Jessica Gaynelle Moss is an artist, writer and entrepreneur.

As an ardent advocate for artists, arts education and communities of color, in 2016 she founded The Roll Up, a national network of art incubators embedded in neighborhoods across the United States. Prior, she served as the Creative Director of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, NC and earlier, on the senior management team of Rebuild Foundation in Chicago, IL.

In addition to her numerous management and leadership roles, Jessica continues to practice as an artist. Her work– often focused on race, class and accessibility– is in private and public collections across the United States including the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) Baltimore, the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC), and the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection (JFABC) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Her curatorial projects include 2018’s ‘Black Blooded’ at the New Gallery of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC, which presented the work of 50 interdisciplinary artists from Kerry James Marshall to Sherrill Roland– and the 2016 exhibition ‘1975 Paintings: Noah Davis’ at the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago, IL.

Jessica received a bachelors in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking from Carnegie Mellon University; a masters in Arts Administration, Policy and Management from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a masters in Studies of the Law from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Her interests in innovation, activism and collaboration continue to influence her projects today.

During Moss’ residency, she created The ABOVEGROUND RAILROAD Scholarship.