Jesse Krimes is a Philadelphia based conceptual artist whose work explores power, au- thority, systems, social hierarchies, norms, transgressions and conventions of beauty. Krimes graduated cum laude with a BA in Art from Millersville University in 2008. Shortly after graduation, he was indicted by the U.S. government on drug charges. After a year of pretrial detention, during which he was held in solitary confinement on 23-hour lock-down, Krimes was sentenced to a six-year term in federal prison. Over the period of his incarceration, he produced numerous bodies of work exploring his experiences and re-
flecting on contemporary society. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University; Aperture Foundation Gallery; and the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery of Drexel University.
After Krimes’ release in 2014, he co-founded Right of Return USA in partnership with the Soze agency, the first national fellowship dedicated to supporting formerly incarcerated artists. He has also completed public art projects with Amnesty International, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Eastern State Penitentiary, and is currently partnering with the Ford Foundation’s Art for Justice Fund. Krimes is a 2017 Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellow and is represented by Burning in Water Gallery in New York. In addition to his independent work, Krimes successfully led a class-action lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase for their predatory practice of charging ex-offenders exorbitant fees.
Last updated: Sep 25, 2018