Jess Meoni is an artist and community organizer from Scranton.
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A mover-and-shaker from Northeast Pennsylvania, Jess Meoni creates platforms and programs for communities by implementing her skills as a graphic designer, community organizer, photographer, writer, and educator. She believes in the social responsibility of designing for the common good, often branding and facilitating public outlets like art markets, music festivals, open mic nights, film screenings, and other cultural experiences that unify people and foster creativity.
An advocate for socially-charged design, Meoni devotes much of her career to researching the history and artistic impact of the underground press, as well as other acts of radicalism and revolution. She has presented her graduate thesis, The Graphic Design Techniques and Cultural History of Radical Publications in both Seattle and Boston. She is involved in making zines, self-publishing her music and activism work since 2008, and is credited with establishing The Scranton Punk Rock Flea Market and Zine Fest in 2010. Since then, Jess has launched two successful TEDx Talk conferences, the all-women open mic known as Grrrls Night, and also became the co-founder of Second Banana Co., an alternative flair business that creates punky patches, funky buttons, and sassy stickers. Her bold and brightly colored personal work consists of graphic art, collage work derived from old textbooks and cut phrases mismatched into poems, lyrical paintings, and conceptual staged photography. Her influences derive from all things rebellious and embellished—eccentric rock n’ roll album art, kitschy twentieth-century store signage, vintage novelty toys and trinkets, as well as 1960s sci-fi and horror comics.
Jess received her Bachelors of Fine Art in 2012 and her Masters of Fine Art in 2015, both in graphic design from Marywood University. She currently works and lives in Scranton, PA.