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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



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.

2014           Apokaluptein16389067, Zimmerli Museum, New Brunswick, NJ.

2013           Apokaluptein:16389067, Goldilocks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

2008           Coercion, Sykes Gallery, Millersville University, Millersville, PA.



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           Le bord des Mondes, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.

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.




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

2019            Agnes Gund Collection

2019            Wellspring Philantropy 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.



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,

                     Washington, DC.

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

                     Brunswick, NJ.

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,

                      Philadelphia, PA.

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,”, 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

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