Jess Van Nostrand, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs

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Jess Van Nostrand is Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at LMCC, where she oversees the exhibition program at The Arts Center at Governors Island, the River To River Festival, and other special events and public-facing programs.

Before joining LMCC, Jess was Assistant Director of Exhibition Programs & Gallery Initiatives at the Museum of Modern Art, where she worked across a broad range of adult education programming, including interactive arts experiences at The People’s Studio, MoMA’s innovative museum education platform for adult learning. From 2011-2014, Jess was Founding Director of The Project Room, a works-in-process art center that cultivated public discussion about how creativity works through live events, writing, and a podcast series. Jess was Exhibitions Curator of Cornish College of the Arts from 2007-2010, and has curated art shows and art projects throughout the US, often with a focus on the creative process.

Jess currently serves as a Trustee of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and previously served on the Board of Directors for Smack Mellon Arts Center and ArtTable, the national leadership organization for women in the arts.

Jess received her BA in Art History from The George Washington University and her MA in Art History from Richmond, The American University in London. She also holds a certificate in Financial Success for Nonprofits from Cornell University.