Associate Professor and Program Head of Fibers & Material Studies
Fibers & Material Studies

Jesse Harrod

Jesse Harrod is an artist whose practice explores embodiment, gender and sexual identity. Working with multiple media forms and materials, Harrod's works offer queer imaginations of the body, from the abject and the grotesque to the humorous. Their practice most centrally contributes to a broader collective effort to redefine the meaning of queer aesthetic form. An edited collection, Low Ropes Course, that situates Harrod's work in relation to historical and contemporary queer art was published by Publication Studio: Hudson in 2017. In 2020, they received a 2020 Pew Fellowship—a grant that represents the organization's steadfast belief in the creativity and resilience of community and in the abiding importance of the arts in civic life.
MFA, Fibers & Material Studies, The Art Institute of Chicago, 2010
BFA, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, 2006

Selected Awards and Residencies
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
Textile Art Symposium, The Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia (2016)
Haystack Open Studio, Deer Isle, MA (2016)
Iceland Textile Center, Blönduós, Iceland (2017)
MacDowell Artist Colony, NH (2017)
Fire Island Artist Residency, Fire Island, NY (2017)
Museum of Art And Design, New York, NY (2019)


Image credit: Temple University Photography / Joseph V. Labolito