Jesse Krimes is a Philadelphia based artist and curator, and the co-founder of Right of Return USA, the first national fellowship dedicated to supporting formerly incarcerated artists. While serving a six-year prison sentence, Krimes produced and smuggled out numerous bodies of work exploring how contemporary media shapes or reinforces societal mechanisms of power and control.


His work has been exhibited at venues including MoMA PS1, Palais de Tokyo, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The International Red Cross Museum, Zimmerli Museum, and Aperture Gallery. He was awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation “Artist as Activist,” the Art for Justice Fund, Creative Capital,  Independence Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Captiva Residency.


Krimes work is a part of the Agnes Gund, Beth Rudin DeWoody, and Hornik Collection and he is represented by Malin Gallery in New York. In addition to his independent practice, he successfully led a class-action lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase for their predatory practice of charging people released from federal prison exorbitant fees.