Jesse Krimes is a Philadelphia based artist and curator whose work explores how contemporary media shapes and reinforces societal mechanisms of power and control, with a particular focus on criminal and racial justice. While serving a six-year prison sentence he produced and smuggled out numerous bodies of work, established prison art programs, and formed artist collectives. After his release, he co-founded Right of Return USA, the first national fellowship dedicated to supporting formerly incarcerated artists.
Krimes’ work has been exhibited at venues including Aspen Art Museum, MoMA PS1, Palais de Tokyo, Philadelphia Museum of Art, International Red Cross Museum, Zimmerli Museum, and Aperture Gallery. He was awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Creative Capital, Art for Justice Fund, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Independence Foundation, Captiva Residency, and Vermont Studio Center.
Krimes’ work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Agnes Gund Collection, and Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection. 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.
Jesse's Upcoming Workshops
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Students of any skill and knowledge level.
Aug 1, 2022
Confronting Mass Incarceration
Anne Pasternak, Russell Craig, Katie Kitchen, Jesse Krimes
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER The Critical Dialog Program at Anderson Ranch seeks to engage the community in lively discussion about contemporary art and art making. With Anne Pasternak, Russell Craig, Katie Kitchen and Jesse Krimes. Lunch is included. Acclaimed artists Jesse Krimes and Russell Craig share their journey from incarceration to art with Brooklyn Museum director, Anne Pasternak. At a time of growing momentum to end the mass incarceration of more than two million people in the United States, we will hear the stories of humanity, perseverance and dignity from two artists determined to make art in the most challenging conditions and their efforts to support other formerly incarcerated artists. Jesse Krimes, the subject of the new documentary Krimes, served a six-year prison sentence during which he produced and smuggled out numerous bodies of work exploring how contemporary media shapes or reinforces societal mechanisms of power and control. Upon being released from prison, self-taught artist Russell Craig began collaborating with Philadelphia’s acclaimed Mural Arts Restorative Justice Program. Together they are the co-founders of Right of Return USA, the first national fellowship dedicated to mentor and support formerly incarcerated artists. Katie Kitchen, art collector and Ranch program participant, will join the conversation to share the journey of her involvement in the release of her father’s killer from prison through the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Dialogue Program.