Jessica Bellamy: Movement Science/Creative Impact

Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “Movement Science/Creative Impact" an exhibition by design justice advocate Jessica Bellamy to run Nov. 7 - Dec. 6.

Artist Jessica Bellamy

The exhibit will open with a talk by Bellamy at 5:00p.m. Nov. 7, 2019 in Alan A. Erhart Agriculture 010 -0231 on campus. A reception will follow at 6:00p.m. in the gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34).

Movement Science/Creative Impact is an exhibition featuring the Design work of Jessica Bellamy, presented in both printed and projected form.

About the Artist

Jessica Bellamy tells visual stories using data and personal narratives. Her creative work is rooted in diversity, inclusion, and community building. As a design justice advocate, Jessica started her design career working with nonprofits and community groups to create compelling explainers that break down complex service and policy information. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Louisville (U of L) with degrees in Drawing (BFA), Graphic Design (BFA), Pan African Studies (BA), and a minor in Communication. In 2015, as a neurodevelopmental science research analyst at U of L, Jessica created a business that combines grassroots organizing, research, and information graphics. She named this business GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio. GRIDS solely works with nonprofits and community groups. To learn more about GRIDS please visit the website:

In 2017, Jessica was an Adobe Creative Resident and created a hands-on workshop called Infographics for Social Change: A Graphic Ally Hackathon. Since then, she has given Graphic Ally Hackathons at several conferences and at three major universities (Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, and Yale). The hackathon focuses on teaching creatives how to make information graphics in partnership with nonprofits. Jessica also has a Youtube social journalism series called Designing From The Margins. She also created the Infographic Wheel, which is a handheld design tool that helps creatives select a visual layout for any dataset.

Currently, Jessica is expanding GRIDS, her design agency based in Louisville, Kentucky. GRIDS will not only continue to serve the nonprofit sector, but it will also provide regular courses that teach infographic design, data equity, and so much more. Here is a link to the current course list.


The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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