Jess Walters (she/they) is a 31-year old independent scholar, disability justice advocate, and emerging multimedia artist and documentary producer from Charlottesville, Va. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia and works to address structural inequities and social stigmatizations around disability, neurodivergence, deafness, and Chronic Kidney Disease.
As an Autistic Deaf person who thinks in pictures, Jess has a profound love for playing with words, gestures, and languages to creatively articulate that which they find otherwise ineffable. Through writing, collage, sculpture, photography, and other tangible forms of media, Jess utilizes artistic practices as medicinal opportunities for individual and communal reverence, a vital aspect of personal recovery. She is also a member of the Feminist Union of Charlottesville Creatives (FUCC) and a contributing author to the quarterly zine: MALA LECHE. Their work has been exhibited at Second Street Gallery and Studio IX. The Fellowship exhibition is their first solo exhibition.
During their Fellowship in February 2022, Jess will share both their personal experience with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and the experiences of Charlottesville community members currently on dialysis waiting for kidney transplants.