EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
2017- Co-Founder/Director, Right of Return USA Fellowship, New York, NY.
2008 Bachelor of Art, in Studio Art (Cum Laude), Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville, PA.
2016- Malin Gallery, Chelsea, Manhattan
GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, RESIDENCIES:
2022 Pew Center for Arts and Heritage Fellow
2021 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow
2021 Mellon Foundation Grant Recipient
2020 Creative Capital Fellow
2019 Captiva Artist Residency
2019 Civil Rights Corps’ Artist in Residence Fellow
2018 Art For Justice Fund Fellow
2017 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fellow
2017 Independence Foundation Fellow
2017 Right of Return USA Fellow
2017- Open Philanthropy Grant Recipient
2016 Vermont Studio Center Fellow
2015 Center for Emerging Visual Artists Fellow
2020 American Rendition, Malin Gallery, New York, NY.
2019 Voices from the Heartland, Art for Justice/Rauschenberg Foundation, Lancaster, PA
2018 Strange Roots, Burning in Water Gallery, New York, NY.
2018 Apokaluptein, Loyola University, Baltimore, Md.
2017 Purgatory, Spagnuole Art Museum, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
2016 Marking Time in America: The Prison Works (2009-2013), Burning in Water Gallery, New York, NY.
2016 Ink Scaffolds, Michael A. Evans Center, Marian University, Indianapolis, IN.
2016 Deus ex Machina, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
2013 Apokaluptein:16389067, Goldilocks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2008 Coercion, Sykes Gallery, Millersville University, Millersville, PA.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBTIONS:
2021 New Grit: Art and Philly Now, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA.
2020 Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY
2019 En Prison, International Red Cross Museum, Geneva, Switzerland.
2019 Emanation, Wheaton Arts and Culture Center, NJ.
2018 Due Process, Gothe Institute: Ludlow 38 Gallery, New York, NY.
2018 Prison Nation, Aperture Foundation Gallery, New York, NY.
2017 American Made, Maryland Art Place: Maryland Institute College of Art, Md
2017 Season 6, MMuseumm, New York, NY
2017 Made in America, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Hampshire College, MA
2016 Incarceration Nation, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO.
2016 Truth to Power, Democratic National Convention, Pop-up exhibition, Philadelphia, PA.
2016 The Museum of Drug Policy, Open Society Foundation: United Nations General Assembly, NY.
2015 Apokaluptein:16389067:II, Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA.
2015 The Fire This Time, The Hess Center for the Arts, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA.
2015 The City Real and Imagined, Painted Bride Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA.
2012 Reflective Equilibrium: An Exhibition of Art by Imprisoned People, Little Berlin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
PUBLIC COMMISSIONS AND COLLECTIONS:
2021 The Brooklyn Museum Collection
2020 Kadist Foundation Collection
2020 OZ Art NWA Collection
2020 Tim and Stephanie Ingrassia Collection
2020 The Hornik Collection
2020 The Bunker Artspace Collection
2018 Portraits of Justice, Mural Arts Philadelphia; Art For Justice, Philadelphia, PA
2017 Voices, The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Ford Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
2015 Solitary Cell, Amnesty International: Art for Amnesty, New Orleans, LA.
2015 Regeneration, The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, public sculpture garden/mural, Philadelphia, PA
2015 AmeriSourceBergen, Corporate collection
2008 Public Sculpture Commissioned by Lancaster City Central Market, Lancaster, PA.
ORGANIZING, ACTIVISIM, AND CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE:
2020 Curator, Rendering Justice, African American Museum Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
2019 Curator, Reimagining Reentry, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
2018 Curator, HBO's OG Experience, New York, NY.
2017- Co-Founder and Chair, Right of Return USA Fellowship, New York, NY.
2016 Lead Plaintiff, Jesse Krimes vs. JPMorgan Chase Bank: Successful Class Action Lawsuit, United States
District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
2016 Co-curator, Truth to Power, Democratic National Convention Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA.
2012 Co-curator, Reflective Equilibrium: An Exhibition of Art by Imprisoned People, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA.
2014- Faculty, Social Justice Research Academy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
2013- Lead Artist, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Restorative Justice Program, Philadelphia, PA.
2011-13 Art Instructor, Fairton Federal Correctional Institution, Fairton, NJ.
2010-11 Art Instructor, Butner Federal Correctional Institution, Butner, NC.
2008-09 Emerging Artist in Residence, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville, PA.
2020 Panelist, Representation, Body Politics, and Mass Incarceration, The Armory Show, New York, NY
2019 Panelist, Capitalizing Justice, New York University, NY
2018 Panelist, Reimagining Policy Through Artistic Creation, Open Society Foundation, NY.
2017 Artist Talk, Creativity, Politics and the Visual Arts, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT.
2017 Artist Talk, The Intersection of Art and Humanity, The O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Law Center,
2016 Panalist, Truth to Power, Democratic National Convention Pop-up exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
2016 Panelist, Human Rights Conference, Amnesty International: Art for Amnesty, FL.
2016 Artist Talk, Beyond the Bars Conference, Coulumbia University, NY.
2015 TED talk, Seeing in Complexity, TEDxPhiladelphia, Temple Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA
2015 Artist Talk, Art for Amnesty, Amnesty International USA General Meeting, Brooklyn, NY.
2014 Artist Talk, The Art of Doing Time, Marking Time: Prison Arts and Activism, Rutgers University, New
2014 Panelist, Art and Controversy, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.
2014 Panelist, Beyond the Wall: A Symposium on Mass Incarceration, Community College of Philadelphia,
2014 Artist Talk, Creating Apokaluptein:16389067, Searchlight Lecture Series, Eastern State
Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA.
2010 Artist Talk (presented in absentia), Drawing the Curtain Symposium on Art and Censorship,
Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA
2019 Illustration: The Apology Letter, Washington Post Magazine
2018 Interview: Jesse Krimes in conversation with Hank Willis Thomas, Aperture Magazine,
Issue 230: Aperture Foundation, Spring 2018
2016 Jesse Krimes, Apokaluptein:16389067:II, LA+: University of Pennsylvania School
of Design Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, Issue 03:Tyranny,
(California: ORO Editions)
2014 Jesse Krimes, Apocrypha:16389067 (visual poetry), LIT: The Journal of The New
School MFA Creative Writing Program, No. 26 (New York: The New School).
2022 Hilarie Sheets, "From Prison to the Art Gallery," The New York Times, Sept. 22.
2021 Tanya Mohn, Rethinking What it Means to be a Philadelphia Artist," The New York Times, May 20
2021 Leslie Jamison, “The Breathtaking Ingenuity of Incarcerated Artists," The Atlantic, Feb. 27
2021 Artsy Curatorial, “5 Artists on Our Radar,” Artsy, Jan. 4
2020 Billy Anania, “In Quilts, Jesse Krimes Memorializes Those Subsumed by Incarceration," Hyperallergic, Dec. 14
2020 Michael McCanne, “The Fabric of Our Nation,” Art in America, Dec. 3
2020 Peter Crimmins, “Rendering Justice’ at African American Museum,” WHYY, Oct. 31
2020 Johanna Fateman, “Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” The New Yorker, Oct. 16
2020 Holland Cotter, “Making Art When ‘Lockdown’ Means Prison,” The New York Times, Sept. 24
2020 Rachel Kushner, “Carceral Aesthetics,” ARTFORUM, Sept. 1
2020 Alex Greenberger, “Incarcerated Artists Are Making Some of Today’s Most Important Art,” ArtNews, Jul. 8
2020 Jessica Lynne, “How Visual Culture Is Implicated in Mass Incarceration,” The Nation, Jun. 25
2019 Celina Fang, “Artist Jesse Krimes Takes on Rural Incarceration in Pennsylvania,” The Marshall Project, Sept. 20
2019 Jasmine Weber, “Formerly Incarcerated Artists Visualize Healing,” Hyperallergic, Mar. 12
2019 Alison Stewart, “The O.G. Experience' Art Show,” All of It, WNYC, Feb. 20
2018 Peter Crimmins, “Faces of formerly incarcerated adorn downtown Philly building,” WHYY, Oct. 4
2018 Sarah Cascone, “45 Can’t-Miss Gallery Shows in New York,” Artnet, Aug. 30
2018 Holland Cotter, “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week,” The New York Times, Mar. 1
2017 Alex Greenberger, "Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Names 2017 Fellows," ArtNews, July 11
2017 Isaac Kaplan, "A New Fellowship for Formerly Incarcerated Artists," Artsy, April 7
2016 Peter Plagens, "Prison, Paper and Puns in New York's Art Galleries," Wall Street Journal, Sept 9
2016 Art Review, "Jesse Krimes at Burning in Water Gallery," The New Yorker, Aug 22
2016 Lizanne Merrill, "Survival Strategy: Jesse Krimes Takes Prison Art to a Higher Level," Artlyst, Aug 21
2016 Ellen Gamerman, "An Artist's Secret Life Behind Bars," The Wall Street Journal, Aug 5
2016 David Brancaccio, "JPMorgan Chase settles debit card lawsuit with former inmate," NPR: MarketPlace, Aug 5
2016 Ian Mount, "JPMorgan Settles Suit Over Sticking Ex-Cons With Unfair Debit Card Fees," Fourtune Mag, Aug 3
2016 Ben McLannahan, "JPMorgan Chase Docked Over Prisoner Debit Cards," Finacial Times, Aug 2
2016 Erik Larson, "JPMorgan Pays Inmates for fees on Get-Out-Of-Jail Debit Cards," Bloomberg News, Aug 2
2016 Sarah Cascone, "9 Art Events to See in New York," ArtNet News, Aug 1
2016 John Paul Titlow, "Art Exposes the Inhumanity of the Prison System," FastCompany, July 29
2016 Treacy Ziegler, "The Power of Space," Broadstreet Review, June 23
2016 Greg Scruggs, "Thought Provoking Museum Protesting The War on Drugs," VICE's Thump, April 26
2016 Jessica Glenza, "Exhibit Highlights Drug Policy Issues near United Nations, The Guardian, April 20
2016 Jamie Maleszka, "The Museum of Drug Policy," Mass Appeal, April 20
2016 Rocco Avallon, "West Collection: Jesse Krimes," West Collection website, April 8
2016 Jim Cotter, "Articulate: Jesse Krimes," WHYY TV, aired April 7.
2016 Erica Simon, "Albert Woodfox free after 45 years: Artists make a difference," Upworthy, Feb 27
2016 Jeniffer Zarro, "Jesse Krimes on Artblog Radio," Artblog, Feb. 22
2016 Edith Newhall, “Under-recognized artists come to the fore,” Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 31
2016 Becquerel Dalton, “Jesse Krimes:Leonard Pearlstein Gallery,” The Triangle, Jan. 15
2016 Brandon Baker, “Jesse Krimes: Soap art in prison, to gallery exhibitions,” Philly Voice, Jan. 12
2016 Matt Bevilacqua, “Objects Hide in Plain Sight,” Broad Street Review, Jan. 11
2015 Sara Hoye, “The Arts Raising Awareness of Human Rights Atrocities,” Al Jazeera America News, Dec. 17
2015 Alex McKechine, "Jesse Krimes’ Solo Exhibition of New Work,” DrexelNow, Dec. 16
2015 Katy Reckdahl, “Amnesty International art event Saturday,” New Orleans Advocate, Dec. 11
2015 Doug MacCash, “Usher brings star power to Amnesty International in New Orleans,” The Times-Picayune, Dec. 11
2015 Max Kutner, “Monthlong Open Source Exhibition,” Newsweek, Oct. 22
2015 Blair Sabol, “No Holds Barred: Looking for Style,” New York Social Diary, Jul. 20
2015 Evan Laudenslager, “New Artist Installations at Eastern State Penitentiary,” Artblog, Jun. 11
2015 Edith Newhall, “Galleries: Art behind the bars,” Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun. 8
2015 Allie Volpe, “May First Friday picks: Art at Eastern State,” Philadelphia Inquirer, Apr. 30
2015 Laura Storck, “Jesse Krimes: Apokaluptein16389067:II,” DoNArTNeWs, Mar. 20
2015 Alaina Mabaso, “Apokaluptein and more at Eastern State in 2015,” Broad Street Review, Mar. 4
2015 Joe Ulrich, “Art and Incarceration,” WITF, Arts and Culture, aired Apr. 30
2015 John McDevitt, “New Artworks Eastern State Penitentiary,” CBS Philly, Apr. 30
2015 Sam Newhouse, “Finding Art Behind Prison Walls,” Metro, Apr. 30
2015 Roxana Azimi, “The Palais de Tokyo explores the boundaries of art,” Le Quotidien de L’Art, Apr. 29
2015 Abigail Esman, “Art Crimes: The Art and Passion of Jesse Krimes,” BLOUIN ARTINFO, April 21
2015 Bertrand Dommergue, “Leur sensibilite est une lucidite,” Mouvement.net, Apr. 12
2015 Dan Geringer, “Sistine Chapel of Prison Art,” Philadelphia Daily News, Apr. 3
2015 Philippe Dagen, “Droles d’oeuvres,” Le Monde, Mar. 28
2015 Marielle Bachelier, “Expo Contemporain: D’art ou pas d’art?,” A Nous Paris!, Mar. 9
2015 Andre Morin, “De l’art ou du cochon?,” La Republique de l’art, Feb. 23
2015 Pascal Mourier, Le Bord des Mondes, France 24 MSN TV, aired Feb 23
2015 Interview, “Le Bord des Mondes,” Palais de Tokyo, Feb. 18
2015 Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, Le Bord des Mondes, Magazine Palais, No. 21, Feb 16
2015 Clementine Randon-Tabas, “Le bord des mondes at Palais de Tokyo, Paris,” France Fine Art, Feb. 2
2015 Scott Krieder, Prison Master Piece, Lancaster Newspaper, Jan 19
2014 Alex Lewis, NJ Museum Displays Massive Mural, WHYY, National Public Radio, aired Nov. 4
2014 Delaney Hall, State of the Re:Union: American Justice, WNYC, National Public Radio, aired Oct. 9
2014 Press Release, “Philadelphia Artist Jesse Krimes: Zimmerli Art Museum,” New Jersey isn’t Boring, Oct. 4
2014 Katie Park, “Zimmerli Exhibits Former Inmates Mural,” The Daily Targum, Sept. 4
2014 Dan Bischoff, Jesse Krimes' Prison Art at Zimmerli Museum in New Brunswick, The Star-Ledger, Aug 28
2014 Rubens Gehnov, Apokaluptein:16389067, Title Magazine April 3
2014 Kevin Hartnett, Prison Art, Made From Bedsheets, The Boston Globe, March 30
2014 Video, “Apokaluptein:16389067,” City of Philadelphia MuralArtsProgram, Mar. 25
2014 Kate Haveles, Contraband Art Made Behind Bars, Artlog, March 22
2014 Carol Off, “US Inmate Creates Huge Mural,” As It Happens, Canadian Broadcast Radio, aired Mar. 21
2014 Esther Han, Morning Express, The Sydney Morning Herald, March 20
2014 Kristin Hohenadel, “The Art of Doing Time,” Slate Magazine, Mar. 19
2014 Nina Azzarello, Prisoner Creates 39-panel Mural with Sheets, Hair Gel and Newspapers, Desigboom, March 18
2014 Victoria Casal-Data, Prisoner Creates Epic Mural Out of Bedsheets, Beautiful/Decay, March 10
2014 Pete Brook, “Prisoner’s 39-Panel Allegorical Mural Made From Bedsheets,” Prison Photography, March 5
2014 Annette Monnier, Visual Art: Smuggling What’s Needed To Survive, Philadelphia Citypaper, February 20, pg. 24.
2010 - present
2010 - present