Jesse Harrod has an MFA in Fibers & Material Studies from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. Currently, Harrod is the Head of Fibers & Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.
Harrod’s solo exhibitions include Low Ropes Course at NurtureArt in Brooklyn, Toxic Shock and Hotdog at Vox Populi in Philadelphia, and Rope at Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul, Korea. Their work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions internationally. These include In Practice: Material Deviance at the SculptureCenter in New York, Haptic Tactics at Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the traveling exhibition Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community, and Towards Textiles, Material Fix at the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI. Harrod has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Artist Colony, The Fire Island Artist's Residency, Open Studio Residency at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, and the Icelandic Textile Center among others. Harrod’s work appears in two recently published edited collections: a book-length catalog to accompany the exhibition Queer Threads and a monograph published by Publication Studio: Hudson that situates their artistic practice within a larger historical and contemporary context, with contributions from Jenni Sorkin, Daniel Orendorff, Allyson Mitchell, Laurel Sparx, Anthony Romero and JD Samson.