique artist residency program, utilizing a home and converting the garage into a gallery and work space where internationally renowned artists reside, work and create in the heart of a historic African-American neighborhood, is taking off in Charlotte. It’s called the The Roll Up, and the goal of the program is to connect the artist to the community, to create images from the community and use art to start conversations and solutions around gentrification and systemic racism. The program is the vision of Charlotte-based arts scholar Jessica Gaynelle Moss, who was awarded a $53,700 grant from Knight Foundation to fund the program."

June 04, 2018

Review: Black Blooded at New Gallery of Modern Art BY ANDY SMITH ​

Charlotte Magazine: "Black Blooded [curated by Jessica Moss] shows that location is vital to representation—not just in the diversity of showing local and national work, but in this display being offered in uptown Charlotte, a major gateway for lifelong Charlotteans, new residents, and visitors. It’s also a place where representation seems historically challenged, as the city continues to balloon. A sense of time is also important, not just in showing the artists of today but how it can create conversations in the days ahead. The ripples of showing diverse work are numerous: richer conversations between viewer and artist, careers otherwise challenged by lack of access pushed forward, and also, a clearer family portrait of all of us."

December 19, 2017

Top 10 Moments in Charlotte Arts: 2017

CHARLOTTE MAGAZINE: "Over the past year, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture’s strong string of exhibitions displayed a potential that needs real investment.... I’m hoping they also use the momentum to find someone to fill the enormous hole left by creative director Jessica Moss, who managed to inject an infectious energy into the museum before exiting earlier this year."

October 27, 2017

Analysis: The Landscape of Museum Leadership in Charlotte BY ANDY SMITH ​

Charlotte Magazine: "With help from Hugh McColl and museum namesake Harvey Gantt, the current $10 million endowment campaign is the investment this museum needs. More money for programming and staffing will help the Gantt continue what’s been a strong year in terms of curation. The departure of creative director Jessica Moss was a major blow to the staff, as she had spent the past year creating a new energy around the museum. We’re hoping this endowment campaign facilitates the hiring of someone as strong."

July 28, 2017

The Lórien Academy of the Arts gives room to learn, grow 8-week program focuses on the visual

The Charlotte Post: The Lórien Academy of the Arts offers a safe space with a purpose. Students immerse themselves in an eight-week art program during which they study photography, drawing and painting. Instructors include Charlotte artist Marcus Kiser, Harvey B. Gantt Center Creative Director Jessica Moss, Northwest School of the Arts instructor Bryan Wilson and Roxanne Morgan.

June 20, 2017

The best membership in Charlotte you need to know about [See All Three]

Charlotte Five: See All Three is a recurring collaboration between the Bechtler, the Harvey B. Gantt Center and the Mint and allows you to join curators from each of these institutions on exhibition tours at Levine Center for the Arts. This great day of art and culture begins at the Harvey B. Gantt Center with the exhibition “Alison Saar:  The Nature of Us.” You’ll be treated to a talk with Creative Director Jessica Moss who can tell you all about the use of both new and reclaimed objects.

June 08, 2017

Exploring Black Life at the Harvey B. Gantt Center By Ron Holland

Praise Charlotte: ‘COMMUNITY VOICES’ host, Ron Holland talked with Jessica G. Moss, Creative Director of the Harvey B. Gantt Center and Artist and Teacher, Dammit Wesley about the bevy of activities and exhibitions offered throughout the city of Charlotte, NC.

May 03, 2017

Jessica Moss Makes the Gantt Center a Safe Zone for Local Artists BY KIA O. MOORE

Creative Loafing: Jessica Gaynelle Moss, Creative Director of Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, N.C., is making the museum an experiential safe space where anyone who's willing to engage can get an arts education.

March 28, 2017

Daily: Jessica Moss Talks Curating Chris Watts’ “Blahk on Blahk on Blak”

Happenings CLT: Hopefully by now you have seen Chris Watts‘ exhibition, Blahk on Blahk on Blak, on view at Gallery 22 in Plaza Midwood. We checked in with Jessica Moss, the exhibition curator, to learn more, and she kindly shared her essay, Blackness Illuminated, found below.

January 06, 2017

15 Women You Should Know in the Charlotte Arts By Samantha Alexander

Charlotte Agenda: From CEOs to gallery directors, women are basically the backbone of the Charlotte arts community.

While we help the Mint celebrate 80 years, here are 15 women who embody exactly what the ‘The Year of the Woman’ is all about. [Jessica Moss named #3/15]

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