JENNIFER JOY JAMESON is a public folklorist and cultural organizer with an interest in documenting the ways culture shapes creativity, especially in rural spaces. She directed the Folk and Traditional Arts program at the Mississippi Arts Commission from 2014 to early 2017, and is now based in Los Angeles, working with the statewide Alliance for California Traditional Arts, directing programs, grants, and media work.
Jennifer's research and writing has focused primarily on the makers of built art environments, and on music collectors, in the American South. In 2017, Jennifer co-curated an exhibition exploring the local legacy of Loy Bowlin, Mississippi's "Original Rhinestone Cowboy," who famously bedazzled his entire home. The exhibition, titled The Making of a Dream ran until March 2018 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI.
Jennifer lives in Glendale, and is a proud member of the Northeast Local of the Los Angeles Tenants Union + the Glendale Tenants Union.