Aug 21, 2019



The evening will begin at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art with a documentary about $HAN Wallace by the Roll Up CLT 2019 Fellow Terry Suave. This film will explain the artist’s project and share personal insights discovered along the way.  At 7pm, we will head across Tryon Street to the rail trail and walk down to Hodges Taylor for a pop-up exhibition and discussion with Wallace.

Jun 11, 2019

$HAN Wallace


In this exhibition, cutXcopy curated by Jessica Gaynelle Moss, artist SHAN Wallace pulls from her own collection of photographs to piece and layer imagery of landscapes, textures and people to create new narratives. Using collage techniques as a means of addressing topics like race, class and politics, SHAN is able to communicate a sense of new worlds that feel both foreign and familiar.

Apr 26, 2019



The BOOM festival is Charlotte’s annual showcase of contemporary and experimental art created on the fringes of popular culture. Jessica Gaynelle Moss has led the BOOM Visual Arts Production team as the Visual Arts Curator for the past three years. From 2017's 'the hue + shade lounge' Pop Up Gallery at The International House and 'The Queen’s Cusp' community Vision Board presented in partnership with the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture, to 2018's 'La Raza Cósmica' activating multiple storefronts as a neighborhood Gallery Crawl, the 2019 BOOM 'BOX SHOW' will bridge local and international artists with small businesses throughout the Plaza Midwood community. Tickets are $10 and many of our events are free admission. BOOM has something for everyone, no matter your age or taste, so join us in Plaza Midwood the weekend of April 26-28, 2019.

April 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Plaza Midwood

Charlotte, NC 28206

Mar 14, 2019



DAMMITWESLEY is a community leader, multi-disciplinary artist and educator. He has played an active role in the Charlotte arts community since 2013, beginning with curating monthly pop-up exhibitions highlighting local emerging artists. Today, he is the owner and director of BLK MRKT CLT, a creative studio supporting emerging artists of color in the southeast.


His work provides context, insight and commentary on the Black male experience, specifically through the lens of the media and popular culture. This exhibition, curated by Jessica Gaynelle Moss, will highlight DAMMITWESLEY's significantly large body of work ranging from years 2009-2019.

Thursday, March 14th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 10:00pm


1824 Statesville Ave.

Charlotte, NC 28206

Mar 08, 2019

CreativeMornings Charlotte

featuring Jessica Moss

Join us at NoDa Brewing Company when Jessica Moss, ardent advocate for artists, communities of color and accessible arts education and Founder and Director of The Roll Up, explores the global CreativeMornings topic of «Water.» As always, thanks to our incredible sponsors, the morning will feature local food from Community Culinary School of Charlottee, fresh coffee, live music selected by Charlotte Star Room, HUG micro-grants, :30 pitches and lots and lots of #Charlotte fun.

Friday, March 8th, 2019  |  8:00am - 10:00am

NoDa Brewing

2229 N Davidson St.

Charlotte, NC 28205

Feb 01, 2019


In the Tradition of Black Radical Gestures

From iconic gestures such as the Black Power salute during the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, to the more contemporary kneeling stance taken by many professional sports athletes during the National Anthem, the notion of black radical gesture as protest has been strategically used on a local, national and global scale.


The Dap, arguably the most socially significant black radical gesture, originated during the late 1960s among black G.I.s stationed in the Pacific during the Vietnam War. At a time when the Black Power movement was burgeoning, racial unrest was prominent in American cities, and draft reforms sent tens of thousands of young African Americans into combat, the dap, an acronym for "dignity and pride",  became an important symbol of unity and survival in a racially turbulent atmosphere.


On February 1st and 2nd, 2019 the piece Dapline!, created by LaMont Hamilton and Andre Zachery, will be performed at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Dapline! is a choreographic work that explores the history of the Dap with 6-8 African American male performers. Through movement, sound and visuals, Dapline! attempts to elicit that space in between, where the dap moves intergenerationally, stirring sensations of love, brotherhood and solidarity.


Organized by independent curator Jessica Gaynelle Moss, 'In the Tradition of Black Radical Gestures', will present the creators of Dapline!, LaMont Hamilton and Andre Zachery, in uniquely intimate conversational environments about their Dapline! performance at the August Wilson Center.


The post-performance artist talks will be presented on Sunday, February 3rd and 4th.


On Sunday, February 3rd, the artist-run non-profit residency and experimental gallery, Bunker Projects on Penn Ave. will present a dialogue with Dapline! creators Hamilton and Zachery in conversation with independent curators Tara Fay and Jessica Moss.


And, on Monday, February 4th, the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University will present a post-performance, in depth talk back with Dapline! creators Hamilton and Zachery.


These two events, will highlight the unique qualitative and quantitative research practices and methodology involved in the making of Dapline! while exploring the challenges of working within a continuously evolving narrative of black gesture as a mode of resistance in the face of systemic oppression.

Jan 12, 2019

Southern Constellations

2019 CONVERGENCE at Elsewhere

Join Elsewhere on Saturday, January 12th from 10 am – 5 pm as part of our Southern Constellations (SoCo) Convergence

For this year's annual summit we partnered with past SoCo Fellow Jessica Gaynelle Moss to curate a day full of public, inclusive conversations around contemporary art production in North Carolina. The Convergence will bring together artists, academics, entrepreneurs, makers, administrators, curators and small businesses from the Southeast for a day of breakout workshops, panel discussions, tours, performances, innovative strategies, games, cocktails and, of course, art!  It will go beyond normal conference constructs and build bridges for future collaborations and partnerships.

The Convergence is in conjunction with a SoCo Exhibition at NC A&T State University. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Free admittance to Elsewhere’s exhibitions and lunch are included.

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Saturday, January 12th, 2018  |  6:00pm

Elsewhere Museum

606 S. Elm St. 

Greensboro, NC

Dec 07, 2018

'At Home' @therollupclt

The Roll Up CLT

Join us this Friday at The Roll Up CLT to celebrate the work of The Roll Up CLT artist in residence Zun Lee (@zunleephoto), The Roll Up CLT Fellow Carey J. King (@mrcareyjking_), and our design/build team (@astronatt and @secondlookconstruction) with an afternoon of neighbors, community and art @therollupclt. Come check out the permanent collection @therollupclt, a curated exhibition by @mrcareyjking_, cocktails by @super_yosh and more!

ROLL UP on 12/7 @ 4:00-8:00pm

Nov 15, 2018

Lorien Academy of the Arts

2018 Upward Creativity Fundraiser

We're a grassroots organization, dependent on support from the community at-large. If you'd like to become a sustaining supporter of the mission of Lórien Academy, you can do that HERE! If you have any questions or issues, please email or call 980-277-ARTS (2787). Learn more about the work of Lórien Academy at



  • Single Ticket $75.00 ea.

  • Couples Ticket $125.00 ea.


  • Table Sponsor $500.00 ea.

  • Title Sponsor $2,500.00 ea.

Thursday, November 15th, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Warehouse 242

2307 Wilkinson Blvd

Charlotte, NC 28208

Nov 02, 2019

Elsewhere Museum

First Friday Southern Constellations Fellows Opening

Jessica Moss shares a conversation with Elsewhere Directors about her project, ‘ABOVEGROUND RAILROAD’. The project will be offered to one black female student-artist each year as a scholarship of a small honorarium and makerspace resources to support their commitment to their career in the arts and invest in local budding artists. See Moss’ final project at the First Friday Southern Constellations Fellows Opening Nov. 2nd!

Saturday, November 2nd, 2018  |  6:00pm

Elsewhere Museum

606 S. Elm St. 

Greensboro, NC

Oct 24, 2018


Opening Reception

The New Gallery of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC is proud to celebrate its upcoming exhibition, STREET SPACE, opening to the public on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018.


Embracing the history of street art and culture, STREET SPACE features 16 artists who have reimagined and transformed conventional materials-- wood, cement, paper, rubber, metal and cardboard-- through unexpected interventions or into untraditional objects.


Exhibiting artists include Daniel Arsham, Jose Baez Aurelio, Christopher Chan, Jesse Chorng, Seth Clark, Freehand Profit, Blaine Hurdle, HNin Nie, ODIREWGO, Christophe Roberts, David Rosenstraus, Grace Stott, SWOON, Dammit Wesley, Bryan Wilson and Stephen Wilson.


STREET SPACE includes a sculptural keyboard made to look like the fossilized relic from Arsham’s 2013 collaboration with grammy-award winning musician Pharrell Williams; discarded automobile parts reimagined as a religious artifact by Rosenstraus, one of the most experienced biodiesel and vegetable oil fuel conversion designers and installers in the nation; a deep exploration of complex masculinities, origin myths, and meditations on mass culture iconography through Robert’s process of repurposing Nike shoe boxes into large animal sculptures; and a series of paper pieces developed by SWOON with the intention of actively transforming dilapidated communities, derelict spaces and abandoned buildings.


In the streets of cities throughout New York and Pennsylvania, street art has continued to grow and evolve since its inception in the 1920s. From wheatpasting and wood blocking to large video projections and yarn bombing, public street art has evolved to take on many forms. STREET SPACE aims demonstrate the infinite possibilities of what street art can be.

Opening: Wednesday, October 24, 2018  |  7:00pm-11:00pm

New Gallery of Modern Art

435 South Tryon Street

Suite 110, Charlotte, NC 28202

Oct 16, 2018

The Sphere: Art History Series

Fade Resistance with Zun Lee

What happens to family photographs when the original owners lose them and once-private images come into public circulation? What shifts occur in what they represent - both as objects and as vehicles for meaning?

In 2012, Zun Lee found his first set of African American family snapshots in Detroit. Dubbed Fade Resistance, this collection of orphaned images has since grown to over 3,000 Polaroids. Depicting every facet of Black family life from the 1970s to the early 2000s, Fade Resistance illuminates how Black communities codified their own lives to generate specific meaning, and how recent social justice movements may help decode that context even if the original meaning is no longer accessible to us.

Join physician, visual artist and educator Zun Lee, as he shares a brief historical overview of the theory and practice of found photography. He argues for a recontextualization of the ways we look at found photographs beyond static sites of past memory and personal meaning. Using Fade Resistance, he invites us regard found photographs as relational prompts, and memory as a dynamic and social process that actively influences contemporary Black (self-) representation and identity formation. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018  |  6:00pm

The Light Factory

1817 Central Ave.

Charlotte, NC 28205

Sep 18, 2018

9 Principles of Ethical Redevelopment

The Roll Up CLT with Jessica Gaynelle Moss and Zun Lee

The Roll Up artist in resident, Zun Lee and The Roll Up CLT’s founder, Jessica Moss will both be speaking at @elder_gallery_clt on Tuesday, September 18 from 6-7:30pm about 9 Principles of Ethical Redevelopment as developed by PlaceLab via the University of Chicago and artist Theaster Gates. Come discuss with Jessica where she -and Charlotte-can go next and how to carry the momentum forward, and talk with Zun about his current body of work, the give-and-take of The Roll Up, and what he intends to create while in residency.


Wednesday, September 18, 2017  |  6:00pm

Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art

1520 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28203

May 30, 2018


The New Gallery of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC will open BLACK BLOODED in May 2018. Built like a family photo album, this exhibition demonstrates the diversity and nuance within narratives of tradition, consanguinity and origin.


Through visual art, performances, written works and memorabilia, BLACK BLOODED honors the prevalence of plurality in thought and perspective on complexities of identity, race and representation by some of the most thoughtful, effective and influential artists of the 21st century.

Opening: Wednesday, May 30th, 2017  |  7:00pm-11:00pm

City-wide programming from May - August 2018

Closing: Sunday, August 26, 2018 | 2:00pm-6:00pm

New Gallery of Modern Art

435 South Tryon Street

Suite 110, Charlotte, NC 28202

May 29, 2018

The Sphere: Art History Series


The New Gallery of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC will open a new exhibition BLACK BLOODED on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018. Curated by artist, scholar and entrepreneur, Jessica Gaynelle Moss, this exhibition is built like a black family photo album, piecing together individual moments of a collective history. By incorporating works that share a glimpse into the many perspectives of the personal, the celebratory, the mundane and the lamented, this exhibition aims to demonstrate the multitude of diversity within blackness. Consider BLACK BLOODED a larger-than-life draft demonstrating the nuisance among black art and artists in the 21st century. 


On Tuesday, May 29th, before the exhibition opens to the public, join curator Jessica Gaynelle Moss as she shines some light on the blackness that has long been illuminating the contemporary art world. She will share some of the most technical, conceptual and compelling works by local, national and international emergent and professional black artists.

For purchase inquiries to attend the lecture, please contact: Hilary Burt,

Saturday, May 29th, 2018  |  6:00pm

New Gallery of Modern Art

435 South Tryon Street

Suite 110, Charlotte, NC 28202

Apr 20, 2018


La Raza Cósmica: An unbound art exhibition

Imagine what is possible once we stop building borders and start building bridges. Published in 1925, La Raza Cósmica (The Cosmic Race) is an essay written by late Mexican philosopher and politician, José Vasconcelos. Vasconcelos believed that the human race would ultimately erecting a new civilization, comprised of an agglomeration of all the races in the world, with no respect to color or class.


During this year’s BOOM Fringe Festival, April 20th-22nd, 2018, visit one local Charlottean’s reimagination of Vasconcelos’ concepts of unity, community and progress, almost 100 years later. La Raza Cósmica, demonstrates how we can use art to evolve beyond issues of injustices, exclusion and discrimination.


Organized by Jessica Gaynelle Moss, this all-inclusive, multidisciplinary exhibition builds bridges between Plaza Midwood community members, small businesses and a diverse group of 15 local artists who are using their art to push our creative culture forward. Join the movement!

Nov 11, 2017

The Lórien Academy of the Arts presents: THE CREATIVE CONNECTION

The research is clear: access to arts engagement is an invaluable resource and can literally change a community and an individual student's life trajectory. The Lorien Academy's focus on engagement with the arts, equips students with the life skills necessary to be successful. It costs about $1200 to put a student on scholarship for our 8-week summer academy, plus the arts enrichment opportunities provided throughout the school year. By investing in a student with a full scholarship ($100/month), half scholarship ($50/month), or quarter scholarship ($25/month), you are investing in the upward creativity of an entire community. The impact of the arts on the lives and the overall transformation that results is the true "return on investment." 

THE CREATIVE CONNECTION is The Lórien Academy's annual fundraiser- part gallery exhibition, part community-building, part collaborative art experience, part inspirational platform. Students from this past summer's program selected one piece from their portfolio of completed works to be shared with a local Charlotte artist to use as inspiration for a new work of their own. These 'creative connections' will be displayed and sold together at our annual fundraiser. Come and support the work local artists, local arts organizations, and the future development of students in Charlotte's westside. Purchase your tickets for this one-of-a-kind event here.

Saturday, November 11th  |  7:00pm-9:30pm

Camp North End

1824 Statesville Ave.

Charlotte, NC 28206

Oct 16, 2017

The Sphere: Art History Series

HIP HOP: The Last Total Art Movement

Initiated by Hilary Burt, Professor of Art History and Arts Leadership + Administration at Queens University, Liz Faison, private collector and Board Member of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and Jessica Moss, artist, academic scholar and arts educator, The Sphere: Art History Series is a monthly social intended to provide insight into artists, their traditions, techniques and the art movements they are often associated with. Beginning in October, the Sphere: Art History Series will travel to 8 cultural spaces throughout the city for a one-of-a-kind event, hosted by 9 of Charlotte’s most creative educators, academics and leaders. These casual and educational mini-courses will focus on the cultural, political and historical context of a specific art movement by an expert in the field. The Sphere: Art History Series  begins this October with Hip Hop: The Last Total Art Movement led by Mike Wirth and Kia O. Moore.

Monday, October 16th, 2017  |  6:00pm-12:00am​

Snug Harbor

1228 Gordon St.

Charlotte, NC 28205

Oct 14, 2017

The 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Party

Join your local creative strategists, DAMMITWESLEY and Jessica Moss, for an evening of the arts, awareness and advocacy.

Each October, The Pink Party brings together a collection of local artists to create new works inspired by breast cancer awareness. Proceeds from art sales go to Carolina's Breast Friends, a local non profit that serves the breast cancer community in a positive environment by providing education, encouragement and friendship during any stage of the journey. By supporting local artists and local businesses, The Pink Party celebrates philanthropy, advocacy and awareness through the arts.

Saturday, October 14th, 2017  |  7:00pm-10:00pm

Social Status

1519 Central Ave.

Charlotte, NC 28205

Aug 19, 2017

The How Can I be Down? Entertainment Conference: The Blueprint to Branding and Building

The Peter Thomas Entertainment Group will host the How Can I Be Down Entertainment Conference, where creatives connect and collaborate. The conference will consist of workshops, networking events, performances and an independent film showcase.


On Saturday, August 19th, 2017 at 11:00am, join arts professionals Leah Daniels Butler, Numa Perrier, Lorielle Broussard, Jessica Gaynelle Moss & Ty Johnston-Chavis as they discuss what it means to be interdisciplinary in 2017, how to build on your previous successes, set goals and what it means to be 'down' in the arts industry.

Thursday, August 17th, 2017 – Sunday, August 20th, 2017,

Avid Xchange Music Factory

950 NC Music Factory Blvd.

Charlotte, NC 28206

Aug 07, 2017


The Crock is a ongoing, live event series which explores well-crafted catharsis through genre-bending storytelling. We aim to encourage the oral tradition across generations and facilitate the sharing of a multitude of truthful experiences throughout the new South. The Crock is led by Creative Director Rebecca Henderson and produced in collaboration with the Charlotte Storytellers. Join us as this month's storytellers share tales of what it's like to live in their skin:

Lydia Baird will share how a professional dancing gig can get very uncomfortable, very fast. Creative Director Rebecca Henderson will share a brief tale about how she was hired to stare at a pink wall for hours in a matching pink dress. Diana Mnatsakanyan-Sapp will be going more than 'skin deep' into her personal beauty routine. Veritas Veridian, head stress of AFV exotic arts, will tell her tale the only way she can. And our final performer, Jessica Moss will be talking to us about the many ways you can skin a cat in the art world. 

Monday, August 7, 2017  |  7:00pm - 9:30pm

Salud Cerveceria

3306-C N. Davidson St.

Charlotte, NC 28205

Jul 22, 2017

The SPOKE EASY: Art Drop Opening Reception

Rally your crew for a bicycle ride around the city of Charlotte, solving clues, interacting with public art and discovering free works of art by over 20 local artists. Event registration is from 1:30PM to 2:30PM and cost is $20 per team (2-4 people teams). Proceeds from this event will be donated to Lorien Academy of Arts and Sciences, a local fine art academy in the historic west side of Charlotte.

Art Drop Hunt  |  July 22nd  |  3:00pm-6:00pm

Opening Reception  |  July 22nd  |  7:00pm

The Spoke Easy

1523 Elizabeth Ave, Ste 120
Charlotte, North Carolina, NC 28204

Jul 15, 2017


Join artist and curator Jessica Moss and Micah Cash, Director of Community Engagement at The Light Factory, for a gallery discussion entitled “What Is Your South?” The two will cover a variety of topics, including photographic representation, authorship in documentary practice, and authentic southern narratives. Don’t miss this chance to respond to the works in the exhibition and tell your own story.

Saturday, July 15th, 2017  |  2:30pm-3:30pm

The Light Factory

1817 Central Ave.

Charlotte, NC 28205

Jul 15, 2017

In Conversation with artist Brian T. Leahy: Easy Colors

Friends and colleagues, Brian and Jessica met while attending graduate school at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Their conversation will address previous collaborative experiences, their individual artistic and curatorial approaches to art projects, and questions from attendees.

Saturday, July 15th, 2017  |  11:00am-12:30pm

New Gallery of Modern Art

435 South Tryon Street

Suite 110, Charlotte, NC 28202

May 12, 2017

Curatorial Walk Through of mood : B L A C K


Goodyear Arts, a DIY art space started by a group of local artists in Charlotte, NC, is constantly in geographical flux as a result of gentrification. This exhibition, mood: B L A C K,  will be the final visual artists showcase in their current space, until they officially relocate into their new home in the newly developed Camp North End.


Join us in the gallery for a conversation with curator, Jessica Moss during the closing reception. This curatorial walk through of mood: B L A C K will open up a discussion about how the political and social climate of our cities, our states and of our country, directly relate to the different artists featured in this exhibition; And how we, as black artists, have always used our art and our creativity as a means to an end.  

Opening Reception |  May 12th  |  6:00pm-9:00pm

Closing Reception  |  June 3rd  |  1:00pm-5:00pm

Goodyear Arts

516 N College St.

Charlotte, NC 28202

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