Philadelphia-based artist Jesse Krimes holds a BA in Studio Art from Millersville University. In 2009, he was indicted by the U.S. government on non-violent drug charges, labeled a "drug kingpin," and sentenced to a 70-month prison term. While incarcerated, he produced several bodies of work.
Jesse's work Purgatory, also created in prison, will be included in the exhibition Le bord des mondes at Palais de Tokyo in Paris from February-May 2015. His vast multi-panel work Apokaluptein:16389067 debuted at the Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, in September 2014. His visual poetry project, Apocrypha:16389067, realized in prison, is published in The New School’s MFA Creative Writing Program’s LIT Journal. Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site will feature Apokaluptein:16389067:II in its 2015 contemporary art installation program. Jesse’s most recent body of work, Deus ex Machina, will debut at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, in 2016.