Photo by Christian Townes
Jessica Moore Harjo, Ph.D., weomepe, is an artist, designer, and educator based in Oklahoma. Jessica’s approach to art and design is unique, post-traditional, and grounded in cultural symbolism. Her pieces display intersections of traditional ribbonwork, florals, appliqué, elements of nature and other harmonious and symmetric forms with atmospheric color palettes.
Jessica works as an artist and graphic designer and teaches graphic design. She is the founder and owner of Weomepe Designs providing graphic design services and producing jewelry, apparel, and other creative design products.
Jessica has current displays of art at Philbrook Museum of Art, Oklahoma City’s Automobile Door Tour Alley, Tulsa Art Alley, the Osage Nation Museum, and Osage Nation Casino. She is a contributing artist for the FAM Origins Theatre with digital design contributions to the Otoe-Missouria origins story. Upcoming work includes a public art installation at the Oklahoma State Capitol, a public art mural with Iowa Department of Transportation, a featured designer at the Minnesota Museum of Art and she is one of the four selected artists for the Sites of Conscience Public Art project based in Tulsa.
Jessica received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Oklahoma State University with a minor in Studio Art, Master of Arts in Design and Doctor of Philosophy in Design from the University of Minnesota. Some of her notable achievements include serving as the 2007 Miss Indian Oklahoma and receiving the 2009 NCAIED’s “40 under 40” leadership award. Jessica is a member of Alpha Pi Omega, Native women’s sorority, Oklahoma Matriarch (Tulsa), Tulsa Indian Club, PostTraditional Indigenous Arts, and currently serves as the President and Pageant Director for the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women.