Jesse Harrod

“Often my work is read as very queer, but it’s really up to who is doing the looking. Like I said, I don’t set out to make it queer, I just make the work.

  • Name: Jesse Harrod
  • Born: 1979
  • From: Born in Canada; Lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Pronouns: She/her
  • Contribution/Impact: Harrod has changed and redefined the meaning of queer aesthetic form. She is the current Head of Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. 
  • Occupation: Sculptor, Artist
  • Interesting Facts: Harrod is an associate professor and program head of Fibers & Material Studies at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture
  • Known For: Late Bloomers (2014), Bon Bon (2019)
  • Awards: Temple University’s Faculty Award for Creative Achievement in 2019. 

Jesse Harrod is known for her sculptures and macrame pieces relating to queer identity. Harrod has redefined the meaning of queer aesthetic form with her art work. She received her MFA from the department of Fiber & Material Studies from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia. 


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