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Jess X Snow
Contemporary (post 1945)
(1992 - )
Jess X. Snow is a queer Asian-American artist, filmmaker and poet who grew up in a dozen cities between Canada and China before migrating to the US at the age of 7 with her mother. After the splitting of her parents, she developed a stutter which she overcame through her discovery of art, poetry and film. Her artwork has appeared in the The LA Times, NBC Asian America, The Huffington Post, PBS, The UN Human Rights Council and on indoor and outdoor walls in Manhattan and throughout the US. Her films have screened at the NY Asian American International Film Festival and the New York Times. Her poetry has taken her to stages such as TEDx CUNY, the US Institute for Peace, backyards, universities and rooftops nation wide, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and the anthologies: Best of the Net and Bettering American Poetry. She is a member of the Justseeds Artists Co-operative and a teaching artist who has worked with previously incarcerated families, migrant and indigenous youth communities to speak their truth and transcend trauma with art. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and participated in the Visual Communications: Armed With a Camera Fellowship. She recently wrote and provided creative direction for Migration Is Natural, a short animation with Adobe Project 1324, that has garnered over half a million views. Through film, mural-making, poetry and youth art education, she is working toward a future where migrant and indigenous youth of color see themselves whole and heroic, on the big screen and the city walls & then grow up to create their own.