About home residency

home residency (2019) is a pilot artist residency program hosted by curator-artist Jess Rolls in her home and with her neighborhood community. Based on a commitment to community building and working in public space, the residency supports artists, curators and other practitioners in the field of contemporary art and beyond to build up and meditate new practices of community-embedded programming. The residency operates out of Jess’ home in Harlem and moves conversation and art projects into public spaces in collaboration with local partners. As a starting point for 2019, the residency explored “home” and as a central theme. What is home? Is it a place, a feeling, an identity, a voice? Is it safety or belonging? Does it come with us when we move or do we leave it behind? FFI: jessrolls@pm.me @home_residency

Jess Rolls is a New York-based curator, artist and educator working across the fields of public art, community-based programs and housing.


Curating Home Residency – a pilot artist-residency program in my home – currently hosting Robert Foster, artist at Wysing Arts Center, UK, (Jan 2019 – Dec 2019) and Jevijoe Vitug (Nov 2019).

Associate Curator – Concourse House, Home for Women and Their Children and Fordham and Bedford Community Services in the Northwest Bronx (2017 – present).

Faculty member – The Art Students League of New York, teaching youth programs in partnership with NYC Parks, Harlem (2018 – present).

Recent projects collaborations – with Bronx Native (Bronx), Uptown Grand Central (Harlem), Flux Factory (Queens) and Shirin Neshat Studio (Brooklyn)

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